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John Stevens
Head Coach

John Stevens was named Head Coach of the Kings on April 23, 2017. He is set to begin his first season as Kings Head Coach in 2017-18, which will be his eighth season overall with the team. Prior to being named Head Coach he served as the club's Associate Head Coach where he helped play a critical coaching role in the club's two Stanley Cup Championships, three trips to the Western Conference Finals and five playoff appearances.

 On the defensive end in particular, Stevens has helped direct the Kings to top-10 finishes in fewest goals allowed per game in every year he has been with the Kings and since he was hired in 2010-11, the Kings hold the lowest goals against per game average in the league. The club's penalty killing percentage has ranked in the Top-10 in four out of the seven years he has been with the club including the fourth-best penalty killing unit since he was hired. In 2013-14, the Kings won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the team with the lowest goals-against-average (GAA) in the league, the first time in franchise history the Kings have won the award, and this past season the Kings ranked sixth in fewest goals allowed.  
 
Stevens, who served as the Kings Head Coach for four games in December of 2011, worked as the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers (2006-09) prior to joining the Kings. With Philadelphia he had a 120-109-34 record while leading the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008.
 
The native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, took over as the Flyers Head Coach on October 22, 2006, after beginning the 2006-07 campaign as the club's Assistant Coach. The Flyers were 21-42-11 under Stevens in 2006-07, before having a great turn-around in 2007-08 (the Flyers had an NHL-best 39-point improvement from the year before). In Philadelphia Stevens coached a team that featured seven 20-goal scorers (2007-08) and those Flyers were one of two NHL teams to feature three defensemen who registered 30 points. Following that season The Hockey News honored Stevens with their Coach of the Year Award.
 
In 2007-08 the Flyers went 42-29-11 in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs before eliminating Washington in the first round and top-seeded Montreal in the second round. Stevens guided Philadelphia to a 99-point season in 2008-09 (44-27-11) and the team's second consecutive playoff appearance. He was 13-11-1 to start the 2009-10 campaign before he was relieved of his duties on December 4, 2009. That Flyers club eventually reached the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
 
Before his NHL coaching tenure, Stevens was the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms (the Flyers' AHL affiliate) for six years (2000-01 through 2005-06). His Phantoms made the playoffs four times and won the Calder Cup Championship in 2005. In 2012, he was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame.
 
Stevens was drafted by the Flyers (third round, 47th overall) in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft and played parts of five seasons with Philadelphia and Hartford, totaling 10 points (0-10=10) and 48 penalty minutes in 53 NHL regular season games. In 834 career AHL games Stevens, a defenseman, had 188 points (21-167=188), 1,397 penalty minutes and won three Calder Cups: 1988 with Hershey, 1991 with Springfield (team captain) and 1998 with the Phantoms (team captain).
 
Stevens is officially the 27th Head Coach in Kings history with 24 different men - including Stevens - having served as Head Coach. When Stevens served as the Kings Head Coach for four games during the 2011-12 regular season (Dec. 13, Dec. 15, Dec. 17 and Dec. 19), the Kings posted a 2-2-0 record. Stevens replaced Terry Murray (his last game was December 10, 2011) before Darryl Sutter was hired (his first game was December 22, 2011).
 
John, 50 (5/4/66), and his wife, Stacy, have two sons, John and Nolan.

Bill Ranford
Goaltending Coach

Bill Ranford is in his 11th season as the Goaltending Coach with the Kings. He was named to his position on July 10, 2006 and is the longest tenured goalie coach in team history.

Upon Ranford joining the club the Kings team goals-against average (GAA) dropped steadily during each of his first six seasons. This past season Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was nominated for the Vezina Trophy and was second in the NHL in wins.

In 2013-14, the Kings won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the team with the lowest goals-against-average (GAA) in the league, the first time in franchise history the Kings have won the award. That same season Kings goalies allowed a franchise-low 168 goals (not including shootout goals), an all-time record with 13 shutouts and a 2.02 GAA. In 2011-12, the club enjoyed a .924 save percentage (tied for third in the NHL that season) which remains a franchise best.

During the 2012 playoffs the Kings posted a 1.45 team GAA over 20 games and Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, had three shutouts. In 2013 the Kings posted a 1.80 team GAA in the postseason, the best mark in the NHL, along with another three playoff shutouts for Quick.

Ranford, 49 (12/14/66), had worked as the Goaltending Consultant with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League for two seasons before joining the Kings. In addition, Ranford - a two-time Stanley Cup Champion goalie with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990 and the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1990 - has also worked as a Goaltending Consultant with the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (Tier II Junior), of which he was a part-owner.

Ranford, who shares the NHL's single season playoff record for most wins by a goaltender with 16 victories in 1990, completed a stellar 15-year NHL playing career following the 1999-00 season. Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the third-round (52nd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Ranford had a regular season record of 240-279-76, 15 shutouts, a 3.41 goals-against-average and a .888 save-percentage in 647 regular season NHL contests with the Oilers, Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. He also played in a total of a 53 NHL playoff games, and he played for the Oilers alumni team at the outdoor Heritage Classic in 2003 in Alberta.

Ranford, an All-Star during the 1991-92 season, made his acting debut in the movie Miracle, where he performed scenes as a "stunt double" of Jim Craig, Team USA's goalie during the 1980 Winter Olympics. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Ranford is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Bill and his wife Kelly have two children: daughters Cassady and Tristan. They live in New Westminster, British Columbia.  

As of August, 2016