Minnesota Wild to have former captain and franchise icon Mikko Koivu at training camp this season, but not as a player. Michael Russo from The Athletic tweets that Koivu is expected to eventually have an official position within the organization, although none have yet been announced.
Koivu, 38, retired earlier this year, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets after playing just seven games. That time in Columbus is perhaps an unfortunate footnote to a career that until then has been entirely devoted to Minnesota, spanning 15 years and over 1,000 games with the organization.
- The Penguins of Pittsburgh hired a pair goalie development coaches, with Kain Tisi and Charles Grant. The two will work with goaltending prospects across the Penguins organization, in Europe, minor leagues, juniors and varsity hockey, as well as draft-eligible goaltenders and varsity free agents. Tisi previously worked with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, while Grant is from the Cape Breton Eagles of the QMJHL.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs development camp is a little different this season, and that’s partly because of the leadership. Hayley Wickenheiser was promoted to Senior Director of Player Development earlier this year and she runs the camp, recounting TSN’s Kristen Shilton the group decided to “create a competitive environment versus a teaching environment”. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, it’s actually Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser now; she is also currently on an emergency room rotation at a Toronto hospital.