CALGARY, AB -- Daymond Langkow has been named the J.R. McCaig Award player recipient for the 2009-10 season, the Calgary Flames announced.
The award is given to a player and staff member "who best exemplify Mr. McCaig's enduring virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals he encountered both in his professional and everyday life."
Langkow was notified that he had been given the award before he addressed the media for the first time since being injured on Mar. 21 in Minnesota.
"It was a bit of a shock this morning. It's an honour considering what it means and who picks it.
"I think this game has a lot of good players and good people involved. You learn from them. It's about being a good person and treating people like you like to be treated."
The veteran forward than shifted his attention to talking about the upper body injury he sustained earlier in the month. While he was standing in front of the net, he was checked by Greg Zanon, causing him to fall forward. As he was falling, he was struck in the back of the net by an Ian White point shot.
He was hospitalized overnight in Minnesota and when he arrived back in Calgary, he was donning a neck brace. On Wednesday, he was without the brace and looked to have a good range of motion in his neck.
"I actually feel pretty good, considering. Obviously, it's a tough thing to go through," he said.
"I'm just doing rehab right now and taking it day-to-day."
Langkow was quick to respond when questioned about the impact this injury would have on his career.
"No, definitely not, no," was his firm answer after being asked if his ailment was career-threatening.
His main concern through the whole ordeal was his family.
"It's tough for the family and stuff. I was hoping they weren't watching the game at the time," he sighed.
Unfortunately, they were and like everyone else who saw the accident, they were understandably shaken.
"I talked to my wife in the ambulance just to let her know things were alright. She was a little bit shaken up but after I talked to her she was fine."
Langkow also acknowledged all the support and concern he has received from both players and fans.
"Any time when something like that happens, you hope, no matter who it is, that the guy's going to be alright and I obviously appreciate all the concern."
While nothing is definitive, Langkow feels that he's progressing enough to return to action if the Flames make the postseason.
"It's a day-to-day thing and I feel good right now," he stated. "It all depends on what happens with the team here in the next six games or so. Hopefully things work out and we make the playoffs and just go from there."
Mike Duben was named the staff recipient of the J.R. McCaig Award.
Sadly, the Flames lost owner J.R. Bud McCaig five years ago following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr. McCaig was a long time member of the Flames family and a great contributor to the Calgary community. The J.R. McCaig Award honors two Calgary Flames personnel, a player and staff member, who best exemplify Mr. McCaig’s enduring virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals he encountered both in his professional and everyday life.
“Bud was a man of great moral character and principle who shared his kindness, integrity and respect with everyone he encountered,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “We are proud to recognize both Daymond and Mike who we believe share the same qualities that make them ideal recipients for the 2009-2010 season.”
Over the course of his 24 years as an employee with the Flames organization, Mike Duben has become somewhat of a “point man” in ensuring that the day to day business of the Calgary Flames runs efficiently without interruption.
As Shipper/Receiver his primary function is to provide the building with all the required supplies and product to ensure that each performance in the building meets the high standards of the Calgary Flames organization. He is always friendly, helpful and without doubt very respectful of everyone he interacts with, no matter their position or title. To be able to be liked and respected while fulfilling an important, but often taken for granted role of our business is very impressive.
Langkow is in his fifth year as a member of the Calgary Flames. He is a soft spoken, courteous person who has brought leadership by example to the team. Named as an assistant captain this season, Daymond’s on-ice accomplishments are well known in Calgary as he recently reached the 1000 career game milestone. In a pre-game ceremony on February 11th, he celebrated this accomplishment with teammate and friend Jarome Iginla
. Iginla and Langkow reached the plateau the week prior in back to back games in Florida and Tampa Bay respectively. Born in Edmonton, Daymond and his wife Stephanie now call Calgary home with their four children; Taylar, Kennedy, Colton and Derek.
The recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award receive a limited edition bronze entitled RESPECT that depicts a cowboy showing his appreciation and respect to his horse by loosening the cinch, removing the bridle and allowing the horse to drink from his hat. The bronze was sculpted by Cochrane, AB artist Diane Anderson.