COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock has been named associate coach for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, the club and Team Canada announced June 25. Hitchcock will join head coach Mike Babcock and associate coaches Jacques Lemaire and Lindy Ruff, who were also named to the coaching staff.
"It's a real honor anytime you have an opportunity to represent your country in any competition," said Hitchcock. "Having the Olympics take place in Canada is really special. I have been fortunate to be a part of Team Canada at the past two Olympics and getting to do so again is a real privilege."
Hitchcock has represented Canada at numerous international competitions. He was named head coach of Team Canada for the 2008 World Championships and led the squad to the silver medal. He also served as an associate coach for Team Canada at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games, winning the gold medal at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. He helped Team Canada win the World Cup of Hockey Tournament in 2004 as an associate coach and was an assistant on gold medal-winning squads at the 2002 World Championships and the 1987 World Junior Championships.
Hitchcock was named the fourth head coach in Blue Jackets history on Nov. 22, 2006. He has compiled a 511-345-127 record in 983 regular season games with the Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars during his NHL coaching career. In 11 full seasons behind the bench, he has led his teams to nine Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances, six division titles (Dallas, Central Division: 1996-01; Philadelphia, Atlantic Division: 2003-04) and a pair of second place finishes, while recording at least 40 wins nine times and 100 points on eight occasions. He has also led his teams to a 66-55 record in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 16-7 mark in 1998-99 when he guided the Stars to the Stanley Cup.
Hitchcock has compiled a 103-96-27 record in 226 games since joining the Blue Jackets, leading the club to its first Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance with a franchise-best 41-31-10 record (92 pts.) in 2008-09. He became the 13th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins when the Jackets earned a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Feb. 19, 2009 and currently stands 11th on the all-time wins list. On Apr. 5, 2008 at St. Louis, he became the 20th coach in NHL history to coach in 900 or more games.
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