CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Byron “BJ” Seaman, a founding owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. He was 97 years old.
He died in Calgary on April 24, according to McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home in Calgary.
James and his late brother Daryl “Doc” Seaman co-owned the NHL franchise for 30 years. You were among six men from Calgary, along with Nelson Skalbania, who bought the Atlanta Flames and moved the club to Alberta in 1980.
Current co-owner and chairman of Flames, Murray Edwards, said in a statement Thursday the team was “forever grateful for the outstanding role BJ and his brother Doc played in bringing the NHL to Calgary. He was dedicated to his family and lived a dedicated life for our Calgary community. “
Byron James Seaman was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. Byron, Daryl, and Brother Don arrived in Alberta to spark an oil and gas boom in the 1950s. The siblings founded Seaman Engineering and Drilling, which later became Bow Valley Industries.
Byron was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and received the Governor General’s Medal.
BJ Seaman is survived by brother Don, four children, eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. His wife Evelyn died in 2003. Daryl died in 2009.