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Blues extend Hitchcock as coach through 2014-15

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 3:33 PM / News

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Blues extend Hitchcock as coach through 2014-15
The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

In addition, associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will return.

Hitchcock, 62, is 124-55-20 since taking over as Blues coach on Nov. 7, 2011. The Blues were 52-23-7 this season but lost their final six regular-season games to finish second in the Central Division to the Colorado Avalanche. St. Louis started the Stanley Cup Playoffs by taking a 2-0 lead against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round but lost four straight and were eliminated.

Hitchcock won the Jack Adams Award in his first season with the Blues. He previously coached the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup in 1999, returned to the Stanley Cup Final in 2000 and has a career record of 657-405-178 with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues. His 657 wins rank seventh all-time and second among active coaches (joe Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks, 706).

The Blues announced assistant coach Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not return and a search for their replacements will begin immediately.

"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," general manager Doug Armstrong said.

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