Society & Culture

Legendary coaches’ coach had impact that changed hockey and lives for the better.

08
November
2017

It was 30 years ago that Howie Draper first took the ice with Clare Drake’s famed University of Alberta Golden Bears, but he remembers it like it was yesterday.

“That first moment I stepped on the ice with the Golden Bears, you could see that it was a completely different level of intensity,” said Draper, who came to camp in 1985 after a junior campaign with the St. Albert Crusaders where he was named rookie of the year.

“I was a kid; going in I didn’t know what culture was, but in that moment I did—it was tangible. You knew you were entering an arena with people who were special, people who had been taught how to be on and off the ice.

“In that moment I said to myself, ‘I want to be a part of this.’”

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November
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23
November
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22
November
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22
November
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Watch the ceremony (Honorary degree conferral begins at 29 min. mark)
22
November
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22
November
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22
November
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'Say yes, ask for help, finish what you start'

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21
November
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21
November
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18
November
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17
November
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Mountain pine beetles threatening national parks

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