Nov 8, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock talks with Blues captain David Backes (42) in the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
(ST. LOUIS) - St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2013-14 season. Contract has an option for 2014-15 season that will be jointly decided on.
"Ken came in and immediately steadied our group and was able to get each one of our players to elevate their game," said Armstrong. "He still has the passion and drive to be a Head Coach in this league and is committed to taking this team to the next level."
"I feel like we are putting together a quality program here," said Hitchcock. "We had a good year finishing where we did in the standings (tied for 2nd in NHL with 109 points) but this club is not satisfied with our ending and firmly believes we have great things to come."
Hitchcock was named the 24th Head Coach in franchise history on November 6, 2011 and recently became the franchise's fourth winner of the Jack Adams Award joining Joel Quenneville (2000), Brian Sutter (1991) and Red Berenson (1981). Hitchcock led the Blues to their first 100-point season (49-22-11, 109 pts) since 2001 as well as their first playoff series win since 2002. Hitchcock set a franchise record for the best 10-game start for a new Blues coach (7-1-2) and became the sixth different coach in club history to record over 40 wins in a season. Hitchcock finished the regular season 13th all-time in games coached (1,110) and 11th in wins (576) while in playoff history he ranks 8th all-time in games (130) and 11th in wins (70).