Hockey Operations & Staff
Ken M. King
President and CEO of CSEC
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, Amanda and Jocelin.
Vice President and Alternate Governor
Moore recently completed his 20th season in the Western Hockey League and 10th with the 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.
Mark French recently completed his third season as head coach of the Calgary Hitmen.
Since joining the club, he has guided the team to three consecutive playoff appearances including two 40-plus win campaigns. His 21-season coaching resume is highlighted by a Calder Cup Championship as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears in 2010. His step behind the bench began in the 1996-97 season as an assistant coach with Brock University. One year later, he took over as head coach and then moved to the University of Guelph as an assistant coach. French then joined the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Centennials as an assistant coach before being named head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University for two seasons. Following his Canadian coaching tenure, he became an assistant with ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies before assuming the head coach and director of hockey operations role with the Central Hockey League’s Wichita Thunder. That was followed by a move to the Bears as an assistant coach before taking over the teams’ head coaching duties for four seasons (2009-13). Prior to joining the Hitmen, French was head coach of the Medvescak Zagreb in the Austrian Hockey League.
Trent Cassan recently completed his first 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 the last 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 recently completed his 10th 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 recently completed his first season as goaltending 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.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sean Hope-Ross recently completed his 16th 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.
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.
Jeff Hansen recently completed his fourth 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 was also an assistant coach with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs.
Kyle Vouriot recently completed his first 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.
Jason Monnery recently completed his seventh 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. Monnery, who began his stint with the Hitmen as an assistant trainer, was appointed to equipment manager in the summer of 2014. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers.
|Dr. Matt Brown
Dr. Matt Brown recently completed his fourth season as mental trainer with the Calgary Hitmen. A former collegiate football player and national level decathlete, Dr. Brown has over 15 years of experience, working with performers from multiple environments as a mental performance consultant and counselor. He completed his Masters degree in sport psychology and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology, specializing with athletes. His client roster includes Summer and Winter Olympians, professional hockey and football players, coaches, surgeons, musicians and dancers. Dr. Brown is also a mental performance consultant and counselor at the Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary, Hockey Canada, and Calgary’s Edge School for Athletes. Matt resides in Cochrane with his wife, Kim, and their two children, Maren and Caelan.
Education Advisor, Billet Coordinator
Bernie Bajnok recently completed his 15th 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 Chan, Creative Services
Sponsorship & Ticketing
Amanda Williams, Sponsorship & Ticket Sales Executive
Nicolla Kaumeyer, Group Sales Executive
Erin Hassall, Ticket Coordinator
Kylie Wilson, Account Manager