Management, Hockey Operations & Staff
Ken M. King
President, CEO and Governor
Ken M. 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, Amanda and Jocelin.
Vice President and Alternate Governor
Mike Moore is in his 21st season in the Western Hockey League and 11th with the Calgary Hitmen. His decade of service with the franchise began with a one-year term as assistant general manager in 1997-98. He then served as general manager of the Kamloops Blazers (1998-2004) and Medicine Hat Tigers (2004-05) before spending three seasons as director of athletics with Edge School (2005-08).
His return to the Hitmen for the 2008-09 season saw Moore as director of business operations before adding the title of assistant general manager in 2012. Moore moved to the role of general manager and vice president of business operations in 2013, to being promoted to the role of vice president and alternate governor in 2017.
During his Hitmen tenure, Moore has received a pair of WHL recognitions: the Marketing/Public Relations Award in 2010-11 and an Eastern Conference nomination for the Lloyd Saunders Memorial trophy as WHL Executive of the Year in 2013-14.
Jeff Chynoweth is in his first season with the Calgary Hitmen. He has been a prominent fixture in the WHL for over 30 years, most recently completing his 16th season as general manager with the Kootenay ICE. During his expansive tenure with the Edmonton/Kootenay franchise (1995-2017), he held the roles of owner, president and general manager. Under his leadership, the ICE claimed three WHL titles (2000, 2002 and 2011), captured the coveted Memorial Cup in 2002 and earned the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the league’s top regular season club during the 2004-05 campaign. That same 104-point season saw the native of Calgary named WHL Executive of the Year. Before joining the ICE franchise, Chynoweth held several business and hockey operations positions with the Red Deer Rebels (1991-95), Lethbridge Hurricanes (1989-91), Brandon Wheat Kings (1988-89), Medicine Hat Tigers (1987-88) and Spokane Chiefs (1986-87).
Dallas Ferguson, from Wainwright, Alberta, is in his first season as Hitmen head coach. He recently completed his ninth season as head coach of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks (NCAA Division I) following four seasons as assistant coach with the men’s hockey program from 2004-08. After taking the reins in May 2008, Ferguson guided the team to a fourth-place finish in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and earned Coach of the Year honours in 2008-09. He then made program history the following season when the Nanooks made their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. Ferguson, who has coached over 30 players who have gone on to play professionally, led the collegiate club to eight consecutive Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup titles, four CCHA home playoff series (winning three) and five non-conference tournament titles. Prior to joining Alaska, Ferguson spent two seasons in the North American Hockey League as assistant coach of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Before his coaching career, Ferguson spent parts of four seasons patrolling the blueline with the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades and Alaska Gold Kings and Anchorage Aces of the West Coast Hockey League from 1996-00. He joined the professional ranks following a successful collegiate campaign with the Nanooks (1992-96) where recorded 104 career points (17, 87a), served as captain during his senior year and was a three-time recipient of the Shawn Chambers Top Defenseman Award.
Assistant CoachTrent Cassan is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Calgary Hitmen following parts of seven years as head coach of the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He also spent two SJHL seasons as general manager. During his time as bench boss, he compiled a record of 177-123-17-24 while advancing to the playoffs in all seven campaigns, including four league final berths. Under his guidance, the Terriers captured the club’s first-ever RBC Cup as Canada’s National Junior A champions in 2014 along with two Canalta Cups (2013 & 2014). Cassan, who has made two appearances at the World Junior A Challenge as both an assistant coach (2013) and head coach (2014) with Team Canada West, was the co-recipient of the SJHL’s Coach of the Year award in 2012-13.A Medora, Manitoba native, Cassan is a graduate of the NCAA’s Division III SUNY Geneseo Knights (2004-08) and a Terriers alumnus (2001-04).
Joel Otto is in his 11th 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.
Jason LaBarbera is in his second season as goaltending coach and first as assistant coach of the Calgary Hitmen. LaBarbera spent 16 seasons as a professional goalie including parts of 12 campaigns in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim. During his NHL career he won 62 games, posting a 2.85 goals against average and a .907 save percentage while making 4,476 saves. LaBarbera played parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Tri-City, Portland and Spokane where he was named to the WHL All-Star team in 2000. In addition, he left his mark on the American Hockey League, honoured with the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as Top Goaltender and named an AHL First Team All-Star in both 2004 and 2007. During the 2003-04 season, as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, he also took home the Les Cunningham Award given to the AHL MVP after setting the league record for most shutouts in a single season with 13. It’s a record that still stands to this day.
Kyle Vouriot is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen. He was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a certified athletic therapist CAT(C) with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology-AT at the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the Hitmen, Vouriot spent three seasons as an intern with the Winnipeg Jets athletic therapy staff and most recently one season as the head therapist for the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club of the American Association.
Equipment ManagerDarien Engelhardt is in his first season with the Calgary Hitmen. He joins the team after serving as head equipment manager for the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL last season. The 21-year-old Regina, SK, product has previous hockey equipment manager and assistant equipment manager experience with the Regina Pats (2011-14), Saskatoon Blades (2014-15) and University of Regina Cougars (2015-16).
Troy Norcross joined the Calgary Hitmen as video coach in 2008. The Calgary 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.
Sean Hope-Ross is in his 17th season as strength and conditioning coach with the Calgary Hitmen. The Calgary native is a certified strength coach and personal trainer with over 20 years of health and fitness experience complemented by a Bachelor of Arts from University of Victoria.
Hope-Ross resides in Calgary and is the owner and president of Sean Hope-Ross Strength and Conditioning.
Skill Development Coach
Bernie Bajnok is in 16th 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.
He helped coach the Calgary West Little League baseball team to a Canadian Championship and the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, PA in 2001.
Business & Team Operations
Melissa Blades, Assistant Manager of Business Operations
Ken Thrower, Club Liaison Officer and Colour Analyst
Blair Butterfield, Team Chaplain
Joanna French, Assistant Manager of Communications
Brad Curle, Broadcast & Communications Coordinator
Alex Medina, Digital Content Producer
Marketing & Sales
Shelby Lewis, Community & Sales Coordinator
Rheannon Telfer, Creative Services
Sponsorship & Ticketing
Amanda Williams, Sponsorship & Ticket Sales Executive
Nicolla Kaumeyer, Account Executive
Erin Hassall, Ticket Coordinator
Kylie Wilson, Account Manager