LA Kings – New Asst. Coach Payne + Fun Stuff For the Off-Season

Posted on July 26, 2012 by


Well, I was wrong. I called Brent Sutter the next Assistant Coach for the Kings. But today the Kings announced Davis Payne as the new Asst Coach. Remember Payne? He was the one hired after the Blues fired Andy Murray and then fired him after only a few games and hired Ken Hitchcock. So at first, you think, hmmm, is this a good idea? Well, actually yes, yes it is. Payne has a great record coaching in the AHL and ECHL. He is young (42) and very experienced. Some time as an assistant coach is a great move for him, especially if he wants to head coach in the future.

Here are a few facts about Payne:

  • Payne appeared in 22 NHL games with the Boston Bruins and played a total of eight professional seasons in the AHL, International Hockey League (IHL) and ECHL.
  • 2006-07 ECHL Coach of the Year
  • He established a .691% winning percentage over four years as head coach for the Alaska Aces, the Blues’ ECHL affiliate.
  • Payne guided the ACES to three consecutive trips to the Conference Finals; it was the first time in 15 years and only the second time in ECHL history that a team advanced to the ECHL’s Final Four in three straight seasons.

Payne, who is  289-142-45 (.654%) in seven seasons as an ECHL head coach between Alaska and the Pee Dee Pride, remains second all-time in ECHL history with 50 postseason victories, 12 of which came during his three years with Pee Dee.

I think he will do just fine.

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Here is a great video of all 16 game winning goals from the playoffs:

 

 

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You can get 50% off jersey’s and Kings gear if you order by Sunday the 29th. The code is below:

In case you don’t know, this weekend is the big Team LA Store sale also. Everything is up to 90% off:

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The Kings had an opening at the Nokia to play the Championship DVD live for media andcertain fans. Stoll and Greene were there as well and brought the cup. You can read the LATimes article here. Greene is so funny.

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Follow the Stanley Cup as the Hockey Hall of Fame posts the summer journal of the LA Kings:  Stanley Cup Journal – HHOF. Here is a pic from the journal when Gagne had the cup in Quebec. Nice bunch of good looking men!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a list of the twitter names for the Kings players for you to follow this off season. They love to tweet and can be quite humorous:

Professional lightning rod, pancake aficionado, comedic enthusiast. Comedy is not subjective you’re just not funny. I like hockey.

Goalie for the Los Angeles Kings

Captain, Right Wing of the Los Angeles Kings. Stanley Cup Champions

Right Wing Enforcement, Los Angeles Kings

Welcome to official Anze Kopitar Twitter. Please visit http://www.anzeseleven.com for detailed look into Anze Kopitar life.

And don’t forget the LA Kings official twitter account:

LA Kings

LA Kings

@LAKings

The Official Twitter feed for the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings NHL Hockey club.

Los Angeles, CA · http://www.LAKINGS.com

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Go Kings!

 

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