Date: April 3, 2007
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames Hockey Club announced today that Rhett Warrener has been named the recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award for the second year in a row. 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.
Warrener understands how important it is to be involved and give back to a community that has embraced both he and his teammates. His strong commitment to his team and his community makes him an excellent choice for his second Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award.
This is the third season that Rhett has committed to purchasing a suite at the Pengrowth Saddledome that he uses to host groups of children for Calgary Flames & Hitmen home games. Participants such as the Alberta Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Calgary YMCA, the Mental Health Association of Alberta, just to name a few, are treated to a wonderful night of hockey and fun...and sometimes they get a special guest appearance by Rhett himself.
Rhett Warrener took on his third annual Retro's Bowlerama in support of KidSport this season. Rhett originally initiated this fun filled event during the NHL Lockout in order to help those organizations that were the hardest hit by the absence of hockey. $13,000 was raised at Retro's Third Annual Bowlerama.
Other community based programs that Rhett participates in are the Townsend Tigers Wheelchair Hockey Game, Annual Children's Hospital Christmas Visit, Danone SuperSkills, and the Ambassadors Charity Poker Night, all in support of the Flames Foundation for Life that recently made a $5 million dollar promise to our community.
Warrener is currently playing in his 11th NHL season, third with the Calgary Flames. In 57 games this year, the 6'1", 208 lbs. defenseman has ten points (4 goals, 6 assists). Warrener was acquired from Buffalo with Steve Reinprecht on July 3, 2003 for Chris Drury and Steve Begin. He recorded his 100th career point this season with a goal on February 2 at Columbus.
Warrener becomes the 16th recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, joining 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 (1994-95), 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.