Ken Hitchcock recorded his 824th NHL coaching win Tuesday in a successful debut behind the bench as the Edmonton Oilers‘ new head coach.
Appearing on Prime Time Sports Wednesday, the Edmonton native saw taking over for the fired Todd McLellan as an opportunity too good to say no to.
“I was shocked and surprised at the call and it didn’t take me long to think about it,” Hitchcock said. “I like being responsible for the outcome of games and I feel that between Edmonton and Sherwood Park they gave me everything.
“Everything in my life turned positive because of when I worked there and when I coached there, so when they asked whether they wanted to know if I wanted to help, I couldn’t pass it up.”
You can listen to Hitchcock’s entire appearance on Prime Time Sports in the audio player above.