Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Hockey Club is proud to announce that Stephane Yelle and Gail Miller are this year’s recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award.
Sadly, the Flames lost owner J.R. Bud McCaig just over two 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 honors two Calgary Flames personnel, a 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.
“Bud was a man of great moral character and principle who shared his kindness, integrity and respect with everyone he encountered,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King. “This award was introduced last year with Robyn Regehr and Mark Stiles having won the inaugural award, and we feel Stephane and Gail share the same qualities that make them ideal recipients this year.”
Gail Miller originally joined the Calgary Flames as a concession worker on January, 1984. Gail has been the Concessions Manager for the past 10 years, and has helped oversee the concessions for close to 15 million visitors. Gail was born in Canmore, AB and has four siblings. She has two sons of her own (Bill and Bryan) and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way. When Gail is not at the Pengrowth Saddledome, she enjoys traveling, singing in a choir, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Forward Stephane Yelle is in his eleventh year in the National Hockey League, and his fourth season with the Calgary Flames. The native of Ottawa, ON, has two Stanley Cups to his credit, winning in 1996 and 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche, and was part of the Flames 2004 team that represented the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals. Stephane has carved out a career as one of the NHL’s top defensive forwards and penalty killers, and currently wears an “A” as the Flames alternate captain. Stephane and his wife Susan had their first child this year when Sienna was born on January 30, 2007.
The recipients of the J.R. McCaig Award receive a limited edition bronze 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 bronze was sculpted by Cochrane, AB native Diane Anderson.