For over seven years, Mark has been a strong, stable presence on the Calgary Flames blue line. He’s a
leader on the ice—proudly wearing the captain’s “C” since 2013—and a leader off the ice, too,
establishing a charitable initiative called Team Giordano with his wife, Lauren.
Hockey stardom seems to come naturally to Mark, but there was a time when an NHL career seemed
unlikely. In his late teens and early 20’s, Mark was passed over in the NHL Entry Draft, and so he
made plans to attend university. A last-minute invite to the Flames summer camp in 2004 opened the
door to an NHL career and a move from Ontario to Alberta.
Since then, he’s embraced life in Calgary, raising a family and supporting local businesses whenever
he can. In 2012, Mark won the Flames’ J.R. “Bud” McCaig Award for exemplifying the virtues of
respect and compassion in all areas of his life, and in 2015, he played in the NHL All-Star Game.
Easy to like yet tough to play against, Mark is the kind of player all Albertans—and all ATBers—root
for, regardless of their team colours.