EDMONTON – For more than half a century Bob Hindmarch embodied what it meant to be a UBC Thunderbird.
The UBC legend was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame Monday, as one of the giant's in Canadian university sport was honoured as part of the conference's ongoing celebration of 100 years of university sport in Western Canada.
While he could've been inducted in any number of categories, Hindmarch enters the Hall in men's hockey thanks to his UBC record 214 career victories, which included leading the Thunderbirds to the 1971 Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship.
Hindmarch coached the T-Birds men's hockey squad for a dozen years, beginning in 1964-65. He would go on to become Director of UBC Athletics in 1980 – a position he would hold for 12 years.
Internationally, Hindmarch worked as general manager and assistant coach of the 1964 Canadian Olympic hockey team, which was based out of UBC. He served 16 years as vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Association and was Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the 1984 Winter Olympics.
He was also a pioneer in sport exchanges with Asian and European countries, including the T-Birds' 1973 trip to China.
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ABOUT THE CANADA WEST HALL OF FAME
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.