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Head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues poses after winning the Jack Adams Award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Head coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues poses after winning the Jack Adams Award during the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Blues have signed coach Ken Hitchcock to a contract extension through 2013-14, according to the club.  The deal has a mutual option for the 2014-15 season.

“Ken came in and immediately steadied our group and was able to get each one of our players to elevate their game,” general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. “He still has the passion and drive to be a head coach in this league and is committed to taking this team to the next level.”

“I feel like we are putting together a quality program here,” said Hitchcock. “We had a good year finishing where we did in the standings (tied for 2nd in NHL with 109 points) but this club is not satisfied with our ending and firmly believes we have great things to come.”

Hitchcock was named head coach on November 6 and recently became the franchise’s fourth winner of the Jack Adams Award, leading the Blues to their first 100-point season since 2001.  The team advanced to the playoffs and won their first series since 2002.

Hitchcock set a franchise record for the best 10-game start for a new Blues coach (7-1-2) and became the sixth different coach in club history to record over 40 wins in a season.

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