Ken King
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ken King was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Flames on August 15, 2001. He also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

A Calgarian at heart and in spirit, King understands the community and the need for the Flames to embrace Calgary and Western Canada's passion for NHL hockey. King and the Calgary Flames organization are noted for unprecedented direct communication with thousands of fans and continue to ensure that the voice of the fan is clearly heard and understood.

President Ken King
General Manager Kelly Kisio
Assistant to GM Bernie Bajnok
Assistant Coach Dave Lowry
Assistant Coach Joel Otto
Video/Assistant Coach Brent Kisio
Director of Business Operations Kip Reghenas
Broadcast/Communications Brad Curle
Goaltending Coach Darcy Wakaluk
Athletic Therapist Will McMillan
Assistant Trainer Blair Niekamp
Scouting Staff
Medical Staff

King enjoyed a 30-year career in the business and newspaper industry, including positions as President and Publisher of the Calgary Herald (1996-99) and Publisher of the Calgary Sun (1988-96). During his newspaper career in Calgary, King was acknowledged for his innovative marketing, establishment of strong corporate relationships and spirited community leadership.

He has also held other management positions in the newspaper business, including President and Publisher of Pacific Press in Vancouver, which operates the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun, General Manager of the Edmonton Sun, Vice-President of the Toronto Sun Publishing Corp. and General Manager of United Press Canada. A native of Hanley, Sask., King launched his newspaper career in 1970 with the Prince George (B.C.) Citizen. King is currently Chairman of the Board of Osprey Media Group, a newspaper trust with broad publishing holdings in Ontario.

King moved to Calgary in 1988 from Edmonton where he observed the northern NHL team.

King is a strong believer in contributing to the community and has spent an enormous amount of time with community efforts.

His current community involvement spans numerous organizations, including the Calgary Health Region REACH program, a joint fundraising initiative for excellence in health, the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede (reception committee), Borden Ladner Gervais CIAU Athlete of the Year Awards (board of trustees). His former community involvement includes the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, Calgary Philharmonic Society, No Ka Oi (Ranch) Foundation, Downtown Rotary Club (past board member) and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce (past chairman).

In 2005 King received an Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta. Other awards include the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for community service and a commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.

In 1991, he was honored as B'Nai Brith Man of the Year.

King continues to play old-timers hockey, is an avid golfer and like many other Albertans shares a passion for horses. He and wife Marilyn have two daughters, Amanda and Jocelin. King also has twin grandsons.

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Kelly Kisio
General Manager/Head Coach

Kelly Kisio is in his tenth year as General Manager and fourth in the dual role as General Manager & Head Coach. The Hitmen have posted an impressive record of 393-236-56-35 under his leadership. During the 2003-04 campaign Kisio was awarded the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy given to the WHL's Top Executive. In his first year as General Manager, the Calgary Hitmen won the WHL championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final before losing to the Ottawa 67's in overtime. During Kisio's tenure, the Hitmen have made the playoffs every season and have won two Central Division Titles.

A native of Wetaskiwin, AB, Kisio 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 for the 1978-79 season.

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 on 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 in the 1998-99 season.

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

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Bernie Bajnok
Assistant to the General Manager/Education Advisor

Bernie Bajnok has spent the past six seasons 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.

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Dave Lowry
Associate Head Coach

Dave Lowry is entering his third season with the Calgary Hitmen and was promoted this past summer to Associate Head Coach from Assistant Coach. Lowry was born in Sudbury, Ontario and on to star in the OHL with the London Knights. He played three seasons from 1982-83 to 1984-85 collecting 223 points (100 goals, 123 assists) in 169 games. His 120 point season in 1984-85 made him an OHL First Team All-Star.

His dominant junior career turned heads. Lowry was Vancouver's 6th choice, 114th overall in the 1983 NHL entry draft. It helped launch a National Hockey League career that would span 19 seasons. Dave played 1084 career games (164 goals, 187 assists for 351 points) with five teams; Vancouver, St. Louis, Florida, San Jose and Calgary. Lowry Also played in 111 playoff games (16 goals, 20 assists, 36 points) with his best post season run in the spring of '96. Dave helped the Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup final, picking up a team leading 17 points in 22 games.

NHL Recap: Traded to St. Louis by Vancouver for Ernie Vargas, September 29, 1988. Claimed by Florida from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 24, 1993. Traded to San Jose by Florida with Florida's 1st round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay-Tampa Bay selected Vincent Lecavalier) for Viktor Kozlov and Florida's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Florida selected Jaroslav Spacek) in 1998 Entry Draft, November 13, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 26, 2000. During his time with the Flames, Lowry earned the instant respect of teammates and was named captain from 2000 to 2002.

Dave and his wife Elaine have four children: Sarah, Joel, Adam and Tessa.

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Joel Otto
Assistant Coach

Joel Otto is in his second season as Hitmen Assistant Coach and continues to serve as the team's Kidz Club Spokesperson.

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 overtimes, game winning, series clinching goal in round 1, game 7 versus Vancouver.

The 6'4" native of Elk River, Minnesota was blessed with quick hands as well as strength, which made him a handful on faceoffs, along the boards and in the slot. Otto also won the World Cup with Team USA in 1996.

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Brent Kisio
Video/Assistant Coach

Brent Kisio is in his first season with the Calgary Hitmen as Video Coach/Assistant Coach. He joins the team after wrapping up his playing career with the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he graduated with a degree in criminology.

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Darcy Wakaluk
Goaltending Coach

Darcy Wakaluk is entering his third season with the Hitmen. A native of Pincher Creek, Alberta, he was drafted 144th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. After playing the better part of five seasons in the Buffalo system with the Rochester Americans, Darcy spent seven seasons in the NHL (Buffalo, Minnesota-Dallas, Phoenix).

Following his retirement in 1999, Darcy was the Goaltending Coach with the Kamloops Blazers for three seasons before joining the Vancouver Giants for two seasons. Darcy resides in Crowsnest Pass with his wife Dawn and their four kids: Alexander, Logan, Brock and Tori.
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Kip Reghenas
Director of Business Operations

Kip Reghenas was born in Kimberley, BC but obtained his high school diploma from Bishop Grandin High School in Calgary. It was then off to the University of Calgary where he received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Organizational Management and a minor in Marketing. Upon graduation Kip was employed by the Hudson�s Bay Company before starting his own Licensed Sportswear Company.

In February of 2002, Kip joined the Calgary Flames as a Director of Retail and Product Development. He was promoted to Director of Business Operations for the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club in July of 2005. Kip and his wife Susan have three children, Drew, Jayleen and Drake.

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Brad Curle
Broadcast/Communications Coordinator

Brad Curle is a product of Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan and is in his 11th season of calling play-by-play in the Western Hockey League. He spent eight seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes before joining the Calgary Hitmen in 2005-06.

Curle got his play by play start in 1993 calling Senior Hockey in Southeast Saskatchewan. The following year he was promoted to Tier 2 where he spent two seasons calling games for the Estevan Bruins.  It was then off to the WHL.

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Will McMillan
Athletic Therapist

Will McMillan is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen. He is a Certified Athletic Therapist with a degree in Physical Education from the University of Calgary. Will spent nine years working as the Head Athletic Therapist with SAIT. Previous to that, he spent 2 years with the Moose Jaw Warriors and one season with the Calgary Junior �A� Royals.

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Blair Niekamp
Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager

Blair Niekamp is in his second season with the Calgary Hitmen as Assistant Trainer. He spent the 2005-06 campaign with the WHL Champion Vancouver Giants. During the 2004-05 season Blair was the Assistant Trainer for the Saskatoon Blades and also served as Trainer for Team Alberta in the Centennial Challenge in Lloydminster. Blair broke into the hockey world in 2002-03 as a student trainer for the University of Alberta Golden Bears. There he won a Canada West Championship and captured a bronze medal at the University Cup in Fredericton.

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Scouting Staff

Brad Whelen
(Head Scout)
Dan Bonar
(Travelling Scout)
Rich Dusevic
(Calgary, AB)
Joe Kazeil
(Edmonton, AB)
Ron Schlaht
(Lacombe, AB)
Al Skauge
(Prince Albert, SK)
Matt Thomas
(Quesnel, BC)
Bill Gibson
(Regina, SK)
Mitch Ward
(Richmond, BC)

Medical Staff

Club Physician Dr. Ian Auld, Dr. Jim Thorne, Dr. Eric Babins
Club Dentist Dr. Roger Shinkaruk
Orthopedic Dr. Nick Mohtadi
Optometrist Dr. Douglas Burns
Team Chiropractor Dr. Jason Dick, Dr. Billy McKay

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