The Los Angeles Kings have found their new bench boss.
L.A. announced it has signed Todd McLellan to a multi-year deal as its new head coach, taking over for Willie Desjardins, who was serving in the role on an interim basis.
🚨 The LA Kings have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract for Todd McLellan to serve as the Kings new head coach 🚨https://t.co/dyNNKAasbk— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 16, 2019
McLellan most recently served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, but was fired 20 games into the 2018-19 season after another disappointing start in Alberta’s capital.
The 51-year-old has a career record of 434-282-90 in 806 regular season games behind the bench, and served as head coach of the San Jose Sharks from 2008-09 through 2014-15 before joining the Oilers.
McLellan was named a finalist for the NHL's Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09 while with San Jose. He also served as head coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading his squad to a gold medal.
Los Angeles finished last in the Western Conference in 2018-19 and are hoping McLellan will be the coach to lead them back to Stanley Cup contention.
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