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Blues extend contract of head coach Hitchcock for next season

The Canadian Press

5/7/2014 3:42:00 PM

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues have extended head coach Ken Hitchcock's contract through the 2014-15 season.

The team also announced Wednesday that associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will return next season, while assistant coach Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not rejoin the team.

Hitchcock, 62, has led the club to three straight post-season appearances, including a franchise-best 52-win campaign this past season.

During three years with the Blues, he has compiled a 124-55-20 regular season record and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach in 2011-12.

The Edmonton native has an all-time coaching record of 657-405-178 (.602) with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis. He led the Stars to their only Stanley Cup title in 1999.

Hitchcock ranks seventh on the NHL's all-time wins list and is second among active coaches.

He was also a member of the coaching staff of Canada's gold-medal teams at the 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.