Athletics

All-Star Alumni

All-star alumni

UCC has helped to develop a number of top-tier athletes who have gone on to achieve great success in their sports.
The list of Old Boys who have gone on to successful careers in their fields is impressively long and constantly growing. There are currently 10,000 Old Boys in 75 countries around the world. Many often reunite with old friends at branch events in Canada and abroad. Others return to UCC for speaking engagements to share their experiences with the next generation. Our alumni ranks boast 10 Olympians and hockey pros including George Mara ’41, captain of the 1948 Olympic gold medal-winning Canadian hockey team and director of Maple Leaf Gardens. It’s for him that our Mara Rink in the William Wilder ’41 Arena & Sports Complex is named. Here are just some of our alumni who've excelled in athletics. 

Find out more about our alumni who've excelled in athletics and beyond by looking at our alumni magazine, Old Times, or our Old Boy website:

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  • Colin Greening ’05

    Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum, who donated $1 million to UCC's character program and is the father of UCC governor Ken Tanenbaum and grandfather of three UCC students, stands with Colin Greening '05 and the Calder Cup, which they won for capturing the American Hockey League championship in June 2018.  

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  • Marc-Andre Alexander ’13

    Sport: Track, sprinter (400 metres)
    A multisport athlete, chosen UCC’s athlete of the year at the junior and senior levels; played football at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, at quarterback as a freshman before a shoulder injury forced a move to wide receiver; invited to participate in the 2016 Canadian Football League combine; pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.
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  • Allen Champagne ’11

    Sport: Football, lineman
    A multi-sport athlete at UCC; recipient of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina; walk-on player for the UNC Tar Heels in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, eventually gaining national attention; has been invited to a Canadian Football League combine; currently pursuing a career in medicine, completing his Master’s degree in neurosciences at Queen’s University.
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  • Brian Conacher ’61

    Sport: Hockey, centre
    A professional hockey player, coach, executive and broadcaster; an Olympic athlete, playing on the Canadian men’s hockey team at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria; a member of the Stanley Cup-winning 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs; broadcasted the 1972 Summit Series alongside fellow UCC alum Foster Hewitt; held various coaching positions, including a part-time post at UCC.
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  • Matt Cumming ’95

    Sport: Hockey, left wing
    Played on the 1992 Ontario championship-winning team for UCC; played four seasons of hockey with the Yale University Bulldogs, a Division One team in the Eastern College Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association; also suited up for the St. Michael’s Buzzers in the Metro Junior A Hockey League and Weiden EV, a Division One team in Germany; studied law at Yale, the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge; clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada; now a lawyer specializing in corporate and securities, with expertise in real estate, mergers and capital markets.
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  • Turner Southey-Gordon ’11

    Sport: Golf
    Longstanding member of the UCC golf team; recipient of an athletic scholarship to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in 2011; member of the Duke men’s golf team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2013; captained the Duke team that made it to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 2015; twice named an All-American and graduated on the dean’s list; currently pursuing a career as a professional golfer.
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  • Colin Greening ’05

    Sport: Hockey, forward
    A top scorer for UCC’s hockey team, who was chosen to the Toronto Star all-star team; suited up for Nanaimo in the British Columbia Hockey League, as well as for Binghamton in the American Hockey League; chosen in the 7th round of the National Hockey League draft in 2005, 204th overall, by the Ottawa Senators; traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016, after playing six seasons for the Ottawa organization. 
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  • David Hadden ’71

    Sport: Football, running back
    A multi-sport athlete at UCC, focused on football during his post-secondary years at Queen’s University in Kingston; led the league in rushing while averaging almost 20 yards a carry; was named team MVP in 1973 and was later inducted into the Queen’s Hall of Fame; drafted first overall in 1974 by Ottawa in the Canadian Football League and played four professional seasons, for Toronto, Saskatchewan and Hamilton; held the position of Head of School for Lakefield College School, in Lakefield, Ontario, for 23 years before retiring in 2007.
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  • O’Neil Halstead ’14

    Sport: Basketball, point guard
    Recipient of UCC MVP awards in both basketball and volleyball; member of the 2014-15 York University men’s basketball team.
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  • Matt King ’99

    Sport: Rugby
    A multi-sport athlete at UCC, and the recipient of several Ontario championships and most valuable player awards; played for Canada’s rugby team at two World Cups; selected Ontario University Athletics rookie of the year and MVP when playing for the University of Western Ontario; a member of teams that took home two provincial rugby gold medals; sidelined by a neck injury while playing for Canada, as well as by a genetic condition that prevented him from continuing his rugby career, he hung up his cleats in 2006.
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  • Brandon Ng ’11

    Sport: Golf
    A multisport athlete at UCC who was an Ontario high school golf champion in 2009 and 2010; won the Canadian and Ontario Juvenile titles in 2009; in grades 11 and 12, was selected to Canada’s Junior Development team, and was also a member of the Golf Association of Ontario’s provincial squad; finished seventh at the 2010 World Junior Championship, and qualified as both a U.S. Junior Amateur and a U.S. Amateur; graduated from UCC with many options for athletic scholarships, but ultimately decided on Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; currently enjoying a career as an established and celebrated golf pro.
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  • Drew Taylor ’01

    Sport: Baseball, pitcher
    Named team MVP as a member of the Blues baseball team; selected a high school all-star by the Toronto Star; prospect pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies; made his National Collegiate Athletic Association baseball start at Georgia Tech; transferred to the University of Michigan, where he was named most valuable pitcher in his first season; filmmaker; currently pursuing a career in the medical field.
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  • Neil Tai-Pow ’11

    Sport: Badminton
    Won a pair of medals at the Pan Am Junior Games in 2009 and 2010 while a student at UCC; won a gold medal in the mixed doubles at the Ontario high school provincial playoffs; claimed four men’s singles titles for UCC at the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association finals; played four seasons at the University of Western Ontario, before taking on the position of the team’s head coach; pursuing a career as an actuarial associate. 
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  • Seamus Power ’12

    Sport: Football, quarterback/wide receiver
    A multisport athlete, chosen UCC’s athlete of the year at the junior and senior levels; played football at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, at quarterback as a freshman before a shoulder injury forced a move to wide receiver; invited to participate in the 2016 Canadian Football League combine; pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.
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  • Brad Rose ’07

    Sport: Soccer, striker
    A top league scorer as a member of the Blues soccer team, in both his junior and senior years, with 90 goals over four seasons; recipient of UCC’s most valuable soccer player; member of three championship teams in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association; named MVP at the 2006 Canadian Accredited Independent Schools soccer playoffs; played four seasons as a Yale University Bulldog, where he was a top scorer and league all-star; played at the professional level with the Colorado Rapids, before returning to Canada to pursue a career as a corporate strategy manager.
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  • Will Sidgwick ’09

    Sport: Volleyball, hitter
    Team MVP at UCC; was on three Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association league championship teams, and won a provincial gold medal for the Blues; at Queen’s University, was chosen for the Ontario University Athletics rookie all-star volleyball team; won two league gold meals.
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  • Eric Vehovec ’08

    Sport: Tennis
    Learning tennis from a young age, was on several Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association championship teams at UCC; attended Middlebury College, in Vermont, and was on the team that won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship title; placed in Canada’s top 20 in 2013, as well as achieving a ranking on the ATP World Tour; played in the Rogers Cup in 2014.
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  • Barney Williams ’96

    Sport: Rowing
    A world champion rower; gold medalist at the 2003 World Championship in Italy; Olympic silver medalist in the Men’s Coxless Four category in Greece, in 2004; a pair of wins from Rowing World Cup events; currently the Talent Identification and Development Coach for the Canadian Sport Institute on Vancouver Island.
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  • Coulter Wright ’90

    Sport: Tennis
    A member of the Blues tennis squad that won a Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association tennis team championship; recipient of an athletic scholarship to the University of New Mexico’s flagship research institution in Albuquerque; achieved All-American status at the National Collegiate Athletic Association level, playing men’s doubles, and was a member of teams that went on to win consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles; stands fourth in career doubles at UNM; recipient of the Tennis Canada Distinguished Service Award, for making a positive impact on the game; supports the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund.
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