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Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (51) / 5/5/1966

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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. Aug 14 - 8:51 AM

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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.
Jun 22 - 3:34 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.
Jun 16 - 5:03 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.
Apr 24 - 8:52 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."
Apr 23 - 12:35 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.
Apr 23 - 11:31 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

John Stevens, an assistant coach to head coach Darryl Sutter with the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, is a candidate to fill the vacant head-coaching job with the Vancouver Canucks.

Canucks GM Jim Benning may interview Stevens for the job in the coming week, but there are also reports that he could be candidate for the head coaching job in Carolina as well. Mike Johnston, who has spent the past five seasons as GM and head coach of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, is also believed to be in the running to become Vancouver's next coach.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 11:25:00 AM

The New York Rangers have permission to interview Kings assistant coach John Stevens and are expected to do so.

The Rangers are looking for someone to replace fired head coach John Tortorella. Stevens is also believed to be in the running for Vancouver's vacant coaching gig. Stevens served as the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach for parts of four seasons. He also briefly took over as the Kings interim head coach in 2011-12, but Darryl Sutter was hired, allowing Stevens to return to his previous role as an assistant.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 03:59:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the Los Angeles Kings have granted the Vancouver Canucks permission to speak with assistant coach John Stevens, according to multiple media reports.

Stevens is believed to be the frontrunner for Vancouver's vacant head coach job, but the former Flyers bench boss was off limits until the Kings were eliminated. Stevens has been an assist on the Kings' staff since 2010 and won a Stanley Cup with L.A. last season. He also has experience as head coach in the AHL and previously in the NHL with the Flyers.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 08:10:00 PM

John Stevens is believed to be Vancouver's frontrunner for their vacant head coaching spot.

However, the team can't talk with him until Los Angeles' playoff run comes to an end. Stevens has a good track record, which includes a Calder Cup as a head coach and a Stanley Cup as an assistant. He also coached in Philadelphia prior to taking a job as an assistant with the Kings. Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins, who has already been interviewed once and may be called in for another talk soon, is also thought to be a strong candidate for the position.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 01:48:00 PM

It appears that Darryl Sutter will take over as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Sutter is taking care of some family matters in Alberta and is expected to be named the new coach of the Kings, replacing interim coach John Stevens. While the Kings organization will obviously not confirm this, that is the scuttlebutt. Stevens took over on Monday from the fired Terry Murray and picked up his first win Thursday as the Kings dumped the Blue Jackets 2-1.
Fri, Dec 16, 2011 04:09:00 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Terry Murray and replaced him with John Stevens on an interim basis.

The Kings have a 13-12-4 record despite Jonathan Quick's brilliant play this season. Ultimately their problem has been their offense, which largely hasn't clicked. Their major off-season acquisition, Mike Richards was doing well before he suffered a concussion, but Dustin Brown and Justin Williams have both suffered a noticeable drop off in production. Drew Doughty has also declined significantly this season with just eight points in 24 contests. The Kings are last in the NHL with just 65 goals scored and just Richards and Anze Kopitar have more than eight goals. We'll see if Stevens, who previously served as the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach when Richards and Simon Gagne were on the team, will be the answer.
Mon, Dec 12, 2011 06:23:00 PM

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