By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Kong’s have fired John Stevens on Sunday. The team has promoted Willie Desjardins to interim head coach.
Don Nachbaur, an assistant coach, has also been relieved of his duties. The team has named Marco Strum, as an assistant coach.
“This is a critical time in our season and our results to date have fallen well below our expectations. With that in mind, this was a difficult decision but one we feel was necessary,” Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake said. “We have a great deal of respect and appreciation for John’s time with our organization. He was a key part of our past success, and we have tremendous gratitude for his many contributions.”
Desjardins is the 25th different coach in franchise history. Strum comes to the Kong’s after coaching the German National Team.
He is 61-years-old, and has 20-plus years of coaching experience. He has prior NHL head coaching experience with the Vancouver Canucks, where he coached from 2014-17.
He was also the associate head coach from 2010-12 with the Dallas Stars.
“We appreciate everything Don has done as a member of the Kings coaching staff, and wish him the best moving forward,” Blake said.