Back in the day, Ken Hitchcock taught Brett Hull to be a better two-way players during their time together in Dallas.
Hull helped Hitchcock win a Stanley Cup with the Stars. Now Hitchcock's latest coaching stop has him in St. Louis as the new Blues coach.
The Golden Brett believes Hitchcock will implement a winning style with his new team.
“I’m not so sure the game has changed all that much from ’99. I do agree that the game is bigger and it’s faster," Hull said. "I don’t think the style that we played in ’99 would be that far different than what he is going to put in. A lot of puck support, a lot of puck possession, don’t turn it over.
"That fundamental theory is no turnovers means they don’t have the puck, which means they don’t get chances against. That’s the most important thing. Cut down the chances against, in his mind, and you’re going to have a chance to win every night.
"I don’t know if he is going to open up a little, but when we played, there wasn’t a lot of freedom to use the middle of the ice because that’s where he thought all the turnovers are.”
Here are some more assessments from Hull on the Hitchcock hiring.