David Urquhart, studying for his MA in Sport Psychology with our Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE), is among this year's inductees into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.
David Urquhart, 33, was a three-time OUA all-star in four seasons with the hockey Redmen from 2004 to 2008 and became the team's third defenceman to merit all-Canadian honours in 2006-07. The six-foot, 195-pound rearguard scored 107 points, including 23 goals, in 147 games overall. He captained McGill to the Queen's Cup championship in 2008, their first league title since 1946. After graduating with a commerce degree in 2008, Urquhart became McGill's second blueliner to skate in the American Hockey League, playing for Hartford and Hamilton. He also had pro playing stints in the East Coast Hockey League and Italy, where he guided Ritten-Renon to a league championship in 2014. He just completed his fourth season as a full-time assistant coach with the Redmen and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport psychology at McGill.
Other new laureates include Olympian Doug Vandor, a native of Dewittville, Que., who rowed with the Canadian national team for a dozen years; soccer All-Canadians Danielle Day from Ile-Bizard, Que.; Dr. Adam Mar of Pointe Claire; and hockey all-star Shauna Denis of Stittsville, Ont.. Inducted in the team category will be the 2007-08 McGill Martlets hockey squad, which became the first McGill women's team to win a CIS national championship.
The hallowed hall now has 145 honoured members, 25 of them Olympians, since the pantheon was initiated in 1996.
The 23rd annual induction luncheon will kick-off the University's 2018 Homecoming Week celebrations on Thursday, Oct. 11. About 200 tickets will be available for the ceremony, scheduled to be held at the Windsor Ballroom on Peel Street. Tickets are $80 and can be reserved online at http://myalumni.mcgill.ca beginning in August or by contacting the McGill Alumni Association at 514-398-8288.
Brief profiles of each new inductee follows. More detailed biographies will be posted online at www.mcgillathletics.ca each Wednesday for the next six weeks. All previous inductees to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame are also available online at: www.mcgillathletics.ca/hof.aspx.