Special ceremony for retiring CMA hockey founder Clark is Saturday

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

A special recognition ceremony for a Culver Academies legend will be held this Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Henderson Ice Arena on the campus of Culver Academies, starting at approximately 7 p.m., following the Prep Hockey Team Senior Night.

Clark founded the hockey program at Culver in 1976, and went on to lead the Culver team to its present status as one of the top-rated hockey programs in the U.S., including 20 state championships in addition to producing 148 college players, including 70 at the Division I level and 22 National Hockey League draft picks. Seven of his former players have reached the National Hockey League. Marked by their disciplined play and consistency, Clark's teams have won 70 percent of their games through 2007, according to the school's website at culver.org.

A native of Port Arthur, Ontario, Clark will retire following this school term.

Having coached his 1000th career game as head of the Culver Varsity A team on February 1, 2003, Clark in 1994 received the John Mariucci Award as the nationís top high school hockey coach.

"A former head of Culver's math department and the athletic department and a current math instructor, Clark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he also earned his master's degree," notes the website. "Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was a standout collegiate player selected to his alma mater's athletic hall of fame in 1991. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, his 827 wins during this span are second in high school hockey history to Mount St. Charles (R.I.) Academy's Bill Belisle."

The public is welcome to attend the event.