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Partington, Fred '67 - Soccer

Fred Partington from the Class of 1967 began his career with the Lower School soccer team, coached by Ted Morgan. In his final season, the team was outstanding, going undefeated with only one tie. He tried his hand at a number of sports, including hockey, cricket, Under 16 football; one year he even made it to the boxing finals, “only to have Ross Dunsmore kick the beejeebers out of me,” he recalls. By the time he left Ridley to attend Bishop’s University he had given up boxing in favour of soccer and hockey. He played four years of Varsity soccer, never winning a championship but enjoying great camaraderie. For three years he was a top scoring member of Bishop’s Junior Varsity hockey team. In 1975, as a young professional in Edmonton, he had fond memories of Tuesday night shinny at Ridley, so he organized ice time for his coworkers. Interest spread throughout the business community so he decided to run a tournament, organizing it down to every last detail. He notes: “I even had to buy a used trophy, strip the engravings and re-plaque it for the tournament winner.” His belief in the power of sport to unify and build a sense of community is evident in his creation of the Western Canada hockey tournament, which continues to this day, rotating between western Canadian cities, even though he has long since moved on. 
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