|Tristan King in a game this season with the Steelheads. (Credit: Idaho Steelheads)|
"It was an accumulation of things, and there was a recent discipline issue," said Will Hoenike, director of broadcasting and media relations for the Steelheads, referencing the weekend's arrest. "The team got together with Tristan, and both sides decided there needed to be a change."
This marks the fourth different ECHL club for the talented winger in the last two seasons, including stops in Greenville and Ontario. Steelheads GM and head coach Brad Ralph spoke on the matter last night on the Idaho Steelheads hockey show on KTIK in Boise saying that it was a mutual decision and that the two parted on good terms.
King was the Steelheads leading active scorer this season but was only called upon to play for the Texas Stars once in his career, an eleven game stint in 2010-11. Talent was overshadowed by off-ice issues for the past few seasons and ultimately led to his de facto departure from the organization. While King is still under contract to Dallas, these revelations make it unlikely that he will ever be called to play in Texas again.
In return for the King assignment, the Bulls have sent Rylan Galiardi to join the Steelheads.