KINGS ASSISTANT COACH 1987-89
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Bryan Maxwell spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings, working under Mike Murphy in 1987-88 and Robbie Ftorek the following season.
Prior to joining the Kings, Maxwell was head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers (Western Hockey League), where he led them to first place in the WHL’s East Division and later to the Memorial Cup Championship, the top prize in the Canadian Junior hockey leagues in 1986-87.
A veteran of nine seasons as a defenseman in professional hockey (two and a half seasons in the World Hockey Association and six and a half in the NHL), Maxwell was a first-round selection (4th overall) of the Minnesota North Stars in the 1975 Amateur Draft. He retired as a player following the 1983-84 campaign and immediately assumed a position as assistant coach at Medicine Hat where he had played junior hockey.
In his first two seasons with the Tigers, Maxwell led the WHL in defense allowing 224 and 245 goals respectively. As head coach in 1986-87, Medicine Hat was tied for the lead in defense as they allowed 264 goals.
Two of Maxwell’s Medicine Hat players were the top selections of the Kings in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft: defenseman Wayne McBean (1st round, 4th overall) and goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick (2nd round, 27th overall).
Following his time with the Kings, Maxwell returned to the WHL serving as head coach of the Spokane Chiefs from 1989-94 and the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 1995-2003. He then joined the ECHL's Victoria Salmon Kings from 2004-06.