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Neal, Jason ’89 - Hockey

While this inductee may have traded his hockey bag for a briefcase, he continues to bring the lessons he learned on the ice to his work each and every day. Jason played rugby, football and hockey while at Ridley, but it was when he was on the ice that he caught the attention of scouts from Kent State University—earning a hockey scholarship that led to a four-year letterman career. After graduation, he went on to play professional hockey for 11 years in the American, International and East Coast Hockey Leagues, as well as the British Super League. During that time, Jason helped the Toledo Storm bring home one championship and the Memphis Riverkings earn two. He was also recognized as the East Coast Hockey League’s All-Star Game MVP in 1994 and 1995.
“Sports have taught me unbelievable leadership skills that I have carried into my off-ice career that I never would have learned or developed otherwise.”
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With more than 700 students from 60 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.