Wild hires Bill Guerin as new GM

Tanya Simon
August 24, 2019

Guerin officially hung up his skates in December 2010 and shifted to the Penguins front office the following June as a player development coach. The Wild were also familiar with Guerin as he had interviewed for the job a year ago before the team settled on Fenton.

Guerin, who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League and won two Stanley Cups, has been a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins front office for the past eight years. He was on Pittsburgh's title-winning team in 2009.

After the introduction, Guerin stopped to talk with FOX 9's Jim Rich about why he sought the Wild job and what excites him about building a victor in the State of Hockey.

Guerin, 48, has been serving as assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and replaces Paul Fenton who was sacked last month after just one season on the job.

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"It was the other portion of being a general manager, the organizational part, the strategic part, the management of people, the hiring and motivating of the departments", Leipold said.

Boasting a roster that featured a few too many overpriced veterans, the Wild missed the 2019 playoffs for the first time since 2012. He was teammates with current Wild executive Mike Modano in Dallas. He'll be the third GM in three years for the Wild, who played their first eight seasons under the direction of Doug Risebrough and then Chuck Fletcher for nine years.

He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and played on three U.S. Olympic hockey teams (1988, 2002, 2006). It will now be Guerin's job to pick up the pieces. He was a restricted free agent.

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