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Hockey Canada Honors King

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Hockey Canada announced today that Coyotes Development Coach Dave King is one of three individuals named to the 2013 class of Distinguished Honorees of the Order of Hockey Canada. King along with Mark Messier and Paul Henderson will be honored in April at a special ceremony in Ottawa during the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

Dave King

“This is a great thrill and I’m honored to be part of a class with Mark Messier and Paul Henderson,” said King. “I’ve really enjoyed my time over the years working with the Canadian international programs. I was fortunate to have some success with Team Canada and guys like Dave Tippett and Sean Burke, who I’m working with now, were a big part of that. This is a very special honor.”

King, a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame (2001), has over 38 years of coaching experience. He is in his second season as Development Coach for the Coyotes. He oversees all pro player development including working with coaches and players in Portland (AHL) during the season. In addition, he helps with special assignment scouting and assists the coaching staff in Phoenix. From 2009-11, King served as an assistant coach with the Coyotes. He also served as an NHL head coach for the Calgary Flames (1992-95) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-03) and was an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens (1997-99).

"Dave King's career accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “He continues to bring an intelligent, innovative and creative approach to the game of hockey while serving as an important member of our coaching and development staff. It would be hard to find a more worthy recipient for this prestigious acknowledgement.”

Photo by Norm Hall.

The 64-year-old King is one of Canada’s most decorated coaches, having stood behind the Team Canada bench at Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championships and IIHF World Junior Championships. King was the head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 1982 IIHF World Junior Championship, leading Canada to its first World Junior gold, and returned the following year to win a bronze medal. He then started a long relationship with Canada’s National Men’s Team, serving as head coach at six IIHF World Championships and three Olympic Winter Games between 1983 and 1992, winning two world championship silver medals (1989, 1991) and one bronze (1983), along with an Olympic silver medal at the 1992 Games in Sarajevo.

In addition to his international and NHL resume, King has coached in North America at the university and WHL levels, as well as internationally in Germany, Sweden and Russia. He is one of the world’s most respected coaches, presenting at the Hockey Canada NCCP Level 5 program and International Coaches Conference, and has played a role in the design and implementation of the Hockey Canada Coach Mentorship Program and Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program. King was also made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992.

Hockey Canada introduced in April 2012 the Order of Hockey in Canada, a program that will annually honor a select number of individuals whose ‘role or service in the game is recognized as extraordinary’ in Canada.

This class of three individuals brings the total of honorees to eight, after the first class was inducted and honored in the spring of 2012. The first class of Distinguished Honorees of the Order of Hockey in Canada included Jean Béliveau, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Gordon Renwick.

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