The St. Louis Blues finished with the second best record in the Western Conference last season, and much of their success can be tied directly to coach Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock took over for Davis Payne early in the season, and led the Blues to a 43-15-11 record as the head coach. On Wednesday night, Hitchcock was recognized for what he accomplished when he was named the winner of the Jack Adams Award, which is the NHL's version of "Coach of the Year".
Hitchcock wasn't the only member of the Blues' brain trust to take home some hardware: the man who hired him was recognized, too. Doug Armstrong beat out Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers and David Poile of the Nashville Predators to win "General Manager of the Year".