FIeld Hockey, Hockey Athlete - Inducted 2008
Ken Goodwin was born in Provost, Alberta. He started his sporting career on the ice and developed into an athlete who competed at elite levels in two different sports, ice hockey and field hockey.
Ken played hockey from 1978 to 1987, as a defenseman. He played 237 games in the Western Hockey League from 1978 to 1981 with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Great Falls Americans, Kamloops Junior Oilers, and the Spokane Flyers. Ken was chosen as the best defenseman on the Kamloops Junior Oilers in 1981 and scored 116 points while playing in the Western Hockey League. He then played in the IHL from 1982-1983, the Fort Wayne Komets. Ken returned to Alberta and played with the NAIT Ooks from 1984 to 1988. They won National Championships in 1985 and 1986 and finished third in 1987. Ken was voted to the ACAC All-conference team in 1984-85. He had a +99 plus/minus record in 89 games and a total of 64 points while with NAIT.
While playing ice hockey, Ken decided to try field hockey when he was 14 years old. He made team Alberta in 1982 and was with them until 1989. He was selected to play for Team Canada as well in 1982 and was their starting goalkeeper. In 1991 he was named acting captain. Ken played in 115 international caps (games) and participated at the Summer Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul. He competed at two Pan American Games. The field hockey team won gold in 1987 at Indianapolis, USA, and silver in 1991 at Havana, Cuba. The team placed in the top ten at World Cups in London in 1986 and Pakistan in 1990. Ken was selected to the 1990 Worlds All-Star Tournament representing the Americas, in Malaysia.
Ken Goodwin played field hockey internationally for close to 10 years. During that time, he helped mentor many young players and helped with numerous training camps. As an ice hockey player, he conducted himself with professionalism and class and was a key member of one of the most dominating teams in college hockey. Ken retired from national and international competitions in 1992.
2017 - Ken was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for the second time as a player with the NAIT Ooks 1984/85 team.