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Former Calgary Flames GM and coach Darryl Sutter was hired as coach of the LA Kings, the team announced Tuesday.
Sutter, 53, will take over the team Wednesday at practice in El Segundo. Terry Murray was fired Dec. 12 after three seasons as Kings coach.
"From what I hear from players, he's a very passionate guy and he’s very intense," said Kings winger Justin Williams. "I'm looking forward to a coach like that."
Sutter coached the Flames from 2002 to 2006. He became the franchise's general manager.
Sutter also coached the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks. He was the Blackhawks' team captain from 1982 to 1985 and 1986 to 1987.
Sutter ranks seventh among active coaches in both games and wins. In 11 seasons as a head coach, he took teams to the playoffs 10 times, leading Calgary to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004. He is one of only nine head coaches in NHL history to lead three different teams to 100 wins.
He is one of seven Sutter brothers, six of whom played in the NHL. His son Brett plays in the Carolina Panthers organization.
"I don’t really know much about him," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I heard he’s a bit of a yeller and I think that’s a good thing. We need someone that’s going to push us, to get the best out of us every night, and I think he's going to be a great fit for our team. I'm really excited for him to come along whenever he gets here."