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Burke, Bill '77

Bill Burke from the Class of 1977 was a successful student athlete here at Ridley and has gone on to become an important figure in St. Catharines, unifying the community with his decision to bring junior hockey back to Niagara. While at Ridley he played football, hockey and was a SOSSA track champion. He moved on to Wilfrid Laurier University where his career as a running back for the Goldenhawks culminated in their 1978 Yates Cup win. He received the prestigious Haggstrom Trophy for his contributions to athletic life at Laurier. Now, as owner of the Niagara Ice Dogs, Eastern Conference champs in both 2012 and 2016, he has ensured that generations of Niagara residents can experience the benefits of junior hockey within their own community.
 
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With more than 700 students from over 50 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.