Brent Flahr - General Manager / Alternate Governor
Brent Flahr was announced as the second General Manager in Iowa Wild history on September 30th, 2015
Flahr also serves as Assistant General Manager of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, entering his seventh season with the organization having been named to his position on July 28, 2009. In addition to his duties in Minnesota, the longtime NHLer will oversee all aspects of Iowa Wild hockey operations, from player contracts to the development of Minnesota Wild prospects.
In Minnesota, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of player development and evaluation, and assists General Manager Chuck Fletcher in player personnel decisions, contract negotiations, and league-related issues. Flahr oversees the organization’s preparation for and the selection of players at the NHL Entry Draft. During his tenure, Minnesota has drafted Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, Joel Eriksson Ek, Mikael Granlund, Gustav Olofsson, Alex Tuch and Jason Zucker.
Before his time with the Wild, Flahr spent two seasons (2007-09) with the Ottawa Senators as Director of Hockey Operations. Prior to joining the Senators, he spent four seasons (2003-07) working as an Amateur Scout for the Anaheim Ducks, including the 2007 Stanley Cup team. From 1996 to 2003, Flahr spent eight seasons as part of the Florida Panthers organization, serving in a variety of positions, including Assistant to the General Manager, and Scouting and Video Coordinator. He was also the Director of Hockey Operations for the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Flahr has worked with Chuck Fletcher two times previously, spending three seasons with him in Anaheim and six seasons in Florida.
The native of Courtenay, B.C., is a graduate of Princeton University, where he played four seasons of college hockey for the Tigers from 1992-96. He and his wife, Dana, reside in Saint Paul.
Derek Lalonde - Head Coach
Derek Lalonde was named the fourth head coach in Iowa Wild history on June 20, 2016. He enters his first season in Iowa and the AHL in 2016-17.
Lalonde, 44 (8/18/72), spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In two seasons with Lalonde at the helm, the Walleye posted a 97-35-7-5 record (.715) with back-to-back playoff appearances. The Walleye went 47-20-2-3 in 2015-16, finishing with the ECHL’s Eastern Conference regular season title. The team fell in the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs in seven games to Reading.
As a rookie head coach in the ECHL, Lalonde made an immediate impact by leading Toledo to a 50-15-5-2 record in 2014-15. The Walleye lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals after claiming the Brabham Cup (ECHL regular season champions). For his efforts, he was named ECHL Coach of the Year (John Brophy Award), helping Toledo amass a 58-point improvement from the previous season. The 58-point differential is the largest in ECHL history. Toledo claimed the Eastern Conference and North Division regular season titles each season he was behind the bench.
Prior to coaching in the ECHL, Lalonde spent three years behind the bench of the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, where in 2011-12, he led the team to a 47-9-2-2 overall record, culminated with a Clark Cup. He was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 2012, guiding the Gamblers to their fourth Clark Cup in franchise history. Over the stretch of his three seasons in Green Bay, Lalonde’s Gamblers were 114-56-8-6 (.657). Iowa Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson played for Lalonde in Green Bay from 2011-13.
The Brasher Falls, NY native also has experience as a coach on the international stage. He served as an assistant with the United States World Junior U-19 team, which captured a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior “A” Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He also served as the head coach for the United States World Junior U-19 at the 2013 World Junior “A” Challenge, once again winning gold.
Lalonde served as an assistant coach at the University of Denver from 2006-11, helping the team post a 122-63-19 record. During his tenure, the Pioneers claimed two WCHA Championships (2008 and 2010) and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The team never fell out of the top 15 national rankings in the six seasons Lalonde was an assistant. He recruited and coached NHL first-round picks Joe Colborne and Beau Bennett, as well as second-round picks Drew Shore, Jason Zucker and Patrick Weircoch. Zucker played for the Iowa Wild in the 2013-14 season.
He began his collegiate coaching career in Big Rapids, MI at Ferris State University from 2003-06. With Lalonde as an assistant, the Bulldogs posted a 31-10-1 record in 2003, also capturing their first and only CCHA Championship, as well as qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Lalonde played goalie collegiately at Cortland State, earning team MVP honors as a senior. He graduated with a B.S.E in Physical Education in 1995 and later received an M.A. in Education Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 1998. A native of upstate NY, Lalonde and his wife Melissa have three children: Alex, Luke and Abby.
David Cunniff - Associate Coach
Cunniff, 46, returns to the Iowa Wild where he served in two capacities during the 2015-16 AHL season. He originally joined the team as an associate coach to then Head Coach John Torchetti. On Feb. 13, Torchetti was promoted to head coach of the Minnesota Wild. Upon Torchetti’s departure, Cunniff was named interim head coach of Iowa, guiding the club to an 8-11-2-3 mark in the final 24 games of the regular season.
He joins Iowa’s newly appointed Head Coach Derek Lalonde in developing Minnesota’s top prospects in Des Moines. Cunniff possesses a wealth of coaching experience, having spent a combined total of 14 seasons behind the bench in the AHL for the Wild, New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks.
Prior to joining the Wild in 2015, he worked with the Albany Devils for 2014-15 season. Before that, he developed Sharks prospects for a total of 12 seasons, working alongside the AHL’s all-time wins coach – Roy Sommer in Cleveland and Worcester. The Milton, MA native was critical in the development of Sharks defensemen Christian Ehrhoff, Jason Demers, Douglas Murray and Matt Carkner.
Cunniff was a forward and played five seasons professionally, including three-plus seasons in the Devils organization with Raleigh (ECHL) and Albany (AHL). Between 1997-2000, he appeared in 120 AHL games, posting 25 points (5g-20a) and 219 penalty minutes. The former left wing began his pro career in 1996-97 with Jacksonville (ECHL), before joining Raleigh later that season. Cunniff, who played 148 career ECHL games, spent his last season in 2001-02 between Louisiana (ECHL) and Richmond (ECHL).
Additionally, Cunniff created and operates Cunniff Hockey, which offers hockey camps, private lessons and video analysis for all age groups and all levels of expertise. David is the son of former New Jersey Devils and Hartford Whalers Head Coach John Cunniff. His father was also a longtime assistant coach in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, as well as long tenured head coach with the AHL’s Albany River Rats.
Keith Paulsen - Video Coach
Paulsen enters his first season as the video coach of the Iowa Wild in 2016-17.
He joins the Iowa Wild after serving as the Assistant General Manager and Associate Head Coach of the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Madison Capitols from 2013-16. Paulsen was instrumental in helping launch the expansion team’s inaugural season in 2014-15. He worked primarily with the Capitols defensemen and oversaw scouting and recruiting for the Capitols and the USHL Drafts.
He gained valuable international experience in December 2014 as an Assistant Coach for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. Team USA took home a Gold Medal at the World Jr. A Challenge with a 3-2 overtime win against Denmark. Paulsen was a critical addition to the staff in the recruitment and selection of players for Team USA.
Prior to joining the Capitols, Paulsen was with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers from 2010-13, in the role of an Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting. Before his time in the USHL, Paulsen navigated his way through the high school ranks in Wisconsin as a head coach at Rice Lake high school from 2003-2010. In 2008-09, he guided the Warriors to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament for the school’s first appearance in 29 years. Paulsen also taught middle school Physical Education while in Rice Lake.
Paulsen, 38, is an Eau Claire, Wisconsin native. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, playing four years of collegiate hockey for the Blugolds. He was a WIAC Honorable Mention Defensemen in 1997-98, and on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll in 1999-2000. As a senior he was named an Assistant Captain. Paulsen graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching. He has his Masters Degree in Collaborative Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.
Keith and his wife Maria reside in Des Moines with their daughter Kendall.
Frederic Chabot - Goaltender Development Coach
Frederic Chabot,,48 (2/12/68), is in his second season as Minnesota Wild Goaltending Development Coach after being named to the position on Sept. 3, 2015.
He works with goalie prospects throughout the organization, including goaltenders playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL). The former NHL netminder joined the Wild after serving as the Goaltending Coach for the Edmonton Oilers (2009-14). Prior to working for the Oilers, he served as a Goaltending Consultant with Hockey Canada and its National Junior Team, helping Canada win a gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Championship. Chabot was also an instructor at Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp for three years (2007-09). The native of Hebertville-Station, Que., worked as a Goaltending Consultant with Berlin (DEL) in 2008-09, capturing the league championship with the Ice Bears. Chabot also worked with AIK Stockholm (SWE-2) from 2007-09, overseeing goaltending for the entire organization.
Chabot played 17 seasons of professional hockey (1989-2006) and appeared in a total of 32 NHL contests with the Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. He spent a majority of his career in the International Hockey League (IHL) and was named the IHL’s Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender in 1999-2000 after going 36-19-7 with a 2.13 GAA and a .920 SV% in 62 games with the Houston Aeros. Chabot was also named best goaltender in the AHL (Baz Bastien Award) in 1993-94, MVP of the IHL in 1996-97 and best goaltender in the German League in 2002-03. He also backstopped the Vienna Capitals to the regular season and playoff championship in the Austrian League in 2004-05.
He was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 10th round (192nd overall) of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.
He and his wife, Suzanne, have a son, Gabriel, and reside in Quebec City.
Gary Bowman - Strength and Conditioning
The 36-year old brings over 25 years of hockey experience to the Iowa Wild, having played throughout his life and collegiately for SUNY at Oswego. He graduated from SUNY at Oswego in 2005 with a B.S. in Wellness Management / Health Science. He amplified his education with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2009. In March of 2015 he finished his Master’s degree from Logan College in Sport Science & Rehabilitation with a special focus on Nutrition and Human Performances. He completed his final internship during the 2013-2014 season under the watchful eye of Iowa Head ATC Jody Green.
Gary possesses numerous Fitness Certifications. Bowman is a Strong First level 1 Kettlebell instructor and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Certified Exercise Professional.
Bowman specializes in spine and sports rehabilitation with over eight years of clinical experience. Gary also has worked with numerous sports varying from hockey, rugby, football, wrestling and baseball, to golf and cross country.
The Casper, Wyoming native recently relocated to Des Moines with his wife and their two children
Jody Green A.T.C. - Head Athletic Trainer
Jody Green is in his fourth season as the Athletic Trainer for the Iowa Wild. This marks his eighth season in the Minnesota Wild organization, including seven as the Athletic Trainer of Minnesota's AHL affiliate. His history with the team goes back to assisting the organization during training camp and the playoffs in 2004-05. He spent five years in Houston at the helm of the Aeros, relocating with the club to Des Moines in 2013.
Green began working in hockey in 1997 as a visiting locker room attendant for the Mississippi SeaWolves of the ECHL. He also spent four years working with the ECHL's Louisiana IceGators, where he served as an equipment manager and athletic training assistant.
Green attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned a B.S. in Kinesiology-Athletic Training. The Gulfport, Miss., native later served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Alabama and also worked as the interim head equipment manager with the Aeros for 20 games during 2008-09 season.
Mike Lefczik - Head Equipment Manager
Mike Lefczik is the Head Equipment Manager for Iowa Wild. He is in his sixth season with the Minneosta Wild organization overall, helping transfer the team from Houston. Lefczik is in his fourth season with Iowa.
He started his career in hockey as a stick boy for the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) and was hired as a full time assistant equipment manager in 2003. Mike’s tenure with the Phantoms included a Calder Cup championship in 2005. In 2007, Lefczik was named the head equipment manager for the Alaska Aces (ECHL). After one season in Anchorage, he earned an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Philadelphia but soon realized his passion was still pro hockey. He returned to the equipment ranks in the 2010-2011 season as the head equipment manager for the Louisiana IceGators (SPHL) before joining the Aeros as an assistant in 2011.
He resides in West Des Moines. Lefczik has a daughter, Amya, and two sons; Chaise and Marcus.