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Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Monday signed head coach Andy Murray to a multi-year contract extension. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. The 52-year-old Murray was named the ' head man on June 14, 1999 and has guided the team to three playoff berths in his first four years. At the end of the 2003-04 campaign, Murray will equal the franchise's longest run by a head coach.

"Andy Murray has brought stability to our coaching staff since he took over as head coach," said Los Angeles senior vice president and general manger Dave Taylor. "He and his staff do a tremendous job of preparing our team on a nightly basis and that has helped make us a competitive team that our fans can be proud of. We look forward to their continued success."

Murray has compiled a 171-132-47-21 record, marking the second best winning percentage in franchise history among those coaches who have served at least one full season. He also guided Team Canada to the gold medal at the World Championships last spring.

Los Angeles, which is 21-15-13-5 this season, also gave assistant coaches Mark Hardy, Ray Bennett and John Van Boxmeer and goaltending consultant Andy Nowicki multi-year extensions.

Hardy, 44, and the 41-year-old Bennett have been assistant coaches under Murray since 1999. Nowicki, 55, was named as the team's goaltending consultant in 2001, while the 50-year-old Van Boxmeer has been an assistant coach with the since 2002.

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