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Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (52) / 5/5/1966

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Kings president Luc Robitaille was very happy with what he saw out of head coach John Stevens and GM Rob Blake in 2017-18.
While the Kings were swept by Vegas in the first round, the fact that they made the playoffs was a step in the right direction. Los Angeles went from getting 86 points in 2016-17 to 98 points this season. "I thought they did a great job," Robitaille said of Stevens and Blake. "We always talk about being a premier organization and treating the people the right way and be fair. These guys are very, very competitive, but also they’re great people. And it’s important that if you want to have longevity and be a great organization for a long time, everyone’s going to compete, but you want to treat people the right way. And I know that’s what they’re doing every day and strive on." Apr 24 - 5:08 AM

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Kings coach John Stevens took exception to Vegas' Erik Haula hitting Anze Kopitar in the jaw with the butt-end of his stick, especially given that there was no penalty for it.

Stevens was particularly upset about it after Drew Doughty was suspended for Game 2 for hitting Vegas' William Carrier in the head. "Yeah, we get a guy suspended for making a hockey play and he (Haula) butt-ends one of the best players in the world in the face with the butt end of his stick," said Stevens. "So if I was confused before, I’m bewildered now. That’s an intent-to-injure play. I don’t like hard hockey – I love hard hockey. Good, honest, hard hockey, I love it. And Kopitar’s one of the toughest guys you can find. You guys make the judgment because it’s a bunch of BS, to be honest with you." Fortunately, Kopitar is okay so the Kings will have him for Game 4 on Tuesday. Los Angeles needs to win this contest in order to avoid being swept.
Apr 17 - 4:57 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have officially clinched a playoff berth.

Los Angeles had Wednesday off, but Chicago's 4-3 win over St. Louis was what the Kings needed to mathematically guarantee their spot. Los Angeles currently holds the first Wild Card spot with 96 points in 80 games. This is the Kings' second playoff berth in three years after missing it in 2016-17.
Apr 5 - 6:25 AM

It should come as no surprise that when the Kings score more than two goals, they win.

When L.A. scores three goals or more in a game they are 12-0-2. That's a testament to their strong defensive play and fine goalie performances this season. If Tyler Toffoli can keep it up (he scored twice on Friday) and provide secondary scoring to support the Anze Kopitar-Dustin Brown duo, the Kings can be a Stanley Cup threat.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 01:58:00 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have been limited to 14 goals over their last eight games.

The Kings got off to a superb start this season by going 9-1-1, but at this point they're 13-8-3 and their offensive decline is a big part of the issue. "We do find a way, and it’s almost like those are the types of games that really bring you out of the funk you’re in," Anze Kopitar said. "But now we have to bring that energy, emotion, desperation, whatever you want to call it." Los Angeles did earn a 2-1 shootout victory on Saturday to end a three-game skid, but that obviously didn't address the larger concerns about the offense. We'll see if the Kings can heat up on Tuesday against Detroit.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 08:13:00 AM

With their 5-3 win against Toronto on Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings have tied a franchise record by reaching the 10-victory milestone in just 13 games.

It's been quite a turnaround for the Kings, which finished the 2016-17 campaign with a 39-35-8 record and consequently missed the playoffs. It's helped that goaltender Jonathan Quick has been healthy, but a big part of their success has come from their offense. The Kings are averaging 3.38 goals per game after getting just 2.43 goals per contest last season. Rookie Adrian Kempe has contributed to that, but the Kings have also seen strong performances from Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Tyler Toffoli as well as blueliners Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 04:41:00 AM

The Los Angeles Kings won 19-of-22 faceoffs in the second period Saturday.

Wow! Fifty-three percent is very good in winning faceoffs but 86 percent is out of this world. Just an FYI.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 07:43:00 AM

Kings head coach John Stevens has been working on building relationships with his players.

Stevens had been serving as an assistant coach with Los Angeles, but he was promoted to head coach this summer. Even though he knows most of the players on the roster, he was still looking to continue building a relationship with them. "One of the first things I did was sit down with each guy and anybody who hadn't left (for the summer) to make sure I had a chance to have a good conversation about where they were at with their game, what our expectations were, and what we were doing moving forward," Stevens said. "Obviously having a relationship in place already is helpful. But I think if you are a new coach, you look forward to those opportunities to sit and really hear each player talk and hear what they have to say." It'll be interesting to see how the Kings respond to the coaching change.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 08:51:00 AM

Don Nachbaur has been hired by the Los Angeles Kings as an assistant coach.

Nachbaur spent the last seven seasons as the bench boss with the WHL's Spokane Chiefs. The Chiefs reached the playoffs in six of those seven campaigns. He's also had lengthy stints as the head coach of the WHL's Tri-City Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds. "Don is a great addition to our coaching staff. I personally have known him 30-plus years. I played with him and have coached alongside him. He has played the game at a high level and he is a tremendous all-around teacher who is very well-rounded," said Kings head coach John Stevens.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 03:34:00 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have unveiled their preseason schedule, which includes their trip to China.

Los Angeles will play Vancouver in Shanghai on Sept. 21 and then in Beijing on Sept. 23. The whole Kings team isn't going though as they also have a game scheduled in Anaheim on Sept. 22. Also included in the Kings' eight-game preseason schedule is a contest in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights on Sept. 26.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 05:03:00 AM

The Los Angeles Kings could be interested in hiring Denver University coach Jim Montgomery as an assistant coach.

Montgomery won the NCAA title this season and was the one head coach that the Kings looked at besides John Stevens who they hired on Sunday. Montgomery may or may not be interested in the job if offered but we shall soon find out.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 08:52:00 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have formally announced that John Stevens will serve as the team's head coach.

Kings GM Rob Blake opted to promote from within as Stevens was previously serving as an associate coach with Los Angeles. That said, Steven does have 267 games worth of NHL experience as a head coach and he led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. "John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," said Blake. "I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey club forward."
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 12:35:00 PM

John Stevens will become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings haven't issued their formal announcement yet, but Kings GM Rob Blake has already confirmed the decision, so consider it official. Stevens spent parts of four seasons as the Philadelphia Flyers' bench boss from 2006-2009 and posted a 120-109-34 record in that role. Under his leadership Philadelphia made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2008. After his tenure with the Flyers ended, he joined the Los Angeles Kings where he's been serving as an assistant and more recently associate coach. He also briefly served as the Kings' interim head coach in 2011-12 during the period between the firing of Terry Murray and hiring of Darryl Sutter.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Assistant coach John Stevens will not be leaving the Los Angeles Kings to become another team's head coach.

Instead, Stevens will get a promotion from the Kings to associate head coach. The Kings didn't give him permission to speak with other clubs because he might eventually serve as Darryl Sutter's successor as the team's bench boss.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 04:56:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes both reportedly have interest in Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens.

Now that the Kings have won the Stanley Cup, Stevens is free to interview about potential head coaching positions. In addition to his involvement with the Kings' two recent championships, Stevens previously served as the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach for parts of four seasons, posting a 120-109-34 record.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Anze Kopitar
2Jeff Carter
3Torrey Mitchell
4Nate Thompson
LW1Alex Iafallo
2Tanner Pearson
3Adrian Kempe
4Kyle Clifford
5Andy Andreoff
RW1Tyler Toffoli
2Dustin Brown
3Trevor Lewis
4Tobias Rieder
D1Drew Doughty
2Jake Muzzin
3Alec Martinez
4Dion Phaneuf
5Derek Forbort
6Christian Folin
7Kevin Gravel
G1Jonathan Quick
2Jack Campbell