Jackman rejoins Blues as development coach
ST. LOUIS - Barret Jackman's absence from the game of hockey didn't last very long.
After announcing his retirement as a player in October, the 14-year NHL veteran will officially return to the Blues as the team's new development coach.
"I actually had conversations with (Blues general manager) Doug Armstrong a couple of years ago about life after hockey," Jackman told stlouisblues.com. "Those talks furthered after retirement and 'Army' gave me an opportunity in the last couple months of the season to do this job on an interim basis just to see if I liked it. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys, being around the locker room with the (Chicago) Wolves and working with the younger up-and-coming guys.
"It seemed like a great fit for me."Jackman will be at the Blues' table when the NHL Entry Draft takes place in Chicago on June 23 and 24, and will be on the ice with the prospects at the Development Camp later in the summer.