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Minnesota Wild Introduce New Head Coach

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

The Minnesota Wild introduced their new head coach, Mike Yeo, on Friday. Yeo is the third coach in the teams history, replacing Todd Richards who went 77-71-16 in two years as coach.

Last season 37-year-old Yeo was the head coach for the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s top farm club. He led them to the American Hockey League finals. Yeo was also an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

The Wild had a tough season last year going 39-35-8 missing the playoffs by 11 points. They didn’t make the playoffs under former coach Richards in his two years as coach. The team has only made the playoffs three times in their 10-year history. The last time they reached the playoffs was in 2008. For the first time in team history, the Wild didn’t sell out every game last year.

Friday, June 24 from noon until 5pm, the Minnesota Wild will hold a Fan Fest at the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront. The event includes attractions for fans of all ages including autograph, hockey exhibits and more.

(AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles)

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