Kings fire head coach Stevens, Desjardins takes over

TSN.ca Staff



After a 4-8-1 start to the season that has them dead last in the Pacific, the Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach John Stevens.

The team announced Willie Desjardins will take over as head coach

Willie Desjardins named interim Head Coach of the LA Kings, John Stevens relieved of his coaching duties.

2:38 PM - Nov 4, 2018

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Stevens was in the second year as head coach of the club. The team finished with 98 points last season and qualified for the playoffs, losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in four games.

A native of Campbellton, NB, Stevens had a 15-year pro career that saw him appear in 53 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Hartford Whalers.

After his retirement in 1999 as a player due to an eye injury, he joined the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate Philadelphia Phantoms as an assistant and became its head coach the following year. Stevens spent six seasons behind the bench with the Phantoms, winning the Calder Cup in 2005.

In October of 2006, Stevens became the head coach of the Flyers following the dismissal of Ken Hitchcock. He coached the Flyers for parts of four seasons, making the playoffs on two occasions. He was fired in December of 2009 after a 13-11-1 start.

The following year, Stevens joined the Kings as an assistant under Terry Murray. Upon Murray's dismissal in 2011, Stevens took over as interim coach of the team for four games prior to the appointment of Darryl Sutter. Under Sutter, Stevens and the Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. When Sutter retired at the end of the 2017 season, Stevens was promoted to head coach.

In his tenure with the Kings, Stevens posted a 49-37-8 record as head coach.

Assistant Don Nachbaur has also been let go by the club.