ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced tonight the club has relieved Davis Payne as Head Coach and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock will be the 24th Head Coach in franchise history and has agreed to a contract through the 2012-13 season. Armstrong and Hitchcock will be available to the media Monday at 10:30 am at Scottrade Center and the team will hold their first practice under Hitchcock at 1:00 pm. The team will have no further comment until tomorrow morning.
Hitchcock, 59, has coached 1,042 National Hockey League games with Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus, compiling a record of 534-350-88-70 for a .588 winning percentage. His teams have won 40 or more games nine times and was Head Coach of Dallas when they won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He has guided his teams to six division titles and eclipsed 100 points eight times. Hitchcock coached in three consecutive NHL All-Star games (1998, 1999, 2000) and was Assistant Coach for Team Canada when they won Gold in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Blues currently sit with a 6-7-0 record in their first 13 games which is 13th in the Western Conference. The Blues will have five consecutive home games as they play Chicago (Tuesday), Toronto (Thursday), Tampa Bay (Saturday), Detroit (Nov. 15) and Florida (Nov. 17).