Congratulations, Hitch. Well deserved.Now … What have you done for us lately?Ken Hitchcock, it was announced in Edmonton Wednesday morning, had been selected as a recipient of the Order of Hockey in Canada.Ever since the Edmonton native and former skate sharpener at United Cycle came out of retirement to take over as coach of the Oilers it’s been a celebration of the man almost everybody in town simply refers to as ‘Hitch.’And there will be more celebrations to come following his induction here this summer.Hitchcock, with the third most wins in NHL coaching history, is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame and other major recognition.But Thursday is Jan. 31, the day the Oilers return from their 10-day break and it really is about ‘What have you done for us lately?’“I agree with that,” said Hitchcock later in the afternoon as he completed a significant set of plans to remodel his 23-24-3 Oilers significantly in terms of concepts and approach to head down the stretch, knowing with the sorry salary cap situation left by fired general manager Peter Chiarelli that the cavalry isn’t coming on the trade deadline.“I didn’t want to wear a suit today. I wanted to be in my office doing my work. So they said ‘Come out for 10 minutes. Put a suit on. And go right back to work. And that’s what I did,” he said of the Hockey Canada press conference at Rogers Place.“My whole focus right now is the Edmonton Oilers. I know I haven’t been here a long time but I’m feeling everybody’s angst over the last 12 or 13 years and that’s my sole focus.”Hitchcock isn’t going to pass around a blueprint of the plans to fix what clearly has been broken with the last three losses before the break and most nights dating back to Christmas.After a 9-2-2 start returning from retirement to make himself a sensational story around the NHL, Hitchcock goes into the final 32 games with a 14-14-2 record.There are 32 games to go and where the Oilers are now positioned, they might need another 9-2-2 stretch somewhere in there to come from off the pace to catch the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.“One of the things you can say is ‘He didn’t spend the holiday on a holiday. He spent the holiday on reflecting and expect changes in personnel, expect changes in style and expect a more aggressive mindset moving forward.’“I think that’s real.”The whole rethink of how he’s going to coach this team coming back from the break will be presented to the players when they return from their time off for a 6 p.m. practice Thursday and a 9 a.m. practice Friday before flying to Philadelphia and Montreal for afternoon games Saturday and Sunday.“You could also say ‘He asked for other opinions outside the organization and that he turned over every rock he could.’“I’m not thinking I’m the smartest guy. I wanted people I trust to give me their opinion and they did,” added Hitchcock.I asked, again without revealing the blueprint, what could the fan expect to see that he hasn’t been witnessing to this point?“I think the only way you win in the National Hockey League today is by occupying the offensive zone. So we have to find more ways to occupy the offensive zone. It’s how fast can we get into that zone and keep it in that zone. That’s the whole focus of everything we’re trying to do.“It’s based on my 30 games of observation. I’m trying to change the belief system. I’m trying to elevate the belief system.“This was all done with careful consideration of the rest of the team — veteran players, leaders, everything. It was done with a lot of work put forward by a lot of people. We just didn’t take a holiday.“To me, when you hesitate you lose. I’m trying to get rid of all the hesitation.”To me, it’s about winning the little battles and the little races to the puck. When these Oilers do that, they win. When they don’t, they lose.“You’re 100 per cent right,” said Hitchcock. “At the end of the day what you can write is the next 32 games are going to tell you how dug in the Edmonton Oilers are.”I asked the new member of the Order of Hockey in Canada how he would compare what he’s putting into this hockey club at the moment compared to what he’s put in to it at any point throughout his career.“I am dug in deeper than I’ve ever been in any situation because this means everything to me. You know how I feel about this city and you know how I feel about this team. This means everything to me.”E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Twitter: @ByTerryJonesLatest Oil Spills podcast: Playoffs or bust for the Oilers?With Peter Chiarelli out and Keith Gretzky in, for the interim, as general manager, the Edmonton Oilers have an existential question to ask of themselves: Are they really all in on making the 2019 NHL playoffs — which would surely mean trading away future prospects in the form of young players or draft picks — or are they willing to ride through the storm, no matter the cost?Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.