Mike Yeo

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Mike Yeo
Mike Yeo 2010-04-22.JPG
Mike Yeo with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 playoffs.
Born(1973-07-31) July 31, 1973 (age 40)
Scarborough, Ontario
Current general managerChuck Fletcher
Current teamMinnesota Wild
Previous team(s)Pittsburgh Penguins (assistant)
Houston Aeros
Years as a coach1999–present
Years as an NHL coach2010–present
Years with current team2011–present
 
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Mike Yeo
Mike Yeo 2010-04-22.JPG
Mike Yeo with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 playoffs.
Born(1973-07-31) July 31, 1973 (age 40)
Scarborough, Ontario
Current general managerChuck Fletcher
Current teamMinnesota Wild
Previous team(s)Pittsburgh Penguins (assistant)
Houston Aeros
Years as a coach1999–present
Years as an NHL coach2010–present
Years with current team2011–present

Michael "Mike" Yeo (born July 31, 1973) is the current head coach of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. He was formerly an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins and head coach of the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros.

Career[edit]

Yeo spent 5 seasons with the Houston Aeros while they were members of the International Hockey League (IHL). In 1998-1999, he captained the team to the Turner Cup Championship.

Yeo was brought in as a minor league veteran by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, at the onset of their inaugural season in 1999. This was to be the beginning of what would eventually become eleven years of service with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. After a serious knee injury ended his playing career just 19 games into his tenure with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Yeo accepted an offer to remain with the team by becoming an assistant to head coach Glenn Patrick, a position he continued to hold when Michel Therrien replaced Patrick in 2003. Yeo was promoted along with Therrien in 2005 to the Pittsburgh Penguins as Therrien's assistant after the firing of Eddie Olczyk and his coaching staff.[1] With his primary responsibilities focused towards special teams, Yeo aided Therrien in laying the groundwork for the Penguins rebuild towards future successes, ending the franchise's six-year playoff absence in the 2006-07 season, and leading the Penguins to their second-highest points total in franchise history in 2007-08. Continuing to work as an assistant under Therrien's successor, Dan Bylsma, Yeo helped the team to a Stanley Cup victory in 2009.

On June 16, 2010, Yeo left the Penguins to take up the vacant head coach position at the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, at that time the top AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, replacing Kevin Constantine. Yeo lead the Aeros to the Western Conference championship in his only year as their head coach. The season before Yeo's hiring, the Aeros finished in last place in the West Division.

Yeo was announced as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild on June 17, 2011. The Wild under Yeo won their first game at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. The Wild started the season 15-7-3, but failed to secure a winning record through each of the final five months of the season. Despite Yeo's early success that year, one of the major difficulties with his teams is their power play percentage, coming in at a paltry 27th in the league during the 2011-2012 season.

During the 2012-2013 season, the Wild reached the playoffs for the first time under Yeo, but fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round.

Personal life[edit]

Yeo has two children: a daughter, Braeden, and a son, Kyler, and a wife named Tanya. He attended Widdifield Secondary School in North Bay, Ontario. Contrary to popular belief, Yeo is not of Asian ancestry despite having a Chinese-sounding surname.[1]

Career player statistics[edit]

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1990-91Sudbury WolvesOHL587297340005
1991-92Sudbury WolvesOHL43581360112132
1992-93Sudbury WolvesOHL2485134730005
1993-94Sudbury WolvesOHL65343266531084124
1994-95Houston AerosIHL6351217100----------
1995-96Houston AerosIHL69141630113----------
1996-97Houston AerosIHL56101121105132352
1997-98Houston AerosIHL7220214112830112
1998-99Houston AerosIHL5761218100904411
1999-00Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL191344----------
OHL Totals1905447101233281051516
IHL Totals317557212751125281015
AHL Totals191344----------

NHL coaching record[edit]

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostOTLWin %FinishWonLostResult
MIN2011-12353611.4924th in Northwest Division--Failed to Qualify
MIN2012-1326193.5772nd in Northwest Division14Lost in First Round
MIN2013-141454.736---Season In Progress
Total756018.5550 Division
Championships
140 Stanley Cups

External links[edit]

Mike Yeo's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Molinari, Dave (2006-03-13). "Q&A with Mike Yeo". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Todd Richards
Head coach of the Minnesota Wild
2011–present
Incumbent