Ross Hartford King (February 19, 1919 – June 6, 1972), of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, is a Canadian ice hockey Goaltender. He was a member of the Ottawa RCAF Flyers who won the gold medal in ice hockey for Canada at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.
King was a star goaltender with the Portage la Prairie Terriers when they won the Memorial Cup in 1942. King joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and in March 1947 he was transferred to the RCAF station in the “hockey crazy” town of Whitehorse, Yukon.
The 1948 Winter Olympics were to be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. They were then officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games as they were the first Olympic games to be celebrated after World War II. In the fall of 1947, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association invited the RCAF to form Canada’s Olympic ice hockey squad, and in January 1948 King selected to be a members of Canada men's national ice hockey team - the Ottawa RCAF Flyers.
Although King traveled to St. Moritz as a member of Canada national hockey team, due to tournament rules that allowed teams to dress only twelve players, King was a used as a reserve and did not get into game play during the 1948 Olympics. Nonetheless, King was a member of the team that won Canada’s first gold medal in Olympic hockey since 1932, and he was given an Olympic Gold Medal.
After the Olympics Games, the Ottawa RCAF Flyers went on an extensive exhibition tour of Europe, playing in front of crowds reaching 20,000 (as they did in Paris). King became the regular goalie during the post-Olympics exhibition tour, and the RCAF Flyers won 31 of the 42 games played. Upon returning to Canada with a gold medal around his neck, King and the other team members were greeted with a ticker-tape parade in Ottawa.
During the 1948-49 season King played for the RCAF Flyers in the Whitehorse Senior Men’s League.
Eventually King returned to Portage la Prairie where he settled with his wife Joyce and two children, David and Janet. He died in 1972.