St. Louis Blues fire Davis Payne, hire Ken Hitchcock as new head coach

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

January 2010.

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.