ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues took the interim tag off head coach Davis Payne's title Wednesday.
Payne, who was named interim head coach on Jan. 2, is the 23rd coach in franchise history.
"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," team president John Davidson said in a statement.
Payne, 39, currently the youngest coach in the NHL, guided the Blues to a 23-15-4 record after taking over from Andy Murray.
Prior to joining the Blues, Payne was the head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Peoria. The Kamloops, B.C., native also spent seven seasons as a head coach in the ECHL.