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Los Angeles Kings John Stevens Promoted and Davis Payne and Bill Ranford Resigned

June 19th, 2014 at 12:23 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings coaching staff’s John Stevens has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, while Assistant Coach Davis Payne and Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford were re-signed to new contracts.

Stevens, had drawn interest from Pittsburgh, Carolina, and Vancouver, but was not given permission to interview for head coaching positions, it’s clear why now.

Stevens, 48 has helped guide the Kings to two Stanley cups, responsible for the Kings defensive success (Jennings Trophy), and he was the interim Head Coach for four games between the tenures of Terry Murray and Darryl Sutter. Sutter has said before that he sees Stevens as a head coach with the Kings. He also stated that having former head coaches as his assistants.

President / General Manager Dean Lombardi said in a statement, “Our coaching staff has been an integral part of the success of our team the last three years. We are extremely pleased that they will remain part of our team and continue together as we strive for excellence.”

The Kings will be guided by the same coaching staff in 2014-15, that has been said by Dean Lombardi the greatest help in the team’s success.

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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