Canucks name former Comets assistant to coaching staff

Jason King, who served as an assistant coach with the Utica Comets for the past four seasons, has been hired by the parent club for the same position this upcoming year.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 11:06 PM
Updated: Dec 24, 2020 12:22 AM

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The latest Utica Comets call-up isn't a player, but rather a coach.

The Vancouver Canucks have named Jason King as an assistant coach on Travis Green's staff for the upcoming season.

King has spent the past four years as an assistant with the Comets, the first of which under Green, and the last three with Trent Cull.

Prior to joining the Comets bench, King spent three seasons with the now-defunct St. John's IceCaps, as an assistant coach and Director of Hockey Operations.

King played 11 seasons of professional hockey between the NHL, AHL, and DEL in Germany. He also played one year in Sweden.

He was drafted by the Canucks in the 7th round of the 2001 NHL Draft and played 55 games in Vancouver over the course of two seasons.

Former NHL veteran Chris Higgins, who spent 22 games with the Comets in the 2015-16 season, was also added to the Canucks coaching staff.

There has been no word on any plans to replace King on the Comets bench for the upcoming season.

The Canucks will open up the 2020-21 season on Jan. 13 at the Edmonton Oilers.

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