Calgary Hitmen President & CEO Ken King announced today the restructuring of the Hitmen management team. Vice President, Alternate Governor & General Manager Kelly Kisio has been appointed President of Hockey Operations & Alternate Governor while Director of Business Operations Mike Moore has been appointed as General Manager & Vice President of Business Operations.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have two individuals with Kelly’s and Mike’s impressive hockey and business track record, lead our WHL operations for the past several years,” said King. “This restructuring will further allow them both to apply their experience and skills to enhance the Hitmen hockey product for our fans both on and off the ice. We look forward to their contributions to the Hitmen success for years to come.”
Kisio joined the Hitmen in 1998 and has performed the role of General Manager, Alternate Governor and Coach with the team. During his 15 seasons, the Hitmen have posted 582 regular season victories, an average of 42 per season. The Wetaskiwin, AB native has also been at the helm of both of the club’s Western Hockey League Championships when the Hitmen captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 1999 and 2010. A former WHL Rookie of the Year (1978-79), Kisio has twice won the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy for the WHL’s Top Executive, claiming the award in 2003-04 and 2008-09. Under Kisio’s guidance, the Hitmen have advanced to the playoffs 14 times.
Moore re-joined the Hitmen in 2008 after serving as the Assistant General Manager of the Hitmen in 1997-1998 and General Manager of the Kamloops Blazers and the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1998 to 2004 and 2004-2005 respectively. In total, Moore has 16 seasons of experience in the Western Hockey League. He received the WHL Marketing/Public Relations Award in 2010-11 for his outstanding fundraising efforts and fan initiatives. In addition, Moore oversaw the Hitmen set a new Canadian Hockey League single game attendance record when 20,888 fans attended the WHL outdoor game at McMahon Stadium on February 21, 2011.