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Pierre Turgeon to make NHL coaching debut as assistant with Kings

Former Sabres center Pierre Turgeon, drafted No. 1 overall by the team in 1987, has been named an assistant coach by the Los Angeles Kings. Turgeon, 47, will be making his NHL coaching debut.

"We are thrilled to bring Pierre Turgeon aboard to join John Stevens and our coaching staff. For the first time in LA Kings history we will have one coach strictly dedicated to an 'Offensive Coordinator' role," said Kings President and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

Turgeon ranks 38th all-time in career NHL goals after scoring 515 in a 19-season career that started in Buffalo and moved on to the New York Islanders, Montreal, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado. He retired in 2006.

Selected first overall from the Granby Bison of the Quebec League, Turgeon had 14 goals and 28 assists as a rookie for the Sabres in 1987-88. He then put together three straight 30-goal seasons and had 106 points in 1989-90 before being traded to the Islanders for Pat LaFontaine in Oct. 1991.

Turgeon was a five-time NHL All-Star and won the Lady Byng Trophy with the Islanders in 1993 while setting career highs that year in goals (58), assists (74) and points (132).

"Pierre had great success as a player and has a tremendous hockey background on the whole," Stevens said. "He is a person who brings a lot of energy, passion and insight to the job along with a great deal of enthusiasm about the game. We look forward to him adding to our team, and to our staff, a real team perspective from a person who was a high-end player, especially in the offensive zone."

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