LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have promoted John Stevens to Associate Head Coach, and re-signed both Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford to new contracts, Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The Kings, who set an NHL record by winning three Game 7s on the road, and tied an NHL record by playing 26 postseason games before winning their second Stanley Cup championship in three years, now have their championship-level coaching staff in place as they prepare to defend the Cup during the 2014-15 season.
“Our coaching staff has been an integral part of the success of our team the last three years,” said Lombardi. “We are extremely pleased that they will remain part of our team and continue together as we strive for excellence.”
Stevens, 48, recently completed his fourth season with the Kings. A former NHL defenseman (drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round in 1984) and a native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, Stevens excels on the defensive side of the game and he’s played a major role in the development of several young and talented Kings’ defensemen. Also during his tenure, the Kings have consistently ranked among the league’s best in both Goals-Against Average and Penalty Kill Percentage.
Payne, 43, recently completed his second season with the Kings. A former NHL winger with the Boston Bruins, a former draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers (1989) , and a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Payne oversees a Kings offensive attack that led the entire NHL in playoff scoring (3.38 goals per game average) and ranked sixth in playoff power-play percentage (23.5 percent).
Ranford, 47, recently completed his eighth season with the Kings, a season in which the team was awarded the Jennings Trophy (awarded annually to the team that allows the fewest goals in the NHL) and set a franchise record with 13 shutouts. A former NHL netminder who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as a playoff MVP in 1990, and who won two Stanley Cups as an Oilers goalie (also won with the Oilers in 1988), Ranford has been instrumental in the development of Kings’ goalies at all levels of the organization. The native of Brandon, Manitoba, enjoyed a 15-year NHL career.