RELATED LINK: Blues to assist KMOX with flood relief drive on Friday
ST. LOUIS - As Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo makes final preparations for training camp - which is set to begin soon - he can't help but also think of the devastation in Houston, where Hurricane Harvey unloaded as many as 50 inches of rain in some areas.
The images of the storm's aftermath really hit home for Yeo, who played five years for the IHL's Houston Aeros from 1994 until 1999.
After wrapping up his playing career, Yeo also spent one season as the head coach of the Aeros in the 2010-11 season, when he guided Houston to an appearance in the AHL's Calder Cup Finals.
"These aren't just places you just work," Yeo said. "They end up becoming your home and you end up having an attachment to the city and to the area. Obviously, we met some great friends in Houston and that's where I started my pro career. It was tough to see the devastation and see what people are going through down there."
Because of his personal connection to Houston, Yeo organized an online auction that launched Tuesday at stlouisblues.com. To help raise money for flood relief efforts of the American Red Cross, fans can bid on amazing Blues experiences and even personal items from Yeo - including his game-worn Winter Classic coaches jacket - until Friday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. Fans can also make a monetary donations to help with flood relief.
Auction items include:
- A road trip for two to see the Blues battle Dallas on the road on Dec. 28. The trip includes two seats on the team's charter, accommodations at the team hotel and tickets to the game. BID NOW
- A one-hour youth hockey practice session coached by Yeo. BID NOW
- Yeo's game-worn Winter Classic coaches jacket. BID NOW
- Four plaza level tickets, seats in Yeo's postgame press conference and a meet-and-greet. BID NOW
- Four glass seats for Opening Night vs. Dallas on Oct. 7 at Scottrade Center. BID NOW
- Four tickets and four passes for the Sub Zero Vodka Bar for a mutually-agreed upon Blues home game at Scottrade Center. BID NOW
"Watching and seeing what was going on down there, if there was something I could do in any way to help, I felt like that's what I needed to do," Yeo said. "You're seeing people all around the United States doing this right now, and whether it's a small amount or an enormous amount like J.J. Watt is organizing, everything is huge to the people down there.
"The more of us that help, the more it adds up."
Bid in Mike Yeo's auction to benefit flood relief efforts in Texas at blues.myab.co. The auction ends Friday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts by the American Red Cross.