Penguins' assistant coach hospitalized

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo is in a southern Florida hospital and will not be on the bench tonight when the team plays the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.

Head coach Dan Bylsma, who did not disclose the nature of Yeo's medical issue, stressed today that Yeo, 36, is "fine" and wanted to work the game, but doctors and the team felt it was better that he be monitored today and tonight.

Yeo is expected to be released tomorrow morning and return to Pittsburgh. The team is scheduled to fly home immediately after the game.

Bylsma said Yeo began not feeling well late in the Penguins' 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay last night -- "and it had nothing to do with the game," Bylsma said -- and was tested by doctors after the game. Paramedics and a gurney were in the coaches' locker room after the game, but Bylsma at the time said there was no problem. He said today that Yeo's family had not been notified at that point.

"The tests were fine after the game," Bylsma said. "Again this morning he wasn't feeling well after he got up and did some work. We got him to the hospital for preliminary tests. Those tests were normal. He wanted to coach in the game tonight, but we thought it was important that he continue to be monitored by the doctors."

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Shelly Anderson can be reached at or 412-263-1721.


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