CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are honoured to announce that Mikael Backlund has been named the recipient of the 2014 Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award. Backlund will be presented his award in a pre-game ceremony this evening by Ralph and Kendra Scurfiled, son and granddaughter of the late Ralph T. Scurfield.
The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award is presented annually to the Flames player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice.
Since being drafted by the Flames and beginning his NHL career, Backlund has been a fan favourite and active member in the Calgary community. This season, Backlund has recorded career highs with 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points, placing him third overall in scoring on the team. He is also second in the NHL for shorthanded goals with four tallies. The amplified level of play this season saw Backlund appointed as an assistant captain in the New Year for select games, a testament to his leadership and respect from his teammates.
Backlund, in his fifth professional season is the spokesperson for Kids Cancer Care Foundation and donates $150.00 per point to the organization, attends various events and invites groups from the organization to attend games and meet with him after in the Flames locker room. The 25 year old native of Sweden is also a spokesperson for Special Olympics. He attends floor hockey games and was an athlete leader at their Breakfast of Champions event. Adding to his resume of community work Backlund is an avid supporter of the Sunshine Foundation and has donated to the organization the last two seasons. The Sunshine Foundation grants wishes for Canadian youth impacted by illness.
Backlund’s caring and sensitive nature towards children has made him an amazing ambassador for the Flames Foundation for Life fundraisers and community programs. Last summer, he also entered the Ride for Hope bike race in Sweden where he raised $23 thousand for children’s’ cancer research and intends on making it an annual event.
In February 1985, Ralph Scurfield Sr., co-owner of the Calgary Flames, was tragically lost in a heli-skiing accident. He was recognized as a leader in the Calgary business community and a builder of the University of Calgary business programs. Scurfield was a true supporter of all sports, and a believer in community involvement. In recognition of those roles, in his memory the co-owners of the Calgary Flames established the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to a Calgary Flames player.