KINGS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF
Johnston, Kompon, Ranford and Emerson all join Crawford, who was hired by the Kings on May 22, on the Kings coaching staff.
"I am very pleased with the staff that Dean and I have put together," said Crawford. "Mike Johnston is a great thinker and he understands what it takes to win at all levels. He's dealt with all kinds of players and he's very good with the technical aspects of the game. Jamie Kompon has been with the coaching staff in St. Louis for the past nine years and, like Mike, he has a lot of experience and strengths. Our staff will be well complemented by the addition of Bill Ranford. I am very impressed with him and how much he's worked at his craft. Nelson Emerson, who Kings fans know well, is not only a product of the Kings but he also coached the Junior Kings which won a state championship last year."
Johnston, 49, most recently served as Associate Coach in Vancouver for six seasons (1999-2006), playing a major role in the team's development while working with Crawford. In 2004, after a second consecutive 100-point season and a third straight campaign with more than 40 wins, the Canucks captured the Northwest Division championship - the first division title for the franchise since the 1992-93 season.
Johnston worked for Team Canada for five seasons from 1994-99. He with Crawford as an Assistant Coach at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, and at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, where his squad earned a Silver Medal.
Prior to joining the Canucks, Johnston was Head Coach and General Manager of Team Canada in 1998-99 and he compiled a 21-17-8 record, won a Gold Medal at the Spengler Cup and finished fourth at the 1999 World Championship. Johnston also won Gold Medals as an Assistant Coach with Team Canada at the 1994 and 1995 World Junior Championships.
Johnston originally began his coaching career at Camrose Lutheran College in 1982 and then moved on to the University of New Brunswick (UNB), where he had a regular season record of 77-44-6 over five seasons (1989-94). While at UNB, he recorded three first place finishes and he captured two McAdam Division titles.
Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Johnston holds a Master's degree in Coaching Science and he recently co-authored the book "Simply The Best, Insights and Strategies From Great Coaches." Mike and his wife, Myrna, have two children: a daughter Gabrielle and a son Adam.
Kompon, 39, recently completed his ninth season with the St. Louis Blues organization where he served as the club's Video Coach since arriving in 1997. He added Strength and Conditioning Coach to his title during the 2002-03 season, and this past spring he was on the coaching staff of Team Canada at the World Championship in Latvia where he served as Video Coach.
Prior to joining the Blues, Kompon was an Assistant Coach with the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League for the 1996-97 season and he also served as Co-Head Coach at McGill University in Montreal in 1994-95 after being employed there as an Assistant Coach for three seasons.
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kompon also played four seasons as a defenseman at McGill (1985-89) and then he played two seasons of professional hockey, including stints in the East Coast Hockey League and in the German Elite League. Jamie's wife's name is Tina.
Ranford, 39, has worked as the Goaltending Consultant with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League for the last two seasons. In addition, Ranford -- a two-time Stanley Cup Champion goalie with the Edmonton Oilers in 1988 and 1990 and Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoff MVP in 1990 -- has also worked as a Goaltending Consultant with the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League (Tier II Junior), of which he is a part-owner.
Ranford, who shares the NHL's single season playoff record for most wins by a goaltender with 16 victories in 1990, completed a stellar 15-year NHL playing career following the 1999-00 season. Originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the third-round (52nd overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Ranford had a regular season record of 240-279-76, 15 shutouts, a 3.41 goals-against-average and a .888 save-percentage in 647 regular season NHL contests with the Oilers, Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals. He also played in a total of a 51 NHL playoff games, and he played for the Edmonton Oilers' alumni team at the recent outdoor Heritage Classic in Alberta.
Ranford, an All-Star in 1991-92, made his acting debut in the movie Miracle, where he performed scenes as a "stunt double" of Jim Craig, Team USA's goalie during the 1980 Olympics. A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Bill and his wife Kelly have two children: daughters Cassady and Tristan.
Emerson, 38, has most recently served as the Head Coach for the Los Angeles Junior Kings Midget AAA Under-18 Team where he also held the title of Director of Hockey Operations (in his new role with the Kings, Emerson will remain active in the Junior Kings program, serving as Director of Hockey Operations and GM of the Midget Major team). Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Emerson also worked as a Coaches Aide with the Kings during the 2003-04 season.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Emerson, a right wing, played with the Kings from 2000-02 and recorded 29 points (16-13=29) and 79 penalty minutes in 119 regular season NHL games. He also played in 19 playoff games with the Kings and had five points (2-3=5) and six penalty minutes. The Kings acquired Emerson and Kelly Buchberger from the Atlanta Thrashers for Donald Audette and Frantisek Kaberle on March 13, 2000.
Originally selected by the Blues in the third-round (44th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Emerson recorded 488 points (195-293=488) and 575 penalty minutes in 771 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes/ Hartford Whalers, Winnipeg Jets and Blues. In 40 career NHL playoff games, he had 22 points (7-15=22) and 33 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Emerson enjoyed four standout years at Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), where he was a two-time All-America, a three-time CCHA All-Star and he was the school's all-time leading scorer with 294 points while becoming the first player to be a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award three different seasons. At Bowling Green, Emerson was a teammate of current Kings defenseman Rob Blake.
Nelson and his wife June have four children: daughters Mackenzie and Madelyn, and sons Quinn and Blake. They reside in Manhattan Beach.