President, Chief Executive Officer, Governor
Ken King was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Flames on August 15, 2001. He also serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Governor of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
Like you, King has an overwhelming fondness for the sport. His aspiration every season is to raise the bar another notch to reward devoted fans with the best possible entertainment package in the league.
King is a strong believer in contributing to the community and he knows incredible achievements can be accomplished when aspiration and determination mix with a visionary approach, meaningful intentions, responsible actions and, above all, consideration for others. His current community involvement spans numerous organizations, including chairman, TELUS Community Board, past co-chair of REACH (a $300 million medical fundraising initiative), the Calgary Committee to End Homelessness, the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, Borden Ladner Gervais CIAU Athlete of the Year Awards Committee and the Rotary Club of Calgary. Previous support and commitment involved the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary Philharmonic Society, No Ka Oi Ranch Foundation and past-chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
In 2005, King received an Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta. Other awards include the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for community service and the commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. In 1991, he was honoured as B’Nai Brith Man of the Year.
Born and raised in Hanley, Saskatchewan, King launched a 30-year career in the newspaper business that included senior executive positions in Canada’s leading newspapers including President and Publisher of the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. During his newspaper career in Calgary, King was acknowledged for his innovative marketing, establishment of healthy corporate relationships, spirited community leadership and appreciable growth for the newspapers.
King is an avid, but mediocre golfer, and like many other Albertans, shares a passion for horses. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters and they are proud grandparents to Amanda's twin boys and Jocelin's baby boy.
| Kelly Kisio President of Hockey Operations & Alternate Governor
Kelly Kisio is in his 18th season with the Calgary Hitmen. The Hitmen have posted 628 regular season victories, an average of 42 per season, under his 15 seasons of leadership. Kelly has also been at the helm of both of the club’s Western Hockey League Championships when the Hitmen captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 1999 and 2010. He has also twice won the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy for the WHL's Top Executive, claiming the award in 2003-04 and 2008-09. In addition to his General Manger duties, Kelly also spent four seasons in the dual role of general manager and head coach from 2004-05 to 2007-08, guiding the Hitmen to 167 wins. During Kelly's 15-year tenure, the Hitmen have advanced to the playoffs 14 times.
A native of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Kelly starred in the Alberta Junior League with the Red Deer Rustlers prior to joining the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Wranglers. He spent two seasons in the WHL posting back to back 60-goal campaigns in 1978-79 and 1979-80. He was named WHL Rookie of the Year in 1978-79.
Kelly enjoyed 13 years in the National Hockey League with four different teams (Detroit, New York Rangers, San Jose and Calgary). He served as captain of the Rangers for three and a half seasons plus one season with the Sharks. He was named a Campbell Conference All-Star in 1993. In 761 career NHL games, he posted 658 points (229 goals and 429 assists).
In 1993, Kelly signed with the Calgary Flames playing two seasons before retiring from the NHL in 1995. He stayed with the Flames as an amateur scout before accepting the general manager position with the Calgary Hitmen prior to the 1998-99 season.
During the recent off-season, Kisio was promoted from general manager to President of Hockey Operations.
| Mark French
Mark French enters his second season with the Hitmen following a season with the Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL, where he guided the expansion team to the playoffs after a 92-point regular season that included setting a league record for most consecutive wins by a debut team at eight.
French, a native of Milton, Ontario, brings a wealth of experience and winning to the Hitmen having been both a head coach and an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears for six seasons. Named an assistant coach with Hershey during the 2007-08 season, French helped guide the Bears to the their 10th league title in 2009; and in 2010, in his first season as head coach, led Hershey to their second-straight Calder Cup and 11th in franchise history.
In addition, French guided the Bears to a league-record 60 wins and franchise-record 123 points in 2009-10 and, during the 2010-11 season, reached 100 wins faster than any coach in AHL history (100-39-1-7). At the reins from 2009-13, he compiled a 180-100-10-22 regular season record, which ranks fifth in all-time club wins, while his .628 points percentage sits third in franchise history.
French began his coaching career with Brock University in September 1996 and in August 1999 moved into the role of assistant coach and assistant general manager with the OHL’s North Bay Centennials for three seasons. From 2002-04, French was the head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University and prior to his record-setting coaching role with Hershey, he was assistant coach with the ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies in 2004-05 and head coach and director of hockey operations for the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League from 2005-07. In June 2013, he signed as head coach with the Medvescak Zagreb in Croatia.
| Joel Otto
Joel Otto is in his ninth season as an assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen. Otto played 14 seasons in the NHL, 11 with the Calgary Flames and three with the Philadelphia Flyers. During that time he collected 508 points (195 goals, 313 assists) in 943 games. He was one of the NHL's best two-way centres and won a Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989, scoring the series-clinching goal against Vancouver. The Elk River, Minnesota, native also won the World Cup with Team USA in 1999 and took part in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Hope-Ross resides in Calgary and is the owner and president of Sean Hope-Ross Strength and Conditioning.
| Troy Norcross
Troy Norcross joined the Calgary Hitmen as video coach in 2008. The Calgary, Alberta, native has over 20 years of hockey experience as both a player and coach. Norcross, who attended the University of Alaska-Anchorage on a Division 1 scholarship from 1991 to 1995, played with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces in 1995-96, formerly known as the Anchorage Aces. During his Alberta Junior Hockey League career, Norcross played three seasons with the Calgary Canucks, capturing one championship title with the junior A club, as well as spent two years behind the bench as assistant coach of the Calgary Royals, presently known as the Calgary Mustangs.
Jeff Hansen enters his third season with the Calgary Hitmen as Video Coach. After playing two years of junior B hockey in Cochrane, Hansen enjoyed a five-year career in the minor leagues, winning a championship in Knoxville in 2005. After his pro career, Hansen continued to play senior AAA hockey for the Bentley Generals until 2011, capturing a national championship in 2009. Hansen began coaching with the AMMHL’s Calgary Rangers in 2009-10 and won a Sutter Cup that season. From 2010 to 2012, Hansen was the Head Coach of the AC Avalanche (AMMHL) and last season was an Assistant Coach with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs.
| Jason Monnery
Jason Monnery is in his fifth season with the Calgary Hitmen. Monnery was born and raised in Calgary, and has an Athletic Injury Management Certificate from the Sports Medicine Council of Alberta. He is looking to pursue a career in Sports Management.
| Bernie Bajnok
Education Advisor, Billet Coordinator
The 2015/16 season is Bernie's 14th season as the team's education advisor. He holds a wealth of leadership experience having served as a high school principal for 17 years before retiring in 2003. Bajnok also has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a Physical Education Degree.