When the Calgary Flames want to honor one of their own for his effort, they do it in a way that also recognizes those who battle flames for a living.
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After the Flames engaged in a team-building exercise with the Calgary Fire Department earlier this season, Chief Bruce Burrell gave them a helmet from the department. The Flames have decorated the helmet, which now bears logos for the CFD and the club. And after a game, the team picks a hardest-working player to wear the helmet.
“We think our values are consistent with their values,” Burrell said. “We’re proud to be able to support them in some small way.”
It’s a mutual admiration society with the team and the firefighters.
“The first connection with ‘Flames’ is fire,” coach Bob Hartley said. “Police, firefighters … to me, they’re the ultimate people. They put their lives on the line every day. They’re teaching us about teamwork and lessons of life.”