Jason King Joins IceCaps Coaching Staff Posted by IceCaps on
The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have hired Jason King as an Assistant Coach for the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. He will join Head Coach Keith McCambridge and Assistant Coach Mark Morrison on the IceCaps bench.
King, 31, played for the IceCaps for the past two seasons. During that time, the right-winger played in 79 games with the club for 45 points (23G, 22A) and 40 penalty minutes.
The Corner Brook native played in 59 NHL games between Vancouver and Anaheim for 23 points (12G, 11A) and eight penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round, 212th overall, in the 2001 NHL Draft.
While the announcement signals the end of his playing days, King says he’s excited to embark on this new path in his hockey career.
“I’m grateful to the Jets and the IceCaps for this opportunity and I look forward to the challenge,” says King. “It’s particularly gratifying to be able to take this next step here, in my home province.”
McCambridge says King is a welcome addition to his coaching staff.
Coach McCambridge and Jason King outside of the IceCaps Dressing today as Jason is named an Assistant Coach. pic.twitter.com/NEL5GOPlPH
— Trevor Murphy (@IceCapsMurph) August 30, 2013
“Jason is a high-character individual who will be a valuable resource to our young prospects,” says McCambridge. “Although he will be missed in our line-up, I am looking forward to having him as a member of our coaching staff.”
IceCaps President and CEO Danny Williams says King means many things to the organization.
“Jason is a proud Newfoundlander and was a great player and leader for the IceCaps,” says Williams. “But he’s also a great family man and has represented the organization with class in the community. We are very pleased to be able to keep Jason in the fold and we wish him the best.”
Both glad and sad to hear the news about Jason King. A fantastic career as a player and a great mentor! And happy to see him start coaching
— Carl Klingberg (@CarlKlingberg) August 30, 2013