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Flames announce J.R. McCaig award winners

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames Hockey Club is proud to announce that Jarome Iginla and Bob Godun are this year’s recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award.

Sadly, the Flames lost owner J.R. Bud McCaig three 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 Jarome and Bob who we believe share the same qualities that make them ideal recipients for the 2007-2008 season.”

Bob Godun originally joined the Calgary Flames in a part time capacity as a member of the security department in 1984. He was named Manager of Parking & Security in 1994 and continues to perform exceptionally in that role today. He works tirelessly in a very demanding job of ensuring that the Pengrowth Saddledome is a safe and secure facility for the 20,000 fans who visit the building for each sports and entertainment event. The field of security requires a wide ranging skill set. But through it all, Bob is a genuinely kind individual who is always ready to lend a hand both within his department and across the organization. On top of his regular hours, he has committed time generously to ensure the Flames organization is a positive, fun and friendly place for all staff through his work in organizing social activities.

Bob and his wife Barb have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Team Captain Jarome Iginla is in his 12th year with the Calgary Flames. The pride of Calgary has been decorated with numerous team and league trophies throughout his career but this is his first time as a recipient of the J.R. McCaig Award. His on-ice accomplishments are well known in Calgary, however, Jarome’s off-ice commitment to his community, co-workers and fellow man is what makes him so deserving of this latest honor. Flames head coach Mike Keenan probably summed Jarome up best in a recent interview by saying, “Jarome really cares about people; about everyone around him; whether it’s a teammate, a trainer or staff in the building; his respect and concern are genuine.”

Jarome and his wife Kara have two children; Jade (3) and Tij (1).

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 native Diane Anderson.
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