Former Calgary Stampeders’ president, chief executive officer Ken King passes away

Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation have announced the passing of former Stampeders’ president, chief executive officer and vice chair Ken King.

“Ken was the right leader at the right time for CSEC. His leadership and passion was exhibited every day in his successful delivery of the new Calgary event centre,” CSEC chairman and co-owner Murray Edwards said.

“He was a trusted confidant to all of the Flames owners, both past and present, and we all learned so much from him. My partners and I will miss our frequent conversations with our dear friend.”

King joined the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames as president and CEO in the spring of 2001. Over the course of the past 20 years, King built a strong and vibrant sports and entertainment organization.

His relentless focus on customer service and fan experience enabled the Flames to survive the challenging times they faced early in his tenure and built the foundation for a growing and successful sports entity which includes the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen, the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat, the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks and a controlling interest in the Stamps.

“Ken was an amazing friend and mentor. He taught all of us so much through his words and actions. An organization never replaces a person like Ken; you simply honour him by going forward with the same passion and energy that he brought to work each and every day.” John Bean president and CEO, CSEC, said.

Born and raised in Hanley, Saskatchewan, King was a community leader, having served on numerous boards including the Telus Community Board; the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority; the Calgary Airport Authority; the Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce; and the Calgary Flames Foundation.

“A proud son of Saskatchewan, Ken King has been a pillar of the Calgary community for five decades. Following a 30-year career in the newspaper business as president of both the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun, he has been a champion of Calgary’s sports teams,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“His vision and steady hand have been instrumental in the success of both the Flames and the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. And his staunch advocacy for the arena project that will guarantee the Flames’ long-term viability in Calgary will serve as a legacy of his devotion to the city. Ken was a friend and I will miss him greatly. My sincere condolences go out to his family.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ken’s wife Marilyn, his daughters Amanda and Jocelin and his grandchildren whom we know he loved dearly. King was 68 years old.

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