Kelly Kisio

Kelvin Wade Kisio (born September 18, 1959) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who currently serves as a scout for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] As a player, Kisio played 761 games in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and Calgary Flames, and was team captain for the Rangers for three and a half years.

Kelly Kisio
Born (1959-09-18) September 18, 1959
Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19801995


Kisio played junior hockey with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Red Deer Rustlers and Western Hockey League's Calgary Wranglers, producing consecutive 60 goal seasons for the latter.[1]

He played the 1982–83 season with HC Davos in Switzerland. He scored 49 goals and 32 assists. Although Davos was leading the season for more than 20 games, they ended in third place. In his next-to-last game for HC Davos, Kisio scored eight goals and two assists. The game's final score was 19–7.[2] Kisio left three days later for the Detroit Red Wings where he became a valuable player in the NHL.

Kisio's best season in the NHL was in 1992–93 with the San Jose Sharks. That season he tied a career high in goals (26) and points (78) and represented the Sharks in the 1993 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal after Pat Falloon went down with a season-ending shoulder injury.

Kisio ended his playing career with the Calgary Flames in 1995, who were ousted by his former team, San Jose in the playoffs. He then joined the Flames' scouting staff. For the 1998–99 season, he was named general manager of the Calgary Hitmen, who are owned by the Flames. With Kisio as GM, the Hitmen made the playoffs every year but one[1] (2010–11), won four regular season titles, and won the Western Hockey League title in both 1999 and 2010.


Kisio and his wife Linda have three children: Brent, Kurtis, and Kristina. Brent (born December 15, 1982) is the head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League,[3] and Kurtis (born June 30, 1984) played 59 games with the Austin Ice Bats of the Central Hockey League during the 2007–08 season.[4]



  • Ranked No. 80 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77Red Deer RustlersAJHL605348101101
1977–78Red Deer RustlersAJHL58746814266
1978–79Calgary WranglersWHL70606112173151216284
1979–80Calgary WranglersWHL7165731386421014
1980–81Kalamazoo WingsIHL31271643488771413
1980–81Adirondack Red WingsAHL4110142443
1981–82Dallas Black HawksCHL786239101591612172938
1982–83HC DavosNDA38493887
1982–83Detroit Red WingsNHL144370
1983–84Detroit Red WingsNHL702337603441014
1984–85Detroit Red WingsNHL752041615630222
1985–86Detroit Red WingsNHL7621486985
1986–87New York RangersNHL702440647340112
1987–88New York RangersNHL7723557888
1988–89New York RangersNHL702636629140009
1989–90New York RangersNHL682244661051028108
1990–91New York RangersNHL5115203558
1991–92San Jose SharksNHL4811263754
1992–93San Jose SharksNHL7826527890
1993–94Calgary FlamesNHL51723302870228
1994–95Calgary FlamesNHL1274116732519
NHL totals 761 229 429 658 768 39 6 15 21 52


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Greschner
New York Rangers captain
Succeeded by
Mark Messier
Preceded by
Tony Granato
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Winner
1989–90 NHL season
Succeeded by
Jan Erixon
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