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Darryl K. 'Doc" Seaman inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Friday, 19.10.2012 / 6:48 PM / News
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Darryl K. \'Doc\" Seaman inducted into Canada\'s Sports Hall of Fame

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames are proud to announce the induction of Darryl K. “Doc” Seaman into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, October 19th, Seaman entered Canada's Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 57th annual induction class.

Darryl K. 'Doc" Seaman

Doc was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan. He became one of Alberta's most successful oilmen and industrialists through his company, Bow Valley Industries, along with many other ventures. He and his brothers, B.J. and Don Seaman, were among the first wave of adventurous oilmen who pioneered the industry after the Second World War. Doc's war record was itself remarkable; he flew eighty-two successful combat missions out of North Africa as a sub-hunting pilot, earning a Government of France citation for bravery.

An original Calgary Flames owner, Doc followed the team passionately. Besides bringing the Flames to Calgary, he was a key player in building the Saddledome and bringing the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to Calgary.

A true hockey fan, Doc joined a small group of visionaries to save Canadian hockey from mediocrity at a time when the European game was becoming dominant. Canada's five straight junior hockey gold medal wins have their roots in Project 75, now called the Seaman-Hotchkiss Foundation. He was a strong supporter of Hockey Canada's grass root development programs.

Among his numerous awards and achievements, Doc was the Founding Governor of the Hockey Canada Foundation in 1979; named an Officer, Order of Canada in 1993; elected to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007; received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2008; and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is a charitable organization dedicated to recognizing and sharing the stories of Canada’s 520 inducted sport heroes to inspire Canadians to achieve their best in sport and life.

Every year Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame inducts a new class of athletes and builders, recognizing them with Canada’s highest sporting honour for their inspirational stories of sport accomplishment and transformation of Canada’s sporting and cultural landscape.