After a disappointing 24-21-5 start, the St. Louis Blues relieved head coach Ken Hitchcock of his position Wednesday.
The team announces that associate coach Mike Yeo—who was hired during the offseason to be Hitchcock’s successor in 2017-18—will immediately assume head coaching duties.
The 65-year-old Hitchcock ranks fourth on the all-time NHL coaching wins list with 781, and he went 248-124-41 in parts of six seasons with the Blues.
Hitchcock led St. Louis to the playoffs in each of his five full campaigns with the team, including a trip to the Western Conference Final last season.
He reached the Stanley Cup Final on two occasions with the Dallas Stars, winning once, and won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach in 2011-12.Hitchcock is considered one of the most knowledgeable coaches in hockey and shouldn’t be unemployed long