That fact doesn't seem to faze the 38-year-old father of two who was named the third coach in the 11-year history of the Minnesota Wild on June 17. Yeo, who replaced Todd Richards after two seasons, had spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped lead the club to a Stanley Cup in 2009.
He also guided the Wild's top farm club in Houston to the American Hockey League finals last season in his only year as coach of the Aeros. He likes teams that play with speed and aggressiveness, and stresses puck-possession time in the offensive end.
Yeo inherits a team that has qualified for the playoffs just three times in 10 seasons (2003, '07 and '08) and has advanced beyond the opening round just once. While he certainly has his work cut out for him, Yeo is up for the challenge and ready to get the season started.