Vigneault adds former NHL head coaches Therrien, Yeo to Flyers' staff

The Philadelphia Flyers will have a wealth of head coaching experience on their bench next season, with Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien joining the NHL club as assistants.

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers will have a wealth of head coaching experience on their bench next season, with Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien joining the NHL club as assistants.

New Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault announced Monday that Therrien and Yeo will join returning coaches Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson on his staff.

Therrien has spent parts of 12 seasons as an NHL coach, including two stints with the Montreal Canadiens (2000-03 and 2012-17). He coached Pittsburgh in between his tenures in Montreal, leading the Penguins to an appearance in the 2008 Stanley Cup final.

Yeo has coached parts of eight seasons with Minnesota and St. Louis.

"I am excited to add Michel and Mike on our coaching staff to work alongside Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson," Vigneault said in a statement. "Both men have enjoyed success at all levels throughout their coaching careers, including working together at the NHL level. Each brings a considerable amount of experience and knowledge to our group, which I have no doubt will help lead our team to immediate success."

The Flyers hired Vigneault last month to fill their vacant head coaching position, held on an interim basis by Scott Gordon after Dave Hakstol was fired in December.

Vigneault, who has led the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers to Stanley Cup final appearances, is being tasked to lead the Flyers there for the first time since 1975.

 

The Canadian Press