King eager to face former team

Ice defenceman will be on the other blueline when facing the Spokane Chiefs this weekend.

Tyler King will see some very familiar colours this weekend.

The Kootenay Ice defenceman will go up his former team in the Spokane Chiefs in a home and home series on Friday and Saturday night.

The Chiefs are struggling with three wins in their last 10 games and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference. On the flip side, the Ice are one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, with nine wins in their last 10 games.

If anyone knows what to expect from the Chiefs, it’s King, who spent the entirety of his WHL career in Spokane before getting traded to the Ice in December.

“They’re definitely a hard working team and I think Don [Nachbaur] preaches that over there,” said King. “Never get outworked and it’s a greasy game that they play and they’re tough to play against.”

Since joining the Ice, the Saskatchewan native has gone without a goal, but has tallied 10 assists in 20 games.

The Ice will host the Chiefs on Friday, and Spokane will return the favour on Saturday.

King is looking forward to heading back to his old barn and seeing some familiar faces.

“It’ll be definitely different, going back there and playing those guys,” said King. “It’ll be a different experience for me, but it’ll be cool, though.

“Against Kootenay, we always got good crowds, so it’ll be another big Saturday night game with huge points on the line, so it’ll be good.”

The double-header will be the final time the two teams face each other this season. Kootenay leads the season series with two wins and one loss.

“We just got to come out and play our game,” said King. “Get pucks to the net and try to create some rebounds on [Eric] Williams and make it a hard game.”

While King gets to head back to his old stomping grounds, the Ice, in turn, will face a former teammate in Hudson Elynuik, who was sent to the Chiefs in exchange for King.

Elynuik, a third-round pick in the WHL Bantam draft, was in his rookie year with the Ice before getting dealt to Spokane.