At age 60, Ken Hitchcock knows at some point he's going to have to hang up his coaching whistle.
But the St. Louis Blues coach feels he has at least a few more years left before that happens, which is why he signed a one-year contract extension with the team Wednesday that keeps him with the team through the 2013-14 season.
Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne on Nov. 6, 2011, when the team was 6-7-0 and 14th in the Western Conference. The Blues went 43-15-11 under Hitchcock to finish atop the Central Division for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Hitchcock Gets Contract Extension
The Blues have announced Head Coach Ken Hitchcock has been extended through 2013-14 with an option for an additional year (Getty Images).
The Blues finished the season second in the West with 109 points, their highest total since 1999-2000, and they won a playoff series for the first time since 2002.
Hitchcock capped his season by winning the Jack Adams Award for the first time.