Honorary Degrees

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Name: Dave King
Convocation date: June 4, 2018
Discipline / contribution: sports ; professional sports; hockey
Citation / biographical information:
A legendary coach in Canadian hockey circles, Dave King has compiled a remarkable track record of success that spans five decades in the game nationally and internationally. Born in North Battleford and raised in Saskatoon, Mr. King played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies men’s hockey team while earning bachelor’s degrees in both physical education (1971) and education (1972) before moving on to the coaching ranks. After guiding the Huskies to their first Canadian university hockey championship title in 1983, Mr. King went on to coach Canadian national teams in two world junior hockey championships, five Winter Olympics and five world championships. He also spent 10 years coaching in the National Hockey League, including serving as head coach of the Calgary Flames from 1992-95 and the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2000-2003.
Named Canadian university hockey’s coach of the year in 1980, Mr. King mentored a new generation of NHL coaches who played for him with the Huskies, a list that includes Mike Babcock and Willie Desjardins. This year, Mr. King rejoined the Canadian national team as an assistant coach to Desjardins and helped Team Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
Now 70, Mr. King also renewed his association with the U of S this past year, playing a leading role in the Home Ice Campaign to raise funds for the new Merlis Belsher Place multisport complex that is scheduled to open this fall on campus. Named a U of S Alumni of Influence in 2007, Mr. King also earned a place in the College of Education Wall of Fame in 2009 and the Athletic Wall of Fame in 2002 and will now be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws at U of S Spring Convocation.
Mr. King also coached in professional leagues around the world, including Russia, Sweden and Germany, and guided Team Canada in the Deutschland Cup and Spengler Cup international tournaments overseas. Made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992, Mr. King was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1997, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2001, the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2013 and the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. Now living in Scottsdale, Ariz, Mr. King and sports journalist Eric Duhatschek co-authored a book entitled King of Russia: A Year in the Russian Super League, which was published in 2007.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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