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Clare Drake

Hockey Builder - Inducted 1980

Clare Drake coached the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey and football teams to an enviable record of 13 conference titles, four Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union Hockey Championships, and one Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union Football Championship. In 1972, he coached the Canadian Student National Team to a silver medal at the World Student Games. Clare Drake coached the Canadian National Hockey Team in the 1980 Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid, New York.

After Induction

Since induction and career highlights:

1980 - Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

1983 – First CIAU coach to win 500 games

1984 – Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame

1985 – October 8 - Most wins by a coach in intercollegiate hockey history with 556 wins

1989 – Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

1989 – Assistant coach Winnipeg Jets

1991 – Hockey Canada – Gordon Juckes Award

1999 – U of A Alumni Wall of Recognition, 1999

1995 – Mentor for the Canadian Women’s National Hockey team

2005 – Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Medal

2006 – Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

2006 – Canadian Coaching Association – Geoff Gowan Award

2008 – The Alberta Order of Excellence

2013 – Order of Canada

2014 – Order of Hockey in Canada

2014 – CIS Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award

2017 – Hockey Hall of Fame - Inducted in the Builders Category - November 13


- Twice named National CIAU Coach of the Year

- Three-time Canada West Coach of the Year,

- National championships for hockey and football between 1962 and 1998.

- The only coach to win intercollegiate hockey and football championships in the same year.

- Coached national student teams to bronze, silver and gold medals during his 40-year career including minor amateur hockey teams and European & American professional teams.

- Clare retired from the U of A in 1989.  Since that time, he has become a Professor Emeritus--Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Alberta.


Clare was born October 9, 1928 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Clare passed away in his sleep May 13, 2018, in Edmonton.