LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Kings have hired Davis Payne as an assistant coach and have signed him to a multi-year contract, Kings PresidentGeneral Manager Dean Lombardi and Head Coach Darryl Sutter announced today.
Davis was clearly the guy at the top of our list, said Sutter. We wanted somebody with NHL head coaching experience, and preferably a younger guy who communicates well with players and fits in well with our staff. Were excited about having him.
Payne, 41, most recently was the head coach of the St. Louis Blues. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia, and former NHL forward had a 67-55-15 record with the Blues (.544 winning percentage). Payne made his NHL head coaching debut on January 2, 2010 (vs. Chicago) and he won his first NHL game on January 9, 2010 (at Los Angeles). He was relieved of his coaching duties 13 games into the 2011-12 season (November 6, 2011).
Payne has also served as a head coach in both the American Hockey League and the ECHL. He spent a seaso...