Lanny McDonald–best known for his outstanding sixteen year hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames–is not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a community leader, philanthropist, and successful businessman who speaks with passion about the leadership lessons he’s learned both on and off the ice.
McDonald has been recognized as a leader throughout his career. He was honored as a Chief of the Blood Indian Tribe in 1983; was the inaugural recipient of the King Clancy Memorial award in 1988; was honored as the NHL’s Man of the Year in 1989; and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2015, McDonald was named as the Chairman of the Board to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
McDonald’s “number 9” became the first number to be retired by the Flames organization, in recognition of his contribution and dedication to the game and of hockey, and commitment to his community. He remained with the Flames in a management capacity for several years, and also became involved in Team Canada, being instrumental in the 2001 World Championship entry and the 2002 gold medal winning Olympic squad.
During and following his hockey career, McDonald was proud of his involvement in many charities. The dearest to his heart is the Special Olympics, which he has been a part of since 1973.