Losing Lowry hard Hit

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Kelly Kisio didn't think he'd be looking at resumes this soon.

When the Calgary Hitmen GM handed over the head-coaching reins to Dave Lowry last fall, Kisio felt he had found a long-term bench boss.

But Lowry exceeded all expectations as the Hitmen shattered nearly every franchise record in the book, and yesterday joined the Calgary Flames as an assistant coach.

And Kisio put the help-wanted sign back on the office door.

"Obviously, things went very well for us last year, and Dave did very well," Kisio said.

"The Flames came knocking on the door and I don't blame him for moving on to the next level."

Kisio said he doesn't have a deadline for when he'd like to announce the seventh head coach (including former co-coach Dean Evason) in franchise history.

"We're putting a list together right now," Kisio said.

"And, as of three o'clock (yesterday), there will be resumes coming in.

"But we've got some guys in mind who we will be interviewing in the next little while.

"We're not in a rush and we obviously want to make the right choice."

When the Flames fired Mike Keenan last month, GM Darryl Sutter toyed with the idea of moving back behind the bench if a suitable candidate couldn't be found.

Kisio, who spent four seasons (2004-08) behind the Hitmen bench, said he will not be moving back downstairs.

"No, I thought this year I was able to do a lot of things that I haven't done in the last five years," he said.

"And I think it showed in some of the hockey decisions we made this year, with the guys we brought in.

"It was a good year for me that way and I'd like to continue down that path."

Kisio was named the WHL's top executive in April for the second time in the past six seasons.


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