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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
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13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 63 31 30 27 61
A. Steen 61 19 32 6 51
J. Schwartz 56 20 27 13 47
T. Oshie 55 17 27 11 44
D. Backes 62 21 22 4 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 55 12 25 11 37
J. Lehtera 56 9 24 13 33
A. Pietrangelo 63 6 27 -2 33
P. Berglund 59 8 12 -2 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 20 9 2 .921 2.20
J. Allen 17 6 3 .903 2.55

 
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