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Dave King

Born on December 22, 1947 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. Coach. Dave King coached and learned from many different levels, including the WHL's Saskatoon Blades and the Billings Bighorns where in 1977-78, King led them to the finals, earning Coach of the Year honours for his efforts. The following season he returned to the University of Saskatchewan, where he was given his first coaching job back in 1972-73. Three conference championships later, he was the recipient of the 1980 Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Coach of the Year and capped it off with a CIAU national title in 1983. On the international stage, King found immediate success, leading Canada to gold at the 1982 IIHF World Junior Championship, and a bronze as assistant coach the following tournament. He took over the Canadian national team program coaching Canada at numerous international events including the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics, (earning the silver) and was is charge of Japan's national and Olympic program leading up to and including the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. King also returned home with two silver medals from five IIHF World Championships. With all the experience, Dave King was summoned to the NHL where he coached the Calgary Flames from 1992-95 and was assistant coach with the legendary Montreal Canadiens from 1997-99. He brought instant respectability to the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets in their inaugural 2000-01 season. Awards have continued to be bestowed for his contribution to the game and specifically to Canada, earning the prestigious Order of Canada back in 1992, a 1995 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee and in 1996 honoured with the Canadian Hockey's "Father David Bauer" Award.

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