Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kris King
Kris King was a rugged left-winger whose experience and work ethic made him a natural leader wherever he played. He maximized what talent he had to last parts of 14 years in the NHL.

King played four years with the OHL's Peterborough Petes. He scored 73 career goals and was chosen 80th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1984. He never played a game for the Caps and signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in March 1987. After spending most of the 1987-88 season in Adirondack then played 55 games for the Wings when they finished at the top of the Norris Division in 1988-89.

In September 1989, he was traded to the New York Rangers where he enjoyed his best three-and-a-half-year stretch. He scored 25 points in 1990-91 and was an important leader on the Blueshirts when they finished at the top of the NHL standings in 1991-92. King was traded to the highly skilled Winnipeg Jets part way through the 1992-93 season along with fellow tough guy Tie Domi. His rights were transferred to Phoenix with relocation of the Jets franchise in 1996-97.

King signed as a free agent with Toronto prior to the 1997-98 season and played all 82 games but the team missed the playoffs. Under new coach Pat Quinn, the hard-nosed veteran played 67 games in 1998-99 and 17 playoff games as Toronto reached the semi-finals. He was phased out the next season, as Toronto wanted to give a few younger players a chance. King spent time with the IHL's Chicago Wolves while seeing a few shifts in 39 regular season games and one post-season match with Toronto before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Gravenhurst Indians ON-Jr.C 32 72 53 125 115
1983-84 Peterborough Petes OHL 62 13 18 31 168 8 3 3 6 14
1984-85 Peterborough Petes OHL 61 18 35 53 222 16 2 8 10 28
1985-86 Peterborough Petes OHL 58 19 40 59 254 8 4 0 4 21
1986-87 Peterborough Petes OHL 46 23 33 56 160 12 5 8 13 41
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 7 0 0 0 18
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 1 0 1 2 +1
1987-88 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 76 21 32 53 337 10 4 4 8 53
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 2 3 5 168 -7 2 0 0 0 2
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 68 6 7 13 286 +2 10 0 1 1 38
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 72 11 14 25 154 -1 6 2 0 2 36
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 79 10 9 19 224 +13 13 4 1 5 14
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 30 0 3 3 67 -1
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 8 8 16 136 +5 6 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 83 4 8 12 205 -22
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 4 2 6 85 0
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 81 9 11 20 151 -7 5 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 3 11 14 185 -7 7 0 0 0 17
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 3 3 6 199 -13
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 2 2 4 105 -16 17 1 1 2 25
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 39 2 4 6 55 +4 1 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 15 2 4 6 19 +2
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 1 0 1 8 -3
NHL Totals 849 66 85 151 2030 67 8 5 13 142


King Clancy Memorial Trophy (1996) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, March 23, 1987. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit for Chris McRae and Detroit's 5th round pick (previously acquired, Detroit selected Tony Burns) in 1990 NHL Draft, September 7, 1989. Traded to Winnipeg by NY Rangers with Tie Domi for Ed Olczyk, December 28, 1992. Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 23, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 9, 2000.
Officially announced retirement, December 3, 2000.
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