The St. Louis Blues announced today that they have reached a two year extension with their coach, Ken Hitchcock through the 2013-2014 season. The contract comes with an option for a third season: 2014-2015.
Ken Hitchcock turned around the St. Louis Blues when he took over the team this past November. As the head coach, Hitchcock’s Blues went 43-15-11 and finished atop the Central Division. They were second in the Western Conference only to the Vancouver Canucks. His team’s performance helped Hitchcock win the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s best coach.
A great deal of the Blue’s success came from their strong goaltending duo of Brian Elliot and Jaroslav Halak who co-won the William M. Jennings Trophy for having the lowest combined goals against average (GAA). Also David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo, and David Perron had very strong seasons to help the Blues.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong spoke on the extension. He said, “Ken came in and immediately steadied our group and was able to get each one of our players to elevate their game. 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.”
This is a great extension for the Blues. Hitchcock was able to get the most of his players this past season. Expect that to grow as he gets to know the players better and they grow collectively. Expect the Blues to add a few players this off season to give Hitchcock a little more talent to work with.
More to Come..
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