NHLer | Leadership Development
Lanny McDonald, best known for his outstanding sixteen year hockey career, is not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a dedicated family man, community leader, philanthropist, and successful businessman.
Lanny is a gifted speaker. He has addressed countless groups, corporations and professional associations on the topic of leadership since his retirement. Every group loves him and he leaves behind an indelible message of hope, goodwill and good cheer.
Drafted fourth overall in 1973, McDonald enjoyed sixteen prolific seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames. McDonald retired as a champion shortly following the Flames’ Stanley Cup victory 1989, but Calgary remains his home today.
McDonald has been recognized as a leader throughout his career. He was honored as a Chief of the Blood Indian Tribe in 1983, was the inaugural recipient of the King Clancy Memorial award in 1988, was honored as the NHL’s Man of the Year in 1989, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2015, McDonald was named as the Chairman of the Board to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
McDonald’s number ‘9’ became the first number to be retired by the Flames organization, in recognition of his contribution and dedication to the game and of hockey, and commitment to his community. He remained with the Flames in a management capacity for several years, and also became involved in Team Canada, and was instrumental in the 2001 World Championship entry and the 2002 gold medal winning Olympic squad.
During and following his hockey career, McDonald was proud of his involvement in many charities. The dearest to his heart was and will always be Special Olympics, of which he has been a part of since 1973.
McDonald now enjoys business outside the game of hockey. Along with his wife Ardell, and their children Andra and her husband Josh, Leah, Barrett, and Graham, they have started a family business in Northwest Montana in which the entire family is involved.
Lanny McDonald has certainly merited the iconic image of leader throughout his career. Having led the Calgary Flames to a Stanley cup win in 1989 is just the beginning. Let Lanny explain to you the responsibilities of being a hockey hero. He has contributed to many charities and non-profits all of his life. He has lessons for us all on how to lead a group to success. Leading by example, character, integrity, hard work, good humour all play an important role in being a leader today.
Bragg Creek, Alberta
This is McDonald's story, his view of the world of hockey. He writes as he plays the game - with refreshing yet hardhitting candor. He won with the Calgary Flames, lost with the Colorado Rockies, and was caught in controversy with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Harold Ballard, King Clancy, Punch Imlach, Don Cherry, Red Kelly, Wayne Gretzky, Tiger Williams, and best friend Darryl Sitler