With success comes new opportunities, and following a fantastic run by the Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup finals, Aeros assistant Brian Wiseman jumped on a chance to join his college team.
According to the University of Michigan’s athletics site, Wiseman has accepted a job as an assistant to Red Berenson. Wiseman, who completed his first year as an assistant to Mike Yeo in Houston, played with the Wolverines from 1991 to 1994 and was a Hobey Baker finalist in his senior season.
Wiseman replaces longtime Michigan assistant Mel Pearson, who is the new head coach of the Michigan Tech Huskies.
Currently, Darryl Sydor, who just completed his first year as a coach, is the remaining assistant under Yeo.
You can see the full story here, but the Wild has hired two-time Stanley Cup winner Darryl Sydor and former Aero Brian Wiseman as the assistant coaches for the Houston Aeros. Both have a history with new Aeros head man, Mike Yeo. Sydor was playing for the Penguins while Yeo was an assistant, and the Penguins reached the Stanley Cup final. Wiseman was a teammate of Yeo’s with the Aeros.
Yeo was very excited about his new staff in Houston, and he spoke to us just prior to heading out on the ice for a power skating instructional at the Wild’s Development Camp at Xcel Energy Center. He said Sydor is expected to come into town later today, and Wiseman will most likely be here on Thursday.
Obviously, the big news here is the naming of Sydor, who was playing for the St. Louis Blues just last year. Over 18 years, Sydor played 1,291 games and posted 507 points (98-409=507) while winning two Stanley Cups – Dallas in 1999 and Tampa Bay in 2004.
Yeo was the one that reached out to Sydor as he tried to fill his staff. He thought Sydor would make a great coach since working with him in Pittsburgh. He acknowledged that it was probably tough for him to give up playing, but thought that going right into coaching was a great way to stay involved. Obviously, Sydor would project to be an outstanding head coach at some point.