CALGARY, AB -- The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award is presented annually to the Calgary Flames player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice. The Flames are honoured to present the 2016 Ralph T. Scurfield Award to Mark Giordano who received his award from the Scurfield family earlier today at the Sportsnet Brightest Star Luncheon.
During his 10 seasons with the Flames, Giordano has been a great contributor to both the team and the Calgary community. A caring heart and a welcoming personality, Giordano is approachable to fans of all ages and has demonstrated a long history of community service.
In 2011, Giordano alongside his wife Lauren launched a unique community program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity called 5-for-5. During its two seasons, the 5-for-5 initiative helped provide the funding to build five homes. Of these homes, four were built in developing countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines), while the fifth home was built in the Calgary area. As the face of the campaign, Giordano appeared in print materials, commercials and special events.
Giordano continued to commit himself to the Calgary community through the launch of Team Giordano in September 2014. In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), the Calgary Flames Foundation, Pizza 73 and the Italian Open Charity Golf Tournament, Team Giordano has donated $200,000 to four Calgary schools and has impacted 1400 students. The funding supports the purchase of new computers, floor hockey equipment, school supplies and each child's own journal together with a program that provides students mentorship opportunities developed and supported by Mark and Lauren.
As a result of Team Giordano’s impact, the Giordano's were named the recipients of the Calgary Board of Education’s Lighthouse Award this past January, presented annually to an organization or program for its contributions to the CBE, its schools and its programs.
Despite its success, Giordano continued to put his name behind other important community causes this year. This past September, Giordano marched alongside Flames President of Hockey Operations and the Parade Grand Marshal Brian Burke in the annual Calgary Pride Parade, along with lending his voice in support of the You Can Play Project, an advocacy program that challenges sports teams to stamp out discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In recognition of his community efforts last season, Giordano was named a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award presented annually to the player “who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
His efforts in the community have also been acknowledged on numerous occasions by the Calgary Flames organization, beginning in March of 2012, when the Flames named Giordano the recipient of the J.R. McCaig Award. The J.R. McCaig Award honours two 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. Giordano continued to be recognized in April of 2015, when he was named the clubs nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player that best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community as voted on by his teammates.
Giordano was never drafted to the Ontario Hockey League or to the NHL. Though he did not have a straightforward path to stardom, his perseverance, determination and leadership never prevented him from reaching his dream of being an NHL player. Through his community efforts, he has clearly shown he is an exemplary role model to our fans and someone who we can all admire for his warm heart.
In February 1985, Ralph Scurfield Sr., co-owner of the 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 Flames established the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to a Flames player.