The St. Louis Blues have hired their next coach a year early
Four months to the day after he was fired as coach of the Minnesota Wild, Mike Yeo has his next job lined up – for 12 months down the line.
Yeo has been hired as the 2017 replacement for current St Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who has said next season will be his last behind the bench. Yeo will be an associate coach under Hitchcock on one of the NHL’s best teams next season.
Hitchcock, 64, led the Blues to the Western Conference finals this season, but they were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks. He has coached the Dallas Stars (1995-2002), Philadelphia Flyers (2002-06), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-10) and Blues (2011-present) in a career that has resulted in a 757-453-88-106 record and one Stanley Cup championship in 1999 with the Stars.
Yeo, 42, had a 173-132-44 record in five seasons with the Wild. He led Minnesota to four straight playoff appearances, but the team never got further than the second round and ended up getting bounced in six games by the Stars in the first round this past season.