Stevens pro­moted to head coach of Kings

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LOS ANGELES | The Los Angeles Kings have pro­moted as­so­ci­ated head coach John Stevens to be­come their next head coach.

Kings spokesman Mike Altieri said the team will in­tro­duce Stevens at a news con­fer­ence Mon­day.

Stevens re­places Dar­ryl Sut­ter af­ter serv­ing as an as­sis­tant to two Kings head coaches over the past eight sea­sons, which in­cluded the fran­chise’s only two Stan­ley Cup cham­pi­onship runs. Los Angeles has won just one play­off game in three years since its last ti­tle in 2014.

Stevens was the Kings’ in­terim head coach for four games early in the 2011-12 sea­son af­ter Terry Mur­ray was fired and be­fore the hir­ing of Sut­ter, who be­came the win­ningest coach in Kings his­tory and the only coach to lead them to a ti­tle.

The Kings fired Sut­ter and gen­eral man­ager Dean Lom­bardi nearly two weeks ago in a re­mark­able house­clean­ing af­ter the reg­u­lar sea­son ended with­out a play­off berth.

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