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Minnesota Wild Hire Frederic Chabot

Minnesota Wild Hire Frederic Chabot

Frederic ChabotThe Minnesota Wild have appointed Frederic Chabot as the club’s new goaltending development coach.

The 47-year old, who was drafted by New Jersey in 1986 draft (192nd overall), spent parts of five seasons with Montreal, Philadelphia and Los Angeles before retiring in 2006 following stints in Germany and Austria.

Hired by Edmonton as a goaltending consultant in 2009, Chabot worked with Nikolai Khabibulin, Martin Gerber and current Wild #1 Devan Dubnyk during his time with the club, before being dismissed in November of last year.

Wild fans have been less than enthusiastic about Chabot’s appointment, with Edmonton’s recent goaltending struggles well documented and the Hébertville-Station, Quebec native often unfairly maligned for the clubs difficulties between the pipes amid a myriad of problems at the club.

But Dubnyk has always maintained that working with Chabot helped form the foundations of his game, and the 29-year old is known to hold his former coach in high regard.

“Everything I have as a base to my game technically has basically been Freddy,” Dubnyk told InGoal Magazine earlier this year. “From the time that I came into the League, if you look at me then to now, it’s so much different. Everything that I have is from Freddy and working with him for five years.”

Dubnyk was acquired from Arizona in January, going 27-9-2 to help the Wild resurrect their season and qualify for the play-offs. The Regina natives revival became one of the most celebrated stories of the 2014/15 season, helping Minnesota top Cup contenders St. Louis in the Western Conference quarter finals before being eliminated by eventual Stanley Cup winners Chicago.

Nominated for the Vezina Trophy and Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Dubnyk signed a 6-year, $26 million contract extension with the Wild earlier this summer.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of In Goal Magazine's editorial team, Rob is also the editor of the One Puck Short blog and host of the One Puck Short podcast . A former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL), Rob also writes for Today's Slapshot and has previously written for a number of other outlets, including the BBC.

6 Comments

  1. Sal

    I agree with the Wild fans, this is NOT a good signing, and of course Devan Dubnyk wouldn’t criticize his former coach – he’s far too nice for that.

    Reply
    • Paul Ipolito

      On the bright side, there will now be more articles on “Head Trajectory”. I will file them under “Voodoo”.

      Reply
      • David Hutchison

        I’ve seen it action Paul and watched NHL goalies who have learned it discussing what a difference it is making. Not VooDoo.

        Reply
        • Paul Ipolito

          Great. Would you please explain how it works?

          Reply
          • Matthew

            Yeah, I’ve read the article about it every way you can and still don’t understand. I it just about how you position your head?

  2. Paul Ipolito

    Still waiting for a simple description of how “Head Trajectory” works. Apparently it is a state secret or someone hopes to make some money from it. What will all the stats fanboys do when Dubnyk regresses to the mean? Stat fanboys should know that is inevitable.

    Reply

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