Daryl "Doc" Seaman
"Doc" Seaman was one of Alberta's most successful oilmen and industrialists through his company, Bow Valley Industries, along with many other ventures.
Seaman 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 truly remarkable. Seaman flew 82 successful combat missions out of North Africa as a sub-hunting pilot. For this achievement, he earned a Government of France citation for bravery.
Seaman was an original Calgary Flames owner, and he was a very passionate fan right to the end. He was instrumental in bringing the Flames to Calgary as well 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. Seaman was a strong supporter of Hockey Canada's grassroot development programs as well as the Hockey Hall of Fame's founding principles of "Entertainment, Education and Excellence."
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto has named its archive and resource centre the "D.K. (Doc) Seaman Hockey Resource Centre" in Seaman's honour.
Some of Doc's many honours include:
- 1979 - Founding Governor of Hockey Canada Foundation
- Member - 1980 Calgary Sports Advisory Committee
- Honorary Life Member - The Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicist
- 1989 - Saskatchewan Oil & Gas Industry Hall of Fame
- 1993 - Officer, Order of Canada
- 1997 - Canadian Oilmen's Hall of Fame
- 2001 Honorary Regent, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
- 2007 - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
- 2008 - Alberta Order of Excellence