I am sure everyone can imagine how delighted I was when I was asked if I wanted to touch on the importance of recent coverage of the UOIT Ridgebacks hockey team. Harrison Ruess, reporter with the Sun News Network and UOIT graduate, recently visited our very own Campus Ice Centre to check out a men’s Ridgebacks hockey game against the Nipissing Lakers.
As a former hockey player in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), I have to say it feels good to have some light shed on the talent and heart athletes have right here at home. To think of the impact hockey had on my overall educational experience at UOIT, I cannot help but feel anything but blessed. I joined the team in its third official year of CIS play and we grew from a last place team to losing out in double overtime playoffs to the nationally-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks. Needless to say, we were given the facilities and the support to help us grow into a healthy competing team.
Scott Barker is our Manager of Intercollegiate Sports here at UOIT. He says, “We provide a great service for student athletes and students on campus to prove and experience that when someone goes to university, it is something more than academics. It is an opportunity for people to get together in a social environment to enjoy sport.” Not only do we have family and students coming out to enjoy games, we have members of the Oshawa community rallying to support our athletes as well. It is rare you will come to a game and not see a generous crowd at the Campus Ice Centre. As a former student athlete, hockey was my outlet every day. It pushed me to be better in the classroom as well as on the ice. If you do not do well in the classroom you do not play, and I knew that I always wanted to play.