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Dwight King (born July 5, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens. He was a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup championship teams in 2012 and in 2014.

Dwight King
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King in 2016
Born (1989-07-05) July 5, 1989 (age 29)
Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg; 16 st 5 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
EBEL team
Former teams
Graz 99ers
Los Angeles Kings
Montreal Canadiens
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
NHL Draft 109th overall, 2007
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2009–present

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Playing careerEdit

Los Angeles KingsEdit

King was drafted 109th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He spent five seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (spanning from 2004–05 to 2008–09) in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

King made his professional debut during the 2009–10 season, playing 20 games in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign, and the remainder of the regular season and playoffs with the Kings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.

King remained with Manchester for the beginning of the 2010–11 AHL season before being recalled to the NHL by Los Angeles on November 16, 2010 to replace the injured Alexei Ponikarovsky on their active roster.[1] On November 17, 2010 he played in his first NHL game when he suited up with the Kings for a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.[2]

On February 12, 2012, King scored his first career National Hockey League goal against the Dallas Stars. He went on to score five goals with three assists in 20 games during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup championship.

On October 24, 2013, King completed his first ever National Hockey League hat trick against the Phoenix Coyotes. King won his second Stanley Cup when the Kings defeated the New York Rangers on June 13, 2014. Appearing in 26 games during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, King scored three goals and eight assists.

On July 30, 2014, King and the Los Angeles Kings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year contract worth $5.95 million.[3] He scored 13 goals to go with 13 assists for the Kings during the 2014-15 NHL Season.

Montreal CanadiensEdit

On March 1, 2017, King was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for a conditional 2018 fourth-round draft pick.[4] Continuing to play his role as a fourth-line fixture, King registered 1 goal in 17 games to end the regular season. He went scoreless in 6 playoff games with the Canadiens before leaving as a free agent.

EuropeEdit

On August 14, 2017, King signed his first contract overseas, agreeing to a two-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[5] Following the 2017–18 season, in which he contributed with 6 goals and 14 points in 49 games, King was released from the remaining year of his contract with Yekaterinburg and signed with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL) on August 3, 2018.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

King is of Métis heritage.[7] His older brother D. J. King also played professional hockey. King played minor hockey in Saskatchewan for the Beardy's Blackhawks. The team King played on is the only program in Canada run by and based off a First Nations reserve. Despite being run off a reserve, the team was not completely made up of First Nations people; King predicted the team was approximately 50 percent First Nations.[8] King's hometown is Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, where he resides during the summers. He shared the 2014 Stanley Cup that he won with the LA Kings in Saskatchewan, with his wife Lauren and daughter, Grace.[9]

His mother Donna is a secretary and his father Dwayne is a truck driver.[10]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 68 8 8 16 22 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 62 12 32 44 39
2007–08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 72 34 35 69 56 19 8 6 14 12
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 64 25 35 60 51 11 1 7 8 2
2009–10 Ontario Reign ECHL 20 4 5 9 9
2009–10 Manchester Monarchs AHL 52 10 16 26 42 16 2 7 9 4
2010–11 Manchester Monarchs AHL 72 24 28 52 58 7 2 3 5 2
2010–11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Manchester Monarchs AHL 50 11 18 29 20
2011–12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 27 5 9 14 10 20 5 3 8 13
2012–13 Manchester Monarchs AHL 28 5 12 17 13
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 4 6 10 11 18 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 15 15 30 18 26 3 8 11 20
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 13 13 26 21
2015–16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 7 6 13 24 5 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 8 7 15 10
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 1 0 1 2 6 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg KHL 49 6 8 14 12 3 0 1 1 4
2018–19 Graz 99ers EBEL 54 10 32 42 16 10 1 2 3 0
NHL totals 365 53 56 109 98 75 10 15 25 37

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 Canada Western U17   6 0 0 0 0
2006 Canada Western U17 7th 5 0 5 5 6
2006 Canada IH18   4 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 15 0 5 5 6

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Los Angeles Kings) 2012, 2014 [11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kings put Ponikarovsky on IR". canoe.ca. Sports Network. November 16, 2010. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (November 17, 2010). "King makes his NHL debut for Los Angeles". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dwight King agrees to contract with Kings". NHL.com. July 30, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Kings send King to Canadiens - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "Ex-hab Dwight King signs two-year deal in KHL". The Sports Network. 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  6. ^ "Königstransfer – Graz 99ers verpflichten zweifachen Stanley Cup sieger". www.99ers.at (in German). August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "NHL". nativehockey.com. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Ryan. "Dwight King got his start on a unique First Nations team | The Hockey News". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  9. ^ "LA Kings Dwight King offers some advice for youth and young adults". Alberta Native News. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  10. ^ Wharnsby, Tim. "L.A. rookie Dwight King has Saskatchewan hometown abuzz | Hockey | CBC Sports". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  11. ^ "LA Kings win 2014 Stanley Cup". CBS Sports. 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14.

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