EDMONTON – Over his five years as a student-athlete at the University of Alberta, Stacey Wakabayashi dominated Canada West men’s hockey.
Wakabayashi played forward for the Golden Bears from 1984-85 to 1988-89, racking up 107 goals, 143 assists and 250 points to finish his career as the conference’s career leader in all three categories. Three decades later, he is still the top point-getter in Canada West history, and remains first all-time in Golden Bears history in goals and assists.
The 1988-89 CIAU Player of the Year was inducted Friday into the Canada West Hall of Fame.
Wakabayashi was part of two Canada West championship-winning teams in 1985 and 1989, and won the 1986 University Cup.
In his final season, 1988-89, Wakabayashi was the top scorer in Canadian university hockey, and was named the CIAU’s top player along with Alberta’s Top Male Athlete.
Internationally Wakabayashi helped Team Canada win the Spengler Cup and capture bronze at Winter Universiade in 1987.
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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.