The award is presented annually by the NHL to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution to his community. Since the awards inception in 1988, three members of the Calgary Flames have received the award: (Lanny McDonald – 1988, Joe Nieuwendyk – 1995 and Jarome Iginla
A veteran defenseman and assistant captain, Rhett Warrener is a tremendous leader in the locker room with regard to both on and off ice team work. He is a positive example for his teammates through his willingness to donate his time to community relations programs created by the organization while also setting the standard by initiating and executing his own charitable events in association with the Flames Foundation for Life.
During the 2007-2008 NHL campaign, Rhett successfully hosted his fourth annual Warrener and Friend’s Celebrity Bowling Tournament in support of Ronald McDonald House - Southern Alberta. Rhett launched this fun filled event during the NHL Lockout in order to assist charities that were the hardest hit by the absence of the NHL. With full participation from his teammates, this season’s event raised over $40,000.
Rhett has become a community crusader for the Calgary Flames. He is humbled to be a member of an organization that is capable of contributing to the improved well-being of the city and province.
Other team organized community based programs that Rhett participated in this past season included a wheelchair floor hockey game at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the annual Christmas visit by the Flames to the children’s hospital, the skills competition, the Flames annual charity poker tournament, the Flames charity golf tournament, the Molson Cup Luncheon and several visits with special needs children both in the community and at the Saddledome.
The native of Shaunavon, SK, has been recognized twice by the Flames organization with the team’s very own version of the King Clancy Trophy. For two consecutive seasons, he was presented the Ralph T. Scurfield Award, presented to the Flames’ player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice combined with dedication to community service.