October 8, 2019
After failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four seasons in 2019, the Minnesota Wind Chill kicked off free agency with the signing former Chicago standout Matt Rehder. Minnesota also re-signed 2018 All-AUDL handler Josh Klane and offensive playmaker Cam Burden for the 2020 season.
Even in limited playing time spread over three seasons as a pro, Rehder has been a significant force on the field. Averaging nearly three goals and two blocks per game in his 23 career regular season appearances with Seattle and Chicago, Rehder had his best game of the season in 2019 against Minnesota, notching a career-high 11 goals in their June 1 encounter. Rehder also finished the season tied for tenth in the AUDL in blocks with 17, and will be a welcome addition playing alongside the 2019 league leader in blocks Jimmy Kittlesen.
Since the beginning of the 2017 season, Klane has been one of the best handlers in the league, and will now have Rehder as a primary target for his big throws. Klane is one of just two players in the AUDL to average 60+ assists and 600+ completions over the last three years. He had five games with six or more assists in 2019, and leads the Minnesota franchise historically in both assists and completions.
After spending a season in Montreal, Burden signed with the Wind Chill in 2019 and made an immediate impact playing with Klane. Capable as both a thrower and receiver, Burden was one of just 14 players to finish with 20+ assists, 20+ goals, and 300+ completions last season.
Minnesota concluded the 2019 regular season with a 6-6 record, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.