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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Meet my Coach!!


Ken Hitchcock, or more commonly referred to as Hitch became the coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 22, 2006. Immediately you could see a difference in my boys. But, let me tell you a little more about Hitch. He was born on December 17, 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1984 he began his coaching career with the Kamloops Blazers he stayed there for six seasons and went 291-115-15 and lead them to two WHL Championships. In 1990 he was named Top Coach in all of the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League.

After being very successful in WHL Hitch became an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990. After staying with the Flyers for three seasons he left to go to the Kalamazoo Wings mid third season he left to become the head coach for the Dallas Stars on January 8, 1996. In 1998-1999 Hitchcock lead the Dallas Stars to their first Stanley Cup. In 2001 Hitchcock was fired as the Stars head coach and quickly went back to the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2006 Hitchcock was fired as the Flyers coach and then came to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hitch is a man who thrives on discipline. All Blue Jackets fans are absolutely thrilled to have this man on our team. Here is his NHL Coaching Record from the Blue Jackets website.

Year Team GP W L O/T PTS PCT
2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets
62 28 29 5 61 0.492
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers 8 1 6 1 3 0.188
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 26 11 101 0.616
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers 82 40 21 21 101 0.616
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 20 17 107 0.652
2001-02 Dallas Stars 50 23 17 10 56 0.560
2000-01 Dallas Stars 82 48 24 10 106 0.646
1999-2000 Dallas Stars 82 43 23 16 102 0.622
1998-99 Dallas Stars 82 51 19 12 114 0.695
1997-98 Dallas Stars 82 49 22 11 109 0.665
1996-97 Dallas Stars 82 48 26 8 104 0.634
1995-96 Dallas Stars 43 15 23 5 35 0.407
Totals
819 436 278 127 999 0.597

3 comments:

Jeannie said...

Why was he fired so many times?

kristin said...

Hitch!!!

Bitchany said...

Jeannie:
When teams start doing poorly under you; regardless of the problem, GM's do that to change things up...that's why Galant was fired last year for us.
Kristin:
I love him...