"Troy demonstrated himself as an impressive coach and manager this past season," said Lynn. "It was those qualities and background that made him an ideal candidate for this position."
"I want to thank Tom Lynn and the rest of the Minnesota Wild for giving me this expanded role," said Ward. "I will continue to work to develop NHL players in a winning environment in Houston."
Ward served as the ECHL's senior vice president of hockey operations in 2001-02 and was also the general manager/head coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League in 1993.