CALGARY, AB -- 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. The Calgary Flames are honoured to present the 2015 Ralph T. Scurfield award to Joe Colborne who will receive his award in a pre-game ceremony at tonight’s game.
Since being acquired by the Flames in the fall of 2013, Colborne has been a valuable asset to the team and the Calgary community through aligning himself in a variety of community initiatives he is passionate about.
This season, in partnership with Packers Plus, Colborne launched “Colborne’s Forces” that recognizes members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their commitment and service to their country. Through purchasing a pair of season tickets, Colborne hosts a member of the military and their guest at every Flames home game. Following the game, the Canadian Forces guests meet the Flames forward and are toured through the team’s locker room. The deserving Armed Forces member is also saluted in-game throughout the year.
Known for his generosity and character, Colborne was the inaugural winner of the “Good Guy” media award at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season. Recently renamed as “The Peter Maher” award, Colborne was voted as the top choice by the members of the local travelling media for maintaining “patience and a good-natured attitude through what can be a trying process -- often daily, sometimes twice-daily.” For this accomplishment, a donation in Colborne’s name was made to the Flames Foundation for Life.
Now in his second full season with the club, Colborne’s efforts in the community are also mirrored on the ice. Despite being injured for a significant portion of the year, Colborne is on pace to eclipse his career high for points in a season, while currently ranking second amongst Flames forwards in faceoff win percentage.
A native Calgarian, Colborne’s spirit shines through every community initiative he participates in. Donating his time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and the Calgary Hockey Marathon in support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, gives Joe great pride in giving back to his city.
Colborne also assists in a variety of community initiatives for the Flames organization through the Flames Foundation for Life including the Flames annual Poker Tournament, pumpkin carving at the Ronald McDonald House along with annual visits to the Alberta Children’s Hospital for wheelchair hockey and over the holiday season.
Colborne is in his second year acting as the Chair of the Mavericks Charity Golf Tournament which has raised over $200,000 annually in support of children’s charities with $40,000 earmarked directly to the Flames Foundation for Life. In addition, Colborne continues to be the honorary spokesperson for the Big Hearted Mavericks Foundation that donates approximately $400,000 each year to children’s charities while also launching “The Joe Colborne Families in Crisis Fund” that provides direct financial support to families in need through the Flames Foundation for Life.
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 and 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.