Wild hire baseball writer as hockey operations director

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild hired sports writer Chris Snow on Wednesday to be their new director of hockey operations.

Snow, 24, who covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe, will begin his new job later this summer.

"I always have believed that you get really talented people and put them in the right environment and don't constrict it -- see what you get from it," team president and general manager Doug Risebrough said. "Where he came from is really academic."

Snow, a graduate of Syracuse University, covered the Wild for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis during the 2003-04 season. When he left that job, Risebrough told Snow he should consider a position in management in the future -- though not necessarily in hockey.

The team has been interested in expanding the operations director's role, particularly to enhance statistical analysis of players at both the amateur and professional levels.

A native of New England, Snow will work closely with assistant general manager Tom Lynn and hold a wide range of responsibilities,
including statistical analysis, player contract research, supporting staff in training camps, team travel and scouting as well as providing content for the club's Web site.