Tony DaCosta begins his eighth year as Head Equipment Manager for the Minnesota Wild. He oversees all of the club’s equipment needs along with running the team’s home dressing room at Xcel Energy Center. Prior to joining the Wild, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was a part of the Winnipeg/Phoenix Coyotes organization for more than 19 years.
He started working for the Winnipeg Jets as a dressing room attendant and equipment manager for NHL teams visiting the Winnipeg Arena. He was promoted to Assistant Equipment Manager for the 1988-89 season. During that time, DaCosta gained invaluable knowledge and experience that helped him in his role as one of the Coyotes equipment managers, a position he held when the Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996. He also served as Equipment Manager for the NHL All-Star Games in 1998 (Vancouver) and 2004 (Saint Paul) and held the same position with Team Canada during the 2001 World Championships in Germany.
He and his wife, June, have two daughters, Summer and Rylee. DaCosta enjoys golfing, motorcycles and working out in his free time.