Melfort resident, Melfort Mustangs’ alum and former Acadia Axemen goalie Trevor Amundrud is getting an honor from his alma mater this Friday, October 14. Amundrud and four other former Axemen are being inducted into the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll.
“Anytime that you can be honoured like that it’s something special. To be in there with some of the alumni that have gone through that university. It’s kind of a nice way to recognize a successful university career,” Amundrud said.
“It is in essence our hockey program’s hall of fame. We did the statistical analysis last summer and our hockey program is in the top four historically successful programs in the history of the CIS so it is quite an honour,” Acadia Athletic Director and former Melfort Mustangs’ head coach Kevin Dickie said.
The Hockey Honour Roll is a longstanding tradition at Acadia and is chosen each year by a selection committee. According to Dickie the fact that Amundrud was selected was not a surprise based on his achievements at Acadia.
“I coached him in junior and then I coached him here at Acadia as well so. I think there is two parts, I mean Trevor has asked me to read his citation when he gets inducted so obviously that is very special to me,” Dickie said.
The fact that Dickie was reading the citation is also special to Amundrud. “It is really special. He was my coach here for a couple of years and then out at Acadia as well. We’ve got a great relationship on the ice, off the ice. He was a big part of the success of my career. For him to do that for me is pretty special,” Amundrud said.
The 1996 Acadia Axemen won the National Championship in men’s ice hockey and the team finished as runner up in 1998. Amundrud graduated from the program in 1999.
“Trevor had a good run here at Acadia,” Dickie said. “They wouldn’t have been national champions without him. Trev was a big reason why the program had as much success over the years that they had,” Dickie added.
Five players from the 1996 Championship team are also entering the honour roll including Mike Dawson, Neil Fewster, Kevin Tucker and Jason Weaver. All of the other players who will be enshrined were part of the Acadia program at the same time as Amundrud.
“The thing about an award like this is that there is no way I get in without the teammates I had over the four years at school. To be going in with those guys and especially the group I am going in with, it’s very special to me. Without those guys I don’t get in,” Amundrud said.
What players become after they leave the university is also special to Dickie, “Trevor as the hockey player takes a back seat for me compared to Trevor as the husband, father and community member that he is now. To me that’s what I am most proud of how he has parlayed Acadia University into the rest of his life with him and Alison and their kids. I am just really happy for him,” Dickie said. This is something that is a big part of post secondary athletics according to Dickie.
“I think it is almost everything, you look back and your realize that the enjoyment of playing sports but it’s the memories and it’s the skill and talents that you can parlay into the rest of their life and that’s what Trevor has been able to do,” he said.
The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 14 at the Acadia Hockey Honour Roll Induction Ceremony and Luncheon.