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Ken King

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, Amanda and Jocelin.


Kelly Kisio

President of Hockey Operations & Alternate Governor

The 2016-17 campaign will be the 19th season with the Calgary Hitmen for Kelly Kisio, The Hitmen have  posted 670 regular season victories, an average of 42 per season, under  his 18 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 18-year tenure, the Hitmen have advanced to the playoffs 17 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.

Kelly and his wife Linda have three children: Brent, Kurtis, and Kristina.


Moore_HSMike Moore

General Manager & Vice President of Business Operations

Mike Moore is in his 20th season in the Western Hockey League and ninth season with the Calgary Hitmen. Prior to joining the Hitmen, Moore was  the director of athletics at Edge School in Calgary. He has also served as a general manager with both the Kamloops Blazers and Medicine Hat Tigers, and was the Hitmen assistant general manger in 1997-98. In 2013, Moore  was promoted to General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations for the Hitmen.

Moore has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. He received the WHL Marketing/Public Relations Award in 2010-11 for his outstanding fundraising efforts and fan initiatives.


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Mark French

Head Coach

Mark French enters his third 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.

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.


(Photo by Jenn Pierce)

Trent Whitfield

Assistant Coach

Trent Whitfield, a native of Alameda, SK., is in his second season with the Hitmen having played 16 seasons of professional hockey, including 194 games in the National Hockey League capped by a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. He was an American Hockey League All-Star, a two-time AHL captain with both the Peoria Rivermen and Providence Bruins, and won a league title in 2014 with the Bolzano Foxes of the Austrian Hockey League.

Whitfield is a graduate of the WHL where he was a three-time 30-goal scorer with the Spokane Chiefs from 1993-98. During his junior career he also helped Team Canada win World Junior gold in 1997.  He retired from professional hockey after the 2013-14 season and made an immediate transition into coaching, spending the following season with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.


Joel Otto

Assistant Coach

Joel Otto is in 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.




Hope_HSSean Hope-Ross

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Sean Hope-Ross is in 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

Video Coach

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.


Hansen_HSJeff Hansen

Video Coach

Jeff Hansen enters 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.


Monnery_HSJason Monnery

Equipment Manager

Jason Monnery is in 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.


Brown_HSDr. Matt Brown

Mental Trainer

Dr. Matt Brown is in 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.



Bajnok_HSBernie Bajnok

Education Advisor, Billet Coordinator

This is Bajnok’s 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.