Wild’s Yeo aiming to be a ‘Tough Mudder’

Forgive Mike Yeo if he takes a modest break from plotting his team’s return to the NHL playoffs in 2012-13. The Wild coach has other things on his mind this weekend — namely, the grueling Tough Mudder event he and seven members of his staff will compete in Saturday in Somerset, Wis.

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Organizers bill this as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” and who’s going to disagree? A course designed by members of the British Special Forces sends participants climbing a slippery, sloping 15-foot wall, working their way across water by going hand over hand on greased timber, running through dangling wires with some delivering 10,000 volts of electricity, crawling through pipes and under barbed wire and loping through a stretch of flames four feet high.

The big reward for finishers? A beer and a T-shirt. The overhead on those finishing prizes has to be remarkably low, considering only about 15 percent of participants actually cross the finish line.

“Does anybody not want their beer at the end of this thing?” Yeo quipped.

We’ll allow Yeo a frosty beverage or two so long as he promises to get the Wild back into the postseason next spring.