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Dave King, a graduate of Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968.
Dave played on the Huskies hockey team for four years and was an assistant coach with teh team in 1972-73.
From 1973 to 1979, he taught high school and coached in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and the Western Major Junior Hockey League.
Dave was named head coach of the Huskies in 1979. He built a tradition of "Dog Hockey" that became a hallmark of the program.
Under his guidence, the Huskies won the Canada West Championship three times - 1981, 1982 and 1983. The Huskies finished second at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union championship in both 1981 and 1982 and in 1983 won the CIAU title in Moncton.
Dave was selected as the Canada West Coach of the Year three times, the CIAU coach of the YEar in 1980 and was awarded the Colb McEown Trophy as coach of the Year at the U of S three times.
While at the University of Saskatchewan, Dave coached the Canadian national junior team to a world championship in 1982 and a bronze in 1983.
Dave went on to become coach of Canada's national hockey team for three Olympics - 1984 (Sarajevo - fourth), 1988 (Calgary - fourth) and 1992 (Albertville - bronze). He also coached the Canadian national team at five International Hockey Federation world championships. In 1987, he coached Canada to the gold medal in the Isvestia Cup tournament in Moscow, becoming the first Canadian team to defeat the Russian national team in Russia since the 1972 Summit Series.
He was head coach of the NHL's Calgary Flames from 1992-93 to 1994-95 and the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2000-01 to 2002-03 and an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens from 1997-99.
He has coached in the Russian Super League and the Swedish Elite League.
Dave was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1997, the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006.