Another familiar face is rejoining the St. Louis Blues organization, but this time he'll be serving behind the bench in his first coaching role.
Steve Ott will join the Blues' coaching staff as an assistant to Head Coach Mike Yeo. He signed a three-year contract with the club. "Steve was a competitor on the ice as a player and I expect him to bring that energy in this role," said Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo. "He was highly respected as a player and a person among his teammates and I believe he will be a huge asset to our staff."
Leadership roles are nothing new to Ott, who served as an assistant captain for the Dallas Stars and captain of the Buffalo Sabres prior to being traded to St. Louis in 2014.
He remained a member of the Blues until 2016 before wrapping up his 14-season career last year with Detroit and Montreal. "I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career," said Ott.
"The Blues organization is very special to me and my family and I'm excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise."
During his time wearing the Blue Note, Ott was known just as much for his personality off the ice as he was for his tough-guy demeanor on it. A favorite among fans and teammates alike, Ott's sense of humor was always on display at events, in the community, and as host of "Bommarito Zero to Sixty," a digital comedic segment aired through Blues on Demand.
Video: Steve Ott interviews Alexander Steen from the 2015-16 season.
Ott will be welcomed back to St. Louis by a group he knows well. More than half of the players from his last season as a Blue currently remain on the roster.