CHUCK FLETCHERGame 744 | November 3, 2009 | Chuck Fletcher, Todd Richards
The Minnesota Wild's new general manager, Fletcher, and coach, Richards, told Dunkers of their careers leading up to the offers to join the Wild. Fletcher's father, Cliff, is one of he most respected senior executives in the league, and Richards was a very successful minor league coach following his playing career in the National Hockey League and with the Minnesota Gophers.
Game 766| October 27, 2010 | Chuck Fletcher, Todd Richards
It was the beginning of the second year for the general manager and coach of the Minnesota Wild. Both talked about the need to produce more offense and to build a team that could continue to hold fan interest.
Game 813 | September 5, 2013 | Chuck Fletcher, Keith Ballard
Released by Vancouver, Ballard, a former University of Minnesota defenseman, was the Wild's major free-agent, off-season acquisition. Brought in to add experience to a young group of defensemen, Ballard said he was elated to come back to Minnesota where he played three years with the University of Minnesota. The Baudette native won two NCAA championships with the Gophers. Those teams sent three defensemen, Ballard, Jordan Leopold and Paul Martin to the National Hockey League.
Game 853 | October 20, 2015 | Chuck Fletcher
Fletcher became general manager of the Minnesota Wild in 2009. He took Dunkers inside the life of a general manager with insights into working with a salary cap, negotiating with free agents and working with the National Hockey League to equalize budgets across two countries in light of a rapidly falling Canadian dollar. The 1990 Harvard graduate demonstrated some of the skills needed to navigate in a rapidly changing sports environment.
Game 886 | September 5, 2017 | Bruce Boudreau, Chuck Fletcher, Kevin Gorg
Coming off a season in which the Minnesota Wild scored 106 points en route to a second-place finish in the West, expectations were high for the Wild. Fletcher said it was hard to believe he has been with the team since 2009 as General Manager. Boudreau, in his second year as head coach after a stint in Anaheim, said he was still smarting from the first-round playoff loss to St. Louis and looked forward to the start of the season with his mostly veteran team. This would be Chuck Fletcher's last Dunkers meeting as general manager for the Wild. On April 23, 2018, owner Craig Leipold informed longtime general manager Chuck Fletcher that his contract would not be renewed after nine seasons on the job.
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