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Wiseman Headed Back To Michigan

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.

Sydor And Wiseman Named Aeros Assistants

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.

Mike Yeo Hired As Houston Aeros Head Coach

A month ago, Minnesota Wild Assistant to the General Manager, Jim Mill was sifting through stacks of resumes from potential coaches of the Houston Aeros. Mill said he hoped to have his man to lead the club’s primary developmental affiliate prior to the NHL Draft.

With more than a week to spare, Mill’s search is over after tabbing Pittsburgh Penguins assistant, Mike Yeo to lead the club.

Yeo joined the Penguins as an assistant in 2005, and he helped lead the club to a Stanley Cup title in 2009. Yeo’s primary responsibilities were coaching the power play and defensemen.

The 36-year-old returns to the team he spent five years playing left wing for from 1994 to 1999. As team captain, Yeo led the Aeros to the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in 1999.

The following year, however, Yeo suffered a career-ending knee injury, and he turned to coaching the following year as an assistant for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He served in that role for six years before moving on to Pittsburgh under head coaches, Michel Therrien and Dan Bylsma. His promotion came in 2005, when Wilkes-Barre set an AHL record for the best start to a season by boasting a 21-1-2-1 record with 15 straight wins.

All tolled, Yeo remained in the Penguins organization for 10 years.

While coaching at both levels, he worked with players such as Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, Maxime Talbot and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Yeo takes over the Houston reins following the departure of Kevin Constantine, another former coach in Pittsburgh.

More information will be available on Wild.com later, including interviews with Yeo and Mill.