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.