Clare Drake celebration of life to be webcast on Canada West TV

Clare Drake celebration of life to be webcast on Canada West TV

EDMONTON – When Clare Drake’s remarkable life is celebrated Thursday, June 14 at the Universiade Pavillion in Edmonton, everyone who was impacted by the legendary university men’s hockey coach will be able to experience the event.

The University of Alberta, where Drake spent 28 seasons coaching the Golden Bears, is set to webcast the event live on Canada West TV (free to view). The event, which will celebrate Drake’s life after his passing last month, is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. MT.


  • The celebration of life for legendary University of Alberta coach Clare Drake will be webcast live on Canada West TV (free to view)
  • The event is slated for Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. MT

Over the course of his storied career at Alberta, Drake led the Bears to six national championships and 17 conference titles, retiring in 1989 as the winningest hockey coach in Canadian university history.

A member of the Order of Canada, an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a mentor to many NHL coaches and players, Drake started his Canada West career at the University of British Columbia in 1947. The Yorkton, Sask. native spent four years on the Thunderbirds hockey team between, while earning a kinesiology degree.

A legend in the hockey world, Drake impacted countless student-athletes, who have gone on to become leaders both in sport and their communities.

For those looking to honour Drake in memoriam, donations may be made by clicking here, or to a charity of your choice. To learn more about Drake and his coaching legacy, click here.

NOTE: Any media looking for footage, or more information about attending the event, please contact Connor Hood with Bears and Pandas Athletics (

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