The Minnesota Wild announced John Torchetti as the new head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros.
“We are excited to name John Torchetti as Head Coach of the Houston Aeros,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant tothe General Manager/Houston Aeros General Manager Jim Mill in a release fromthe team. “He brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a proven winner at everylevel and will be a great asset to the Wild organization.”
Torchetti served as an NHL coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1999-2001), Florida Panthers (2002-04), LosAngeles Kings (2005-06), Chicago Blackhawks (2007-10) and Atlanta Thrashers(2010-11). He was the assistant coach of the Blackhawks when the team won theStanley Cup in 2010.
He also has NHL head coaching experience as an interim head coach with the Panthers in 2003-04 and the Kings in 2005-06. During those two stints he totaled a 15-19-4-1 record.
He also has minor league and junior league head coaching experience. He led the San Antonio Iguanas of theCentral Hockey League (1994-96), Fort Wayne Komets of the International HockeyLeague (1996-98), San Antonio Rampage of the AHL (2002-03) and the MonctonWildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (2006-07).
He earned Coach of the Year honors with the Rampage 2002-03 and the Komets in 1997-98.
In addition to his coaching, he has experience as a player and manager.
He recorded 532 points (258 goals and 274 assists) in 359 career minor league games.