Ex-defenseman Bombardir joins Wild organization

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Former Minnesota Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir has joined the organization as its director of community partnerships.

It's a full-time job, announced by the club Wednesday, that includes planning and organizing player appearances away from the ice, helping with player contributions to charities and representing the Wild at various public events. Bombardir, 34, will also have a hand in some TV broadcasts throughout the season.

Bombardir, a native of British Columbia who played in 356 career NHL games over eight seasons with New Jersey, Nashville and Minnesota, played four seasons with the Wild. He was named captain of the month seven times, more than any other player in franchise history.