Ken King became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Roughnecks on June 14, 2011, with the Calgary Flames purchase of the National Lacrosse
Club. Since the summer of 2001, King has been the President and CEO of the NHL franchise Calgary Flames.
“We look forward to building off of the great franchise that Brad Banister and his team have developed over the past 10 years,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “The Roughnecks provide great entertainment to the City of Calgary and we are confident we can continue the great tradition of fielding championship quality teams for many years to come.”
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.