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Longtime Flames co-owner Byron Seaman passes away

Some sad news in the world of the Calgary Flames came down on Thursday morning. Former club co-owner Byron Seaman has passed away. He was 97.

Originally from Rouleau, Saskatchewan, Seaman moved west and became involved in the oil industry, serving in many prominent roles over a lengthy career.

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He’s arguably best known to folks across Canada as one of the seven businessmen – along with Harley Hotchkiss, Daryl Seaman, Norman Kwong, Ralph Scurfield, Nelson Skalbania and Norm Green – who bought the Atlanta Flames from Tom Cousins and moved them to Calgary in 1980. (Skalbania would sell his share to the six local owners a year later.) Seaman left the Flames ownership group in 2010, just after the death of his brother Daryl.

From the Flames’ statement announcing Mr. Seaman’s passing:

“We remain forever grateful for the prominent role B.J. and his brother Doc (Daryl Seaman) played in bringing the NHL to Calgary,” said Flames Chairman Murray Edwards. “He was devoted to his family and lived a life of dedication to our Calgary community. We will miss B.J.’s friendship and support and send our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and friends.”