Frank King: A Passionate Visionary

Statement from Oval Director Yves Hamelin on the passing of Frank King

The Oval would like to pass on its deepest sympathies to the family of Frank King and his loved ones on their unexpected loss, Mr. King was  the father of Calgary’s 1988 Olympic Games.

When I joined the Olympic Oval family as Director in 2014, I started by reading Mr. King’s book It’s how you play the game. It was then I learned who Mr. King was, the role he played, his philosophy and his spirit. It remains required reading for many of our managers and staff who share much of the same passion for sport.   

From the very first meeting where the idea to bid for the Games was born, Mr. King provided insight into what we now refer to as the business of sport. He was a visionary whose background showed us the true power of teamwork both on and off the ice.

Now, 30 years later, we carry this spirit with us as one of the strongest Olympic legacy assets in the Calgary and Canadian sport landscape.  Mr. King put the city of Calgary on the map as an Olympic city and like an Olympian we can always stand by the mantra of once an Olympic city, always an Olympic city

On behalf of the Olympic Oval and our community I would like to thank Mr. King from the bottom of my heart for such a gift. If the city is able to one day host another Olympic games, it will only be through the framework provided by Mr. King and the Calgary ’88 organizing committee and our ability to match their vision and passion.

Merci, Mr. King.

Yves Hamelin
Director, Olympic Oval