Calgary, AB – Clarkson University Men's Hockey Team will retire Craig Conroy’s jersey number seven this weekend at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, NY. The unveiling of his number pennant will take place during a special ceremony on Saturday, October 20th, as Clarkson take on the College of Holy Cross. Conroy and six others will also be inducted into the Clarkson Athletics Hall of Fame. He will be joined by his family including his wife, Jessie, and three children, Taylor, Sophia and Sydney.
“In Calgary, we’ve benefited from Craig’s contributions as a player for many years and now as a valuable member of our management team,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “We recognize a major contributing factor in his development as a young man and as a professional has to be attributed to lessons learned while a student athlete at Clarkson University. We are proud to salute Craig today as his rich history is celebrated. On behalf of the Calgary Flames and our ownership group, congratulations to Craig for this distinguished honour.”
Craig, who was a member of the Golden Knights from 1990 to 1994, comes from a long line of Golden Knights as his father Mike ’73 and Uncles Terry Conroy ’78 and Tom Taylor ’82 also played for Clarkson. Craig and Mike Conroy are still the only father/son combination in Clarkson’s 100-point club. Conroy ranks as one of the Green and Gold’s all-time leading scorers with 167 career points (63-104) in 140 games. He was the 1994 Hobey Baker Award Runner-up and All-America in his senior campaign.
After playing on Clarkson teams, which posted four consecutive 20-plus-win seasons, made three NCAA Tournaments and captured one ECAC regular-season championship and two conference tournament titles, Conroy moved to the NHL where he skated in 1,009 games during his 17-year career -- 507 of those games with the Calgary Flames. He recorded 542 points, including 182 goals, while notching another 30 points in 81 playoff games, playing for Montreal, St. Louis, Calgary and Los Angeles.
Conroy has been nominated for both the Bill Masterton and King Clancy awards. As well, while with the Flames, he was awarded the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award and the J.R. McCaig Award. Craig has also been a two-time finalist for the Selke Trophy, in 1998 while with St. Louis, and again in 2002 as a member of the Flames. Conroy retired from the NHL in February 2011 and immediately stepped into a Flames management role as special assistant to the general manager Jay Feaster.
Conroy will join Flames alumnus Colin Patterson as one of only four former Clarkson Hockey players to have his retired sweater hanging in honorary display from the rafters at Cheel Arena. Patterson was an all-star forward for the Golden Knights in the early 1980s who went on to a nine year NHL career including seven seasons (1983-90) with the Flames. He was a member of the Flames 1989 Stanley Cup championship team.