Canada native and former professional hockey player Lanny McDonald spoke at the BASF Canada Knowledge Harvest last week in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada last week. The 62 year old gave a talk to the audience in which he spoke about his youth, growing up on a farm, and told a few stories from his experiences as a NHL player during his 16 year career. During his talk, he conveyed to the attendees about how important communication is when it comes to leadership skills and that working together in any field is what makes a person successful.
The former Right Winger was drafted in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and ended up playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and Calgary Flames during his time in the league. In addition to those franchises, he also played internationally for Team Canada and participated in a couple of events as a player and even more as a manager. McDonald’s number 9 was retired from the flames team in 1990, and he also won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his great sportsmanship and dedication to the sport in 1993.
McDonald was the inaugural winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which he earned for his leadership and participation with the Special Olympics games organization, and has become a true icon for the sport of hockey in Canada. During his keynote speech, he reiterated why it is so important to help others and also gave some tips on sustainable agriculture, which is yet another topic he is extremely knowledgeable in.
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Watch former players Lanny McDonald and Bob Gainey about the history between the Flames and Canadiens: