Let the Ken King speculation begin: Could he be spearheading a bid for the 2022 Olympics?
With Brian Burke now running the hockey operations department, it will free up the president for other pursuits
In the ever-mushrooming sports holdings of the Calgary Flames, president Ken King is being pulled in quite a few different directions.
“The team that Harley and Doc brought to Calgary some 33 years ago has changed quite a bit,” King said at Thursday’s announcement of Brian Burke’s capture as President of Hockey Operations. “The Flames family is now part of a much larger organization, the Calgary Flames Sports and Entertainment Corporation.”
That organization, of course, also includes the Canadian Football League’s Stampeders, the Western Hockey League’s Hitmen, the American Hockey League Abbotsford Heat and the National Lacrosse League Calgary Roughnecks.
So while King says that his role within the hockey structure hasn’t been altered at all, the hiring of a management veteran the quality of Burke as the man GM Jay Feaster reports to directly should, in theory, free up a little more time for King to concentrate more on other long-term goals.
Rumours continue to swirl that a possible Olympic bid for the 2022 Winter Games might be in the offing, or at least seriously considered, partly as a springboard to obtaining funding for a new arena and football stadium. The idea of a second Olympics here in Calgary isn’t so far-fetched.
The city already has many existing world-class winter sports facilities in place and the unqualified success of 1988, in both financial and venue sustainability terms, would give it a solid foothold in the bidding.
The International Olympic Committee has set a Nov. 14, 2013 application deadline for cities seriously considering staging the 2022 Games.
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