The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award is presented annually by the Flames organization to the player who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice.
It is with the above in mind, the Flames are proud to name Travis Hamonic as the 2018 recipient of this prestigious award. Hamonic was presented his award earlier today at the Sportsnet Brightest Star Luncheon by members of the Scurfield family.
Since being acquired by the Flames last June, Hamonic immediately engrossed himself in the teams’ charitable and community efforts, while spearheading two community programs alongside his wife Stephanie.
At the age of 10, Hamonic sadly lost his father Gerald to a heart attack. Upon making the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2010, Hamonic has paid tribute to his Dad through his D-Partner Program, an initiative that offers children who have lost a parent the chance to receive VIP treatment at a Flames game that includes lower bowl tickets, t-shirts, signed sticks and a lengthy post-game visit with the defenceman. Since the program’s inception eight years ago, he has impacted hundreds of families during the most challenging time in their lives.
Last June, the NHL recognized Hamonic’s community efforts by naming him the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award presented annually to the player “who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
Prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, the native of St. Malo, Manitoba expanded his philanthropy by creating The Northern Project, a program that sees Indigenous children from the Canadian territories visit Calgary for a weekend on an all-expenses paid trip courtesy of the Hamonics. Being Métis himself, Travis holds his roots very close to his heart and through this, provides children and their families an opportunity that otherwise may not be able to experience. On three separate occasions this season, the Hamonics hosted a deserving child and their parent, with total expenses equaling $30,000.
Known for his generosity and character, Hamonic also took time away from his busy schedule last summer to work with “Hit The Ice”, a TV show that assists with Canada’s most promising young First Nations hockey prospects as they participated in a two-week NHL-format training camp for a chance to expose themselves to junior hockey scouts.
Despite being new to the city and the organization, it has not prevented Hamonic from being courteous with his time and bringing immense passion to the hockey club, its charitable arm and the community. A lively participant in Calgary Flames community events, including hospital visits, wheelchair hockey, the annual poker tournament, and the Flames Celebrity Charity Golf Classic, Hamonic takes great pride in representing the hockey club wherever an opportunity arises. On the ice, the 27 year old rearguard continues to be a hard checking, dependable defensive power and a top member of the Flames penalty kill.
Without question, Travis has embraced being a role model with great pride and responsibility and through his commitment to the organization and as a community leader, the Calgary Flames are pleased to present the 2018 Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award to Travis Hamonic.
In February 1985, Ralph Scurfield Sr., co-owner of the Calgary Flames, was tragically lost in a heli-skiing accident. He was recognized as a leader in the Calgary business community and a builder of the University of Calgary business programs. Scurfield was a true supporter of all sports, and a believer in community involvement. In recognition of those roles and in his memory the co-owners of the Calgary Flames established the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually to a Calgary Flames player.