CALGARY – With 49 points this season – 19 goals and 30 assists – Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau has won the first Daryl ‘Doc’ Seaman Award, the team announced on Monday.
Named for the former Flames owner who was part of the original group that brought the team to Calgary in 1980, the award is presented annually to the player who leads the scoring at the end of the regular season.
Seaman was founding governor of the Hockey Canada Foundation in 1979 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
He passed away in 2009.
“I am proud to be the first player to win this award and ashamed that my name has been associated with Doc Seaman and the Seaman family,” said Gaudreau.
“As players and Calgarians, we are grateful to have community leaders like Mr. Seaman and what they have done to bring the NHL to our city. Thank you for this honor. “
Each Daryl ‘Doc’ Seaman Award winner will receive a limited edition bronze sculpture from Cremona, Alta. Artist Diane Anderson.
The announcement is the first of five awards to be presented this week, and the other four are:
The Ralph & Sonia Scurfield Humanitarian Award is presented to the Flames player who best embodies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with commitment to community service off the ice;
The Clayton H. Riddell Award is given to the Flames defender who demonstrates the greatest all-round ability in this position during the regular season;
The JR “Bud” McCaig Award honors two Flames employees, a player and an employee, who demonstrate Mr. McCaig’s enduring virtues of respect, courtesy, and compassion for all those he has encountered in both his professional and daily life best illustrate;
The Harley N. Hotchkiss Award is given to the player who has been selected as the most valuable player on the team.
The Flames finished this season with a 26-27-3 record and four points from a playoff spot.