Ott goes from player to coach

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues have hired Steve Ott to be an as­sis­tant coach on Mike Yeo’s staff.

Gen­eral man­ager Doug Armstrong an­nounced the move Thurs­day, a lit­tle over a month af­ter Ott’s fi­nal game as a player with the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens. Ott had not even an­nounced his re­tire­ment. The 34-year-old moves im­me­di­ately from the ice to the bench af­ter play­ing 848 NHL games with Dal­las, Buf­falo, St. Louis, Detroit and Mon­treal. The hard-nosed for­ward played parts of three sea­sons with the Blues, and Yeo says he ex­pects Ott to bring the same com­pet­i­tive­ness he showed as a player to his coach­ing ca­reer.

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