PARKER MacDONALD
KINGS HEAD COACH 1981-82/ASSISTANT COACH 1980-81

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Parker MacDonald spent one season as a Kings Assistant coach (1980-81) and then was head coach for 42 games the following season before retiring from hockey on Jan. 11, 1982. He posted a 13-24-5 record.

Prior to joining the Kings, MacDonald was a two-time American Hockey League Coach of the Year at New Haven, before becoming the ninth coach in the Kings history. In 1980, then-head coach Bob Berry hired MacDonald as an assistant coach along with Ralph Backstrom. Preceding his appointment with the Kings, he spent six years as general manager and head coach for the New Haven Nighthawks of the AHL. In those six years, he directed the Nighthawks to two divisional titles and compiled a career record of 218-191-43.

The former National Hockey League left winger also piloted the Minnesota North Stars for 61 games during the 1973-74 season, taking charge 17 games into the season, and compiled a 20-30-11 record. He also served as the North Stars director of player development in 1974-75 while coaching at New Haven.

The Sydney, Nova Scotia native spent 12 seasons as an active player in the National Hockey League with Toronto (whom he broke into the league with in 1954), the New York Rangers, Boston, Detroit and Minnesota before retiring after the 1968-69 season. His finest year in the NHL came in 1962-63 while with the Detroit Red Wings. That year he scored 33 goals and 61 points while skating on a line with all-time hockey greats Gordie Howe and Alex Delvecchio.

Lifetime in the NHL, MacDonald played in 676 games, scoring 144 goals and 323 points. He played his junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros before joining the Toronto Maple Leafs for one game in 1952 and then returning to stay in 1954.

When Berry resigned his position on May 22, 1981, Kings’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss and General Manager George Maguire immediately announced Parker as their replacement due to his "great knowledge of the game and his workable attitude with the players."

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1981-82
42
13
24
5
-
31
.369
-
-
-
TOTALS
42
13
24
5
-
31
.369
-
-
-