CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames are proud to announce captain Mark Giordano as the club’s nominee for the 2014-15 NHL Foundation Player Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
The NHL Foundation Player Award is designed to promote the charitable efforts of current NHL players and to reward the player that best exemplifies a commitment to the community in which he lives. Giordano is also nominated for the 2014-2015 King Clancy Memorial Trophy that is 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.
During his nine seasons with the Calgary Flames, Mark Giordano has been as committed off the ice as he has on.
In 2011, Giordano, alongside his wife Lauren, launched a unique community program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity called 5-for-5 in helping to provide funding to build five homes. Of these homes, four were built in developing countries while the fifth home was built in the Calgary area. The international projects involved with the 5-for-5 program were located in Kenya, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines.
During his three seasons in supporting this initiative, Giordano donated $25,000 per season with the Flames Foundation for Life matching his contributions equaling a $150,000 donation to the cause.
With his star rising both in the City of Calgary and the NHL, Giordano continued to commit himself to the Calgary community through the launch of Team Giordano in the fall of 2014.
In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, Team Giordano provides resources to the three schools to assist in meeting student needs and support personal student development.
Funded by the Giordano’s, the Flames Foundation for Life and the Italian Open Charity Golf Tournament that Giordano chairs every summer, Team Giordano donated $100,000 to three Calgary schools. 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.
This past October, over 1,200 students from the three schools were invited by the Giordano’s to attend a Flames practice and meet Mark for a question and answer session. The Giordano’s also donated over 200 tickets per school for students and their families to attend a Calgary Flames game.
As a way to help students create and achieve their own goals, every student in each Team Giordano school was encouraged and provided support to complete the “Gio Journal” describing the 5 G’s Mark believes are the keys to success in all walks of life.
The Team Giordano program aims to encourage and promote improved physical fitness and academics, healthy lifestyles, leadership development, community involvement and the positive behaviour that leads to academic achievement and success in life.
Giordano also makes numerous community appearances every season alongside Hockey Alberta while also assisting with various community events for the hockey club and the Flames Foundation for Life. Lauren Giordano also demonstrates a level of dedication to the community that parallels her husband’s by being active in all of the Flames Better Halves initiatives and events while also managing the day-to-day operations of the Team Giordano program.
Giordano continues to mentor and push his teammates while also offering support and guidance. He is humble, level headed and reliable. A caring heart and a welcoming personality, Giordano is approachable to fans of all ages and has demonstrated a long history of community service to the City of Calgary and the Flames organization.
Prior to the injury that resulted in his absence from the ice since late February, Giordano’s level of play was second to none amongst NHL defenceman. The Flames rearguard led the team in average ice-time (25:10) while also leading NHL defenceman in numerous offensive categories including points, even-strength points and most road points. Giordano’s performance did not go unnoticed as he received first star honours for his play during the month of November as part of the NHL’s “Three Stars” initiative. During that time period, he became the fastest Flames defenceman to record 20 points to start the season since NHL Hall of Famer Al MacInnis accomplished the feat in 1993-94. This accomplishment, along with many others, helped earn the Toronto native his first All-Star appearance at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.
Although he did not have a straightforward path to stardom, Mark Giordano’s commitment, perseverance and teamwork never prevented him from reaching his dream of becoming an NHL player. Now at the forefront of the Calgary Flames, his fearless play on the ice and his outstanding community service has made Giordano a tremendous community ambassador. He is a storybook person; a player who practices what he preaches and a person who embodies the qualities that the Calgary Flames are proud to nominate for these prestigious league awards.