Minnesota announced December 27th that they have named former NHL defender and former US Women’s National Team head coach, Ken Klee as their head coach. Klee replaces Charlie Burggraf, who was previously named Minnesota’s head coach a couple months back.
“My family and I have decided that stepping away from the head coaching position at Team Minnesota is the right move for us at this time,” the outgoing Burggraf said in a league press release. “I wish both the PWHL, and especially Team Minnesota, great success.”
Klee won gold as head coach with Team USA at the 2015 and 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championships. The Indianapolis, IN native also led Team USA to gold at the Four Nations Cup in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Klee spent two seasons in the American Hockey League as an assistant coach for the Syracuse Crunch. The former Washington Capital played in 934 NHL games across 14 seasons.
PWHL Minnesota hits the ice for their inaugural season next Wednesday, January 3rd in Boston, and will then play their home opener at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday, January. 6th.