Society & Culture
Legendary coaches’ coach had impact that changed hockey and lives for the better.
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.’”RELATED: Coaches' coach to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame RELATED: Clare Drake named to Order of Hockey in Canada ... Read more from this release