Inducted into the Bishop Hendricken HS Hall of Fame in 2005
Inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame in 2009
Born into a hockey-loving family in East Greenwich, RI, in 1969, right-winger Steven King was the New York Rangers’ first choice in the 1991 Supplemental Draft.
Steve was an important member of the US National Midget champion Edgewood Hawks team in 1987, playing alongside other future NHLers David Emma, Keith Carney and Robbie Gaudreau.
He later earned two All-State berths at Bishop Hendricken High School, where his number is now retired, before enrolling at Brown University. He tallied 57 goals over his collegiate career and caught the eye of pro scouts for his solid and fearless two-way play.
After his draft selection, Steve was assigned to the Binghamton Rangers of the AHL to transition into the pro game. He did not disappoint. Steve played with great poise while registering 42 points over 66 games, giving him a better chance of making the NHL the following year.
Again, however, he was assigned to Binghamton. Wishing to prove he belonged in the big time, he played with supreme confidence, racking up 40 goals and 41 helpers over the year with his AHL team and earning a late season call-up to Madison Square Garden.
King played 24 games with the Rangers that 1992-93 rookie season amassing 12 points. He scored his first NHL goal in his first game at Madison Square Garden and tallied goals in each of his first four NHL games, tying a NY Rangers record. Due to his strong start, the league took notice and he was claimed by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the Expansion Draft in June of 1993. He played regular shift during the Mighty Ducks Inaugural Season in 1993-94 before he was sidelined with a serious shoulder injury.
After undergoing reconstructive surgery, King was forced to miss the entire 1994-95 campaign. He returned to play seven games in 1995-96 but was eventually sent down to the AHL where he scored 40 goals for the Baltimore Bandits.
After two more 30+-goal minor pro seasons, King found himself playing with the hometown Providence Bruins at the very end of their fateful 1998-99 season. And fortunate they were to have him. He flourished in the playoffs, scoring 7 times, two of them late game-winning tallies, and spurring the P-Bruins to their first and only Calder Cup championship.
Steve retired after the following year and another double-digit goal scoring season with the Springfield Falcons while reaching the 250 career goals plateau. He later returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach, followed by several seasons as head coach at Moses Brown.