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Doug Risebrough, who has spent 25 years in the NHL as a player, coach and executive, will be the first general manager of the expansion Minnesota Wild, the Associated Press reported.

"I'm not happy to lose Doug, but it's a great opportunity for him and for the Wild," said Glen Sather, president and general manager of the Oilers. "The man Minnesota got is the right man."

Risebrough, 45, has spent three seasons as vice president of hockey operations with the Oilers. Sather didn't give the Wild permission to talk to Risebrough until recently because he needed his expertise for arbitration hearings.

The Wild will begin play in the 2000-2001 season at a $130 million arena in St. Paul.

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