Mike Yeo to take over as St. Louis Blues head coach in 2017
ST. LOUIS – The Blues will have new head coach starting the 2017-2018 season. The hockey club announces that Mike Yeo will be joining the team as an associate coach. Yeo will take over for head coach Ken Hitchcock after his final season with the Note.
The St. Louis Blues have signed coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension; he will return to the bench for the club next season.
A release from the St. Louis Blues states that:
Rick Wilson will join the staff as an assistant coach. Ray Bennett (assistant coach), Jim Corsi (goalie coach) and Sean Ferrell (video coach) will also return.
Yeo spent the majority of the last five seasons as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild, leading the club to a 173-132-44 record, including a 46-28-8 mark in 2014-15, which was the second-best mark in Wild history. Yeo also guided Minnesota to three postseason appearances, including back-to-back trips to the second round in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to his stint in Minnesota, Yeo spent one season as the head coach of the AHL’s Houston Aeros, where he led the club to the 2011 Calder Cup Final. He also spent 10 seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, including four seasons as an assistant coach, where he captured the 2009 Stanley Cup. Yeo’s first six seasons in the organization were spent as an assistant with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
“I feel really confident that the team and the franchise is going to be in great shape with Mike at the helm,” Hitchcock said.
Wilson, a former Blues defenseman, has been behind an NHL bench in various roles for the past 27 seasons, including stints as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders (1988-89), Los Angeles Kings (1989-92), Minnesota North Stars (1992-93) and Dallas Stars (1993-2002), where he captured a Stanley Cup in 1999 as part of Hitchcock’s staff.