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St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will be back next season.
|Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the bench for the Blues next season. St. Louis lost in the first round of the playoffs for a second year in a row.|
Hitchcock's contract was extended through 2014-15, the team announced Wednesday. Hired in November 2011, Hitchcock has led the club to three straight postseason appearances, including a franchise-best 52 wins this season. The Blues lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the first round despite winning the first two.
Associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will also return. Assistant coach Gary Agnew and goaltending coach Corey Hirsch will not be back, the team said.
"I would like to thank Gary and Corey for their diligence and dedication as members of our organization, and wish them nothing but success in their future endeavors," said Doug Armstrong, the Blues' general manager and president of hockey operations.
Hitchcock is 124-55-20 with St. Louis, making him the team's all-time leader in points percentage. In 2011-12, he became the fourth coach in team history to win the Jack Adams Award, given to the league's top coach.
He led the Dallas Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999 and has a career record of 657-405-178 with the Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues. His 657 wins rank seventh all time and second among active coaches.