Once a hockey player turns professional, their chances of playing in front of hometown fans becomes very slim; luckily for St. John's IceCaps forward Jason King, he was one of the few lucky enough to play in front of his fans in Newfoundland. When the IceCaps moved to St. John’s two seasons ago, he quickly took advantage of this opportunity to showcase what talent he had. Night in and night out, King became more of a leader on this team as he lead the team out in front of hometown fans, demonstrating just what hockey talent this province has to offer.
Sadly, despite what luck a player may have, injuries are always an issue which cannot be fully prevented, and for 31 year old, Jason King this became a reality as he announced that he would hang up the skates after an injury riddled season with the fear of future concussions.
However, not only was King lucky enough to lace up the skates in Newfoundland, it was announced Friday that he has been hired to the IceCaps coaching staff as he will step in as an assistant coach behind the bench next season.
The Corner Brook native said that while his announcement to retire has put an end to his career as a player, he is excited to remain as a coach. “I’m grateful to the Jets and the IceCaps for this opportunity and I look forward to the challenge,” said King in an interview. “It’s particularly gratifying to be able to take this next step here, in my home province.”
Former Newfoundland Premier, and IceCaps President and CEO, Danny Williams said in the statement that King means a lot to the organization. “Jason is a proud Newfoundlander and was a great player and leader for the IceCaps.”
King was drafted in the 7th round, 212th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In 59 games between the Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks, King tallied 12 goals and 11 assists. In two seasons with the IceCaps, King played in 79 games [9 last season] where he tallied 23 goals, and added 45 points.