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