Flames add King

After posting 62 points, and finishing in the top 15 among the league, forward Kevin King has agreed to wear Flames colours for the coming campaign.  The 6’1”, 210lb Canadian had 28 goals with Milton Keynes Lightning last season; more strikes than all but 6 players across the country.   The 28 year old made his UK debut after the 2016-2017 term when he helped Gap to the French championship while bagging 16 goals and 15 assists before tacking on 9 playoff points.  

King made his pro start in 2011-2012 when he played 5 American Hockey League games with Syracuse Crunch and also made 8 East Coast Hockey League starts with Elmira Jackals where he posted 1 goal and 5 points.  He then opted out of the pro game and took the academic route by joining the University of Calgary Dinosaurs for 12 conference games plus 8 more in the playoffs.  He went on to ice the following 4 seasons with the Dinos, finishing his eligibility with 37 goals and 101 points across 124 starts not including 12 playoff appearances.  The Calgary, Alberta native, in 2014-2015, represented Canada at the World Universiade Games where he produced 5 goals and 3 assists during a Bronze medal capture.

I am excited about being a Flame,” said King, “and I look forward to getting everything underway.”

Immediately following the completion of his college run, King played 9 more ECHL games with Greenville Swamp Rabbits and had 3 more AHL credits with Texas Stars before the French transfer.

King spent his entire Jr career with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.  His best season was his last in 2010-2011, when he had 33 goals and 76 points while leading the club to the League Championship and helping advance them to the National Memorial Cup tournament.  Including 4 points there, and 16 in the league playoffs just ahead of that, King finished the campaign just shy of 100 points.   In all, he iced in 335 WHL games and posted 95 goals and 132 assists.  In 46 playoff appearances he added 12 goals and 30 points.

“Kevin is a very skilled addition to our forward line-up,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon. “He had an excellent season last year with MK and he will surely help extend the offensive depth of our forward group.”

“He can play at the pace we want to play, but he is also a bigger body that never hurts when it comes to playing in more physical contests.”

“Kevin took some time to evaluate a variety of opportunities available to him and we are thrilled that he opted for Guildford and very much looking forward to welcoming him into our group.”

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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