Minnesota Wild

Head Coach
Jacques Lemaire
Notes: Jacques Lemaire is in his ninth year as Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild. He was named the first-ever Head Coach of the club on June 19, 2000. Prior to joining the Wild, Lemaire spent parts of two seasons as a Senior Consultant to the General Manager for the Montreal Canadiens, the franchise with which he captured 10 of his 11 Stanley Cup championships. He owns a career head coaching record of 525-401-171 (.557) in 14 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with Montreal, New Jersey and Minnesota. Lemaire has taken nine of the 14 teams he has coached to the postseason, and has a lifetime Stanley Cup playoff record of 60-52 (.536).

Lemaire, 63 (9/7/45), has guided the Wild to a 278-243-102 record (.528), including a 163-96-54 mark (.607) at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild’s 253 wins in its first seven seasons are the most of any of the nine NHL expansion teams since 1991 (Nashville 232), and second most since NHL expansion in 1967-68 (Edmonton 314). He led the Wild to its fifth straight winning season in 2007-08 with a 44-28-10 record. Last season Lemaire coached in his 1000th game (10/18/07) and became the 14th coach in NHL history to reach that mark. He is the only person in NHL history to play in 800 games and coach in 1000. On April 3rd, the same night Minnesota clinched its first ever Northwest Division Title, Lemaire became the 12th coach to reach 500 wins. He is also the first person in NHL history to compete in 100 or more Stanley Cup playoff games as both a player (145) and a head coach (112).



Goaltenders

29 Josh Harding G
6'1'', 197 06/18/1984 ( 24 ), Regina, SK, CAN 4th NHL / 4th MIN Season
Last Win: NOV 29, 2008 @ NASHVILLE (8)
Last Shutout: OCT 14, 2007 @ ANAHEIM (39)
How Acquired: Selected by Minnesota in the second round (38th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Notes: 2008-09 GAME HIGHS:
Saves - 42 (12/6 at NSH - career-high)
Shots Faced - 43 (12/6 at NSH - ties career-high)
Win Streak - 1 (11/29 at NSH)

2008-09
* Made career-high 42 saves in 1-0 loss at NSH (12/6)
* Earned first win of season making 25 saves at NSH (11/29)
* Made first start of season vs. MTL (10/30)
* Made first appearance, making 19 saves on 20 shots in relief at DAL (10/29)

GPI
Min
W
L
T
OT
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
11
533
1
5
-
1
0
18
2.03
252
0.933
Career
50
2650
17
23
0
4
3
110
2.49
1255
0.919


32 Niklas Backstrom G
6'1'', 189 02/13/1978 ( 30 ), Helsinki, FIN 3rd NHL / 3rd MIN Season
Last Win: JAN 31, 2009 @ VANCOUVER Last Shutout: JAN 6, 2009 @ BOSTON (9)
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Minnesota on June 1, 2006.
Notes: 2008-09 GAME HIGHS
Saves - 46 (11/4 at SJ)
Shots Faced - 49 (11/4 at SJ)
Win Streak - 4 (10/11-10/18)

2008-09
* Stopped 17 of 21 shots faced in second period of 2009 NHL All-Star Game
* Made 28 saves at BOS (1/6) to record back-to-back shutouts for second time in career. Franchise record shutout streak stopped at 149:19 at PHI (1/8).
* Stopped all 33 shots in 2-0 win at COL (1/4) - first shutout in franchise history against Colorado.
* Made 22 saves in 3rd shutout of season vs. STL (12/3)
* Stopped 24 shots and improved to 3-0 in shootouts in 2-1 win at PIT (11/18)
* Made 24 saves vs. PHX (11/13) for 2nd shutout of season
* Had 18-decision unbeaten streak (13-0-5) snapped in 4-2 loss at DAL (10/29)
* Recorded 10th career shutout at TB (10/18)
* Appeared in 100th career NHL game vs. BOS (10/11)
GPI
Min
W
L
T
OT
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
42
2416
24
16
2
2
5
91
2.26
1126
0.925
Career
141
8052
80
37
0
16
14
295
2.20
3579
0.924