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John Perpich spent two seasons (1994-96 ) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings, the first on Barry Melrose's staff and the second under Larry Robinson. A noted hockey tactician, Perpich worked with Melrose and longtime Kings assistant Cap Raeder on the technical aspects of the game, strategy and special teams.

Prior to joining the Kings, he was an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals for three-and-a half seasons from 1990 to 1994.

The Capitals reached the playoffs during each of Perpich’s years in Washington and finished second in the Patrick Division in 1991-92 with a 45-27-8 record (98 points). The Caps also advanced to the Patrick Division finals in 1991, Perpich’s first year with the club under then-head coach Terry Murray.

Before joining the NHL, Perpich was head coach at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., from 1986 to 1990. In his four seasons at Ferris State, Perpich led his team to the playoffs every year and saw 14 players drafted by the NHL. He was also head coach at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University for two seasons (1984 to 1986), finishing second in the NCHA his first year, and scouted for the NHL’s Central Scouting from 1982 to 1984.

Perpich’s coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, as an assistant under Herb Brooks in 1978. The Gophers won the NCAA title in 1979 and lost in the final in 1981. With the U.S. Junior National hockey team, Perpich traveled to the Soviet Union as an assistant coach in 1982-83 and led the squad as head coach to the World Junior Championships in Sweden in 1983-84. He also coached the North team to the bronze medal at the 1989 Olympic Sports Festival.

A three-year varsity player at Minnesota, Perpich was a member of the NCAA titles as a senior in 1974. He graduated with a degree in physical education and later earned a Masters degree with an emphasis in motor learning.