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Flames congratulate trio of Alberta honourees

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are proud to congratulate three of their own on the honours that were announced today. Peter Maher, Calgary’s radio play-by-play voice for 32 seasons, was named the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame’s Bell Memorial Award winner, the Flames’ 16-year athletic trainer Jim “Bearcat” Murray was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the Hockey Builder category, and former Flames captain Lanny McDonald was inducted to the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in the achievement category.

Peter Maher’s career spanned over four decades and he was voice of the Flames since the 1981-82 season calling 2,954 Flames games. He was honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2006 Foster Hewett Memorial Award and as a native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, was also inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Maher has called World Championship games, six NHL All-Star games, the Stanley Cup Finals in 1980, 1986, 1989 and 2004 and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Jim “Bearcat” Murray spent twenty-nine years in athletics including 16 behind the bench of the Flames. Murray also worked for the Calgary Centennials, Calgary Cowboys, Calgary Wranglers, and the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. In his time with the Flames, he won numerous division and conference titles before being part of Calgary’s 1988-89 Stanley Cup win. Following his retirement in 1996, the Vulcan, Alberta native served as a community ambassador for the Flames and his career’s work saw him inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 as the athletic trainer category.

Lanny McDonald played over 1,100 games in his 16-year NHL career, starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Rockies before joining Calgary following a 1981 trade. With his iconic mustache and his ability on the ice, McDonald became a fan favourite throughout the 1980s – becoming co-captain in 1984 - and he led the Flames to the Stanley Cup final in 1986. In the 1988-89 season, the native of Hanna, Alberta became the first Calgary player to score five hundred goals and to reach the one-thousand point plateau and the Flames went on to win the Stanley Cup, with McDonald retiring after lifting the chalice. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 and has been a fixture in Calgary and Alberta since the end of his playing career.

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