Clare Drake

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Clare Drake
Born Clare James Drake
(1928-10-09) October 9, 1928 (age 88)
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Alma mater University of British Columbia (1951)
Occupation Former ice hockey player and coach (Edmonton Oilers (WHA), Alberta Golden Bears)
Awards CIAU Hockey Coach of the Year, 1975 & 1988

Clare James Drake (born October 9, 1928) is a retired Canadian ice hockey head coach. He is the most successful coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey history. In his 28 years as the head coach of the University of Alberta men's ice hockey team, he coached the Alberta Golden Bears to 6 University Cup championships and 17 Canada West conference championships. Drake was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

He played hockey for the UBC Thunderbirds and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1951.[1]

Drake served as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers during the 1975–76 WHA season.[2]

The “dean of coaching,” Clare developed the game for more than 40 years, coaching at the high school, university, Olympic and WHA level. The only university coach to win a national championship in both hockey and football in the same year (1967), he was instrumental in the development of the National Coaching Certification and Coach Mentorship Programs.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Named the CIAU Hockey Coach of the Year in 1975 and 1988
  • Co-coach of the Canadian Men’s Olympic team
  • Head coach of Team Canada at Spengler Cup Tournament (Gold Medal)
  • Hockey Alberta Centennial Award[3]
  • Order of Hockey in Canada[4]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Edmonton Oilers 1975–76 48 18 28 2 (38) 4th in WHA Canadian Fired



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Preceded by
Brian Shaw
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Bill Hunter