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Ken Hitchcock climbs to eighth all-time in coaching wins

Nov 23, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

Ken Hitchcock AP

The St. Louis Blues dismantled the Dallas Stars 6-1 on Saturday, giving Ken Hitchcock the 621st regular season coaching win of his career, bumping him to eight all-time ahead of current Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray.

Hitchcock is now 621-385-86 with 88 ties (or 621-385-88-86, if you want to make your brain melt and include ties) in 1,180 games coached.

It’s fitting that Hitchcock moved up the charts against the Stars, the team that gave him his first NHL head coaching gig. You may recall that Hitchcock guided Dallas to its only Stanley Cup victory in 1999 and the Stanley Cup Final in 2000, as well.

If you’re wondering, Hitchcock is second among active NHL coaches with those 621 wins. He might struggle to catch up with Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, who’s shooting for win 676 tonight. (The ‘Stache recently passed Mike Keenan for fifth all-time.)

In another nod to Stars nostalgia, Brenden Morrow collected an assist against the team he recently captained, which gives him at least one point against every NHL team, according to NHL.com’s Lou Korac. It was also his 250th goal.

This extends the best start in Blues’ franchise history at 16-3-3, so things are pretty golden for St. Louis tonight.

  1. jhaegs - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Attaboy Hitch!

    Good win by the Blues tonight!!! Statement game??? Lol

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      So just how long are you going to milk that? Or has this become an entitlement?

  2. charliereno - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Get that boy a gravy boat and a few dozen donuts!

  3. paul621 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    “Brenden Morrow collected an assist against the team he recently captained, which gives him at least one point against every NHL team, according to NHL.com’s Lou Korac. It was also his 250th goal.”

    That must have been one heck of an assist, to count toward his goal total!

  4. enollatsknarf - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Newt Gingrich

    • hustleandflomax - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Gingrich is a MUCH bigger douche, though. Even when he was coaching the hated Stars back in the 90s, I respected Hitchcock. He is a straight-shooter without being an asshole. Rare these days.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Douche? The guy is brilliant and understands constitutional law and US history, and has a pretty good grasp of economics. Personal life has some issues, but much more of a “straight shooter” than the guy who we tragically re-elected.

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Likely future HOF coach. Will probably end up #3 in the all time list in terms of regular season and playoff wins.

    And that is his likely ceiling, as there is another currently active coach ahead of him in season and playoff wins, and winning % that will end up as the #2 all time coach – Coach Q of the Hawks of course!

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