What impressed Hitchcock the most about his team in first practice?

What impressed Hitchcock the most about his team in first practice?

Credit: Scott Bierman

What impressed Hitchcock the most about his team in first practice?

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 13 at 5:04 PM

ST. LOUIS (HockeyStL) -- When it comes to ‘hockey men’ there are not many more experience than Ken Hitchcock, who first became a head coach in 1995.  He has dealt with every type of player: the superstar, the rising star and the fading star.

Hitchcock hasn’t had any interaction with his team on the ice thanks to a lockout which canceled 34 games so it was a good feeling for him to be back on the ice for the Blues’ first practice. 

So after four months of not playing hockey, what impressed the longtime coach the most?

“The conditioning level of the two older guys up front, (Scott) Nichol and (Jamie) Langenbrunner,” Hitchcock said.  “Somebody must have given them new legs for Christmas.  They looked quick and they looked lean.”

Hitchcock believes their secret came from coaching their children’s teams during the break, or, as he would put it, “trying to catch up to kids.”

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