Dave King (ice hockey)

W. David King (born December 22, 1947) is a Canadian hockey coach who has been head coach in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Russian Super League, the Winter Olympics, and the IIHF world junior championships. He was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Amateur coaching career

King's first coaching job was as an assistant coach with the University of Saskatchewan in the 1972–73 season. He later coached the Billings Bighorns of the Western Hockey League and returned to Saskatchewan, winning three conference championships and being named 1980 Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union coach of the year. He led the Saskatchewan Huskies to the CIAU national title in 1983.[1]

Professional coaching career

King was hired by the Calgary Flames of the NHL in 1992 and coached there until 1995. He was assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens from 1997 to 1999 and then became the first coach of the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in their inaugural 2000–01 season until his firing on January 7, 2003, in the middle of the 2002–03 season.

Outside of the NHL, King coached the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga from 2003 until March 2005,[2] Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Super League and in 2006, was the head coach of the Swedish team Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish Elite League. Based on his experiences in Russia, King co-authored a book with sports journalist Eric Duhatschek. Titled King of Russia: A Year in the Russian Super League, the book was released in October 2007.[3]

On December 22, 2007, King became the head coach of the Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[4]

On September 21, 2009 the Phoenix Coyotes hired Dave King as an assistant coach. At the end of the 2010-11 NHL season, King stepped down as assistant coach. He was then moved to the position of Development Coach with the Coyotes. In his duties as Development Coach King, "oversee[s] all pro player development including working with coaches and players in Portland (of the American Hockey League) during the season. In addition, he... help[s] with special assignment scouting and assist the coaching staff in Phoenix when his schedule permits."

In 2013-14 and in 2014-15, he was hired by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League to replace Pyotr Vorobyov and Sean Simpson as head coach respectively.[5][6]

International coaching career

King was the head coach of Canada's national junior team, and helped guide the team to a gold medal at the 1982 IIHF world junior championships and a bronze medal at the 1983 world junior championships. He was head coach of the Canadian national team at the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing fourth in 1984 and 1988, and winning a silver medal in 1992. He also coached the Canadian national team at five IIHF world championships. In 1987 he coached Canada to the gold medal in the Izvestia Cup tournament in Moscow, becoming the first Canadian team to defeat the Soviet national team in U.S.S.R. since the 1972 Summit Series.

King served as head coach for Team Canada during the 2016 Deutschland Cup[7] and as associate coach helped win the 2016 Spengler Cup.[8][9]

On July 25, 2017 he was named an assistant coach of Canada's men's team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.[10] In December 2017, he again served as associate coach of Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in Davos, capturing another title.[11]

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992,[12] was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1997[13] and the IIHF Hall of Fame[14] in 2001. In recognition of his contributions to the game with the national teams, Hockey Canada named him to the Order of Hockey in Canada as part of its 2013 class.[15]

NHL head coach record

TeamYearRegular seasonPost season
GWLTOTLPtsDivision rankResult
CGY1992–93 84433011-972nd in SmytheLost in First round
CGY1993–94 84422913-971st in PacificLost in First round
CGY1994–95 4824177-551st in PacificLost in First round
CBJ2000–01 82283996715th in CentralMissed Playoffs
CBJ2001–02 82224785575th in CentralMissed Playoffs
CBJ2002–03 40142042(34)5th in Central(fired January 7, 2003)
Total42017318252138-12 Playoff Record


  1. Heroux, Devin (February 1, 2018). "Canadian Olympic hockey coaches go way back to the 'dog' days". CBC Sports. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  2. "Offizielle Homepage der Hamburg Freezers, Gesellschaft/History, Hamburg und seine Freezers (in German)".
  3. Amazon.com – Dave King: A Year in the Russian Super League
  4. "– Adler Mannheim signed Dave King (german)". Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  5. "Lokomotiv's stunning underdog run in KHL playoffs continues hockey fairy tale". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  6. "Dave King jumps at chance to return to Russia's KHL". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  7. "Dave King returns to Team Canada as head coach for 2016 Deutschland Cup". www.hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  8. "Luke Richardson named head coach for 2016 Spengler Cup". www.hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  9. "14. Triumph für das Team Canada | Spengler Cup". www.spenglercup.ch. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  10. Harrison, Doug (July 25, 2017). "Willie Desjardins fronts Canadian Olympic hockey coaching staff". CBC Sports. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  11. "Rosters". www.hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  12. Order of Canada citation
  13. "Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  14. IIHF Hall of Fame inductees
  15. Sportak, Randy (December 13, 2012). "Marching Order". Calgary Sun. p. S11.
Preceded by
Guy Charron
Head coach of the Calgary Flames
Succeeded by
Pierre Page
Preceded by
Position created
Head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets
Succeeded by
Doug MacLean
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