Niagara University associate head coach Tim Madsen has been named the new head coach of the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
It's a homecoming of sorts for Madsen, an Elk River, Minn. native, who played high school hockey there as well. A 2008 graduate of Niagara, Madsen played three years of college hockey for the Purple Eagles before suffering a career ending injury. Prior to that he played in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Tri-City Storm and Waterloo Black Hawks.
Madsen began his coaching career as a senior at Niagara, serving as the Director of Hockey Operations. He spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL before returning to his alma mater where he's been the last seven seasons.