KINGS ASSISTANT COACH 2002-06
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John Van Boxmeer was named to the assistant coaching position on July 17, 2002 after Dave Tippet had left the staff to become head coach with the Dallas Stars. He held the position until he and Andy Murray were relieved of their duties on March 21, 2006, his responsibilities included concentrating on the offensive side of the play.
Prior to joining the Kings, Van Boxmeer was the vice president of hockey operations/ head coach of the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL). His long and distinguished hockey resume includes his role as a coach, player and front office executive. He had spent seven years with the Ice Dogs, with his tenure in Long Beach highlighted by a 1997 trip to the Turner Cup Finals and an overall 313-181-60 record (in both the WCHL and the International Hockey League).
Van Boxmeer began his coaching career in 1985 with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He went on to become the Americans’ all-time winningest coach with 333 victories in nine seasons in Rochester, which included the 1987 Calder Cup Championship and two more Calder Cup Finals. An associate coach for two seasons (1990-92) in Buffalo with the Sabres, Van Boxmeer was named IHL Coach of the Year in 1997 with Long Beach, and he was co-coach at the IHL All-Star Game that same season.
As a player, Von Boxmeer broke into the NHL with the famed Montreal Canadiens during the 1974-75 season. A former first-round choice (14th overall) by Montreal in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, he spent parts of four seasons with the Canadiens and was a member of their Stanley Cup Championship team in 1976. Overall, Van Boxmeer, who was known as an offensive-minded defenseman, played in 588 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, Colorado Rockies, Buffalo Sabres and the Quebec Nordiques, totaling 358 points (84-274=358) and 465 penalty minutes. In 1982, he was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game.