AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players and coaches prior to the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. In the 24th part of the series, it is time to profile Kings assistant coach Don Nachbaur.
Nachbaur became the Kings assistant coach on June 22, 2017. This will be his second season working under head coach John Stevens on the Kings coaching staff. Last year, the Kings finished in fourth place in the Pacific Division but reached the playoffs before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights in the opening round.
Nachbaur has a wealth of head coaching experience in the Western Hockey League. He was the head coach for the Seattle Thunderbirds from 1994-2000, the Tri-City Americans from 2003-2009 and the Spokane Chiefs from 2010-2017.
Nachbaur also has three seasons of American Hockey League experience. He was the head coach of the Binghamton Senators from 2009-2010 and an assistant coach of the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2002-2002.
As a player, Nachbaur was a lefthanded shooting center who played in the NHL from 1980-1983 and again from 1985-1990 with the Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. He had 23 goals and 46 assists for 69 points in 223 regular season games. Nachbaur also had one goal and one assist for two points in 11 playoff games. An enforcer, Nachbaur had 465 penalty minutes and reached back-to-back 100+ penalty minute seasons with the Whalers in 1980-81 and 1981-82.
Nachbaur also played for the Springfield Indians, Moncton Alpines, New Haven Nighthawks and Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League and four seasons with Graz EC in Austria. In 1988, he won a Calder Cup with the Bears.