By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Kings have hired John Stevens as their new head coach. Stevens has been promoted from assistant coach to the head coach.
He is expected to be introduced as the head coach on Monday. Stevens is the 27th head coach in franchise history.
He has been with the team since the 2010-11 season. During the 2011-12 season, he also spent four games as the interim head coach.
Stevens, as the interim head coach, he was 2-2. He was the interim head coach after Terry Murray was fired and shortly replaced by Darryl Sutter a few days later.
On April 10, Sutter was fired by the team after six seasons with the team. Despite two Stanley Cup Championships in his tenure, the team ended this season with a 39-35-8 record. They fell eight points shy of making the playoffs.
Sutter was not the only Kings personnel fired after the season. They also fired general manager Dean Lombardi, who orchestrated the two Stanley Cup-winning teams.
Rob Nlake is the new general manager. Luc Robitaille is also the new team president.
According to Pierre LeBrun, the Kings did not interview anyone else for the job. They did; however, according to LeBrun, contact Jim Montgomery about a potential assistant coaching job.
Montgomery guided the University of Denver to the NCAA National Championship earlier this month in the Frozen Four. He has been the Pioneers head coach since 2013.
Stevens was the Philadelphia Flyers head coach prior to joining the Kings. He helped guide the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in his second season with the team in 2008.
As a head coach, he has a 122-112-34 record.
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