Ken Hitchcock: Flames fans should be patient

Blue head coach Ken Hitchcock has some wise words for Flames fans this season. (Doug...

Blue head coach Ken Hitchcock has some wise words for Flames fans this season. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP/Files)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

CALGARY - Ken Hitchcock has a message for Calgary Flames fans.

Buckle up.

“Rebuilding is a pretty exciting word in August,” said the St. Louis Blues coach who is widely considered to be one of the brightest minds in the game.

“It’s not fun in October and it’s not fun when you go 0-4. But folks in Calgary have to understand that in order for this to build, patience in the fan base is going to have to be great because it’s going to be frustrating at times. But when it gets built, it can stay built for a long time. Look at Chicago or L.A. – teams built for a cause that will be championship-calibre teams for at least the next five or six years.”

Now coaching his fourth NHL team in the last 23 years, Hitchcock has seen it all and knows as well as anyone in the game there’s no quick fix for a franchise as thin as the Flames. The good news is Hitchcock is confident the right man is in place behind the bench to effect the dramatic changes necessary in terms of approach.


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