KINGS ASSISTANT COACH 1981-82
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Nick Beverley, a veteran of 11 National Hockey League seasons, served as Kings assistant coach in 1980-81.
Beverley spent a total of 14 years with the Kings holding a variety of positions including scout, head coach of the Kings minor affiliate the New Haven Nighthawks, director of player personnel, assistant general manager and general manager. While in the position of general manager, he led the Kings to their first and only Stanley Cup finals.
Prior to joining the Kings, Beverley served as head coach for the Kings’ minor league affiliate at Houston until the franchise suspended operations on Jan. 8, 1981. Following Houston’s demise, he did extensive scouting for the Kings, including complete work throughout the Central, American and International Hockey Leagues.
Beverley turned pro with the Boston Bruins in 1966 following a junior career with the Oshawa Generals where he was Bobby Orr’s defensive partner. Following four years with the Bruins, he then spent time with Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, Minnesota, the Kings and finished his career with the Colorado Rockies, retiring after the 1979-80 season.
In September of 1978, Beverley was claimed on waivers by the Kings and appeared in seven games for Los Angeles before he was traded to Colorado in exchange for the Rockies fourth round draft pick in 1982.
In 11 years in the National Hockey League, he scored 18 goals and 112 points while appearing in 502 games. His best year came in 1977-78 while captaining the Minnesota North Stars. He scored a career-high seven goals and 21 points, leading all North Star defensemen in scoring.
After leaving the Kings, Beverley worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs as director of pro scouting, director of player personnel and as interim head coach when Pat Burns was released. As interim head coach, the Maple Leafs went 9–6–2. They made the playoffs, but lost in six games to the St. Louis Blues.