LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League announced that they have promoted former ECHL defenseman Jamie Kompon to assistant coach.
The Ontario Reign and the Reading Royals are the ECHL affiliates of the Kings of the NHL and the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
The 40 year old has been assistant coach and director of player development for the last two seasons after nine years in the St. Louis Blues organization as video coach and strength and conditioning coach. He was the video coach for Team Canada at the 2006 World Championship in Latvia.
Kompon had three points (1g-2a) and 32 penalty minutes in 20 regular season games and 25 penalty minutes in five playoff games for Hampton Roads of the ECHL as a rookie in 1989-90. He returned to the ECHL in 1990-91 and had seven assists and 34 penalty minutes in 16 games with Cincinnati and seven points (3g-4a) and 41 penalty minutes in 23 games for Winston-Salem.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams.
There have been 355 players who have played in the NHL after the ECHL and 210 who have made their debut in the last seven seasons.
Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08 including six who played in both the ECHL and NHL: Chris Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
Former Mississippi Sea Wolves and current Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau was selected as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08. He is one of 14 coaches with an ECHL background working behind an NHL bench including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup for the eighth consecutive year with Aaron Downey, who played his first two professional seasons with Hampton Roads, becomes the 14th former player to be a part of a NHL championship team.