COLUMBUS, United States – Ken Hitchcock, who led Canada to the silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship, signed a three-year contract with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Signing Ken Hitchcock to this contract extension is another important step for the Columbus Blue Jackets as Ken is at or near the top of anyone's list when it comes to NHL coaches," said Columbus GM Scott Howson. "He has brought credibility, presence and structure to our team and is an integral part of the Blue Jackets' identity. We are pleased to have stability for at least the next four years at the head coaching position."
Hitchcock has coached Columbus since November 2006. The 56-year-old owns a 470-314-117 regular season record in 901 career games with the Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars. He has a 66-51 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs, including a 16-7 mark in 1999 when Dallas won the Stanley Cup.
Before serving as Canada’s head coach at the 2008 World Championship, he was an associate coach at both the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, winning the championship, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, winning the gold medal, and the 2002 IIHF World Championship. He was also an assistant coach with Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 1988 IIHF World U20 Championship.