Minor Developments Profile – Dwight King
Right Now – Dwight has appeared in 10 games with the Manchester Monarchs this season, and in those 10 games he’s scored six points (1-5=6), accumulated seven penalty minutes and has a plus-2 rating. The Monarchs currently rank second in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-6-0-1 and 15 points.
Last Year – Dwight closed the 2011-12 regular season with the Kings, totaling 14 points (5-9=14) and 10 penalty minutes in 27 games after he was recalled from Manchester on February 10, 2012. Regular season highlights for Dwight included a two-assist game at Edmonton on March 30, 2012, and a one goal and one assist effort at Dallas on February 12, 2012. Dwight also had 29 points (11-18=29) and 20 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games with Manchester prior to his recall to the Kings. At the time of his recall, he ranked tied for second in points and second in assists with Manchester.
By The Numbers – Dwight recorded both his first NHL goal and his first NHL assist in the same game – at Dallas on February 12, 2012. He notched his first-ever game-winning goal vs. Nashville on March 17, 2012, and he also had a career-best three-game point streak that lasted from March 9-13, 2012 (1-2=3 during the streak). He made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 season by suiting up for the Kings vs. Columbus on November 17, 2010. Overall, he appeared in six games with the Kings during the 2010-11 campaign.
Playoffs – Dwight tied for first among all rookies skating in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with five goals. Four of his five goals were scored during the Kings Western Conference Final series vs. Phoenix. Dwight, who finished his first-ever playoff run with the Kings with eight points (5-3=8), 13 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 20 games, ranked third in points, tied for first in goals, tied for third in assists, tied for third in plus-minus (plus-3) and tied for second in game-winning goals (two) among all first-year playoff performers.
A Closer Look – Dwight is a left shot with good size (6-3, 234 pounds). He’s not a flashy player but he shoots well and he uses his size and his toughness to his advantage. He gets to the net with the puck in the right place. He has unusually soft hands for a big guy and makes a lot of subtle plays with the puck. He’s a smart player who has the ability to play many different styles, and he’s only 23-years-old. Dwight adjusted well to his role after the Kings recalled him in February of last year.
A Look Back – The Kings selected Dwight in the fourth-round (109th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Dwight’s last season as an amateur player took place in 2008-09 with Lethbridge of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He was an excellent two-way player in the OHL. In fact, he was named Lethbridge’s Best Defensive Forward at the end of the 2007-08 season. Dwight turned pro in 2009-10, splitting time between Manchester (AHL), and Ontario (ECHL) that first season. He notched 24 goals with the Monarchs during the 2010-11 season – with 10 of those goals scored on the power play. As noted earlier, Dwight also made his NHL debut in November of the 2010-11 campaign.
Hometown – Dwight calls Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan his home. That town of roughly 5,000 inhabitants has also produced several other hockey players, including D. J. King, Dwight’s older brother who’s currently in the Washington Capitals organization. Meadow Lake is located in northwest Saskatchewan, Canada, about 246 kilometers (153 miles) northeast of Lloydminster and 156 kilometers (97 miles) north of North Battleford. Meadow Lake acts as a business hub, providing services for the smaller surrounding communities of Dorintosh and Rapid View, and surrounding reserves including the Flying Dust First Nation and the Eagles Lake reserve.
Day With The Cup – Dwight’s day with the Stanley Cup was August 15, 2012. He brought the Cup to his hometown to celebrate with both family and friends, and to show area kids that they can accomplish whatever they set out to do with hard work. Dwight took the Cup to Meadow Lake Arena (the rink he played at as a yopungster), and after more than two hours at the public event, he ended his day with a celebration at his family home.
Read that interview at www.LAKingsInsider.com.