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Flames mourn loss of original team owner

Daryl (Doc) Seaman passes

Sunday, 11.01.2009 / 10:06 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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Flames mourn loss of original team owner
Daryl K. Doc Seaman
The Calgary Flames are mourning the loss of one of the hockey club's original owners. Daryl K. Doc Seaman, passed away on Sunday. He was 86.

Mr. Seaman was one of the original six owners and was instrumental in purchasing and bringing the Atlanta Flames and the National Hockey League to Calgary in 1980.

His brother, Byron, Ralph T. Scurfield, Norm Green, Normie Kwong and Harley Hotchkiss were also among the first owners.

The Calgary Flames express condolences to the family and friends of the Flames co-owner.

“I’ve lost a dear friend of 55 years and I have lost the best partner a man could have," said fellow Flames owner, lifetime friend and business associate Hotchkiss

"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.”

“If anyone is looking for inspiration or a hero; they can stop looking, Doc Seaman should be the choice," said Ken King, President & CEO of the Flames.

“Doc was a great visionary about the game and everything that applies to sport and life. He knew and appreciated the Canadian value of hockey, the tradition of the game and what’s important. He was always our rock," noted Calgary Flames general manager Darryl  Sutter.

"Doc Seaman lived a life of devotion to his family, to his community and to hockey -- not only through the initiative that brought the Flames to Calgary but also through his commitment to youth hockey," said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "The National Hockey League will dearly miss his friendship, his wisdom and his support.  We send heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and his friends." 

Mr. Seaman was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. At the time of his passing he was Chairman and President of Dox Investments Inc; a director of a number of public companies and an active supporter of several local charities and community projects.

He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He received two honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from U of S and University of Calgary. He also received the Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship Award, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Seaman served as a RCAF World War II pilot for five years with extensive tours in England, North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

Some of his other achievements include a Governor General's appointment to the Royal Commission on Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada, 1982-1985. He was awarded the Assocation of Professional Engineers Frank Spragins Award and the McGill University Management Achievement Award. In 1987, he was made a life member of the Associaton of Professional Engineers of Alberta. He was also inducted into the Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Industry Hall of Fame in 1989.

In 1994, he sponsored the D.K. Seaman Chair in Technical and Professional Communication at U of S. In 1997, he was inducted into the Canadian Oilmen's Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was made an honorary regent of the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame and received the Humanitarian Award. In 2004, he was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame.

Besides the Flames, Mr. Seaman's hockey experience includes; Notre Dame Hounds, Wilcox, Moose Jaw Canucks, and he was an original Governor of the Hockey Canada Foundation.

On June 1, 2007, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame together with his brother Byron and Harley Hotchkiss, as builders who brought the Flames from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980.