CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Hockey Club announced today that Curtis Glencross has been named the recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award. The Scurfield Award is presented each year to the Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service. Glencross will receive the award this evening in a ceremony prior to the Flames game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
“I’m very proud to have my name engraved on the Scurfield Award as it represents a major part of what being a professional athlete is all about,” said Glencross. “I’d like to thank my family for their tremendous support and for assisting me in understanding the true meaning of community. I’d also like to thank the Flames organization and specifically our ownership group for putting such a strong emphasis on family and community involvement for our team.”
Arriving in Calgary in 2008, Glencross has assimilated himself in charitable initiatives and aligned himself with organizations that he feels passionately about. This level of dedication to the community is also mirrored on the ice. This season Glencross has already had a career high four point game, seven game career high point streak, and reached the 25 goal mark even after missing 13 games due to an injury.
The 29 year old left winger spends most of his time off the ice with his family in Red Deer where much of his community work stems from. Glencross’s down-to-earth and charming spirit is what makes him a wonderful spokesperson for both Special Olympics and Crime Stoppers Calgary.
As an athlete spokesman for Special Olympics Calgary, Glencross attends practices and games and also donates various items to help raise funds at Special Olympics charitable events. Of equal importance is Curtis’ past participation in Crime Stoppers Calgary. Glencross created the Curtis Glencross Invitational Charity Golf Tournament for which he personally provided planning, co-ordination and publicity, and raised over $200,000 in two years.
Glencross also assists in various other initiatives and community appearances through the Flames Foundation for Life. He is a passionate player on the ice with emotion built into his performance. His off- ice actions mimic the same with his dedication and heart-felt commitment he offers to his charities and the team’s community endeavors making him a deserving recipient for the 2012 Ralph T. Scurfield Award.
Glencross becomes the 24th recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, joining Cory Sarich (2010-11), Craig Conroy (2009-10), David Moss (2008-09), Dion Phaneuf (2007-08), Rhett Warrener (2005-06, 2006-07), Martin Gelinas (2003-04), Denis Gauthier (2002-03), Jarome Iginla (2000-01, 2001-02), Robyn Regehr (1999-00), Ed Ward (1997-98, 1998-99), Mike Sullivan (1996-97), Gary Roberts (1995-96), Al MacInnis (1993-94), Joel Otto (1992-93), Bob Johnson (posthumously, 1991-92), Jamie Macoun (1990-91), Tim Hunter (1989-90), Lanny McDonald (1986-87, 1988-89), and Jim Peplinski (1987-88).
In February 1985, Ralph Scurfield Sr., co-owner of the Calgary 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.