Clare Drake - 2014 Order of Hockey in Canada Honouree
Attended the University of British Columbia for three years, serving as captain of the Thunderbirds in his final season.
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education from UBC in 1951.
Played one season with the University of Alberta, leading them to the Western Canada championship as co-scoring leader.
Earned a bachelor's degree in education at the U of A, then completed a master's degree in science at the University of Washington and further graduate work at the University of Oregon, before returning to Alberta to follow his calling as a teacher.
Joined the Golden Bears as interim head coach and won his first league championship in 1955, while teaching and coaching several teams at Strathcona Composite High School.
Named full-time head coach of the Golden Bears in 1958.
In 28 seasons behind the Alberta bench, led Alberta to six national championships and 17 Canada West titles.
Became the first coach in CIAU history to win 500 games in 1983.
On October 8, 1985, became the most successful coach in intercollegiate hockey history with his 556th victory.
When he retired after the 1988-89 season, he had amassed 697 wins, 296 losses and 37 ties for a .695 winning percentage.
Co-coach of the 1980 Canadian Olympic hockey team.
Coached the Canadian student national team at the World Student Games in 1972 (silver), 1978 (bronze) and 1981 (gold).
Won the 1984 Spengler Cup with Canada’s National Men’s Team
Took a leave of absence from the U of A in 1975 and 1976 to take the reins as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association.
Named Edmonton Sportsman of the Year in 1975.
Conducted coaching workshops and clinics throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, where he is recognized as one of the foremost Canadian authorities on the game.
Served as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets in 1989-90.
Technical advisor to the University of Alberta women’s hockey team during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, the first two years in program history.
Worked with the Dallas Stars during the 2001 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Mentor coach for Canada’s National Women’s Team leading up to the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
Born January 9, 1928 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Head coach of the Golden Bears football team for three seasons in the 1960s, compiling a record of 23-4.
In 1967-68, he became the only coach in CIAU history to lead both football and hockey teams to a national title.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.
Won the Geoff Gowan Award in 2006, the Coaching Association of Canada’s top honour.
Named to the Order of Excellence by the Province of Alberta in 2008, in recognition of his considerable contribution to “leadership and innovations in coaching and post-secondary sports education, particularly in the game of hockey.”
Named CIAU Coach of the Year twice and Canada West Coach of the Year four times.
Inducted into the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame in 1987.
Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
On June 1, 1990, the U of A dedicated Varsity Arena, the university’s hockey rink, to him and renamed it Clare Drake Arena.
CIS rookie of the year award is called the Clare Drake Award.