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Sheridans Proud Hockey History Lives On

October 27, 2010

Sheridan's Proud Hockey History Lives OnStanding far left: Brent te Boekhorst; standing far right: Andrew Stirk 

Under the coaching guidance of business alumni Brent te Boekhorst and Andrew Stirk, Sheridan’s extramural hockey team is working hard to ensure another championship season. Aptly named the Bruins, the team clinched the Ontario 2010 Challenge Cup title with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Seneca College last March. The win was particularly sweet as Sheridan entered the tournament seeded 9th out of 16 teams. 

Sheridan has such a great hockey history; it’s gratifying to continue such a winning tradition, says Brent (Marketing ’04). “I was fortunate enough to work with Tom Hipsz, Andrew Stirk (Marketing ’09) and a great group of students,” says Brent, who operates WonIdea, a marketing and sales strategies company. Both he and Andrew played hockey while at Sheridan. Read Brent’s story here. 

Tom Hipsz, Trafalgar Campus Recreation and Fitness Coordinator, looks after all the behind the scenes legwork of recruiting the players, managing the team and chasing down outside funding. Tom spent six seasons in the CFL until his retirement in 2002. He is also is a member of the Esteem Team, a group that connects athletes to students across Canada for motivational purposes. 

Helping develop the hockey team has been a highlight of his three years at Sheridan. “Winning the Challenge Cup was as amazing a moment for me as any I’ve had playing professionally,” he says. 

Inspired by the commitment of the student players, Tom, Brent and Andrew look forward to continue building the team. According to the Ontario College Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCA), the level of play and interest in extramural hockey has never been higher, with 35 teams taking part in tournaments in 2010-2011. 

The Bruins first tournament of the season takes place on November 11 at Canlan Ice Sports in Oakville. In honour of Sheridan’s past hockey dominance, the tournament is named for Steve Blundy, legendary varsity hockey coach from 1980 to 1992. Go Bruins!