President's Breakfast Draws Huge Crowd

By Costa Maragos Posted: September 8, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Kelly Hrudey, former NHL goaltender and current TV hockey analyst, with Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor.
Kelly Hrudey, former NHL goaltender and current TV hockey analyst, with Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor. Photo: Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

U of R athletics programs received a big boost this morning.

More than 900 people attended the annual President’s Breakfast for Athletics, helping to raise more than $100,000. The fundraiser is a joint effort of the Cougars teams and Rams football with all funds going to support scholarship and program enhancement for University of Regina student athletes.

The President’s office will match the money raised at the breakfast.

“Our student-athletes are ambassadors for the University of Regina, and we should all be proud of them,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “They are role models in the community and represent the best of our University.”

The event featured a special guest, Kelly Hrudey, former goaltender in the National Hockey League and current hockey analyst with Rogers SportsNet and CBC Hockey Night in Canada.

He was interviewed on stage by Rod Pedersen, Sports Director of CKRM in Regina and play-by-play man of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hrudey shared with the audience his stories of playing alongside Wayne Gretzky as members of the Los Angeles Kings, to working on live television as a hockey analyst.

“As much as I am proud of the era I played in, the game has never been better. It’s played by better athletes,” Hrudey told the audience. “If I were around today, I couldn’t even make the minors. That’s how good it is right now.”

Hrudey was asked for some words of wisdom for young athletes at the U of R.

“If you want to have a long career in sports and or in business, you have to find a way to persevere through all of the tough times,” said Hrudey, whose career in the NHL lasted 17 seasons.

The event also featured Master of Ceremonies Derek Meyers, Sportscaster with Regina Global News.

This was the sixth annual President’s Breakfast for Athletics. Previous guests have included Jennifer Hedger, TSN SportsCentre host; Richard Peddie, former CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; and Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner.

The U of R offers many opportunities for athletes. For information on each team and for tickets to their events, please visit here.