Tom Kurvers - General Manager / Alternate Governor
Tom Kurvers, 55, joins the Wild after spending the last 10 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he served as senior advisor to the general manager the last seven seasons (2011-18).
The native of Minneapolis, Minn., served as assistant general manager for three seasons (2008-11) and oversaw the Lightning's hockey operations department on an interim basis from April through May of 2010. During his tenure with Tampa Bay, he also served on USA Hockey's advisory board for the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
Prior to joining the Lightning, Kurvers spent 11 seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. He served three seasons as director of player personnel for the Coyotes, overseeing all aspects of the team's amateur and professional scouting departments. Kurvers also spent seven seasons as a professional scout, one season as a radio analyst and served as interim assistant coach for the final two months of the 2003-04 season.
The defenseman collected 421 points (93-238=421) and 350 penalty minutes (PIM) in 659 career NHL games during 11 seasons (1984-95) with Montreal, Buffalo, New Jersey, Toronto, Vancouver, New York Islanders and Anaheim. Kurvers won the 1986 Stanley Cup with the Canadiens and was selected by Montreal in the seventh round (145th overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.
He played four seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth (1980-84), setting school records for most career goals (43) and points (192) by a defenseman and won the 1984 Hobey Baker Award. Kurvers has been inducted into the University of Minnesota Duluth and Bloomington Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fames. He played in the 1980 Minnesota state high school hockey tournament with the Jaguars.
Kurvers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1984 and earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in sports management from the University of St. Thomas in 1997.
He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters, Madison and Rose, and two sons, Weston and Roman.
Tim Army - Head Coach
Tim Army, 55 (4/26/63), brings 30 years of coaching experience across the NHL, AHL and NCAA to the Wild. Army joins Iowa from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2017-18 season. Ahead of his time with the Penguins, Army spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2011-2017.
Army’s last head coaching experience came from 2005-2011, when he lead his alma mater, Providence College. Army reached the Hockey East Quarterfinals in each of his first three seasons with the Friars and had a winning conference record in two of those seasons.
The first head coaching job of Army’s career was with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, where he manned the bench from 2002-2005. During his tenure with the Pirates, Army amassed a 99-89-26-6 record in 240 games. The Pirates reached the playoffs in two of his three seasons and during the 2003-04 season, Portland allowed the fewest goals in team history (160). In each season at Portland, Army finished with a record at or above .500.
Prior to his time with the Pirates, Army served as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals (1997-2002), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-1997) and Providence College (1987-1993).
Army also has international coaching experience through work with Team USA in multiple capacities since 1991. In his international career, Army won a bronze medal with US Hockey at the 1996 and 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships and finished second at the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with the USA U-18 team.
Before moving behind the bench, Army played hockey at Providence College for four years, serving as captain his senior season. He finished a Hobey Baker Award finalist, earned an All-Hockey East First Team selection and was named an ACHA East First-Team All-American.
Army spent one season playing with Maine Mariners of the AHL, where he recorded 27 points (11g, 16a) in 68 games in 1985-86.
He and his wife, Sue, have two sons, Derek and Travis.
David Cunniff - Associate Coach
Cunniff, 47, is in his third season with the Iowa Wild in 2017-18, having served as Iowa’s Associate Coach in 2016-17.
In 2015-16, Cunniff filled two capacities during the AHL season. He originally joined 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.
In 2016-17 he joined 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 15 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 coaching leader for wins – Roy Sommer in Cleveland and Worcester. The South Boston, 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.
Cunniff and his wife Mary Ann have two children: David Jr. and Patrick.
Brett McLean - Assistant Coach
McLean joined the Iowa Wild coaching staff as assistant coach having been hired in July of 2017. He recently wrapped up an 18-year playing career that included 385 NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. Over his NHL tenure, McLean scored 56 goals and added 106 assists for 162 career points. The former center played in seven different leagues from 1999-2017, compiling 1,111 pro games between the NHL, AHL, IHL, ECHL, SEL, Swiss-A and the Austrian League.
The Comox, BC native also represented Canada many times during his career including at the U-18 level, the World Juniors and for six Spengler Cups, winning the Spengler Cup in 2012. He also won the Swiss-A championship in 2010. McLean completed his pro career in 2016-17 in Austria with Linz EHC, scoring nine goals and totaling 36 points in 39 outings.
The former forward was originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in the ninth round (#242 overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He suited up in 274 AHL games during his playing career, scoring 72 goals and dishing out 126 assists for 198 AHL points. McLean also spent time with Minnesota affiliates in Cleveland (IHL) in 2000-01 and Houston (AHL) 2001-02.
McLean and his wife, Brenna, reside in Waukee with their daughter Darian, and sons Nixon and Nash.
Keith Paulsen - Video Coach
Paulsen enters his second season as the video coach of the Iowa Wild in 2017-18.
He joined the Iowa Wild in 2016-17 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, 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 Ankeny with their daughter Kendall and son Max.
Frederic Chabot - Goaltender Development Coach
Frederic Chabot, 49 (2/12/68), is in his third season as the Minnesota Wild’s Goaltending Development Coach after being named to the position on Sept. 3, 2015. Chabot has been critical in the development of Iowa goaltenders Alex Stalock, Steve Michalek and Adam Vay.
He works with goalie prospects throughout the organization, including goaltenders playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL), as well as Minnesota draft picks. 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.
Masayasu Takaiwa, A.T.C. - Head Athletic Trainer
Takaiwa begins his first season with the Iowa Wild in August of 2017. He brings more than 15 years of athletic training experience to the club, with over eight years of experience in hockey. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2000 with a B.S in Athletic Training and a minor in Physical Education. In May of 2002, he finished his Master’s degree from Kent State University in Sport and Recreation: Exercise, Leisure and Sports Management.
Takaiwa has worked as an athletic trainer/massage therapist for many hockey teams, including the Minnesota Magicians (NAHL), the Dallas Stars (NHL) and the U-17 USA Hockey program. He also worked for the Men’s ice hockey teams at Minnesota State University - Mankato, the University of Nebraska Omaha and Lake Superior State University.
Takaiwa has worked in various sports fields including: hockey, football and basketball.
Takaiwa moved from Japan to the United States in October of 1994. The Tochigi Prefecture, Japan native resides in West Des Moines with his beagle Mame.
Mike Lefczik - Head Equipment Manager
Mike Lefczik is the Head Equipment Manager for Iowa Wild. He is in his seventh season with the Minnesota Wild organization overall, helping transfer the team from Houston. Lefczik is in his fifth 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 Houston Aeros as an assistant in 2011.
He resides in West Des Moines. Lefczik has a daughter, Amya, and two sons; Chaise and Marcus.