The St. Louis Blues have hired Ken Hitchcock as their new head coach, according to the team’s official website. The Blues reportedly relieved Davis Payne of his duties Sunday night.
The Blues currently stand at 6-7-0 through 13 games this season, which places them second to last overall in the Western Conference. Last season the Blues finished with a 38-33-11 record which was not strong enough to make the playoffs.
Hitchcock most recently served as the head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2006-2010, and helped lead the franchise to their only playoff berth in team history. After 59 games in the 2009-10 season for the Blue Jackets, Hitchcock was fired after leading the team to a disappointing 23-27-9 record.
Hitchcock also coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 2002-2007 and the Dallas Stars from 1995-2002. In Dallas he led the team to two consecutive Stanley Cup Finals, and won the championship in 1998-99.