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Coyotes assistant King out of hospital

Wednesday, 09.23.2009 / 8:38 PM / News

NHL.com

Dave King, hired recently by the Phoenix Coyotes as an assistant coach, has been released from a Seattle-area hospital after undergoing a battery of tests.

Coyotes spokesperson Sergey Kocharov said King had not been feeling well prior to a preseason game Tuesday night between the Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning in Everett, Wash. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he underwent several tests.

Kocharov said King, 61, was released from the hospital Wednesday and has returned to Phoenix. He missed Wednesday's game against the Lightning in Loveland, Colo., but is expected to re-join the team at practice Thursday.

King previously coached the Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets as well as extensively in Europe. He was hired Monday to serve as an assistant to interim coach Ulf Samuelsson.
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