Derek King was named Head Coach of the Rockford IceHogs on April 25, 2019. He previously served as Interim Head Coach from Nov. 6, 2018 through the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, leading Rockford to a 29-28-3-4 record. Prior to taking over behind the bench, King worked as an Assistant Coach on the IceHogs' staff from 2016-18, originally being named to the position on July 7, 2016.
King joined Rockford's staff following stints as an assistant and associate coach with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL from 2009-15. With the Marlies, he helped the team win one Western Conference Championship (2012) and three North Division Championships (2012, 2013, 2014).
The Hamilton, Ontario, native had a 14-year National Hockey League career that began with the New York Islanders during the 1986-87 season. After 11 seasons with the Islanders, King also played with the Hartford Whalers and Toronto Maple Leafs. His last stop in the NHL came during the 1999-2000 season, playing for the St. Louis Blues under former Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville. King totaled 261 goals and 351 assists in 830 career NHL games. In 47 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games, he recorded 21 points (4G, 17A). He was originally selected as the 13th overall pick in the 1985 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders.