Best Sports Personality (Hero): Lanny MacDonald
Lanny MacDonald is a household name in Canada, but particularly in Calgary. Born in Hanna, he played professional hockey for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and our personal favorite the Caaaaaaaalgary Flaaaaaaames. Lanny played over 1,000 games of professional hockey and to this day still holds the franchise record for the number of goals scored in a single season. It was 66, in case you’re wondering! He played his final NHL game in the Flames Stanley Cup win in 1989 and the Flames retired his uniform number 9 the very next year.
As if we didn’t make Lanny sound like a big enough deal yet, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Since retiring, Lanny has retained small roles with the Calgary Flames organization, coming and going for certain charities or events. He also penned an autobiography that sold over 10,000 copies in the first few months after being published. It is easy to say that Lanny MacDonald is a sports hero who’s legend will live on for many years - we are so proud that he calls Calgary home.