KINGS ANNOUNCE COACHING CHANGES

Hardy returns to the Kings' bench; Kompon and Emerson return

Monday, 08.04.2008 / 2:29 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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KINGS ANNOUNCE COACHING CHANGES
Mark Hardy Named Assistant Coach
Jamie Kompon promoted to Assistant Coach
Nelson Emerson promoted to Assistant Coach/Development Coordinator
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Mark Hardy as an Assistant Coach, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and new Kings Head Coach Terry Murray announced Monday. In addition, the Kings have promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Nelson Emerson to Assistant Coach/Development Coordinator.

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"I am excited to help welcome Mark back to the Kings organization," said Murray. "During his time in Chicago as an Assistant Coach, Mark did a great job working with their young players and their young defensemen in particular, and he was instrumental in helping that club make the great strides it has made the last couple of years. In addition, Mark was an important player for the Kings and I feel that his all-round experience in this game as a coach and as a player will really assist me as we work together with our players.

"I am also excited about the promotions for Jamie and Nelson. In the time I have spent with Jamie, I have come to admire his work ethic, his passion and the knowledge he possesses. At the same time, Nelson and Bill were professional players, and very good players, and their knowledge of our club will be invaluable to me and our entire staff as we move forward."

Hardy, 49, joins Kompon, Emerson and Bill Ranford (Goaltending Coach) on Murray’s coaching staff. Hardy has followed a 15-year NHL playing career – which included two stints as a Kings defenseman (1979-88 and 1992-94) – with a successful coaching career that includes serving as a Kings Assistant Coach from 1999-2006. During his first coaching tenure with the Kings, Hardy’s responsibilities focused on defensive play, penalty killing and overall play without the puck. Hardy’s penalty killing unit ranked third in the NHL for the 2001-02 season with an 86.6 percent success rate (the second best in Kings history).

Hardy the past two seasons has served as an Assistant Coach with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he successfully oversaw the development of a young blueline that played a major role in the Blackhawks team goals-against-average going from 3.40 during the 2005-06 season to 2.82 during the 2007-08 season. He also served as an Assistant Coach with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (IHL) for four seasons (1995-96 through 1998-99).

As a player, Hardy ranks 16th on the Kings all-time scoring list (and third on the Kings all-time defensemen scoring list) with 303 points in his 11 seasons with the Kings. The Semaden, Switzerland, native also played in 41 career postseason games with the Kings, and he was a member of the Kings club that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993.

Originally selected by the Kings in the second round (30th overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Hardy recorded 368 points (62-306=368) and 1,293 penalty minutes in 915 career regular season games with the Kings, Minnesota North Stars and New York Rangers. With the Kings, he was twice named the Kings Outstanding Defenseman (1984-85 and 1986-87). In addition, he ranks second in assists (250), third in games played (616), fourth in penalty minutes (858) and fifth in goals (53) amongst Kings defensemen all-time.

Kompon, 40, has served the past two seasons on the Kings coaching staff, most recently holding the title of Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development. Prior to joining the Kings, he spent nine seasons in the St. Louis Blues organization (1997-06) where he served as the club’s Video Coach before adding Strength and Conditioning Coach to his title during the 2002-03 season. In addition, Kompon was on the coaching staff of Team Canada at the 2006 World Championship in Latvia where he served as Video Coach.

Emerson, 40, has served the past two seasons on the Kings coaching staff, most recently holding the title of Assistant Coach. Like Hardy, Emerson played for the Kings (2000-02) during his 12-year NHL playing career. Emerson has also served as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Junior Kings Midget AAA Under-18 Team where he also held the title of Director of Hockey Operations. Emerson also worked for the Kings as a Coaches Aide (alongside Hardy) during the 2003-04 season.