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Backlund wins Flames humanitarian award

Mikael Backlund
Mikael Backlund
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According to the Calgary Flames website on Wednesday, Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund won the 2014 Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award presented to the Calgary Flame "who best exemplifies perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service off the ice."

Backlund leads the Flames this season with four shorthanded goals. The native of Vasteras, Sweden has also had a career best season in the National Hockey League. He has posted career highs of 18 goals, 20 assists, 38 points, 11 power play points, three game winning goals and 156 shots on goal, all with ten more games to go on the Flames' schedule.

Off the ice, Backlund has done extensive work with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation in Calgary, the Special Olympics and the Sunshine Foundation. This past summer he also raised $23,000 for cancer research in Sweden by participating in a bike race.

The award is named after a former owner of the Calgary Flames who died in February, 1985.