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 41)
Scarborough, Ontario
Current general managerChuck Fletcher
Current teamMinnesota Wild
Previous team(s)Pittsburgh Penguins (assistant)
Houston Aeros
Stanley Cup winsone (2010)
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 41)
Scarborough, Ontario
Current general managerChuck Fletcher
Current teamMinnesota Wild
Previous team(s)Pittsburgh Penguins (assistant)
Houston Aeros
Stanley Cup winsone (2010)
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 grew up under the matriarchial tutelage of a mother who was the teacher in a small community in northern Ontario, and his father worked various odd jobs such as a police officer, later on after walking the beat he drifted into owning a security company and eventually turned into a builder. Mike Yeo described his father as "strict...gave us the feeling that we'd better not mess around with those rules too much."[1] He was formerly an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins and head coach of the American Hockey League's Houston Aeros.[2] Currently, Mike Yeo is the youngest coach in the entire National Hockey League.[1]

Career[edit]

Yeo spent 5 seasons with the Houston Aeros while they were members of the International Hockey League (IHL). In 1998-1999, year of the Rabbit, 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.[3] 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 began to have health issues with his blood pressure and in one game "felt lightheaded and dizzy and had chest pain...[his] blood pressure was really high" although he persevered and helped the team to a Stanley Cup victory in 2009.[1]

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. The season before Yeo's hiring, the Aeros finished in last place in the West Division with low expectations. However, the Aeros added numerous offensive players such as Robbie Earl, Patrick O'Sullivan and Jed Ortmeyer. Under Yeo, the revitalized roster improved massively, reaching the AHL conference championships in Yeo's first year behind the bench.[4]

Yeo was announced as the head coach of the Minnesota Wild on June 17, 2011. The Wild under Yeo won their first game 4-2 at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 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. 2011-2012 marked a down-year for Yeo, as his team ranked last in number of goals scored in the NHL with a meagre 177 compared to the NHL average of 240. The team also did not make the playoffs, came 3rd last in power play percentage, and were known for streaky play. The Wild tended to lose games in streaks, losing 32 out of 36 games in groups of two or more games. The team lost 8 straight in December and 7 straight in February effectively removing the Wild from playoff contention.[5]

During the 2012-2013 season, Yeo went through a controversy for stating that the San Jose Sharks players were embellishing penalties and had to call Todd McLellan to apologize.

Early in the 2013-2014 season, Yeo was at times rumored to be at risk of losing his job. However, in the second half of the season, the Wild were able to make the playoffs for the second straight year. The Wild defeated the heavily favored Colorado Avalanche in seven games before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round. While a heartbreaking loss, the team appears poised for future runs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.[6][7]

On May 31, 2014, Mike Yeo was given a three year contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Personal life[edit]

Yeo has two children: a daughter, Braeden, and a son, Kyler, with his wife 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.

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
MIN2013-14432712.5984th in Central Division67Lost in Second Round
Total1048226.5520 Division
Championships
790 Stanley Cups

External links[edit]

Mike Yeo's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Todd Richards
Head coach of the Minnesota Wild
2011–present
Incumbent