Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Jason King an assistant coach for the club. King joins the staff of Head Coach Dean Evason, along with Assistant Coaches Bob Woods and Darby Hendrickson, Goaltending Coach Frederic Chabot, Video Coaches Jonas Plumb and T.J. Jindra, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Matt Harder.
King, 41 (9/14/81), joins the Wild after serving as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Canucks the past three seasons. Before joining the Canucks coaching staff, the Corner Brook, Newfoundland, native spent five seasons (2016-20) as an assistant coach with their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Utica Comets, and spent three seasons (2013-15) with the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL), two as an assistant coach and one as the Director of Hockey Operations. In his first season as an assistant coach with the IceCaps, King helped the team advance to their first-ever Calder Cup Final and a franchise record 99 points.
A former left-shot forward, King was drafted by Vancouver in the seventh round (212th overall) in the 2001 NHL Draft, and played professional hockey for 11 seasons (2002-2013), including stops in the NHL, AHL and DEL (Germany). He appeared in 59 games over a span of three seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks, recording 23 points (12-11=23) and eight penalty minutes (PIM). In five seasons in the AHL, he registered 190 points (97-93=190) and 138 PIM in 239 games with the Manitoba Moose, Portland Pirates and IceCaps. King was named the IceCaps Community Man of the Year award for his off-the-ice efforts in 2011-12.
He and his wife, Jenn, have two sons: Kaden and Kaiser.