CW Hall of Fame latest honour for hockey legend Drake

CW Hall of Fame latest honour for hockey legend Drake

Former Alberta coach named first men's hockey inductee

EDMONTON – Add Canada West Hall of Famer to legendary coach Clare Drake's list of honours.

Drake was added to the conference Hall of Fame on Monday, as the  longtime coach of the Alberta Golden Bears became the first men's hockey inductee.

The coaching icon spent 28 years leading the Golden Bears between 1958 and 1989, winning six national titles, and 17 conference banners, while amassing 697 career victories.

Drake was an innovative tactician, employing techniques that have formed the foundation for the modern game. He helped develop countless coaches over the years, providing his expertise to all who wanted it.

Along with coaching at Alberta, Drake had extensive experience in international hockey, including as co-coach of the 1980 Canadian Olympic hockey team, and head coach of Canada at the 1984 Spengler Cup.

He was fittingly inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

To read more about Drake's remarkable career, click here.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.