LA Kings Announce Changes to Hockey Operations Staff

The LA Kings have promoted Nelson Emerson (Assistant General Manager), Glen Murray (Senior Director of Player Personnel) and Derik Johnson (Skills Coach), together with the addition of Andy Johnson (U.S. Scout) to the beginner scouting team of workers, Shane Bennett (Data Engineer) to the analysis and building staff, and Sara Hickmann as Director of Mental Performance and Clinical Services. In addition, Aaron Cooney has been named Manager of Hockey Communications and Justin Cummings is the Hockey Communications Specialist.

Nelson Emerson
Emerson has spent the ultimate 15 seasons within the Kings group, maximum lately serving as Director of Player Personnel from 2017-18 to 2021-22. Prior to that, he spent the former 10 seasons within the Player Development division. He used to be firstly named to the training team of workers on July 10, 2006 and spent the 2 seasons as an Assistant Coach after serving as a Coaches Aide in 2003-04. The local of Hamilton, Ontario gave the impression in 771 profession video games, together with 124 with the Kings from 2000-02, and recorded 488 issues (195-293) general. Originally decided on by means of the St. Louis Blues within the 3rd spherical (forty fourth general) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, the ahead additionally had 22 issues (7-15=22) in 40 playoff video games. While at Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Emerson used to be a two-time All-American, a three-time CCHA All-Star, and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award 3 times (1988-90). He stays the varsity’s all-time main scorer with 294 issues.

Glen Murray
Murray has held a couple of roles within the Player Development division courting again to 2016, maximum lately serving as Director of Player Development since 2018. The former Kings ahead joined the entrance workplace on a part-time foundation in 2011-12 all the way through the membership’s first Stanley Cup championship season. After four-plus seasons as a specialist, he officially joined the Player Development division in 2016. A local of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Murray performed 16 seasons within the NHL together with his time with the Kings from 1996-02. He performed in 1,009 regular-season video games and recorded 651 issues (337-314=651) with Los Angeles, Boston and Pittsburgh. A two-time All-Star, Murray recorded a career-high in 2002-03 with 44 targets, 48 assists and 92 issues in 82 video games. He scored as many as 28 targets in a season 5 other instances together with a team-high 29 targets with the Kings all the way through the 1997-98 season. His 41 targets in 2001-02 had been second-most within the NHL.

Derik Johnson
Johnson joined the Kings in 2018 and has spent the ultimate 4 seasons as an assistant video trainer whilst additionally running with avid gamers at the ice after morning skates and filling in at the bench for some video games ultimate season. Prior to that, he used to be a video trainer with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League for the 2017-18 season. Johnson used to be a defenseman on the University of Minnesota-Duluth and tallied 17 issues (2-15=17) in 108 video games over 4 seasons. He went on to play professionally for 3 seasons, tallying 29 issues (8-21=29) in 129 ECHL appearances (Missouri Mavericks and Reading Royals) from 2014-17. In 2015-16, he made his AHL debut, skating in 4 video games with the Springfield Falcons.

Andy Johnson
Johnson joins the Kings after spending the ultimate 5 seasons serving as common supervisor and director of scouting for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. This previous season, Johnson led Sioux City to their first Clark Cup Championship in 20 years and used to be named USHL General Manager of the Year. Johnson’s profession spans 9 seasons, all within the USHL, the place he is held positions in quite a lot of capacities, together with scout, director of scouting, assistant common supervisor and common supervisor cut up between Sioux City (2017-22), the Waterloo Black Hawks (2014-17) and Muskegon Lumberjacks (2013-14). 

Sara Hickmann
Dr. Hickmann brings over two decades of recreation psychology revel in to the Kings, whilst additionally serving as Team Psychologist and Director of Mental Health and Wellness for the Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to her time on the Clippers, Dr. Hickmann held equivalent positions with the Brooklyn Nets (2010-14) and New York Jets (2009-2014). She labored for the NFL league workplace because the Director of Player Assistance Programs (2004-2009) and controlled the scientific aspect for the NFL’s Personal Conduct Program (2006-2022). Her different skilled reviews come with running as an embedded Psychologist with Naval Special Warfare/Navy SEALS in Coronado, CA and making a Cognitive Agility Training direction for the Special Operations Central Command in Tampa, FL. Dr. Hickmann earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2004.  

Shane Bennett
Bennett starts his first season in skilled hockey as a Data Engineer for the Kings. He spent the previous 3 years as an information engineer and analyst for Team Select Home Care. Bennett earned his bachelor’s stage in Business Information Systems and Analytics from the University of Denver in 2019. 

Aaron Cooney
Cooney spent the previous season because the Director of Communications and Broadcasting with the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. Prior to his time there, he used to be with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League for greater than seven seasons serving in a couple of capacities together with Director of Partnerships, Marketing and Media Relations. Cooney has additionally labored with the Pittsburgh Penguins Radio Network. 

Justin Cummings
This previous season, Cummings served as a communications graduate assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His different revel in comprises the Manchester Monarchs (2017-19), Boston Bruins (2019-20) and USA Hockey’s NTDP (2020-21). He served as a communications assistant with the Monarchs whilst attending the University of New Hampshire.
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