LA Kings: Power Ranking the Team's Best Coaches in Franchise History

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LA Kings: Power Ranking the Team's Best Coaches in Franchise History
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Darryl Sutter is the 24th coach in the history of the Los Angeles Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL in 1967 when Canadian entrepreneur and sports enthusiast Jack Kent Cooke funded an expansion team in Southern California.

Legendary players, including Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Luc Robitaille, Rogie Vachon and Wayne Gretzky, arguably the best player in the history of professional hockey, all donned the purple and yellow or black and silver (depending on the era) at one time.

Despite a history of highly skilled players, none of the 23 coaches in the franchise's history have ever guided the Kings to a Stanley Cup victory.

In December 2011, the Kings hired Darryl Sutter as the franchise's 24th head coach.

The 53-year-old relieved former head coach Terry Murray after his relatively successful four-plus seasons in Hollywood.

Sutter's Kings held on to clinch an eighth seed in the Western Conference and a trip to the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Sutter hopes to be the first coach to guide the SoCal franchise to a championship despite a low seeding.

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