Men’s hockey team to be inducted into Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame
The 1984-85 Ooks men’s hockey team will be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, 27 years after completing a perfect season and re-writing the record books.
The powerhouse team didn’t lose a single game in the regular and post-seasons – a first for an Alberta team - becoming the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) champions. The two losses that season, to the University of Alberta Golden Bears, came in exhibition play.
The 1984-85 Ooks set several ACAC records that still stand today, including most goals (222), most assists (343), most points (565), most wins (25) and fewest losses (0).
“It’s a huge honour for the team to be recognized,” said NAIT athletics manager Gregg Meropoulis, who still fondly recalls the excitement of the 1984-85 hockey season. “It’s important to celebrate the successes we had and strive to live up to those traditions of excellence.”
The 2012 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced by Hockey Alberta and the Hockey Alberta Foundation. The inductees, which also include the 1994 University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s hockey team, Allan Ferchuk (former coach of the Red Deer College Kings), Wally Popik (past Alberta Hockey referee-in-chief), Ross Perkins (former Edmonton Oiler and father of former NAIT Ook hockey player Darren Perkins) and George Harvie (former president of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association), were chosen from nominations based on select criteria.
“We look forward each year to recognizing those who have made significant contributions to hockey in Alberta, Canada and around the world,” said Scott Robinson, executive director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. “The Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame is an important showcase of our game’s history in Alberta and all of these inductees are well-deserving of this honour.”
In a nomination letter, Mike Johnston, who saw the ’84-’85 Ooks in action first-hand as coach of the Camrose Lutheran College Vikings, described the NAIT team as always being composed and confident. Johnston would go on to become an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, and is currently general manager and coach of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
“In my 25 years of coaching experience the 1984-85 NAIT Ooks were definitely one of the most dominating teams I have witnessed at any level,” Johnston said.
The inductees will be recognized at the Hockey Alberta Awards Gala, Saturday, June 9, in Red Deer, where the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame gallery is located.
The team was inducted into the NAIT Athletics Wall of Fame in 2007.
Click here to watch an interview with Perry Pearn, who coached the 1984-85 Ooks men’s hockey team. He went on to be an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets.
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