LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings hired Mark Hardy as an assistant coach Monday and promoted both Jamie Kompon and Nelson Emerson to assistant coaches.
Hardy, 49, joins Kompon, Emerson and goalie coach Bill Ranford on new head coach Terry Murray’s staff.
The Kings also announced that assistant coaches Mike Johnston and Dave Lewis won’t be back behind the bench this season. Johnston has been offered another position with the NHL club.
Hardy played 15 seasons in the NHL as a defenceman, including two stints with the Kings (1979-88, 1992-94). He also spent time as an assistant with L.A. (1999-2006).
Hardy rejoins the Kings after spending the last two years as an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kompon, 40, spent the last two years with the Kings as an assistant coach and director of player development. Prior to joining the Kings, he spent nine seasons with the St. Louis Blues (1997-2006), serving as the club’s video coach before becoming a strength and conditioning coach during the 2002-03 season.
Kompon also worked as a video coach with Canada at the 2006 world hockey championship in Latvia.
Emerson, 40, spent the last two years on the Kings coaching staff. He played for the team (2000-02) during his 12-year NHL career.