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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
V. Tarasenko 46 24 23 23 47
A. Steen 44 15 25 8 40
K. Shattenkirk 46 8 31 17 39
J. Schwartz 39 16 21 15 37
D. Backes 45 16 17 5 33
J. Lehtera 45 9 21 16 30
T. Oshie 38 13 15 11 28
A. Pietrangelo 46 4 23 0 27
P. Stastny 38 9 16 5 25
P. Berglund 45 6 9 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 13 5 2 .930 1.86
J. Allen 13 5 2 .900 2.65

 
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