King played four years with the OHL's Peterborough Petes. He scored 73 career goals and was chosen 80th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1984. He never played a game for the Caps and signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings in March 1987. After spending most of the 1987-88 season in Adirondack then played 55 games for the Wings when they finished at the top of the Norris Division in 1988-89.
In September 1989, he was traded to the New York Rangers where he enjoyed his best three-and-a-half-year stretch. He scored 25 points in 1990-91 and was an important leader on the Blueshirts when they finished at the top of the NHL standings in 1991-92. King was traded to the highly skilled Winnipeg Jets part way through the 1992-93 season along with fellow tough guy Tie Domi. His rights were transferred to Phoenix with relocation of the Jets franchise in 1996-97.
King signed as a free agent with Toronto prior to the 1997-98 season and played all 82 games but the team missed the playoffs. Under new coach Pat Quinn, the hard-nosed veteran played 67 games in 1998-99 and 17 playoff games as Toronto reached the semi-finals. He was phased out the next season, as Toronto wanted to give a few younger players a chance. King spent time with the IHL's Chicago Wolves while seeing a few shifts in 39 regular season games and one post-season match with Toronto before retiring.
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