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.
King returned to coach Team Canada to a fourth place finish in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. He also coached Canada in the World Championships from 1989 to 1992, capturing silver medals in 1989 and 1991. King enjoyed his greatest Olympic success at the 1992 Games in Albertville, France as he led Canada to a silver medal.
King’s first stint as an NHL head coach came in Calgary where he led the Flames to a 109-76-31 record and a pair of division titles in three seasons (1992-93 to 1994-95). He then spent three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, where he served as an assistant coach from 1997-99 and as Director of European Scouting in 1999-00.
On July 5, 2000, King was named the first head coach of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2000-01, he led the Blue Jackets to a 28-39-9-6 record and 71 points, which ranked second among NHL expansion franchises (excluding the 1967-68 season when the NHL doubled in size from six to 12 franchises). The Blue Jackets also became the first expansion team since 1970 to post a better than .500 record at home, going 19-15-4-3 at Nationwide Arena.
King has spent the last five seasons coaching professionally in Russia and Germany. He has also received numerous awards during his coaching career. In recognition of his contributions to hockey, he received the Order of Canada Award in October of 1992 and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1996, he joined Wayne Gretzky and the 1972 Team Canada squad as recipients of the inaugural Canadian Hockey Awards. King was also presented with the Father David Bauer Award for leadership. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
Burke takes over as Goaltending Coach after serving as Director of Prospect Development since March of 2008. In this role, he will oversee the day-to-day development of the Coyotes’ goaltenders as part of the team’s coaching staff.
Burke, a former NHL goaltender, spent parts of five seasons with the Coyotes from 1999-2004 during his 18-year playing career. He appeared in 211 career games with the Coyotes, posting a record of 97-78-29 with a 2.39 goals against average (GAA), a .919 save percentage (SV%) and 15 shutouts. He helped guide the team to the Stanley Cup playoffs during the 1999-00 and 2001-02 seasons and also represented the Coyotes in the 2001 and 2002 NHL All-Star Games. He is the franchise’s career leader in GAA (2.39) and ranks 2nd in SV% (.919), and 3rd in games played (211), wins (97) and shutouts (15).
In 820 career NHL games with New Jersey, Hartford/Carolina, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Florida, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and the Coyotes, Burke collected a record of 324-341-101-9 with a 2.96 GAA and a .902 SV%. He was also a three-time NHL All-Star and represented Canada in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics.
Fuhr, who had served as the Coyotes Goaltending Coach since joining the organization in 2004, assumes the role of Director of Goaltender Development. He will be responsible for working with and monitoring the development of Coyotes goaltending prospects, including those in San Antonio, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, and Las Vegas, the team’s ECHL affiliate. He will also scout Entry Draft-eligible goaltending prospects.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 (his first year of eligibility), Fuhr played 19 seasons in the NHL from 1981-82 to 1999-00 with six different teams (Edmonton, Toronto, Buffalo, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Calgary). He began his career and had his greatest seasons while playing for the Edmonton Oilers from 1981-82 to 1990-91. During his time in Edmonton, Fuhr earned five Stanley Cup Championships with the Oilers (1984, ‘85, ‘87, ‘88, ’90) and played in the NHL All-Star Game six times (1982, ‘84-86, ‘88-89). He was also named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1988 and the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1982. In addition, Fuhr won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender once (1988) and finished as a runner-up several times.
During the playoffs, Fuhr collected a 92-50 record, six shutouts and a 2.92 GAA in 150 career games. In NHL history, only Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur have more playoff wins than Fuhr’s 92. Fuhr also ranks 4th on the NHL’s all-time goaltending list in postseason games played with 150.