The hockey legacy of Ken Hitchcock can be found all over this town, and it will even be on the ice Monday at American Airlines Center.
Hitchcock is the winningest coach in Dallas Stars history and had a hand in building the hockey infrastructure that has made the sport thrive in a Sunbelt City, so his return as the new coach of the Edmonton Oilers will probably be met with another standing ovation from the fans. Just as important this time, though, is the appreciation that will come from a few key members on the Stars bench.
Hitchcock returned to coach the Stars last season, retired at the end of the year, and now has come back to coach is boyhood idols, the Oilers. While that's a convoluted process to try to digest, it makes sense in Hitchcock's mind.
He is simply trying to do his best every day to enjoy the sport he loves -- and that's the same now in Edmonton as it was last year in Dallas.
"It feels like I never left, because I was here a week ago," Hitchcock joked on his return.