Published on February 28, 2017
84-85 men’s hockey team to be inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
The 1984-85 Ooks men’s hockey team will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, more than 3 decades after completing a perfect season, a rarity in any sport.
The announcement was made yesterday, with the induction to take place May 26 in Calgary at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. This adds to accolades that include induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012 and the NAIT Athletics Wall of Fame in 2007.
The powerhouse team didn’t lose a single game in the 1984-85 regular and post-season – a first at the time for an Alberta team – becoming the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) champions. The team won 25 regular season games, 5 playoff games and 3 national championship games, setting several ACAC records.
Incredibly, the Ooks men’s hockey team did it again in 2015-16, completing another perfect season with a 36-0-0 record.
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Cleo Rowein, 1984-85 starting goalie
“Back in the day, when we were playing, we never thought about breaking records. It was just a matter of, ‘We’re going to be as successful as we could be.’ Our goal was to win a national championship.”
Tom Tookey, 1984-85 captain
“[Former head coach] Perry Pearn is a great man, a great friend. He was very tough on us, but he also taught us life skills. In many ways he was instructor – teaching us dressing room 101 – how to function as a team, how to get out there and fight the battles.”
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.