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 manager Chuck Fletcher
Current team Minnesota Wild
Previous team(s) Pittsburgh Penguins (assistant)
Houston Aeros
Stanley Cup wins one (2010)
Years as a coach 1999–present
Years as an NHL coach 2010–present
Years with current team 2011–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
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990-91 Sudbury Wolves OHL 58 7 2 9 73 4 0 0 0 5
1991-92 Sudbury Wolves OHL 43 5 8 13 60 11 2 1 3 2
1992-93 Sudbury Wolves OHL 24 8 5 13 47 3 0 0 0 5
1993-94 Sudbury Wolves OHL 65 34 32 66 53 10 8 4 12 4
1994-95 Houston Aeros IHL 63 5 12 17 100 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Houston Aeros IHL 69 14 16 30 113 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Houston Aeros IHL 56 10 11 21 105 13 2 3 5 2
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 72 20 21 41 128 3 0 1 1 2
1998-99 Houston Aeros IHL 57 6 12 18 100 9 0 4 4 11
1999-00 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 19 1 3 4 4 -- -- -- -- --
OHL Totals 190 54 47 101 233 28 10 5 15 16
IHL Totals 317 55 72 127 511 25 2 8 10 15
AHL Totals 19 1 3 4 4 -- -- -- -- --

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost OTL Win % Finish Won Lost Result
MIN 2011-12 35 36 11 .492 4th in Northwest Division - - Failed to Qualify
MIN 2012-13 26 19 3 .577 2nd in Northwest Division 1 4 Lost in First Round
MIN 2013-14 43 27 12 .598 4th in Central Division 6 7 Lost in Second Round
Total 104 82 26 .552 0 Division
Championships
7 9 0 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