St. Louis Blues: Coaching staff is coming together, Steve Ott is named associate coach

The St. Louis Blues have been making preparations for the 2024-25 season, which includes adding new names to the coaching staff and appointing a veteran as associate coach.
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“St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has promoted Steve Ott to associate coach and extended his contract through the 2025-26 season,” reported the St. Louis Blues Press Release.

St. Louis Blues: Steve Ott has a bright future

With his extensive background as a seasoned assistant coach, Ott brings a wealth of veteran leadership to the top assistant role. Throughout his career, he has worked under various former head coaches, notably including Craig Berube, which has greatly contributed to his wealth of experience.

Having played for the St. Louis Blues from 2013-2016, the 41-year-old has a strong bond with the city. Ott, a 14-year NHL player, shows promise as a future head coach, drawing influence from multiple coaches. He's a name that might come up for future job opportunities.

Ott, who worked on the staff during the 2019 championship victory, shares a connection with Alexander Steen, the new GM in training.

“In addition, the Blues named Claude Julien an assistant coach and extended the contracts of Assistant Coach Mike Weber and Goaltending Coach David Alexander through the 2025-26 season,” also released the St. Louis Blues.

Julien's presence on the coaching staff brings much-needed experience, as he was a former head coach. The Blues' decision to extend the contracts of Weber and Alexander shows their commitment to familiarity and growth.

David Alexander will continue to leave his mark on goaltenders

Notably, Alexander has worked with Jordan Binnington for the last several years and is deeply connected to his growth and talent. Alexander has raised the expectations of Joel Hofer, a younger goaltender, in the same way.

Drew Bannister can lead his team with confidence thanks to the presence of a reliable coaching staff. The 2024-25 season is right around the corner for them.