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Blues Relieve Mike Yeo of Coaching Duties

Name Craig Berube Interim Head Coach

November 19, 2018 - 11:24 pm

ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have relieved Mike Yeo of his coaching duties.  In addition, Armstrong announced the Blues have named Craig Berube Interim Head Coach. 

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The Blues will hold a press conference with Armstrong and Berube tomorrow, at 10 a.m., at St. Louis Mills. You can watch that press conference live on the KMOX Sports Facebook page.

Armstrong announced the change hours after Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Blues' third shutout in the last four games. At 7-9-3, the Blues are in last place in the Central Division, and their 17 points rank next-to-last in the NHL, ahead of only Los Angeles.

Something had to give for the Blues after they failed to make the playoffs last season, falling one point short when they lost to Colorado in their 82nd game. They lost in the second round under Yeo in 2017, after he was a midseason replacement for fired coach Ken Hitchcock.

After no coaches were fired last season, the 45-year-old Yeo is the third NHL coach to lose his job this month, following the Kings' John Stevens and the Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville. Yeo went 73-49-11 in parts of three seasons with the Blues, with one playoff series victory.

Craig Berube as Philadelphia Flyers head coach in 2014
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Berube (photoed in 2014 as head coach of the Flyers) had been an associate coach on Yeo's staff since the summer of 2017. Before that, he was coach of the Blues' AHL affiliate and has NHL head-coaching experience from parts of two seasons with Philadelphia.

The 52-year-old Berube is a midseason replacement for the second time, after replacing Peter Laviolette with the Flyers three games into the 2013-14 season. Berube played 1,054 NHL games and racked up 159 points and 3,149 penalty minutes.

Yeo joined the Blues as an assistant in 2016 after five seasons with Minnesota. The Wild made the playoffs in three of Yeo's four full seasons, and he was fired 55 games into 2015-16.

The Blues came into the season with championship aspirations after acquiring center Ryan O'Reilly in a trade from Buffalo and signing forwards Tyler Bozak, Patrick Maroon and David Perron. Yeo was considered to be on the hot seat, and two consecutive losses led to his dismissal.

Berube, 52, first joined the Blues as associate coach on June 15, 2017.  Prior to joining the Blues, the Calahoo, Alberta, native spent one season as the head coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves (2016-17).  He led the Wolves to a 44-19-13 regular-season record and a first-place finish in the Central Division.  Berube also guided the Wolves to the second round of the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.  Previous to his stint in Chicago, Berube spent 11 seasons in different coaching roles in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.  For parts of two seasons (2013-2015), he served as head coach of the Flyers, posting a 75-58-28 record overall.  Before that, Berube spent six years as an assistant coach, helping the Flyers reach the postseason five times, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2009-10.  Berube also spent four seasons with the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, including parts of two campaigns as head coach.

As a player, Berube appeared in 17 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, including stints with Philadelphia, Toronto, Calgary, Washington, and the New York Islanders.  Berube posted 159 points (61 goals, 98 assists) and 3,149 penalty minutes across 1,054 regular-season games.