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A One-Year Contract Extension For Ken Hitchcock

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(May 31, 2016) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract extension.  Hitchcock was originally hired by the Blues on Nov. 7, 2011, becoming the 24th head coach in team history.  The Edmonton, Alberta native will enter his sixth season behind the Blues bench in 2016-17.

During his tenure with the Blues, Hitchcock has guided the team to four of the top five regular season point totals in franchise history while earning five consecutive births in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  In 2015-16, Hitchcock led the Blues to a 49-24-9 record and 107 points - the fourth highest regular season point total in team history.  In the 2016 postseason, the Blues defeated the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and the Western Conference's top regular season team, the Dallas Stars, en route to their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 15 years.  Hitchcock has finished first or second in the Central Division in each of his five seasons in St. Louis, including division titles in both 2014-15 and 2011-12.  Following the 2011-12 campaign, he became the fourth coach in Blues history to earn the NHL's Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach.  Overall, Hitchcock has coached 363 regular season games behind the Blues bench, accumulating a 224-103-36 record.  His .667 career points percentage is the best in franchise history.

The 2016-17 season will be Hitchcock's 20th as an NHL head coach.  Overall, he has coached in 1,404 career regular season games between Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis, posting a 757-453-194 record.  He ranks sixth in NHL history in regular season games coached and fourth in regular season wins.  Hitchcock has led his teams to seven division titles and 11 100-point regular seasons.  During his postseason career, Hitchcock has posted an 86-82 record while leading his teams to 13 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances.  In 1998-99, he led the Dallas Stars to 16-7 playoff record en route to winning the 1999 Stanley Cup.

Internationally, Hitchcock is a three-time goal medalist, winning with Canada at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics as an associate coach.  In addition, he served as the team’s head coach at the 2008 World Championships (silver medal) and assistant coach at both the 2002 World Championships (gold medal) and the 1987 World Junior Championships (gold medal).

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