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Doc quiet behind scenes

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

CALGARY -- It was rare for the players to really get to know Daryl (Doc) Seaman.

The late Flames owner -- one of six original businessmen to come together to bring an NHL team to Calgary -- wasn't the chatty type.

His Hockey Hall of Fame speech would have been brief Monday.

As it was, Seaman was inducted posthumously after losing a battle with prostate cancer last January.

But before that happened, veteran Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr had the luxury of enjoying one of those evenings where Doc didn't have much of a choice but to share some of his many stories of a remarkable life.

"I actually had a really great time one year when we had the owners' Christmas dinner. I was sitting at a table with him and Jim Peplinski got him going," Regehr recalled. "He just kept on asking him questions and prodding him the way that Jim Peplinski is very good at doing."

Regehr heard of the Saskatchewan product's upbringing, and some of his pilot stories from the Second World War.

"Absolutely amazing person, amazing stories, but a guy that would never (volunteer it). It was good having a guy like Jim needling him."

Typically, Seaman was seen as a quiet leader. Brilliant in his vision when it came to keeping hockey a strong part of life in Calgary and across Canada. And improving life for many Calgarians by way of his charitable donations.

Craig Conroy was around long enough to get to know him casually, at golf tournaments and gatherings with the ownership group.

"It was always a pleasure," said Conroy, who like most people in the hockey world didn't find out all the amazing details of Seaman's life until the last couple of years when he was ailing. He died at 86.

"Obviously I wish he could be here to go in the Hall of Fame," Conroy said. "But he was well represented. And he deserves it. It's an honour to have met him."

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Curtis Glencross (lower body) practised with the team Monday and could be available for Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche. "We'll decide tomorrow," head coach Brent Sutter said Monday. "That'll be a game-time decision." ... All the Flames players are participating in a moustache growing competition for the Movember movement in support of prostate cancer. Some, of course, are coming in better than others. "Who do I like the best? Mikael Backlund, maybe," said Robyn Regehr. "That's pretty good for a -- what is he, 21 years old? Looks good on him." On the other side of the spectrum is fellow defender Jay Bouwmeester. "Bouw's is funny because he hardly got anything going."

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