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GIORDANO RECOGNIZED FOR ON & OFF ICE WORK

The Flames captain has been named the team's King Clancy Memorial Trophy nominee

by AARON VICKERS @AAVickers / CalgaryFlames.com

It doesn't take a glimpse inside the Calgary Flames locker room to know how respected Mark Giordano is amongst his peers.

The group's vote for nominee for the 2016-17 King Clancy Memorial Trophy should suffice.

No surprise it's the captain. 

"Anytime it's cool," started Giordano on the nod. "Voted by your teammates … that makes it pretty special for me. I'm just trying to set an example and lead by example as captain of the team. I take a lot of pride in doing stuff like that off the ice, too. You don't do it for those reasons, to win awards, but it's nice to get recognition from your teammates."

The King Clancy Memorial Trophy 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.

Fittingly, it's Giordano.

It'd be a struggle for the 33-year-old to give more of himself, on or off the ice. 

"It's almost exhausting what he does," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's a credit to him. He lives his life at a high level on and off the ice.

"It's a great role model for our kids coming forward here to have him.

"He's our engine, there's no question. No question. I can't say enough. He's been a great asset. He's been a great leader. He's a great person in the locker room. I don't know if there's enough you can say about everything he brings. His level never dips because he never dips. He brings his best every day. It shows in all aspects of his life. 

"He's a great leader for this team."

At the rink and away.

On the ice, Giordano serves as the motor.

Off the ice, he serves as the mentor. 

Giordano, named the NHL Foundation Player Award winner last season as the player who applies the values of commitment, perseverance and teamwork to the lives of people in his community, has continued to commit himself to Calgary through the launch of Team Giordano 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 $300,000 to four high-needs Calgary schools, impacting 1,900 students by helping fund 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 Giordano and wife Lauren.

For their efforts, he and Lauren were named the 2016 recipients of the Lighthouse Award, which is presented annually to an organization or program for its contributions to the CBE, its schools and its programs.

"He works hard," said forward Mikael Backlund, this year's Flames nominee for the NHL Foundation Player Award. "He shows a great example every day.

"On the ice, off the ice he works hard. He's just a great guy and a good person. He gets along with everyone and is there for everyone whenever it's needed.

"He's a role model outside of the rink for guys too." 

Giordano's efforts in the community have been recognized numerous times by the Flames.

He was named the recipient of the J.R. McCaig Award in 2012, awarded to the 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 was also presented with the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award in 2016, given annually to the Flames player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice.

Deserving hardware for the captain.

"People make decisions to put you in that role and they expect a lot of out of you on and off the ice," said Giordano, who has also marched in the annual Calgary Pride Parade, lent his voice to public service announcements in support of the You Can Play Project, and the Hockey Talks campaign in support of mental health awareness.

"I try not to change who I am being captain, but I think it's important to get out there in the community and try to lead by example and build relationships with people."

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