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Sarich honoured

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Hockey Club announced today that Cory Sarich 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.

"I'm very excited to receive the award," Sarich said on Tuesday morning. "It caught me a little by surprise. I wasn't expecting anything like that. It's very nice to be rewarded for the little bit of work I do in the community."

From the day Cory joined the Flames team he immediately engrossed himself in the teams’ charitable and community efforts. Sarich joined the Flames on July 1st 2007 as a free agent and represented the team in the Calgary Stampede Parade on July 6th, 2007. Optimistic, determined and thoughtful, Sarich has continued to be a highlight of activities in and around Calgary for the next four years.

"I just try to give back a little bit and share some of my time. I try to do a lot of it over the summer because I'm the only Flame around here so it works well. This is my home so I'm just trying to be part of the community."

Sarich continues to prove that he is not only a leader in the dressing room and in the community but a veteran leader on the ice. The Saskatchewan native continues to be a hard checking, dependable defensive power recognized around the league for his versatile skill. Sarich has proved this with determination and hard work on the ice; a veteran of over 800 National Hockey Games, a Stanley Cup Champion and a former NHL ironman. Sarich held the coveted NHL ironman title for from December 12, 2007 until March 1, 2008 with 419 consecutive games.

Despite his frequent bone crushing hits featured coast to coast on sports highlights across the country, Sarich continues to reinforce his awareness of the impact he can make in the community as a professional athlete. Most recently this last offseason Sarich only increased his commitment to the community to two different diverse initiatives.

This summer Cory aligned with the Calgary Mavericks Chuckwagon Society as the Honourary Chair of the Country Hills Classic Golf Tournament (formally the Rick Tabaracci Classic) on June 15th, 2010. Proceeds are directed to the Flames charitable arm; the Flames Foundation for Life as well as Children’s Links Society.

Also this season Cory spearheaded a highly visible and publicized Movember campaign which included participation from every Calgary Flames player. Taking a complete leadership role Sarich encouraged every Flames player to participate in the campaign which raises money for Prostate Cancer Canada through donation requests in exchange for growing mustaches during November.

Sarich has chosen to make Calgary his full-time home with his wife Reagan and three children. He is an avid participant in all of the Calgary Flames off-season initiatives including, but not limited to, the McDonald’s McHappy Days, The PlayOn Street Hockey Tournament, Flames Equipment Sales, FanAttic autograph sessions and numerous and many charitable and different golf tournaments as well as visiting the Flames Hockey School each season since his arrival to the team to sign autographs and answer questions for participants.

In 2007, Sarich recruited his teammates’ participation in the United Ways Toys for Tots campaign in which he wrote letters to his teammates to solicit donations in order to purchase toys for underprivileged youth around the holiday season. The following Christmas 2008 Sarich hosted and participated in a workshop with the United Way to build hampers for families during the Holidays.

Sarich becomes the 23rd recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, joining 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. In recognition of those roles, in his memory the co-owners of the Calgary Flames established the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to a Calgary Flames player.

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