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Wild name Bill Guerin as new General Manager

Guerin becomes the fourth full-time GM for the Wild
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Bill Guerin addresses the media before his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Guerin is an American retired professional ice hockey player and current player development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have named former NHL All-Star and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin as the Wild's new general manager.

In a press release, the Wild said Guerin will be signed to a multi-year contract to oversee the Wild's hockey operations, which includes players, coaches, scouts, and minor league operations.

"Bill has been a winner throughout his hockey career and I am extremely pleased to be able to add his experience to our organization and The State of Hockey," owner Craig Leopold said in the team's press release.

Guerin, 48, will be the fourth full-time GM in Wild franchise history. He replaces Paul Fenton, who was dismissed by the Wild last month after just 14 months as head of the team's front office.

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A native of Worcester, Mass., Guerin played for Boston College before spending time with a number of NHL teams during his playing career, recording 856 points over 18 seasons. Guerin then transitioned to the front office with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he spent the past five seasons as the Penguins' assistant General Manager.

In addition to his NHL career, Guerin represented the United States at three Olympic games in 1998, 2002 and 2006. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Wild expect to have a formal announcement on Thursday..