CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman, the co-owner of the Calgary Flames and part of the original group that brought the team from Atlanta, died Sunday. He was 86.
The Flames confirmed Seaman's death, but didn't give the cause of death.
"I've lost a dear friend of 55 years and I have lost the best partner a man could have," Flames co-owner Harley Hotchkiss said. "People should know that the Flames were Doc's initiative and Doc's idea. There would have been no Flames in Calgary were it not for Doc. Those who care about our team and the game owe him a debt of gratitude."
Seaman was one of six businessmen who helped bring the Flames to Calgary in 1980.
Born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, but a resident of Calgary, Seaman also was a prominent figure in Canada's oil and gas industry. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.