ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues have changed coaches after
a disappointing 6-7 start, firing Davis Payne and hiring Ken
Hitchcock to a contract through next season.
The 40-year-old Payne was the second-youngest coach in the NHL
but got only one full season with St. Louis after being hired in
The 59-year-old Hitchcock is 534-350-88-70, winning a Stanley
Cup with Dallas in 1999-2000 and also coaching at Philadelphia and
The team called a news conference for Monday morning and
Hitchcock will be on the bench for practice that afternoon.