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Coyotes hire Dave King as Assistant coach

Monday, 09.21.2009 / 4:57 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News


GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have hired Dave King as Assistant Coach.  Associate Coach Ulf Samuelsson will continue to serve in the interim head coaching role. Sean Burke, who previously held the title of Director of Prospect Development, will take over as the Coyotes Goaltending Coach. Grant Fuhr will assume the role of Director of Goaltender Development.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dave King to the Coyotes as an assistant coach," said Maloney.  "Dave has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and adding him to our coaching staff will be very beneficial to our club."
"Grant Fuhr is a valuable asset to our hockey club and we look forward to him continuing to enhance the development of our goaltending prospects.  Sean Burke, meanwhile, should make a seamless transition into the role of goaltending coach."
King, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, has over 35 years of coaching experience, including stints in both the National Hockey League and in international competition.
King had a successful career with the Canadian National Hockey Program from 1982-1992.  He coached Canada to the gold medal at the 1982 World Junior Championship and served as an assistant coach with the bronze medal-winning Team Canada at the World Championship that same year.  The following year, he led Canada to the bronze medal at the 1983 World Junior Championship and a year later guided the Olympic team to a fourth place finish at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo.

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