Former Cougars hockey player Cliff Hendrickson, 67, recalls an incredible college team that had just as much heart as it does today.

By Sarah Harrower

In the 71-72 season, Hendrickson was the assistant captain and played left wing. On a scholarship and studying business administration, he recalls a smaller team that was part of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He says the team didn’t even make the move to the new campus, and played on a small rink in downtown Calgary.

Although Hendrickson’s playing days are behind him, his life still very much revolves around hockey and his heart still belongs with the Cougar Nation.

“Mount Royal College for me, is probably the two best years of sports in my life,” says Hendrickson, who is now part-owner of Stick Fix Calgary, a company that repairs expensive sports equipment for young athletes.

With photos proudly hung up on the wall, Hendrickson beams with pride and is eager to share his favourite memories, one being the MRC Cougars winning the ACAC Western Canadian Championships in Manitoba.

“We always had a very competitive team at Mount Royal and basically applied the simple philosophy of playing shift by shift in hockey to equal the work strategy of day by day,” says Hendrickson, adding that the team “never” gave up.

Cliff Hendrickson is the owner of StickFix, a growing Calgary business that is committed to keeping carbon fibre sporting goods out of the dump.

By Cassandra Telford

Cliff Hendrickson wants to stick it to expensive hockey gear.

He turned his passion for hockey into a career with StickFix – a company that will not only save athletes money but also keeps non-decomposable carbon fibre materials out of the landfill.

While the city of Calgary is on track to unveil their city-wide Green Cart program later this year, Hendrickson has been doing his part to keep other unnecessary items out of the landfill since 1978.

Hendrickson explains that he doesn’t think carbon fibre breaks down in landfills, he says, “we’re actually looking at ways to recycle carbon fibre, other than the repairs [we do], and we haven’t found one yet.”

There are many costs associated with playing team sports, aside from registration fees, the cost of equipment can quickly put a strain on your wallet. Hendrickson hopes to alleviate some of the financial stress of being a hockey player by fixing broken hockey sticks for a fraction of what is costs to buy a new stick.

Most equipment can be cleaned and donated but hockey sticks are often broken and the most costly to replace, Hendrickson’s method provides an alternative for throwing out those broken items. Aside from hockey sticks, StickFix prides themselves in being able to fix virtually any carbon fibre items from ski poles to windsurfers.

The Calgary Journal talked to Hendrickson to figure out more about his commitment to keeping carbon fibre sporting goods out of the dump.

StickFix from MRU Journalism and Broadcasting on Vimeo.

January 23, 2016

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All the best,

Cliff Hendrickson

 

 

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