The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have hired Derek King as an assistant coach with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, joining head coach Ted Dent.
King, 49, has worked as assistant and associate coach with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL from 2009-15. With the Marlies, he helped the team win the Western Conference championship in 2012 and capture three regular-season North Division titles (2012, 2013, 2014).
The Hamilton, Ont., native had a 14-year National Hockey League career that began with the New York Islanders during the 1986-87 season. After 11 seasons with the Islanders, King also played with the Hartford Whalers and Toronto Maple Leafs. His last stop in the NHL came during the 1999-2000 season, playing for the St. Louis Blues under current Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.
In the AHL, King played for the Springfield Indians (1987-90) and Grand Rapids Griffins (2002-04).