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King comes full circle, joins Canucks’ AHL staff

Sedins congratulate King on goal

VANCOUVER - NOVEMBER 8: Daniel Sedin #22 and twin brother Henrik #33 of the Vancouver Canucks congratulate teammate Jason King #17 after he scored a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of their NHL game at General Motors Place November 8, 2003 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

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Jason King is back with the Canucks.

King, the former Vancouver forward that recently transitioned into coaching, will join Travis Green’s staff in AHL Utica for the upcoming campaign, the Canucks announced on Tuesday.

Back in 2003, King enjoyed a brief spell of fame on the “Mattress Line” with Daniel and Henrik Sedin (two twins and a King, you see.) He scored 12 goals and 21 points that year, in 47 games played.

A serious concussion limited the 34-year-old to just 59 career NHL contests, though he did enjoy some quality campaigns in the German League and, finally, a couple of productive seasons with AHL St. John’s.

After retiring in 2013, King quickly moved into the coaching ranks and helped the IceCaps advance to the Calder Cup Final two years ago.