CALGARY, Alberta – Byron “BJ” Seaman, a founding owner of the Calgary Flames, has died. He was 97 years old.
He died in Calgary on Saturday, according to McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home.
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 that the team “is forever grateful for the outstanding role BJ and his brother Doc have played in bringing the NHL to Calgary. He dedicated himself.” his family and lived a life of devotion to 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. He, Daryl, and another founding member of Flames, Harley Hotchkiss, started a hockey project funding program.
The Seaman brothers helped fund the International Hockey Center for Excellence in Calgary. They also helped set up a magnetic resonance research center at the University of Calgary.
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.