Management, Hockey Operations & Staff

Ken M. King
Vice Chairman, CEO

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.

John Bean
President and Governor

John Bean was named president and governor of the Calgary Hitmen on July 16, 2018. He joined Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) in January 2010 as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and CFO before being named Chief Operating Officer of CSEC in September 2013. That summer he lead the restoration and recovery of the Scotiabank Saddledome which was significantly impacted by the flood of 2013. In less than 70 days the entire event level was stripped down to the concrete and rebuilt in time for the 2013/2014 hockey season.

Bean is also the National Lacrosse League Governor for the Calgary Roughnecks, Chairman of the NLL Audit and Finance Committee, a member of the CFL Audit and Finance Committee and the Treasurer for the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life. Prior to joining CSEC, Bean, a Chartered Accountant, held a variety of senior executive roles in the oil and gas services industry including Vice President, Finance with CCS Corporation Ltd. and Chief Financial Officer with Hazco Environmental Services Ltd.

Born and raised in Saskatoon before attending the University of Saskatchewan he and his wife Rhonda moved to Calgary in 1988 where they have raised two children. Bean enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.


Mike Moore Headshot Mike Moore Vice President and Alternate Governor

Mike Moore is in his 22nd season in the Western Hockey League and 12th with the Calgary Hitmen. His tenure 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 and was then promoted to vice president and alternate governor in 2017.

During his Hitmen tenure, Moore has received a pair of WHL recognitions: Marketing/Public Relations Award in 2010-11 and Eastern Conference nominee for the Lloyd Saunders Memorial trophy as WHL Executive of the Year in 2013-14.

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Jeff Chynoweth
General Manager

Jeff Chynoweth is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen.  He has been a prominent fixture in the WHL for over 30 years, joining the Hitmen in 2017 after completing 16 seasons as general manager of 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).

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Steve Hamilton
Head Coach

Steve Hamilton is in his first season with the Calgary Hitmen. He brings a decorated resume to the position having helped guide the Edmonton Oil Kings as an associate coach to three straight WHL Finals, two league championships in 2012 and 2014, culminating with a Memorial Cup title in 2014. The 44-year-old has eight seasons of WHL experience including the last four as head coach of the Oil Kings. He has also served as a head coach and assistant with Hockey Canada working with the U17’s and U18’s in 2013, 2014 and again in 2017. Hamilton, a three-time AJHL Coach of the Year with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders in 2006 and Spruce Grove Saints in 2009 and 2010, spent 13 years as a teacher and hockey instructor with Donnan Elementary and Vimy Ridge Academy from 2001 to 2014. The Hitmen welcome Steve and his wife Nancy along with their three children Samantha (14), Kaleigh (11) and Ty (9) to Calgary.

Trent Cassan Headshot Trent Cassan
Assistant CoachTrent Cassan is in his third 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).

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Joel Otto
Assistant Coach

Joel Otto is in his 12th 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.

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Jason LaBarbera
Assistant/Goaltending Coach

Jason LaBarbera is in his third season as goaltending coach and second 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.

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Kyle Vouriot
Athletic Therapist

Kyle Vouriot is in his third 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.

Darien Engelhardt HeadshotDarien Engelhardt
Equipment ManagerDarien Engelhardt is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen.  He joined the team after serving as head equipment manager for the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators in 2016/17.  The 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
Video Coach

Troy Norcross joined the Calgary Hitmen as video coach in 2008. The  Calgary native has over 25 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.

Cass Bruni
Video Coach
Cass is in his second year as video coach of the Calgary Hitmen. He played his minor hockey in Calgary before playing four years of junior hockey in Kingston, Ontario while he completing his chemical engineering degree at Queen’s University. He is currently in his first year of law school at the University of Calgary.


Sean Hope-Ross
Strength and Conditioning Coach

Sean Hope-Ross is in his 18th 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.

HopeRoss_HS_ResizedWayne Dougherty
Skill Development Coach

Wayne is in his second season as skills coach with the Calgary Hitmen. He is also the program director and head instructor for Summit Hockey Academy and has over 25 years of elite hockey experience.  On the ice, Wayne combines his hockey expertise with his past teaching experience with the Calgary Board to deliver well-planned, meaningful skill development sessions throughout the year.


Bernie Bajnok
Education Advisor, Billet Coordinator

Bernie Bajnok is in 17th 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.

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Business & Team Operations

Melissa Blades, Assistant Manager of Business Operations

Ken Thrower, Club Liaison Officer and Colour Analyst

Shannon Dean, Team Chaplain


Brad Curle, Broadcast & Communications Coordinator

Kelsey McCay Communications Coordinator

Britt Prendergast Associate Digital Producer

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Marketing & Sales

Shelby Lewis, Community & Sales Coordinator

Rheannon Telfer, Creative Services

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Sponsorship & Ticketing

Amanda Williams, Sponsorship & Ticket Sales Executive,

Erin Hassall, Ticket Coordinator

Kelsey Molnar, Account Manager

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