ROGER NEILSON
KINGS HEAD COACH 1984

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Roger Neilson was named interim head coach of the Los Angeles Kings following the dismissal of Don Perry as Kings head coach on Jan. 27, 1984. Neilson guided the Kings for the remainder of the 1983-84 season, posting an 8-17-3 mark. The following season, Pat Quinn was named Kings head coach.

Prior to joining the Kings, Neilson was head coach of the Peterborough Petes for 10 years from 1966-76. Following a season with the Dallas Blackhawks in the Central Hockey League, Neilson worked as the Toronto Maple Leafs head coach from 1977-79, was an associate coach with the Buffalo Sabres in 1979-80 and head coach of the Sabres the following season. He then guided the Canucks from March 1982 - January 1984 before joining the Kings.

Following his time with the Kings, Neilson coached the Rangers from 1989 to 1993, the Florida Panthers from 1993 to 1995 and the Philadelphia Flyers from 1997 to 2000. He also worked as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2001-03, appearing as head coach for two games (1-1-0) in April 2002 as head coach Jacques Martin stepped away from the bench to allow Neilson to become the ninth man to coach 1,000 NHL games.

Neilson's overall regular season record was 460 wins, 381 losses, and 159 ties. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder in November 2002.

Neilson died on June 21, 2003 after a long battle with cancer.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1983-84
28
8
17
3
-
19
.339
-
-
-
TOTALS
28
8
17
3
-
19
.339
-
-
-