You were one of the boys.
CH: “Yeah. But playoff hockey is different — you can feel the intensity. You get on the ice and you know every playoff game is crucial. It’s intense, but once the game starts, things settle down.”
When you were a student at Loyola College, what was it like to play hockey with the Warriors?
CH: “I wanted to go back to school to get an education [after playing for the Generals]. I had no awareness of the Warriors or university hockey. I was walking around campus one day with an Oshawa Generals jacket on and some guy asked me if I wanted to play hockey. I soon found out that university hockey is very high calibre.
I remember the names of all my teammates, it was a close family. We had a great rivalry with the Sir George Williams [Concordia’s other founding institution] Georgians.”
What was it like to be inducted in the Concordia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004?
CH: “It was one of the major milestones of my hockey career. I did well at Loyola.”
After you hung up your pro skates at the age of 28, you became a banker. How did that happen?
CH: “I walked away from pro hockey after a lot of deliberation. I had a good education and felt it was better to get into the corporate world in my 20s. Hockey opens a lot of doors. People identify with hockey players. Everybody still asks me questions about my hockey career. So hockey opened a lot of doors for me.
One day I walked by the Bank of Nova Scotia, I got an interview on the Friday and they hired me on the spot. It was retail banking but I wanted to get into investment banking. So in 1976 I joined the Bank of Montreal and by the time I retired in 2004 I was a senior commercial banking manager at main office.”
How did your time at Loyola help shape you and your career?
CH: “I grew up in college, I had good professors, I lived away from home and matured a lot. It gave me a good grounding and I am grateful for it. It was also one of the most rewarding times for me playing hockey.”