Rob Laird is in his 21st year with the Kings – and his 18th season in the club’s Pro Scouting department – as he currently serves as Senior Pro Scout.
Originally joining the Kings as a coach in the club’s minor league system, Laird spent two seasons as the Head Coach of the Phoenix Roadrunners, the former IHL affiliate of the Kings. With the Roadrunners, Laird helped his team advance to the playoffs both seasons while his club posted winning records both years. Prior to that coaching assignment, Laird served as a Head Coach in the American Hockey League for Moncton and Baltimore.
In 1989-90, Laird was behind the bench for the Washington Capitals as an Assistant Coach. Previously, he was the Head Coach at Fort Wayne (IHL) for four seasons, where he won at least 46 games each year – including the 1985-86 season in which the Komets won 52 regular season games to earn the Presidents’ Trophy.
During his playing career, Laird, 59 (12/29/54), played in one NHL game for the Minnesota North Stars during the 1979-80 season. He also played professionally for Fort Wayne, Nashville (CHL) and Oklahoma City (CHL). The Regina, Saskatchewan-born Laird also played for the Memorial Cup Regina Pats (WCHL) before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh-round (116th overall) of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft and by the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the second-round (29th overall) of the 1974 WHA Amateur Draft.
Rob and his wife Madeleine reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They have a daughter, Vanessa, and a son, Grant.