CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Hockey Club is proud to announce that Kris Russell and Lori Warner are this year’s recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award. Kris and Lori will be presented their awards in a pre-game ceremony this evening by Jeff McCaig, the son, and Robb McCaig, the grandson, of the late J.R. McCaig.
The Flames lost owner J.R. “Bud” McCaig 10 years ago following a lengthy battle with cancer. Mr. McCaig was a long-time member of the Flames family and a great contributor to the Calgary community. The J.R. McCaig Award honours two Calgary Flames personnel, a player and a 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.
Lori Warner has been with the Calgary Flames since 1988 and celebrated her 25th anniversary with the club last season. Lori serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and in that role she keeps the condition of the Scotiabank Saddledome and the best interests of its staff and patrons at the top of her agenda. She also shows a willingness to take on any job, with enthusiasm and without complaint. Lori’s name is synonymous with results and she takes initiative in ensuring all of the buildings events are executed as well as possible. In the workplace, Lori is a great example to her peers, both through her tremendous work ethic and because any interaction with her is always accompanied by her ready smile. This year, Lori assumed leadership for a new work order system and she was critical in its implementation. Outside of the Dome, Lori likes to spend time with her family, enjoys camping and rocking out to AC/DC.
Kris Russell came to the Flames organization in a trade on July 5, 2013 and is in his second season playing defence with the team. Following his arrival in Calgary, Kris has proven himself as a respected leader among his teammates, a considerate and caring man in his community work, and a polite and patient subject in his dealings with the media. At the beginning of this season, Russell was chosen to serve as an assistant captain for the Flames, a testament to the respect shown for him by his teammates and the coaching staff. Even with the increased responsibility in the dressing room, the 27-year-old has put together a career season in points (30) and assists (27) with nine games remaining. Outside of hockey, Kris has been the chair of the Young Guns Charity Golf Tournament in Red Deer for the last three years. The event raises funds for local charities in Red Deer including the Red Deer Ronald McDonald House. Russell has also become a spokesman for the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. The centre leads the way to offer hope, help and healing to children, youth and families impacted by abuse. Russell makes regular visits and is involved with their youth programming efforts. Kris also acts as an ambassador to a variety of charitable and minor hockey fundraisers in the Red Deer and Calgary-area through appearances and regular donations.
The recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award receive a limited-edition bronze sculpture entitled RESPECT that depicts a cowboy showing his appreciation and respect to his horse by loosening the cinch, removing the bridle and allowing the horse to drink from his hat. The pieces were sculpted by Cochrane, AB artist Diane Anderson.