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 535-414-176 (.553) 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 288-255-107 record (.525), including a 166-99-58 mark (.604) at Xcel Energy Center. Lemaire became the ninth NHL coach to coach 1,100 games (2/6). 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 was the first 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: FEB 22, 2009 @ CHICAGO (4)
Last Shutout: OCT 14, 2007 @ ANAHEIM (46)
How Acquired: Selected by Minnesota in the second round (38th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Notes: 2008-09 GAME HIGHS:
Saves - 44 (2/22 at CHI - career-high)
Shots Faced - 45 (2/22 at CHI - carer-high)
Win Streak - 1, 2x (2/22 at CHI, 11/29 at NSH)

2008-09
* Made career-high 44 saves in 2-1 win at CHI (2/22)
* Made 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
18
810
2
9
-
1
0
29
2.15
396
0.932
Career
57
2927
18
27
0
4
3
121
2.48
1399
0.920


32 Niklas Backstrom G
6'1'', 189 02/13/1978 ( 31 ), Helsinki, FIN 3rd NHL / 3rd MIN Season
Last Win: APR 3, 2009 vs CALGARY Last Shutout: APR 3, 2009 vs CALGARY
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
* Has started team record 17 consecutive contests (3/3-current)
* Stopped all 27 shots faced vs. CGY (4/3) for team record 17th career shutout and 13th at Xcel Energy Center
* Earned 34th win of season at EDM (3/29) to set new team record for wins in a season
* Started 59th game of season at STL (3/15) setting franchise record for most games played by goalie in a season
* Posted 34 saves for new team-record sixth shutout vs. ANA (2/4)
* 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.
* Had 18-decision unbeaten streak (13-0-5) snapped in 4-2 loss at DAL (10/29)
GPI
Min
W
L
T
OT
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
68
3909
35
23
8
8
8
151
2.32
1801
0.923
Career
167
9545
91
44
0
22
17
355
2.23
4254
0.923