The Bald Raven Men’s Hockey Challenge

The rundown

Ten consecutive years in the playoff since their return to the varsity fold has given the program the momentum and maturity needed to take the program to their goal of being a U Sports national contender each and every year. The men’s hockey team has had more than 25 players win OUA All Stars and other major awards such as Brett Welychka being named CIS Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Head Coach Shaun Van Allen and his staff have created a culture of high performance in the program – focusing on commitment, hard work and discipline, which has resulted in the rise of the program to national prominence.

Background

Our hockey alumni, the Bald Ravens, were thrilled to see the return of the program in 2007-08 season. Our Bald Raven hockey alumni chapter has continued to work diligently to take the program to the next level through game activities and fundraising.

Rollout

Last year Bob Fairweather, BA/66, challenged our hockey alumni and supporters to help the team reach the next level by establishing the Bald Raven Challenge, a two-year commitment whereby after donors collectively gave $20,000 to the team, Bob provided $20,000 to match every additional dollar donated. Now in year two, the Bald Raven Challenge’s goal is to raise $60,000 in support for the team.

Impact

Coach Shaun Van Allen and his staff feel the program is going in the right direction and is on the cusp of becoming one of the elite programs in CIS hockey. To get there, Coach Van Allen has identified key funding areas that will allow the program to continue to attract and retain the top players and help each student-athlete reach his potential through a well-resourced, supportive environment. These areas of need include: supporting a full-time assistant coach position, international travel & training camps, per diem top up on road trips and paying for tutors.

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