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Pens Assistant Coach Mike Yeo Hired As Houston Head Coach (AHL)

Pensburgh recaps Mike Yeo's 11 year stint in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, now that the Yeo (a Pittsburgh assistant coach for the last 5 seasons) has accepted his first head coaching position with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Yeo's move from the AHL to the NHL saw a lot of his WB/S players who formed the core of future Stanley Cup runs made it with him.  Brooks Orpik, Ryan Whitney, Maxime Talbot, Colby Armstrong, Rob Scuderi and Marc-Andre Fleury would gradually join their former farm coaches and become NHL mainstays.  Yeo has coached Orpik every season of his pro career, dating back to the 2002-03 season.  Other young players like Jordan Staal, Evgeni Malkin, Tyler Kennedy and Kris Letang don't know what an NHL bench is without seeing Yeo behind it.

No word yet on who the Penguins will seek to replace Yeo, who's duties included running the oft-maligned power play unit.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.