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.