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Interim tag removed for St. Louis' Payne

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The St. Louis Blues began working on putting 2009-10 disappointing season behind them Wednesday by officially naming Davis Payne as head coach. The announcement was made by club President John Davidson

Payne became the 23rd coach in franchise the history when he was named interim head coach on January 2, 2010, taking over for Andy Murray.

"Davis did an outstanding job for us and earned the opportunity to be a permanent head coach in the National Hockey League for our club," Davidson said.  

The appointment makes Payne, 39, the youngest full-time head coach in the NHL. He led the Blues to a 23-15-4 record, which included a 12-5-2 showing at Scottrade Center. St. Louis won 15 of its final 23 games of the regular season to finish in ninth place in the Western Conference, five points behind Colorado for the final playoff berth.

A graduate of NCAA Division I Michigan Tech, Payne appeared in 22 NHL games and recorded 1 assist as a left wing with the Boston Bruins, and played a total of eight professional seasons. He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round (No. 140) of the 1989 Entry Draft.
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