Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the LA Kings

Todd McLellan
Head Coach

Todd McLellan enters his fourth season as head coach of the LA Kings. McLellan, who was named head coach by Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake on April 16, 2019, is the 29th head coach in club history. 

The 2021-22 season saw McLellan lead the Kings back to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2017-18 with a 99-point regular-season total (44-27-11), the sixth-most points earned in franchise history. The franchise's playoff return came on the heels of strong contributions by its rookies, as injuries and COVID-related absences forced McLellan and his staff to lean on a rookie group that contributed 96 points (29-67=96), tied for fourth-most in the league. In addition, 2014 NHL Draft pick Adrian Kempe became just the fifth different homegrown Kings player named to an NHL All-Star Game since 2008 after Dustin Brown (1x), Drew Doughty (6x), Anze Kopitar (5x) and Jonathan Quick (2x). 

Upon joining the Kings, McLellan had already logged 11 seasons as a head coach after three-plus seasons with the Edmonton Oilers (2015-19) and seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks (2008-15). He has also won at the highest levels in the game, having captured both the Stanley Cup (2008) and AHL Calder Cup (2003) in addition to leading Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship.  

McLellan currently holds a career record of 528-372-114 in 1,014 regular season games. His 528 regular-season wins are ranked 25th all-time in league history. No head coach in NHL history has won more games in their first four seasons behind the bench than the 195 collected by McLellan from 2008-12 with San Jose. In 2010, McLellan became just the third head coach in NHL history to record 50-plus wins in his first two seasons as a bench boss.  

Overall, McLellan-led teams have eclipsed the 50-win plateau three times and 100-plus points five times during his coaching career. Additionally, his teams have advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in eight of his 11 full seasons behind an NHL bench and he has a career post-season record of 40-42. For his efforts, McLellan was named a finalist for the NHL's Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09. 

During his three-plus seasons with the Oilers, McLellan registered a 123-119-24 record in 266 regular-season games and saw his best season come in 2016-17 when he guided the team to a 103-point season (47-26-9) and within one win of advancing to the Western Conference Final. It marked the first time since 1986-87 that an Oilers team eclipsed the 100-point regular-season plateau and farthest an Oilers team had advanced in the playoffs since 2005-06.  

McLellan's seven seasons in San Jose saw him produce a record of 311-163-66 in 540 regular-season games that included six playoff appearances, six 40-plus win seasons, four 100-point seasons, a Presidents' Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011).  

Prior to joining San Jose, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Red Wings. One of McLellan's key responsibilities was Detroit's power play, which finished first in the NHL in 2005-06 (22.1 percent) and third in 2007-08 (20.7 percent). In addition to his Stanley Cup win in 2008, McLellan and the Red Wings captured two Presidents' Trophies (2006, 2008).  

Before re-entering the NHL as a coaching, McLellan spent four seasons as the head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Houston Aeros, capturing the 2003 Calder Cup Championship. Under his guidance, the Aeros won 154 wins and made four consecutive trips to the playoffs, and he was named the 2003 Minor Coach of the Year by The Hockey News. During his tenure in Houston, he was also selected to coach two AHL All-Star Games.  

McLellan spent the 2000-01 season as the head coach of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League (IHL). The Lumberjacks posted 43 regular season wins before advancing to the playoffs.  

McLellan also spent six seasons in junior hockey as the head coach with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he also served as the general manager in his final four seasons. He was named the WHL Executive of the Year in 1997 and WHL Coach of the Year in 2000. The Broncos also captured division titles in 1996 and 2000 under McLellan.  

Internationally, in 2015 McLellan served as head coach for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship, the first gold medal for Team Canada since 2007. The team had an undefeated record of 10-0 and an impressive 6-1 win over Team Russia in the gold medal-game. He also served as head coach of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.  

McLellan, 55, was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. He played his junior hockey in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and he was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (104th overall) of the 1986 NHL Draft. He played parts of two seasons with Springfield of the AHL, and he played in five games with the Islanders during the 1987-88 season, posting two points (1-1=2) before a shoulder injury ended his playing career. 

As of October 2022 

Trent Yawney
Assistant Coach

Trent Yawney enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the LA Kings. This is the third time Yawney is serving on a Todd McLellan-led staff after doing so with the Edmonton Oilers (2018-19) and San Jose Sharks (2008-11).  

Since joining the Kings, Yawney has helped the Kings earn a top-10 finish in both fewest goals allowed (10th, 232, 2021-22 season) and penalty kill percentage (7th, 83.7%, 2020-21 season).  


The native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan holds more than 20 years of coaching experience, including parts of two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks (2005-07), the same club he started his NHL coaching career with as an assistant in 1999-00. In total, Yawney has served on five different coaching staffs, including the Anaheim Ducks (2014-18), Chicago (1999-00, 2005-07), LA (2019-present), Edmonton (2018-19) and San Jose (2008-11).  

Twice, Yawney spent time in the American Hockey League as a head coach. For five seasons (2000-05), Yawney guided the Norfolk Admirals, qualifying for the playoffs each year. In 2011, Yawney returned to head coaching, spending part of one season (2011-12) with the Syracuse Crunch before returning to Norfolk as head coach for two seasons (2012-14).  

As a player, Yawney amassed 129 points (27-102) and 783 penalty minutes in 593 games over 12 seasons with Chicago (1987-91; 1997-99), Calgary (1991-96) and St. Louis (1996-97). He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Yawney, 57 (9/29/65), also represented Team Canada on multiple occasions, including the 1988 Winter Olympics Games (team captain) and the 1991 and 1992 World Championship, winning a Silver Medal in 1991. 

Yawney and McLellan also played together for two seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League from 1983-85. Trent and his wife, Charlane, have two children - Ashley and Conor. 

As of October 2022 

Jim Hiller
Assistant Coach

Jim Hiller is in his first season with the Kings after being named assistant coach on July 19, 2022.  

Hiller brings 20 years of coaching experience with him, including the last eight spent in the NHL with the New York Islanders (2019-22), Toronto Maple Leafs (2015-19) and Detroit Red Wings (2014-15). Prior to his NHL coaching debut with Detroit, Hiller spent 12 seasons coaching junior hockey in Canada between the Western Hockey League (WHL) and British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).  

He began his coaching career in 2002 with the Tri-City Americans (WHL), where he spent two seasons before taking the helm behind the bench of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) during the 2005-06 campaign. Hiller returned to the WHL the following year when he was named head coach of the then-expansion Chilliwack Bruins. In the team's first year of play, Hiller and the Bruins clinched a playoff berth with a 25-40-5-2 record, the third-best record of a WHL expansion team in league history. 

Following three seasons with Chilliwack (2006-09), Hiller returned to the Tri-City Americans from 2009-14. During the first season of his second stint with Tri-City, Hiller led the Americans to a division title, Western Conference title and WHL Championship Series appearance. In total, he coached Tri-City to two division titles (2009-10, 2011-12) and five consecutive playoff berths over his five seasons as head coach. He was awarded the Canadian Hockey League's (CHL) Brian Kilrea Award and WHL's Dunc McCallum Award for Coach of the Year for 2011-12, leading Tri-City to a 50-18-2-2 record with 104 points. 

A native of Port Alberni, British Columbia, Hiller served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2010 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Slovakia where he helped guide Team Canada to their third consecutive gold medal and 15th overall in tournament history. Under Hiller's watch during the tournament was current LA King, Phillip Danault. 

Hiller, 53returns to the LA Kings organization, who originally selected him in the tenth round (207th-overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. In total, Hiller appeared in 40 games for the LA Kings, recording six goals and 12 points. Hiller suited up for 63 career NHL games, registering eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points. 

As of October 2022 

Bill Ranford
Goaltending Coach

Bill Ranford enters his 16th season as Goaltending Coach for the LA Kings. Originally hired in July 2006, Ranford is the longest tenured goaltending coach in franchise history. 

Under his tutelage, the Kings have twice (2013-14, 2017-18) captured the William M. Jennings Trophy (lowest goals-against-average) while Ranford's coaching has guided Jonathan Quick to a Conn Smythe Trophy (2012), two Stanley Cups (2012, 2014), two NHL All-Star nominations, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy twice (2012, 2016) and becoming the first American goaltender ever to register 10 career Stanley Cup Playoff shutouts. With 712 games played, Quick enters the 2022-23 NHL season with the most games played by any active goaltender under a single NHL franchise and second-most games played by all active NHL goaltenders.   

A two-time Stanley Cup Champion as a player (1988, 1990) with the Edmonton Oilers, Ranford won the Conn Smythe Trophy and shares the single-season playoff record for most wins (16) in 1990. Originally selected by Boston in the third-round (52nd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Ranford had a 240-279-76 record in 647 games over 15 seasons with the Oilers, Bruins, Red Wings, Lightning and Capitals. He was an All-Star in 1990-91. 

Prior to joining the Kings staff, Ranford, 55 (12/14/66), was the Goaltending Consultant for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (two seasons) and the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (Tier II Junior), of which he was a part-owner. Ranford served as the "stunt double" for Jim Craig in the movie Miracle about Team USA during the 1980 Winter Olympics. A native of Brandon, Ranford is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. 

Bill and his wife Kelly have two children: daughters Cassady and Tristan. 

As of October 2022