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St. Louis Blues Hire Mike Yeo As Associate Coach, Head Coach For 2017-2018

The successor to Ken Hitchcock is official.

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The Blues announced today that they have hired Brad Shaw and Kirk Muller's replacements: Rick Wilson and Mike Yeo. The Blues have also announced that Yeo will take over head coaching duties after this upcoming season is complete, as current coach Ken Hitchcock is retiring at the end of this year.

Yeo was a fairly successful coach in Minnesota until his firing last year during a terrible stretch of hockey that nearly cost the Wild a playoff spot. He coached them to a 173-132-44 record.

Doug Armstrong had this to say about the hire:

“We’re excited to have Mike Yeo join us an an associate coach for next season and to become the next head coach for the St. Louis Blues for three years after that,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “For being 42 years old, he’s got a lot of experience. He’s won a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh, he’s taken an American League team to the finals and you saw the good job he did in Minnesota in taking that team to the second round. What excites me is his experience, but with his age, he can really relate to today’s players and it’s an exciting day for our team.”

Wilson is familiar with both the Blues and with Ken Hitchcock. Wilson was a defenseman for the team from 1974-1976, and was also part of Ken Hitchcock's Stanley Cup winning staff in Dallas (insert shocked gasp here).