Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Cloquet, Minn.-based Minnesota Wilderness has hired former Cloquet-Esko-Carlton standout Tyler Johnson as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
"We are very excited to add another person with the playing experience of Tyler as he will be a great addition to our staff," Minnesota general manager Dave Boitz said.. "To have all three of our coaches from the small hockey town of Clouqet is exciting and shows how much this town supports their development of players and coaches."
Johnson, who was a Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist in 2007, just finished a professional career that included stints in the East Coach Hockey League (ECHL) and overseas.
Before that, he spent four seasons playing for Colorado College in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and helped the Tigers to NCAA tournament appearances in the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons.
Minnesota is entering its second season as a member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), that after having posted an overall record of (37-14-9) and qualifying for the league playoffs last winter.