The Minnesota Wild
on Wednesday named Pittsburgh assistant Mike Yeo
as the new coach of the Houston Aeros, their AHL farm team.
Yeo, 36, spent the past five seasons as an assistant with the Penguins and was part of their 2009 Stanley Cup team. He also played with the Aeros from 1994-99 and was captain of Houston's 1999 IHL Turner Cup Championship team.
"After an extensive search that included an outstanding group of candidates, we are excited to name Mike Yeo
the new head coach of the Aeros," said Jim Mill, who doubles as Minnesota's assistant to the general manager and GM of the Aeros. "He has been a winner at all levels and is a great fit for both the Wild and Aeros organizations."
Yeo will begin his responsibilities with the Aeros immediately.
Yeo joined the Penguins' coaching staff when Michel Therrien
was named coach in December 2005. In 2006-07, his first full season with the Penguins, Yeo helped lead the team to a 47-point improvement, the fourth-biggest turnaround from one year to the next in NHL history. The following season, the Penguins won the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 1992 before falling to Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final. Yeo remained as an assistant under Dan Byslma, who replaced Therrien in February 2009, and Pittsburgh went on to win its third Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
Prior to joining Pittsburgh's coaching staff, Yeo spent six seasons as an assistant for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate. He began his coaching career at age 26 after suffering a career-ending injury while playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during the 1999-2000 season.
The North Bay, Ontario, native had 55 goals and 127 points in five years along with 5511 PIM in his five seasons with the Aeros and was captain of the 1999 team that won the IHL championship.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Wild organization and rejoin the Houston community," Yeo said in a statement. "I look forward to building on the success the Aeros have established over the past 16 years."