Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that former Canucks forward Jason King has been named an Assistant Coach with the Utica Comets, Vancouver’s AHL affiliate. King joins Head Coach Travis Green’s staff alongside Assistant Coach Nolan Baumgartner and Goaltending Coach, Player Development Roland Melanson.
King most recently served as Director of Hockey Operations following two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. His playing career spanned 11 seasons including 59 career NHL games with 23 points (12-11-23), 335 AHL games and four seasons played in Europe with the Swedish and German Hockey Leagues.
In 2003 King was named NHL Rookie of the Month scoring eight goals and three assists (8-3-11) in 14 games while playing on the same line as Henrik and Daniel Sedin. He led the IceCaps in scoring during the 2011.12 season (22-19-41) and was honored as Community Man of the Year. In 2013.14, his first season behind the bench, King helped coach the IceCaps to their first-ever Calder Cup Finals.