Conroy to celebrate 1,000 games
“What makes this achievement so special to me and my family is that I’m able to do it in front of all the fans in Calgary,” said Conroy. “That really means everything to me. I’d like to thank the Flames ownership group, my teammates, coaches and staff and especially the fans for their support in helping me reach the 1000 games plateau.”
Of Conroy’s 1000 games, 498 will have been played in a Flames uniform. The Potsdam, NY native also played with Montreal, St. Louis and Los Angeles. In March 2001 he was acquired by Calgary from St. Louis and quickly became the elite two-way centreman the Flames coveted. During the 2001-02 season, he scored a career high 75 points, helping Jarome Iginla reach the 50 goal plateau for the first time in his career. Conroy continued to produce offensively and was a major contributor in the teams’ 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs run.
Conroy also very rapidly became not only a fan favourite, but also a vital part of the Calgary community. Frequently labeled as “the nicest guy in hockey”, Craig has been an integral part of the Flames charitable arm; The Flames Foundation for Life and an ambassador for Flames events and community endeavors. After signing with Los Angeles during the summer of 2004, Craig triumphantly returned to the Flames on January 30, 2007 and quickly restored into the hearts of Calgary Flames fans.
Craig Conroy has been a pivotal member of the Calgary Flames franchise for nearly a decade, serving as both a captain and assistant captain for the team. His ongoing presence in the community led to his nominations for both the Bill Masterton and King Clancy NHL awards. As well, Craig was awarded the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award last season and the J.R. McCaig Award for the 2008-09 campaign. Craig has also been a finalist twice for the NHL Selke Trophy, in 1998 while with St. Louis, and again in 2002 as a member of the Flames.