CALGARY, Alberta -- Daryl K. "Doc" Seaman, the co-owner of the Calgary Flames and part of the original group that brought the team from Atlanta, died Sunday. He was 86.
The Flames confirmed Seaman's death, but didn't give the cause of death.
"I've lost a dear friend of 55 years and I have lost the best partner a man could have," Flames co-owner Harley Hotchkiss said. "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."
Seaman was one of six businessmen who helped bring the Flames to Calgary in 1980.
Born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, but a resident of Calgary, Seaman also was a prominent figure in Canada's oil and gas industry. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.
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Originally Posted by Hemi-Cuda
the man was more than an icon in the NHL, he was a bonafide war hero
Although Doc was inclined to follow his friends into the South Saskatchewan Regiment, a recruiter steered him toward the Royal Canadian Air Force. Officer Seaman proved to be a natural pilot and leader who often commanded men many years his senior.
Doc's crew flew increasingly dangerous missions over North Africa, Sicily and Italy. In 1943, their plane was hit by a German fighter, killing a crew member and badly injuring Doc's leg. As the only pilot on board he had no choice but to fly the damaged craft to safety so the crew tied Doc's shattered leg to the rudder and he guided them back to base. The mission earned the crew a Government of France Citation. After a period of recovery, Doc returned to active service on his 21st birthday.
I'm honoured to say that I had a chance to meet Doc on a couple of occaisions. He was a friend of my mothers and truly a great Canadian. Doc was one of the nicest people you would ever meet and he would go out of his way to lend a helping hand. It was because of Doc that I had a chance to meet with the Calgary Flames brass back in the summer about a potential position within the Flames organization. Even though at that point he didn't know me too well other than my passion for the game and my dream to one day work in hockey, he was still willing to lend a helping hand to me.
My mother knew Doc well. Even at his age he was still strong, still going out and doing the things he enjoyed. He may have been 86 but he lived like he was 26. The world is a better place because of him.