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John Stevens
Head Coach

John Stevens was named Head Coach of the Kings on April 23, 2017. The 2018-19 season is Stevens' second season as Head Coach and ninth 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.

In his first season, Stevens helped lead the Kings to a 45-29-8 record and a return to the playoffs. The club's offense scored 38 more goals than the season before, and the club's 239 goals were the team's most since 2009-10 and the 49 power-play goals were the most since 2011-12. The Kings under Stevens also enjoyed stellar defense, highlighted by the NHL's lowest goals-against-average (the club's second Jennings Trophy win with Stevens as a coach) and the NHL's best penalty killing percentage (85.0).  

On the defensive end in particular, one of Stevens' strengths, he has helped direct the Kings to top-10 finishes in fewest goals allowed in every year he has been with the Kings, and since he was hired in 2010-11, the Kings have allowed the fewest goals in the league. 
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 six 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, 52 (5/4/66), and his wife, Stacy, have two sons, John and Nolan.

As of July, 2018

Dave Lowry
Assistant Coach

Dave Lowry is in his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Kings. He was named to his current position on May 30, 2017, and in his first season the Kings ranked first in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (85.0).

Lowry joined the Kings with an extensive coaching resume that includes experience at the NHL and Western Hockey League (WHL) levels. Prior to coaching, Lowry enjoyed a playing career which included more than 1,000 regular season games in the NHL.

Prior to the Kings, Lowry served as the Head Coach for the Victoria Royals (WHL) for five seasons. His club posted a winning record each season and the club made the playoffs all five years (they advanced to the second round on three occasions). Overall the team posted a 209-124-27 record under Lowry's direction.

Before the Royals Lowry spent close to a decade with the Calgary Flames organization in a number of different capacities. For three seasons (2009-12) he was an Assistant Coach with the Flames. Prior to that he garnered his first coaching experience with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) where he served as Head Coach, Associate Head Coach and Assistant Coach at different times. In 2009, his lone season at the helm, his squad advanced to the WHL Final.

In 2003-04, Lowry concluded his playing career. He originally broke in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1985 and went on to play for the Blues, Panthers, Sharks and Flames (where he served as team captain). He played in 1,084 NHL regular season games and totaled 351 points (164-187=351) and 1,191 penalty minutes. He scored at least 10 goals in six different seasons and he was a member of the Florida team that advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 1995. In the playoffs, Lowry participated in 111 games and recorded 36 points (16-20=36). His playing career ended in 2004 when the Flames lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Dave, 53 (2/14/65), is a native of Ottawa. He and his wife Elaine have four children: Sarah, Joel, Adam and Tessa.

As of July, 2018

Don Nachbaur
Assistant Coach

Don Nachbaur is in his second season with the Kings as an Assistant Coach. He was named to his position on June 22, 2017. In his first season with the Kings the club scored 49 power-play goals, the most the team has scored since 2011-12.

Nachbaur joined the Kings after serving as Head Coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for seven seasons (2010-17). There he led his team to the WHL playoffs in six of those seven campaigns. He is a three-time WHL Coach of the Year and is the only coach to win the award with three different teams (Spokane, Tri-City and Seattle). He is also the third winningest coach in WHL history (693 wins).

The native of Kitimat, British Columbia has more than 20 years of coaching experience and served as Head Coach of the WHL's Tri-City Americans from 2003-09, the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds from 1994-00, and in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Binghamton Senators in 2009-10. He also worked as an Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2000-02 and the Binghamton Rangers in 1991

While with the Phantoms he was the Assistant Coach under Kings Head Coach John Stevens, who served as Head Coach of the Phantoms from 2000-06. Just like during their coaching careers, the playing careers of Nachbaur, 59 (1/30/59), and Stevens intersected as they played in the Philadelphia/Hershey system together. They were teammates in Philadelphia (NHL) and in Hershey from 1986-90.

Nachbaur enjoyed a successful playing career that included 223 NHL regular season games and 11 playoff games over eight seasons with the Philadelphia (1985-90), Edmonton (1982-83) and Hartford (1980-82). His regular season totals included 69 points (23-46=69) and 465 penalty minutes. He was selected by Hartford in the third-round (60th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Whalers during the 1980-81 season.

Nachbaur spent parts of nine seasons in the AHL with Hershey, New Haven (the Kings minor affiliate at the time) and Moncton. He won a Calder Cup championship with the Bears in 1988. He also played professionally in Austria and Nachbaur has coached in several international tournaments.

Don and wife Kim reside in Richland, Washington. They have two children: Sydney and Daniel.

As of July, 2018

Bill Ranford
Goaltending Coach

Bill Ranford is in his 13th 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 and the longest tenured member of the club's current coaching staff.

This past season the Kings won the William M. Jennings Trophy as the team with the lowest goals-against-average (GAA) in the league. The Kings also allowed the fewest goals (203) in the NHL. It was the second time the Kings have won the award, having also won the award in 2013-14. During that 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.

Upon Ranford joining the club the Kings team goals-against average (GAA) dropped steadily during each of his first six seasons. 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 Jonathan 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.

Quick, who was also a Jennings Trophy runner-up in 2012, is the only active goalie with three Jennings wins and runners-ups combined, and he and Corey Crawford are the only active goalies with two Jennings Trophies.

Ranford, 51 (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 and in 2016 in Winnipeg.

Ranford, an All-Star during the 1990-91 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 July, 2018