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One of hockey’s best known coaches, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock apprenticed coaching various levels of hockey in the Edmonton area. A highly successful minor hockey coach, Hitchcock was hired by the Kamloops Blazer of the WHL, and would serve as their head coach from 1984 until 1990. After his stint in Kamloops, Hitchcock would serve as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and as head coach of the Michigna K-Wings of the IHL. Midway through the 1995/96 season, Hitchcock was hired as the head coach of the Dallas Stars. Hitchcock’s tenure with the Stars would be a highly successful, as he lead the Stars to appearances in the 1999 and 2000 Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999. After his tenure in Dallas, Hitchcock would return to Philadelphia and serve as the Flyers head coach for parts of 4 seasons. Hitchcock’s most successful season as the Flyers head coach saw the team advance to the 2004 Eastern Conference finals, where they would lose to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. After leaving Philadelphia, Hitchcock moved on to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he would coach another 4 seasons, leading the franchise to their first ever playoff appearance in 2009. Hitchcock has held his current position of head coach of the St. Louis Blues since November 6th 2011. On March 12, 2015, Hitchcock recorded his 700th career win as an NHL head coach when the Blues defeated one of Hitchcock’s former teams, the Philadelphia Flyers.

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