Ken Hitchcock led a young St. Louis Blues team to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. If your goal is to have fun during a winter season St. Louis getaway, stick to this advice from the NHL’s 2012 Coach of the Year:
“I really enjoy going to the movies during the wintertime,” says Coach Hitch. If the Blues are on home ice in November, Coach can get his pick from more than 400 of the latest cinematic offerings during the annual St. Louis International Film Festival. For a roster of movies being shown during this Hollywood-on-the-Mississippi event, click on www.cinemastlouis.org.
A native Canadian, Hitchcock doesn’t stay indoors when the temperature drops. “Taking my dogs for a walk is one of the most relaxing things I do,” he says. His pups can cavort in two St. Louis County parks with areas artfully devoted to dogs. Queeny Park is home to the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog and Laumeier Sculpture Park features “Not Without My Dog,” artwork that allows dogs to lead their masters along a nature trail.
Coach Hitchcock is still learning about his newly adopted home town and its inhabitants. “The thing that most surprised me about St. Louis is how much the locals know about and love their sports teams. What’s really nice is how the folks here are exceptional in their respect for visiting teams and fans,” he says.
So, don’t be afraid to wear that Black Hawks jersey. You’ll receiving a warm welcome in the Gateway City. We just won’t root for your team.