Sonia Scurfield

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Sonia Scurfield
Born (1928-09-19) September 19, 1928 (age 88)
Hafford, Saskatchewan
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan
University of Manitoba
Known for former co-owner of the Calgary Flames (1985–1994)
Spouse(s) Ralph Thomas Scurfield

Sonia Scurfield, B.A (née Onishenko; September 19, 1928) was a co-owner of the Calgary Flames hockey team from 1985 to 1994.[1] She became only the second woman,[2] and the only Canadian woman, to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup when the Calgary Flames won the National Hockey League championship in 1989.


Sonia Scurfield was the youngest of four children to her Ukrainian/Russian immigrant parents, John Onishenko and Motia (Stupka) Onishenko. Sonia was educated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and then attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts as a lab technician. Afterwards she completed one year at the University of Manitoba where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work. She worked in the Department of Social Welfare in Regina from 1949–51, and for Edmonton City Welfare Department from 1952-55. She married Ralph T. Scurfield, on July 24, 1954, in Edmonton, Alberta. Together they raised seven children in Calgary, Alberta. Ralph Scurfield was part of the original consortium that bought the Atlanta Flames in 1980 and moved them to Calgary, and Sonia inherited his interest upon his death.

This photo, shown on the Legends of Hockey: Harley Hotchkiss web page, is a photograph taken on the night of the Stanley Cup win against the Montreal Canadiens on May 25, 1989. This photograph shows the six original owners of the Calgary Flames posing with the Stanley Cup while on the team flight home from Montreal to Calgary.


  1. ^ Calgary Flames - Team - Calgary Flames History
  2. ^ "Engraving Facts, Firsts & Faux Pas". Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 7 November 2014.