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Blues Extend Hitchcock Through 2014-15

Shaw, Bennett will remain part of coaching staff; Agnew, Hirsch will not return

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 2:18 PM / St Louis Blues - News
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Blues Extend Hitchcock Through 2014-15
Ken Hitchcock has been extended through 2014-15, while Brad Shaw and Ray Bennett will remain with the club.

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has extended the contract of Head Coach Ken Hitchcock for the 2014-15 season.

Associate Coach Brad Shaw and Assistant Coach Ray Bennett will also return for this upcoming season.

In addition, the club announced that Assistant Coach Gary Agnew and Goaltending Coach Corey Hirsch will not rejoin the team. A search to complete the coaching staff will begin immediately and the club will have no further comment until replacements are named.

“I would like to thank Gary and Corey for their diligence and dedication as members of our organization, and wish them nothing but success in their future endeavors,” said Armstrong.

Hitchcock, 62, was named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011. Since, he has led the club to three straight postseason appearances, including a franchise-best 52-win campaign this past season. During his three-year Blues career, he has compiled a 124-55-20 regular season record, making him the club’s all-time leader in points percentage (.673), while in 2011-12, he became just the fourth head coach in Blues history to receive the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Jack Adams Award as the League’s best coach.

Overall, the Edmonton, Alberta native has posted a 657-405-178 (.602) all-time regular season mark, while capturing the 1999 Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, as well as the gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Hitchcock ranks seventh on the NHL’s all-time wins list, including second among active coaches, while slotting third in Blues history.

NHL’s All-Time Wins List
1. Scotty Bowman, 1,244
2. Al Arbour, 782
3. Joel Quenneville, 706
4. Dick Irvin, 692
5. Pat Quinn, 684
6. Mike Keenan, 672
7. Ken Hitchcock, 657
MOST WINS, ACTIVE COACHES
1. Joel Quenneville, 706
2. Ken Hitchcock, 657
3. Lindy Ruff, 611
4. Darryl Sutter, 507
5. Mike Babcock, 484
Most Wins, Blues History
1. Joel Quenneville, 307
2. Brian Sutter, 153
3. Ken Hitchcock, 124
4. Andy Murray, 118
5. Scotty Bowman, 110

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 64 31 31 27 62
A. Steen 62 19 32 3 51
J. Schwartz 57 21 27 14 48
T. Oshie 56 17 27 8 44
D. Backes 63 21 22 1 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 56 12 25 10 37
J. Lehtera 57 9 24 14 33
A. Pietrangelo 64 6 27 -5 33
P. Berglund 60 8 12 -2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 20 10 2 .922 2.19
J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
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