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KINGS HIRE MARC CRAWFORD AS HEAD COACH

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have named Marc Crawford as the club's Head Coach, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday, May 22 at a press conference at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.



Official Press Release
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Marc Crawford as the club's Head Coach, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday, May 22 at a press conference at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.

Crawford -- formerly the Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques, where he won a Stanley Cup in 1996 with the Avalanche -- has signed a multi-year contract to coach the Kings. He replaces John Torchetti, the Kings' Interim Head Coach after former Head Coach Andy Murray was relieved of his duties on March 21.

"My family and I are excited to be joining Dean (Lombardi) and the Kings organization," said Crawford, who is the 16th winningest coach in NHL history with 411 career regular season wins. "With Mr. Anschutz, Tim Leiweke and the entire Kings staff, I'm very impressed by their commitment to do things right and I'm truly looking forward to the challenge of guiding this team."

Said Lombardi: "Marc is not only one of the top coaches in the NHL, I believe he is also the perfect fit for this team now and into the future. Despite his relative youth, he has already enjoyed incredible success in terms of winning and guiding young players to reach their optimum level of performance. With his experience and energy, I believe his best performance behind the bench is ahead of him."

Crawford, 45, is the all-time leader in regular season wins for Vancouver with 246. Hired by the Canucks in January of 1999, Crawford compiled a 246-197-94 (70 ties) record in 529 regular season games over seven seasons in Vancouver and the Canucks made the playoffs four of the last five seasons. In 2003-04, the Canucks won the Northwest Division title (the franchise's first division title since 1992-93) and in 2003 the Canucks advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. Vancouver this past season finished with a 42-32-8 record.

Crawford began his NHL coaching career with Quebec in 1994 and in his first season he became the youngest coach to win the Jack Adams Trophy for coach of the year. After the Nordiques relocated to Denver he won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and with the win became the third-youngest coach in NHL history to raise Lord Stanley. Colorado went 16-5 that post-season and swept Florida in the Finals.

Crawford's four seasons with Colorado/Quebec were marked by incredible success. In addition to the Stanley Cup, the franchise's first, Crawford helped lead them to the Western Conference Finals the following year as his Colorado playoff teams combined to go 26-12 in 1996 and 1997.

The franchise also enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the regular season. Crawford's 1994-95 Nordiques won the first of nine consecutive divisional titles (the streak was snapped by the Crawford-led Canucks in 2003-04) for the club, and from 1994-98 his win totals were as follows: 30 (in just 48 games), 47, a then-franchise record 49 and 39.

Crawford coached the Avalanche for two seasons after winning the Cup before leaving following the 1997-98 season. He then spent time providing analysis for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada before being hired as the 15th head coach of the Canucks, the club he played every game of his nine-year professional career with.

As a left wing, Crawford recorded 50 points (19-31=50) and 229 penalty minutes in 176 regular season NHL games from 1981-87. He was a rookie on the Canucks team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1982 and he was a member of two Memorial Cups with Cornwall in 1980 and 1981. He was also named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team in 1981.

Crawford's coaching accomplishments also include stints behind the bench for Team Canada. A native of Belleville, Ontario, Crawford served as the Head Coach in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano where his squad finished first in its pool and advanced to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champions, the Czech Republic, 2-1 in a shootout. Crawford also served as an Assistant Coach for Team Canada for the silver medal-winning squad at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Prior to taking over the Nordiques, Crawford, who is the 21st head coach in Kings history, spent three seasons as the Head Coach of St. John's in the American Hockey League and two seasons with Cornwall of the Ontario Hockey League. He has worked as a professional coach every season since 1989-90 (with the exception of the 2004-05 NHL season which was cancelled).

In 12 seasons as an NHL coach, Crawford, who is married and has two children, has compiled a regular season mark of 411-285-127 (103 ties) and a playoff mark of 43-40.

YOUNGEST COACHES TO REACH 400 WINS

Scotty Bowman - 43 years, 148 days
Glen Sather - 44 years, 198 days
Marc Crawford - 44 years, 355 days

FASTEST TO REACH 400 WINS AMONG ACTIVE COACHES

Ken Hitchcock - 736 Games
Bryan Murray - 789 Games
Marc Crawford - 795 Games

NHL COACHES / MOST REGULAR-SEASON WINS ALL-TIME

Scotty Bowman - 1244 Al Arbour - 781 Dick Irvin - 692 Pat Quinn - 657 Mike Keenan - 584 Bryan Murray - 565 Billy Reay - 542 Pat Burns - 501 Toe Blake - 500 Glen Sather - 497 Roger Neilson - 460 Brian Sutter - 451 Jacques Martin - 444 Ron Wilson - 418 Jack Adams - 413 Marc Crawford - 411

  REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club G W L T G W L
1994-95 QUEBEC 48 30 13 5 6 2 4
1995-96 COLORADO 82 47 25 10 22 16 5
1996-97 COLORADO 82 49 24 9 17 10 7
1997-98 COLORADO 82 39 26 17 7 3 4
1998-99 VANCOUVER 37 8 23 6 - - -
1999-00 VANCOUVER 82 30 37 35 (15 ties) - - -
2000-01 VANCOUVER 82 36 28 18 (11 ties) 4 0 4
2001-02 VANCOUVER 82 42 30 10 (7 ties) 6 2 4
2002-03 VANCOUVER 82 45 23 14 (13 ties) 14 7 7
2003-04 VANCOUVER 82 43 24 15 (10 ties) 7 3 4
2004-05 No Season
2005-06 VANCOUVER 82 42 32 8 - - -
NHL Totals 823 411 285 127 (103 ties) 83 43 40

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