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Blues hire Steve Ott as assistant coach

Steve Ott’s playing days are done, but his career in hockey will continue.

St. Louis has hired Ott as an assistant coach, the Blues announced Thursday. Ott has signed a three-year deal to work under coach Mike Yeo.

Ott, a former Sabres captain, played in Buffalo from 2012 to 2014. The 34-year-old split this season between the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens.

“I am very proud of my playing career and will devote the same work ethic to my coaching career," Ott said. "The Blues organization is very special to me and my family, and I'm excited to take the next step in my hockey career with this franchise."

The Blues acquired Ott from the Sabres in February 2014, and he spent parts of three seasons in St. Louis. He has totaled 848 NHL games, including his opening nine years in Dallas.

“Steve was a competitor on the ice as a player, and I expect him to bring that energy in this role," Yeo said. “He was highly respected as a player and a person among his teammates, and I believe he will be a huge asset to our staff."

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