King has no retirement regrets on first day as assistant coach

Brendan McCarthy
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St. John’s IceCaps’ video coach Ian Andersen took the picture with his iPhone.
“For the fridge, in case he wanted it,” explained Andersen as he tilted the phone to display the shot, which showed Jason King all decked out in his coach’s garb, ready to leave the office he and Andersen share with Mark Morrison and to head out onto the ice at Mile One Centre and a new stage in his new working life.

New St. John’s IceCaps assistant coach Jason King (rear) looks on during the first day of training camp at Mile One Centre on Monday. King retired from playing over the summer.

St. John’s IceCaps’ video coach Ian Andersen took the picture with his iPhone.

“For the fridge, in case he wanted it,” explained Andersen as he tilted the phone to display the shot, which showed Jason King all decked out in his coach’s garb, ready to leave the office he and Andersen share with Mark Morrison and to head out onto the ice at Mile One Centre and a new stage in his new working life.

There was a little bit of a youngster embarking on his first day of school in the picture. A very small bit.

Otherwise — and new uniform aside —  Jason King, the IceCaps’ rookie assistant coach, looked every bit like Jason King, the IceCaps’ veteran player, very much in control of himself.

Still there were a few tingles, imperceptible to those watching, felt only by the man himself.

“The whole thing has been really exciting, but especially now that training camp has started,” said King after the IceCaps’ first practice at Mile One Monday afternoon.

“You can evaluate. You can see things developing on the ice from a different perspective. It’s new on this side of it and that’s exciting.”

When asked if there ever was a moment when he forgot himself, when he felt an urge — born of nearly two decades of habit — to jump into the rush with other forwards in a drill, King shook his head.

“No actually, I really didn’t,” he answered, before referring to his summertime decision to retire from playing after a 2012-13 American Hockey League season that saw him limited to nine games because of concussion problems.

“You know when it’s time, when it’s over. I’ve come to that realization and I accept it and I feel great doing this right now.”

 

Notes: The parent Winnipeg Jets assigned five more players to the IceCaps Monday, sending goaltender Michael Hutchinson, defencemen Ben Chiarot and Julian Melchiori, and forwards Jerome Samson and Carl Klingberg. Samson has to clear waivers before he can officially report to St. John’s … The moves mean there are 32 players on each of the IceCaps’ and Jets’ training camp rosters. In St. John’s, there are three goalies, 11 defencemen and 18 forwards. Those remaining with Winnipeg include goalie Eddie Pasquale, defenceman Zach Redmond and forwards Eric O’Dell, Patrice Cormier and Adam Lowry, who all finished the 2012-13 regular season with the IceCaps … The Syracuse Crunch, who will play the IceCaps in a three-game exhibition series, the Mary’s Cup, beginning Thursday, start their training camp at Mile One this afternoon … The new assistant coach for the Crunch is former St. John’s Maple Leafs’ defenceman Trent Cull. And on the Crunch’s training-camp roster is tryout forward Maxime Langelier-Parent, who spent half the 2005-06 QMJHL season with the St. John’s Fog Devils … The IceCaps will be split into two practice groups today, with separate practice sessions and a scrimmage in between … Tickets are still available through the Mile One box office for the first game of the Mary’s Cup Thursday night at Mile One. The price per ticket is $17.93 ($15, plus taxes and surcharge)…

 

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Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League, Winnipeg Jets Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Winnipeg

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