Sports Blues name Peter Chiarelli VP of hockey operations

02:55  23 september  2021
02:55  23 september  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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The St. Louis Blues have made a few front-office changes, naming Peter Chiarelli vice president of hockey operations and Ken Hitchcock a coaching consultant. Dave Taylor, who was previously in the role that Chiarelli was given, will assume the role of senior advisor to hockey operations.

  Blues name Peter Chiarelli VP of hockey operations © Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Chiarelli, 57, had already been working for the Blues as a consultant but will now have an expanded role in the front office. The longtime executive last held a full-time position in 2019 with the Edmonton Oilers, but he was fired early that year halfway through another disappointing season. There’s no lack of experience assuming the role for the blues, as Chiarelli was an NHL GM for 13 consecutive seasons between the Boston Bruins and Oilers. Before that, he held various positions with the Ottawa Senators, including assistant GM.

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Hitchcock will be well-known to Blues fans, given he was head coach of the team for parts of six seasons. His last season in 2016-17 was supposed to be his swan song with the team when Mike Yeo was brought on as a coach-in-waiting, but after a 24-21-5 start, GM Doug Armstrong pulled the trigger early and fired Hitchcock. As Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic notes, Armstrong never lost respect for Hitchcock, and the legendary coach was already considered a mentor for Blues boss Craig Berube.

Hitchcock is fourth all-time on the NHL wins list with 849 and won the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Dallas Stars in 1999.

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