Season’s Greetings from the Augustana Vikings Hockey Team,
This season celebrates the 40th year of Vikings Hockey in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association! There is evidence of hockey being played at Augustana dating back to 1941, but during our time in the ACAC we have had much to celebrate: 62 All-Conference Athletes, 12 Athlete-of-the-Week winners, four CCAA All-Canadians, two Coach-of-the- Year winners, a National Championship trophy and a Viking Cup Gold! Every one of these achievements can be traced back to the strengths of our individual student-athletes, terrific teams and excellent coaches that have made a great hockey program at Augustana Campus.
We are a group of recent graduates who recognize, as much as things have changed over the last 70 years, the important things remain the same. Our hockey program has a long tradition of graduating well-rounded citizens who have gone on to become successful leaders in their communities. It is important that we ensure the Vikings “advantage” continues.
We each have had the privilege of playing collegiate hockey but this privilege is a very expensive one for current Vikings, who do not have access to significant award and bursary support many other teams enjoy. We’d like to see this change.
Vikings Hockey has continued to be the flagship of the Vikings Athletics Program here at Augustana. Going into this year’s Christmas break, two games past the halfway point of the season, the Vikings are in 2nd place, three points out of first with a record of 12-3-1.
This record is not our only source of pride. Our players, past and present, have a proud tradition of giving back to the community, and because of this starting this season all Camrose Minor Hockey Rep teams have adopted the Vikings name and colors. Quite a legacy!
The sky is the limit for the Vikings Hockey program, and we hope that you will be a part of taking this program to new heights. We are seeking representatives from every era of Vikings Hockey to help guide our “united alumni” initiatives. These Initiatives will reconnect our alumni, introduce our current athletes to athletes of the past and assist us in raising much needed funds for the team.
We have created a website www.augustana.ualberta.ca/athletics/hockey/alumni/ to keep you up-to-date on our alumni initiatives, the first of which will be our Hockey Alumni Weekend on January 27-28, 2012. A schedule is posted online and can also be found in the Winter-Spring edition of the Circle Magazine. The cost is $100 per alumnus and $40 per guest, and $20 for children under 12. Please visit our website for all the details and updates as we roll them out over the next several weeks. We sincerely hope you and your family members will plan to participate!
If you have any questions about the weekend, or would like to help with this vital alumni initiative, please do not hesitate to contact us below.
Thank you for your time, attention and support. We look forward to seeing you in January! Sincerely,
W. Adam Tresoor (’10)
Vikings Hockey Alumnus
Assistant/Video Coach and Community Relations