Kris King signed as a free agent with the Leafs on July 7, 1997 and spent the next three seasons in Toronto from 1997-2000. He was a valued assistant captain during the bulk of his time in uniform for the Leafs.
The rugged left-winger was one of three Leafs to play in all 82 games in 1997-98. He accumulated 199 penalty minutes that season which was the second-highest total after Tie Domi and he chipped in with two game-winning goals. King also ranked second in team penalty minutes the following season when he racked up 105 PIM's.
King played in all 17 playoff games in the spring of 1999 when they advanced to the Eastern Conference Final against Buffalo. The native of Bracebridge, Ontario played in the final NHL game at historic Maple Leaf Gardens on February 13, 1999 and in the opening game at Air Canada Centre one week later.
Overall, he appeared in 188 games for Toronto and he recorded seven goals, nine assists and 359 minutes in penalties. The veteran of 67 NHL playoff games was the Leafs' nominee for the 1998 King Clancy Memorial Trophy which takes into consideration the player's leadership on and off the ice and his contribution to the community. He was the NHL's overall recipient of the award in 1995-96. King was a former captain of the Winnipeg Jets and he was one of the most active players in the league throughout his career when it came to devoting time in the community.
King was originally Washington's fourth-round pick, 80th overall, in the 1984 NHL Draft. In 849 career NHL games with the Red Wings, Rangers, Jets, Coyotes, Leafs and Blackhawks he earned 66 goals, 85 assists, 151 points and 2,030 penalty minutes.