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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

On Wednesday March 22nd, the Los Angeles Kings held a Press Conference to introduce new Interim Head Coach John Torchetti.

Official Press Release:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have hired John Torchetti as the club's Interim Head Coach, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today. Torchetti replaces former Head Coach Andy Murray, who was relieved of his coaching duties on Tuesday.

Torchetti, 41, has nearly 10 years of coaching experience, including a stint as the interim head coach of the Florida Panthers; as an assistant coach with the Panthers; and as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"John is a tremendous coach who possesses very good communication, teaching and motivational skills," said Taylor. "We look forward to him directing our team down the stretch."

Said Torchetti from his home in Norton, Massachusetts, prior to flying to Los Angeles this morning: "I'm excited about joining the Los Angeles Kings organization and the opportunity they have given to me. I'm looking forward to meeting with the players and coaching staff and the challenges ahead as we focus on our first game and the drive to the playoffs."

Most recently with the Panthers, Torchetti was named that club's interim head coach in February of 2004 and he posted a 10-12-5 record (includes four ties). He originally joined Florida's coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2003 after one season as the head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where in 2002-03 he led the Rampage to a 30-23-12 (includes 10 ties) record.

The assistant scouting director of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001-02 after working the previous two seasons as the team's assistant coach, Torchetti, prior to joining Tampa Bay, worked for a number of minor league teams, including the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League, the San Antonio Dragons of the International Hockey League, the San Antonio Iguanas of the Central Hockey League and the Greensboro Monarchs of the East Coast Hockey League. In his last season with Fort Wayne, the Komets posted a 47-29-0 record, and during his two seasons with the Iguanas he reached the Finals twice and recorded a combined 71-35-16 regular season mark.

Prior to coaching, Torchetti, a native of Boston, had an eight-year professional career as a left wing, winning four championships with the Carolina Thunderbirds -- including the ECHL Championship in 1989; the All-American Hockey League championship in 1988; and the Atlantic Coast Hockey League championships in 1985 and 1986.

Murray was named the Kings' 19th head coach on June 14, 1999. In seven seasons behind the Kings bench, he compiled a record of 215-176-89 (includes 58 ties) and the Kings made the playoffs three times (2000, 2001 and 2002) during Murray's tenure. On October 6, 2005, he recorded his franchise-record 179th coaching victory.

Murray is also the Kings leader in all-time games coached (480) and in the longest tenure for a head coach (six-plus seasons).

John Van Boxmeer, a Kings assistant coach since the 2002-03 season, was relieved of his coaching duties yesterday in addition to Murray.

Season Team League Position Record
1993-94 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL ast coach
1994-95 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL ast coach
1994-95 San Antonio Iguanas CHL head coach 32-18-8
1995-96 San Antonio Iguanas CHL head coach 39-17-8
1996-97 San Antonio Dragons IHL ast coach
1996-97 Fort Wayne Komets IHL head coach 22-34-0
1997-98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL head coach 47-29-0
1999-00 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL ast coach
2000-01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL ast coach
2002-03 San Antonio Rampage AHL head coach 30-23-12
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL ast coach
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL head coach 10-12-5

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