Ken Hitchcock Named Assistant Coach for Canada in 2014 Winter Olympics
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(ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has been named an Assistant Coach for Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong will also return as Canada’s Associate Director of Player Personnel. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock will return as head coach. Rounding out the assistant staff will be Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff and Boston head coach Claude Julien.
Hitchcock has represented Canada at international competitions before, including serving as Head Coach at the 2008 World Championships, where he led the team to the Silver Medal. He was also named an Associate Coach at the 2002 (Gold Medal), 2006 and 2010 (Gold Medal) Olympic Games. In addition, he served as an Assistant Coach at the 2002 World Championships (Gold Medal) and the 1987 World Junior Championships (Gold Medal).
With the Blues, Hitchcock will be entering his third season in 2013-14. In his first two seasons, he has posted the best winning percentage for a head coach in franchise history (72-32-13, .671). For his efforts, Hitchcock earned the 2012 Jack Adams Award as the National Hockey League’s (NHL) most outstanding coach.
Armstrong returns for his second stint as Canada’s Associate Director of Player Personnel after earning the Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Games. In addition, he served as the General Manager for Team Canada at the 2009 World Championships (Silver Medal), the Assistant General Manager at the 2002 and 2008 World Championships (Silver Medal) and as a special advisor to Steve Yzerman, at the 2007 World Championships (Gold Medal). Armstrong and Yzerman are currently the only two General Managers in the NHL that are members of the “Triple Gold Club,” having been on the management staff for a Stanley Cup, an Olympic Gold Medal and a World Championship Gold Medal.