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Willie Desjardins 
Head Coach

Willie Desjardins was named the Kings interim head coach on November 4, 2018. He replaced John Stevens who was relieved of his duties.

Desjardins has 20-plus years of coaching experience. In the NHL he served as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks for three seasons (from 2014-17). He also served as associate head coach with the Dallas Stars for two seasons (2010-12).
 
A native of Climax, Saskatoon, Desjardins is 61 (2-11-1957) years old. He is officially the 25th different coach in Kings history.
 
As of November 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
 

Marco Sturm
Assistant Coach

Marco Sturm was named a Kings assistant coach on November 4, 2018. He replaced Don Nachbaur who was relieved of his duties.
 

At the time he joined the Kings, the former Kings forward was serving as the head coach and general manager of the German National Team.
 
Sturm, 40 (9-8-1978), is a native of Dingolfing, Germany. He appeared in 938 NHL games during his playing career that spanned over 14 seasons. He registered 487 total points during his career (242-245=487), a career plus-59 rating and 446 penalty minutes.
 
As of November 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