Ken King will tell you professional hockey has the best fans of any sport. And he grins every time the C of Red spontaneously rocks the Saddledome to prove it.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the NHL franchise Calgary Flames since summer 2001, King appreciates the value and community pride created through one of only 30 NHL teams in the world. “Making people happy is a dream job,” says King who recognizes the tremendous obligation the Flames owe their fans.
Like you, King has an overwhelming fondness for the sport. And his aspiration every season is to raise the bar another notch to reward devoted fans with the best possible entertainment package in the NHL. He appreciates the enduring fan loyalty and the excitement surrounding the regular season. He’s also proud to have watched fans enjoy heart-wrenching, but electrifying, playoff runs for the Stanley Cup.
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. Most often he stays in the saddle. But not always. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters and they are proud grandparents to Amanda's twin boys and Jocelin's baby boy.
King also serves as an Alternate Governor of the NHL and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen.
Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations
Brian Burke brings an impressive resume and reputation to the Flames organization overseeing all hockey operations for the growing sports and entertainment group. His experience is vast ranging from his professional playing career to several executive positions both at the league and team level.
His most recent position was as a Pro Scout and Consultant with the Anaheim Ducks. However, he assumed that role after serving as the President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from November 29, 2008 through January 9, 2013.
Burke’s recent time with Anaheim was preceded by two years as the club’s General Manager from 2005 through 2007. Under his leadership, the Ducks were crowned the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions. Burke stepped down as GM of the Ducks on November 12, 2008.
His career on the executive side of the hockey business began as an NHL player agent but he was hired in 1987, to be the Director of Hockey Operations for the Vancouver Canucks. In the 1992–93 season, he left that job to take his first General Manager position with the Hartford Whalers. Burke stepped down after one year in Hartford, so he could join the NHL front office as Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, under Commissioner Gary Bettman.
In 1998, he returned to Vancouver as General Manager of the Canucks. With the Canucks, he was credited with reviving the franchise with the drafting and signing of several key players as the team won a playoff series and captured a division title. Burke's overall record with the Canucks was 219-181-68-24.
Burke has also acted in an executive capacity for USA Hockey including being the General Manager for the United States national team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Burke is a graduate of Providence College. While attending Providence, he played for the Friars Division-I hockey team. As a professional he played in the AHL, capturing the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1978. After one year in the AHL, Burke attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1981.