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John Stevens
Johnstevens
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Philadelphia Flyers
Hartford Whalers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born May 4 1966 (1966-05-04) (age 50),
Campbellton, NB, CAN
NHL Draft 47th overall, 1984
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 1986 – 1999

John A. Stevens (born May 4, 1966) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and is the current assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is a former head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Playing careerEdit

A skilled defensive defenceman, Stevens was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round, 47th overall, of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Stevens followed up a junior career with the Oshawa Generals by playing four seasons for the Hershey Bears and earning call-ups during the 1986–87 and 1987–88 seasons, playing in a total of 9 games with the Flyers. He was signed by the Hartford Whalers in 1990 and reassigned to the Whalers' farm team, the Springfield Indians, which he captained to the franchise's seventh and final Calder Cup that season. When the Indians' franchise moved to Worcester in 1994, he was the first captain of its successor franchise Springfield Falcons, where he played for two additional years (for a total of six seasons in Springfield).

In 1996, Stevens signed once more with the Flyers, and was named the first captain of its expansion farm team, the Philadelphia Phantoms. In his second season as captain, Stevens led the team to its first Calder Cup championship. He was named to play in several AHL All-Star games throughout his career.

As a player, Stevens played in 53 NHL games for the Flyers and the Whalers scoring no goals, ten assists and recording 48 penalty minutes. In the AHL, he played in 834 games, scoring 20 goals and 166 assists for 186 points. Ironically, given his low scoring output as a defensive defenceman, Stevens scored the first goals in franchise history for both the Falcons and the Phantoms.

Coaching careerEdit

Stevens was forced to retire as a player in 1999 due to a career-ending eye injury but remained with the Phantoms as an assistant coach. He then became the club's second head coach in 2000 when Bill Barber was promoted to the Flyers. During his six season tenure as coach, the Phantoms made the playoffs four times and won their second Calder Cup title in 2005. Stevens was himself promoted to the Phantoms' parent club as an assistant coach after the 2005–06 season, and on October 22, 2006, was named as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers after Ken Hitchcock was fired. On October 26, Stevens coached his first NHL game, a 3–2 win over the Florida Panthers. On November 20, the Flyers announced that they had signed Stevens to a 2-year contract.

His first season with the Flyers saw his often injury-depleted team set a franchise record for consecutive losses (10 games) and finish the 2006–07 season with the club's worst record in its 40-year history. The Flyers set an NHL record for the biggest drop off in points from one season to the next – 101 points in the 2005–06 season to 56 points in the 2006–07 season for lowest point total in the league.

However, as stunning as their fall from grace was the previous season, Stevens guided the Flyers to an immediate renaissance in 2007-08. The Flyers won 42 games and amassed 95 points in the regular season under Stevens guidance. In the playoffs, the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals in the first round and upset the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the second round before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. For this, The Hockey News honoured Stevens with their Coach of the Year award.

AwardsEdit

RecordsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Playing statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983–84 Oshawa Generals OHL 70 1 10 11 71 7 0 1 1 6
1984–85 Oshawa Generals OHL 45 2 10 12 61 5 0 2 2 4
1984–85 Hershey Bears AHL 3 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Oshawa Generals OHL 65 1 7 8 146 6 0 2 2 14
1985–86 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 6 0 1 1 8 6 0 3 3 9
1986–87 Hershey Bears AHL 63 1 15 16 131 3 0 0 0 7
1986–87 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 2 2 14 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Hershey Bears AHL 59 1 15 16 108 -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1988–89 Hershey Bears AHL 78 3 13 16 129 12 1 1 2 29
1989–90 Hershey Bears AHL 79 3 10 13 193 -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Springfield Indians AHL 65 0 12 12 139 18 0 6 6 35
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 14 0 1 1 11 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Springfield Indians AHL 45 1 12 13 73 11 1 3 4 27
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 21 0 4 4 19 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 Springfield Indians AHL 74 1 19 20 111 15 0 1 1 18
1993–94 Springfield Indians AHL 71 3 9 12 85 3 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL 9 0 3 3 4 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Springfield Falcons AHL 79 5 15 20 122 -- -- -- -- --
1995–96 Springfield Falcons AHL 69 0 19 19 95 10 0 1 1 31
1996–97 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 74 2 18 20 116 10 0 2 2 8
1997–98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 50 1 9 10 76 20 0 6 6 44
1998–99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 25 0 1 1 19 -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 53 0 10 10 48 -- -- -- -- --
AHL totals 834 21 167 188 1399 102 2 20 22 199

Coaching statsEdit

AHLEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL SOL Pts Finish Result
PHI2000–01 80363455-824th in Mid-Atlanticlost in 2nd round (2–4) to WBS
PHI2001–02 803327155-863rd in Southlost in 1st round (0–3) to SYR
PHI2002–03 80333368-804th in SouthDNQ
PHI2003–04 80462572-1011st in Eastlost in 2nd round (2–4) to WBS
PHI2004–05 804825-341032nd in EastCalder Cup (4–0) over CHI
PHI2005–06 803437-27776th in SouthDNQ
Total 4802301813325

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
PHI2006–07 74214211(56)5th in AtlanticDNQ
PHI2007–08 82422911954th in Atlanticlost in conference finals (1–4) to PIT
PHI2008–09 82442711993rd in Atlanticlost in conference quarterfinals (2–4) to PIT
Total 2381079833250

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ken Hitchcock
Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
2006 – present
Incumbent


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