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May 31, 2016 | 12:30pm ET
Hitchcock to coach one final season

Ken Hitchcock is returning behind the St. Louis Blues bench for one last season.

Hitchcock, 64, signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues on Tuesday, and announced the 2016-17 season will be his last as a coach in the NHL.

"I'm not coaching after this year. This is it. I'm done," he revealed.

"This season has invigorated me like no season before. For 10 years, I haven't seen anything like this and it was really exciting. It was fun to be around and it was a great group of people with a tremendously structured, defined leadership in that locker room. It makes it so fun to coach. I really think we have another gear in us and I want to be part of that."

Hitchcock led the Blues to their five consecutive playoff appearance and their first trip to the Western Conference Final since 2001.

Over his career, to date, Hitchcock has accumulated a 224-103-36 record in 363 games behind the bench in St. Louis. His coaching career has spanned 19 NHL seasons, 1,404 games and 757 wins, which ranks fourth all-time in NHL history.

He won the Stanley Cup coaching the Dallas Stars in 1999.


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