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Kings part ways with longtime AHL coach Morris

May 7, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT


One of the longest-tenured coaches in the American Hockey League is no longer.

Mark Morris, the bench boss for Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate in Manchester since 2006, has been relieved of his duties by Kings GM Dean Lombardi.

“We appreciate the job Mark has done for us in Manchester,” Lombardi said in a statement. “The team’s success on the ice during his tenure and his contributions in helping prepare our young players to be successful at the NHL level have been key contributors to the success of our organization as a whole.

“These ideals will continue to be a priority for us going forward and we wish Mark the utmost success as there is no doubt he is ready for the next step in his career.”

During his time with the Los Angeles organization, Morris played a key role in the development of a number of current players. Jonathan Quick, Trevor Lewis, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez, Dwight King, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan, Martin Jones, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson all played for Morris in Manchester prior to debuting for the Kings.

Morris leaves the organization as the winningest and longest-tenured coach in Manchester history. Interesting note here from Rich Hammond of the L.A. Register:

  1. nhstateline - May 7, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Good coach, good person. Worked hard to make the LA Kings organization better. He’s ready to be a head coach in the NHL. Hopefully he gets a shot.

  2. suesawicki2000 - May 7, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    hope he’s not going to the Canuks!!!

    • nightfireop - May 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      no canucks no! lol

  3. broadstreetbeatdown - May 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Hexy is the one who pushed for his hiring back in 06. If he’s smart will bring Morris on as an assistant to Chief. Excellent in developing young Dmen and implementing solid defensive play. Not surprised if someone picks him up for a head coaching job.

  4. puckoff70 - May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    If San Jose was smart, which they aren’t, they’d kick McClellan to the curb and pick up Morris like the Ducks did Bruce Boudreau when they poached him from the LA farm.

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