Fresh off a Stanley Cup Championship with the Los Angeles Kings in June, left wing Dwight King is expected to make his season debut with the Manchester Monarchs this Saturday against the Worcester Sharks. King, who has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Monarchs, is not back in the American Hockey League due to lack of performance but his return is just a product of the current National Hockey League Lockout. There are an abundance of NHL players, much like King, playing across the AHL this season as a result of the NHL Lockout.
King was recalled by Los Angeles along with right wing Jordan Nolan on February 10, 2012. Both players had an immediate and direct impact with Los Angeles’ last season. They proved to be valuable additions as the Kings attempted to clinch a playoff seed in the final months of the regular season as well as the team’s success in the playoffs en route to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Championship.
“He is the ultimate power forward,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris about King. “He is big. He is strong and can make plays. He is very reliable defensively and gives our team some much needed size and experience. I think he represents what we try to do here. He is the guy that has steadily improved and a guy that was able to impact the Los Angeles Kings in a big way (last season).”