The Scurfield Award is presented each year to the Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service.
“I consider myself lucky that my career brought our family back to the City of Calgary and the Flames for a second time,” said Conroy. “We have established life-long friendships here. I’d like to thank the Flames organization and specifically our ownership group for putting such a strong emphasis on family and community involvement for our team. I’m very proud to have my name engraved on the Scurfield Award as it represents a major part of what being a professional athlete is all about.”
Craig Conroy is both a participant and a leader at all of the Calgary Flames events, and in addition has become a spokesman for the charitable branch of our hockey club, the Flames Foundation for Life, for the last two seasons. He is a well-spoken, courteous player who has brought immense passion to the hockey club, community and Foundation with unparalleled eagerness and enthusiasm.
Conroy promotes and raises awareness for the Flames Financial Assistance Program, a pillar of the Flames Foundation for Life, which assists families who cannot afford to enroll their kids in hockey.
Conroy is always a lively and excitable participant in Calgary Flames community events, including hospital visits, wheelchair hockey, our annual Poker tournament, and the Flames Charity Golf Tournament. He is often the voice of the Flames, speaking on behalf of his teammates at many of these community initiatives.
Conroy has been a finalist twice for the NHL Selke Trophy, once in 1998 while with the St. Louis Blues, and once in 2002 as a member of the Flames, for the wealth of skill he brings to the defensive play of his line and his team. At 38-years-old Conroy is a veteran on the team and in the league. Conroy makes his presence on-ice well known to the opposition as a playmaker and impact player.
Conroy becomes the 22nd recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, joining David Moss
(2008-09), Dion Phaneuf (2007-08), Rhett Warrener (2005-06, 2006-07), Martin Gelinas (2003-04), Denis Gauthier (2002-03), Jarome Iginla
(2000-01, 2001-02), Robyn Regehr (1999-00), Ed Ward (1997-98, 1998-99), Mike Sullivan (1996-97), Gary Roberts (1995-96), Al MacInnis (1993-94), Joel Otto (1992-93), Bob Johnson (posthumously, 1991-92), Jamie Macoun (1990-91), Tim Hunter (1989-90), Lanny McDonald (1986-87, 1988-89), and Jim Peplinski (1987-88)
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.