This news has been floating around for the last few days, but an official press release was posted by the Blue Jackets this morning:
Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock has been named associate coach for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, the club and Team Canada announced June 25. Hitchcock will join head coach Mike Babcock and associate coaches Jacques Lemaire and Lindy Ruff, who were also named to the coaching staff.
"It's a real honor anytime you have an opportunity to represent your country in any competition," said Hitchcock. "Having the Olympics take place in Canada is really special. I have been fortunate to be a part of Team Canada at the past two Olympics and getting to do so again is a real privilege."
Congratulations Hitch! It's not only exciting to see him help lead Team Canada in the Olympics, but it's awesome to know we have one of the best coaches in the world right here in Columbus.