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 22nd part of the series, it is time to profile Kings head coach John Stevens.
On April 23, 2017, John Stevens became the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings for the second time. For four games during the 2011-12 NHL regular season, Stevens was the interim head coach of the Kings after they fired Terry Murray and before they hired Darryl Sutter. In 86 games as the head coach of the Kings, Stevens has a record of 47 wins, 31 regulation losses and eight losses in extra time.
Even though Stevens has been the head coach of the Kings for a short time, he has been part of the Kings coaching staff since June 24, 2010. From 2010-2014 (except for the four games in 2011-12), Stevens was the assistant coach of the Kings. Then from 2014-2017, Stevens was the associate coach. He was also part of the Kings coaching staff that won the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup.
In addition to coaching the Kings at the NHL level, Stevens was also with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2006-2010. He was an assistant coach with the Flyers in his first season and the head coach for four seasons with Philadelphia.
Stevens also has hockey experience coaching at the American Hockey League level. He was the assistant coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms from 1998-2000 and the head coach of the Phantoms from 2000 to 2006. Stevens was the head coach of the Phantoms when they won the 2005 Calder Cup.
As a player, Stevens played defense and was selected in the third round, 47th overall by the Flyers in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. He played 53 NHL games with the Flyers and Hartford Whalers from 1986-1994. Stevens had 10 assists for 10 points. At the American Hockey League level, Stevens also won three Calder Cups as a player. He was part of the Hershey Bears in 1988, Springfield Indians in 1991 and Phantoms in 1998.