(November 1) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have named Ken Hitchcock a pro scout, according to club Interim General Manager Paul Holmgren.
"I've had some discussions over the last few days with Hitch and I think that it's important that he stay close to the game, stay in the game," said Holmgren in making the announcement. "I know that his intention is to coach again somewhere down the road and until the time comes, I feel that Ken is an asset for us to use as long as he is okay with it. During my conversations with him over the last few days, I believe he is. We will utilize him in a pro scouting capacity. He is a knowledgeable guy, he knows a lot about the game of hockey and a lot about players, so I think that there are various ways that Ken can help us. I intend to talk to Hitch more at length over the next day or so, but I know that he is certainly willing to help us and we look forward to him doing so."
"I am grateful to Mr. Snider and Paul (Holmgren) for giving me the opportunity to stay involved in the organization and help whenever I can," said Hitchcock. "I don't make any secret of the fact that I want to be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but this is an opportunity for me to help in any way possible by watching other teams play, watching other players perform and helping Paul in the evaluation of other players and other teams. It's going to be different and new, but it gives me the opportunity to stay connected to Mr. Snider and the organization and also an opportunity to stay really connected with the National Hockey League as far as awareness and the level of play."
Hitchcock, 54, most recently served as the Flyers' head coach for four seasons (2002-03 to 2006-07). He had a 131-83-40 regular season record in his four seasons as head coach of the Flyers. His 131 wins are fourth most among Flyers head coaches. He was the 15th head coach in Flyers history after being named to the position on May 14, 2002. In 11 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars (1995-96 to 2001-02) and the Flyers (2002-03 to 2006-07), Hitchcock compiled a 408-249-100 record in 757 regular season games and has a 66-51 record in 117 career playoff games.
A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Hitchcock also served as head coach of Dallas' International Hockey League affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings/Michigan K-Wings for three seasons, from the 1993-94 season until being named Stars' head coach on January 8, 1996. Prior to joining the Stars' organization, Hitchcock served three seasons as an assistant coach with the Flyers (1990-91 through 1992-93).
Hitchcock joined the Flyers after six seasons as head coach of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League from 1984-85 through 1989-90.