Former Chief Jared Spurgeon Named Captain of Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild

Former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Spurgeon has been named captain of the Minnesota Wild, as announced by the Wild on Sunday.

Spurgeon played for the Chiefs from 2005-10, racking up 170 points (33G-133A) in 266 games. He added two goals and 12 assists in 40 playoff games and was a key force in the Chiefs’ 2008 WHL Championship and Memorial Cup team. He is listed as one of the organization’s “Top 35 Chiefs in 35 Years”.

As a professional, Spurgeon was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2008 (6th round) but didn’t sign. Following his junior career, he signed as a free agent with Minnesota and split time in 2010-11 between the Houston Aeros (AHL) and Wild. He has been a mainstay on the Minnesota blue line since, playing 653 games over 11 seasons and scoring 280 points (82G-198A).

Spurgeon is the Wild’s franchise leader in blocked shots (1,097) and ranks fourth all-time in plus/minus rating. He is the franchise leader in goals, PPG (29), GWG (15), and hits (563) by a defenseman and ranks second in games played, points, assists, plus/minus rating, PPP (93) and shots on goal (1,056).

He owns 21 points (8G-13A) in 48 NHL playoff contests and ranks first in Minnesota franchise history in goals, scoring, PPG, PPP (10) and blocked shots, t-1st in games played and second in assists amongst team defensemen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Minnesota signed Spurgeon to a seven-year extension in Sept. 2019. He is signed through the 2026-27 season.

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