Crawford began his NHL coaching career with Quebec in 1994, when he became the youngest to win coach of the year honors. After the Nordiques relocated to Denver, Crawford guided them to a 16-5 postseason record and a sweep of Florida in the Stanley Cup finals. He also was the head coach of Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics and was an assistant for Team Canada when it won a silver medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. Crawford played in the NHL from 1981-87 as a left wing for Vancouver.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings hired Marc Crawford as their new coach Monday. Crawford replaces John Torchetti, who coached the final 12 games after Andy Murray was fired. Crawford signed a multiyear deal. Terms weren’t disclosed. He has a regular-season record of 411-285-127 in 12 seasons in the NHL, and a 43-40 playoff mark. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals The 46-year-old Crawford guided Colorado to the 1996 Stanley Cup championship, when Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy played for him. Crawford becomes the first coach in Kings’ history to have a Stanley Cup on his resume. “I’m a different coach from Andy Murray,” Crawford said. “I’m very passionate and inclusive. I want players around me who are creative.” Crawford spent the last seven seasons as coach of the Vancouver Canucks, who made the playoffs four times in a row before finishing ninth in the Western Conference this season. He was fired in April. Hiring Crawford was the first major move by Dean Lombardi, hired last month to succeed Dave Taylor as general manager. The Kings finished 42-35-5 to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season.
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