Craig Conroy


Number: 24
Shoots: Right
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 193
Birth Date: 1971-09-04
Birth Place: Calgary, Alberta


An only child,[1] Conroy was born and raised in Potsdam, New York. He attended high school at Northwood School.[2] His father, Mike, played minor league hockey for the Syracuse Blazers, and at four years old, Conroy served as the team's mascot prior to games.[3]
He followed in the footsteps of his father and two uncles in playing hockey at Clarkson University for the Golden Knights.[4] He enrolled at Clarkson in 1990 and played four seasons for the school. During his junior season of 1992–93, Conroy scored two goals in a 5–3 victory over RPI in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) semi-final to help lead his team to the conference championship game.[5] With the goals, Conroy reached 100 career points, making he and Mike the only father-son pair in Clarkson's history to both reach that milestone.[6] Conroy and the Golden Knights then won the ECAC title with a 3–1 victory over Brown University.[7]
The Golden Knights made Conroy a co-captain in his senior year of 1993–94.[8] He led the ECAC in scoring with 66 points and was named to the conference's First All-Star Team, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) First All-Star Team and the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.[9] He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as top player in the NCAA, finishing second to Chris MarinucciConroy has a wife, Jessie, and three daughters, Taylor, Sophia and Sydney.[1] Conroy and his family chose to remain in Calgary following his retirement as a player, though they had considered other options including returning to his home town of Potsdam.[34]
He is known for his outgoing and talkative nature,[24] traits that have made him a popular figure with the fans.[35] The Flames honored Conroy with the J. R. "Bud" McCaig Award, given by the organization to individuals that show respect, courtesy and compassion, in 2008–09.[36] He was also named him the winner of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award in 2010 in recognition of his charitable efforts.[37] Additionally, his teammates voted him the organization's nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership and humanitarian contributions to their community.[38] Conroy is the spokesman for the team's charitable organization, the Flames Foundation for Life and routinely participates in team events