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RON STEWART
KINGS HEAD COACH 1977-78

All-Time Kings Coaches | Current Kings Coaches

Ron Stewart spent one season as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, leading the crownshirts to 31-34-15 record and a third-place finish in the Norris Division after being named to the position on Aug. 4, 1977. Stewart was relieved of his duties on April 20, 1978.

Prior to joining the Kings, Stewart, a veteran of 21 NHL seasons, played on a Memorial Cup championship team while with Guelph, three Stanley Cup Championship teams while with the Toronto Maple Leafs and coached Springfield, the Kings’ farm team, to the Calder Cup Championship.

Stewart’s 21 NHL seasons were divided among six teams – 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs; four and a half with the New York Rangers; two with the Boston Bruins, and parts of two and a half seasons with Vancouver, St. Louis and the New York Islanders. He played in 1,353 games, scoring 276-252=529.

Stewart’s coaching career began with the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League in 1973-74, a team that was operated by the Kings. Stewart guided the club that had finished last the year before to a fourth-place finish, only five points out of first place. Hampered by the loss of four regulars to injuries, the Bucks moved to the Lester Park Cup finals, but lost to the Phoenix Road Runners and a hot goalie named Gary Simmons, who also played for the Kings, 4-1.

When the WHL folded in 1974-75, Stewart was named coach of the Kings’ Springfield farm club in the American League. Again he inherited a team that had finished last the previous season and was able to lead them into the playoffs where his team set AHL history becoming the first club ever to finish fourth and win the Calder Cup. Stewart was named Coach of the Year.

Stewart moved into the NHL coaching ranks with the Rangers in 1975. The club got off to a slow start and was further hindered by an 11-day housecleaning in which veterans Gilles Villemure, Derek Sanderson, Eddie Giacomin, Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and rookie Joe Zanussi departed.

Stewart was replaced by John Ferguson as coach after 39 games. Stewart’s record with the Rangers was 15-20-4 earning 34 points, one better than Ferguson’s 14-22-5 record for 33 points.

Stewart remained with the Rangers as Director of Player Personnel after his replacement coach and served in that position until joining the Kings.

After leaving the Kings, Stewart would never work in the NHL again, becoming manager of a couple of junior teams and working in several business endeavors back in his hometown of Calgary.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1977-78
80
31
34
15
-
77
.481
2
0
2
TOTALS
80
31
34
15
-
77
.481
2
0
2