Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to Coach 1,000th NHL Game on Wednesday vs. Detroit Red Wings

Already a member of the 500-wins club, Hitchcock will be 16th coach to reach 1,000-game milestone

Tuesday, 11.10.2009 / 3:21 PM / News
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Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock to Coach 1,000th NHL Game on Wednesday vs. Detroit Red Wings

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock will reach the 1,000-game milestone as a National Hockey League head coach on Wednesday, November 11, when the Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. He will become the 16th coach in league history to reach the milestone.

Hitchcock is in his fourth season with Columbus and 14th in the NHL and has posted a 520-350-129 record in 999 career games with the Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. On Feb. 19, 2009, he became the 13th coach in NHL history to record 500 wins with a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

Hitchcock spent parts of five seasons in Dallas, compiling a 277-166-60 regular season record and 47-33 playoff mark. He led his teams to five Central Division titles, two President's Trophies (1997-98, 1998-99) and two Western Conference championships (1999, 2000) in addition to the 1999 Stanley Cup. After being named head coach in Philadelphia, he posted a 131-83-40 record and led the Flyers to the 2003-04 Atlantic Division title and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals that year. Since taking over as the Blue Jackets head coach on Nov. 22, 2006, he has led Columbus to a 112-101-29 record and its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2008-09.

All-Time NHL Coaches With 1,000+ Games Behind the Bench (as of games played Nov. 9)

Coach Games Record Teams Stanley Cups
Scotty Bowman 2,141 1,244-573-324 STL, MTL, BUF, PIT, DET 9
Al Arbour 1,607 782-577-248 STL, NYI 4
Dick Irvin 1,449 692-527-230 CHI, TOR, MTL 4
Mike Keenen 1,386 672-531-183 PHI, CHI, NYR, STL, VAN, BOS, FLA, CGY 1
Pat Quinn 1,335* 665-489-181 PHI, LA, VAN, TOR, EDM 0
Bryan Murray 1,239 620-465-154 WSH, DET, FLA, ANA, OTT 0
Ron Wilson 1,188* 555-468-165 ANA, WSH, SJ, TOR 0
Jacques Lemaire 1,146* 551-418-177 MTL, NJ, MIN 1
Jacques Martin 1,109* 523-411-175 STL, OTT, FLA, MTL 0
Billy Reay 1,102 516-335-161 TOR, CHI 0
Brian Sutter 1,028 451-417-160 STL, BOS, CGY, CHI 0
Pat Burns 1,019 501-353-165 MTL, TOR, BOS, NJ 1
Jacques Demers 1,007 409-468-130 QUE, STL, DET, MTL, TB 1
Marc Crawford 1,003* 477-364-162 QUE, COL, VAN, LA, DAL 1
Roger Neilson 1,000 460-378-162 TOR, BUF, VAN, LA, NYR, FLA, PHI, OTT 0
Ken Hitchcock 999* 520-350-129 DAL, PHI, CBJ 1

*indicates active coach

The Blue Jackets and Red Wings meet at Nationwide Arena tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and can be heard online at BlueJackets.com.

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