Jack­ets fire Hitch­cock

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio (CP) — The Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets have fired coach Ken Hitch­cock less than two weeks be­fore he’ll step be­hind the bench as an as­sis­tant with Team Canada.

The NHL team made the move Wed­nes­day, pro­mot­ing as­sis­tant Claude Noel on an in­terim ba­sis.

Hitch­cock had coached in Colum­bus s in c e Novem­ber 2006 and led the fran­chise to its first play­off berth last spring. How­ever, the team has been stuck in a rut for much of this sea­son and ru­mours about his job se­cu­rity had lin­gered over the past cou­ple months.

“ This sea­son has been very dis­ap­point­ing for the Blue Jack­ets or­ga­ni­za­tion and our fans and the re­spon­si­bil­ity for that rests with all of us from man­age­ment to the coaches and play­ers,” GM Scott How­son said in a state­ment.

“Hitch worked tire­lessly to build an iden­tity for this team that was miss­ing be­fore he ar­rived and de­serves a great deal of credit for those ef­forts. He earned and re­ceived the op­por­tu­nity to turn things around this sea­son, but un­for­tu­nately that has not hap­pened.”

Ken Hitch­cock

Greg MacVicar - Cape Bre­ton Post

Kyle MacDon­ald of the host Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre Bears, left, gets set to go to the net, guarded by An­thony Du­gas of the École Sec­ondaire Roger-Com­tois Pa­tri­otes of Loret­teville, Que., dur­ing New Water­ford Coal Bowl Clas­sic play at BEC gym, Wed­nes­day evening. BEC won, 78-55.

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