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Darryl Sutter
Head Coach

Darryl Sutter is in his sixth season as Head Coach and his fifth full season after being hired on December 20, 2011. Since joining the Kings Sutter has helped guide the franchise to unprecedented on-ice success in the postseason, with him helping guide the team to Stanley Cup championships in 2014 and 2012, and the Western Conference Final in 2013.

The Kings played in an NHL record 26 games (16-10 record) before hoisting the Cup in 2014. Included in the 2014 Cup run were Game 7 road victories at San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago. In 2012, he led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship as the team went 16-4 in the postseason as the eighth seed and led each series three-games-to-none before being crowned champs on June 11, 2012.

Sutter and the Kings established a new team record for most wins in one season with 48 victories during the 2015-16 campaign (48-28-6, 102 points). With him at the helm, the Kings have won 40-or-more games in each of the franchise's last three seasons, going 40-27-15 with 95 points in 2014-15, and 46-28-8 with 100 points in 2013-14. The Kings regular season record was 25-13-11 with him behind the bench in 2011-12 after he took over for Terry Murray, who was relieved of his duties as head coach in December of 2011. In 2012-13, the Kings posted a winning regular season mark (27-16-5) and advanced to the postseason before losing to Chicago in the Western Conference Final. Sutter's regular season coaching record with the Kings is 186-112-45, and his postseason record with the Kings is 42-27.

Sutter, the fastest Kings head coach to 100 wins in franchise history (183 games), also this past season coached his 1,200th NHL game, becoming the 15th head coach in NHL history to reach that plateau. He also surpassed Larry Robinson (328) for third on the Kings all-time games coached list and he finished the 2015-16 regular season with 343 games coached. Sutter closed the regular season ranked second on the Kings' all-time wins list (186; surpassed Bob Pulford's 178 wins; the franchise leader is Andy Murray with 215 wins).

Sutter's teams have qualified for the postseason in 14 of his 16 seasons as a head coach, and his 595 career coaching wins rank 14th all-time. All told, his teams have eclipsed the 40-win mark eight times, the 100-point mark four times, and his clubs have finished in first place three times.

Sutter, the 24th head coach in Kings history, came to the Kings with a wealth of NHL experience. He was previously the General Manager of the Calgary Flames and he held that position from the 2003-04 season until he resigned on December 28, 2010. Sutter also served as Calgary's Head Coach from 2002-03 through 2005-06 (he held dual roles as Head Coach and General Manager from 2003-04 through 2005-06). As the Head Coach of the Flames for three seasons, Sutter compiled a 107-73-30 record in the regular season and an 18-15 record in the postseason. He led Calgary to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and a first-place finish in the Northwest Division in 2006 when the Flames finished with a 46-25-11 record (103 points).

Sutter was the Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks for parts of six seasons (1997-98 through the start of the 2002-03 season), where he worked under Dean Lombardi, then the GM of the Sharks. Sutter was 192-167-75 in the regular season and he led San Jose to a first-place finish in the Pacific Division in 2002 (99 points).

Sutter was the Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks for three seasons (1992-93 through 1994-95) and served as Chicago's Assistant Coach in 1987-88 and as an Associate Coach from 1990-92. As the Blackhawks Head Coach he compiled a 110-80-26 record in the regular season and he led Chicago to a first-place finish in the division - and the best record in the Campbell Conference - in 1992-93 with a 47-25-12 record. In the 1995 postseason he led Chicago to the Western Conference Finals.

As an NHL left wing, Sutter played in 406 career games (all with the Blackhawks), recording 279 points (161-118=279) and 288 penalty minutes. He scored 20-plus goals in five of his eight NHL seasons, including a career-high 40 goals in 1980-81. Sutter, who served as Chicago's team captain from 1982-85 and again from 1986-87, also had 43 points (24-19=43) in 51 playoff games.                                                                          

Darryl, 58 (8/19/58), is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom played in the NHL, from Viking, Alberta. He and his wife Wanda have three children: Jessie, Brett and Christopher.

As of August, 2016

John Stevens
Associate Head Coach

John Stevens is in his seventh season with the Kings. Currently serving as the club's Associate Head Coach, Stevens has played 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, while the club's penalty killing percentage has ranked in the Top-10 in three out of the six years he has been with the club including the fourth-best penalty killing unit on two occasions. 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 third in fewest goals allowed. 

Stevens, who served as the Interim Kings Head Coach for four games in December of 2011, served 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). 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 (served as team captain) and 1998 with the Phantoms (team captain).

 John, 50 (5/4/66), and his wife, Stacy, have two sons, John and Nolan.

As of August, 2016

Davis Payne
Assistant Coach

Davis Payne is in his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Kings after being hired on July 27, 2012. 

In his first season with the Kings the club offensively ranked in the top-10 in power play percentage and they increased their goals-per-game average from 2.29 to 2.73, the third best scoring mark in the Western Conference. In the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Payne helped direct the Kings offense to the league's best goals-per-game average (3.38) and the most power-play goals (20). The club's 23.5 percent success rate on the power play during the postseason was sixth best and tops among those clubs that advanced past the first round. In 2014-15 the Kings ranked seventh in power play percentage at home and in 2015-16 the team ranked eighth in power play percentage.

Payne most recently was the Head Coach of the St. Louis Blues. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia, and former NHL forward had a 67-55-15 record with the Blues (.544 winning percentage). Payne made his NHL head coaching debut on January 2, 2010 and he won his first NHL game on January 9, 2010 (at Los Angeles). He was relieved of his coaching duties 13 games into the 2011-12 season (November 6, 2011).

Payne has also served as a Head Coach in both the American Hockey League and the ECHL. He spent a season and a half coaching the Peoria Rivermen (former St. Louis AHL affiliate) and in 2008-09 as a rookie Head Coach in the AHL he guided the Rivermen to a 43-31-2-4 record and returned Peoria to the postseason for the first time in three years. Payne first joined the Rivermen as an Assistant Coach in 2007-08.

Before that, Payne experienced seven seasons behind the bench as a Head Coach in the ECHL. In four seasons as Head Coach of the Alaska Aces (2003-07), he had a winning percentage of .691. He led the Aces to 53 regular season wins and the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship in 2005-06. Payne took the Aces to the Conference Finals in three of his four seasons in Alaska and he was named the ECHL Coach of the Year following the 2006-07 campaign.

Payne also served as a Head Coach of the Pee Dee Pride from 2000-03. He began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the ECHL's Greenville Grrrowl in 2000-01 before being named Head Coach as a mid-season replacement with Pee Dee later that same season.

A graduate of NCAA Division I Michigan Tech, Payne, 46 (9/24/70), appeared in 22 NHL games with the Boston Bruins from 1995-97 and played a total of eight professional seasons in the AHL (with Rochester and Providence), International Hockey League (with Phoenix and San Antonio) and ECHL (with Greensboro and Greenville). He was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh-round (140th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

Davis and his wife, Jane, have two daughters: Allison and Lydia.

As of August, 2015

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