Howie Draper becomes first coach in U SPORTS women’s hockey era to win 600 games

    By Connor Hood on January 10, 2020

    EDMONTON - Pandas Hockey bench boss Howie Draper’s incredible career has reached a new milestone, as he became the first coach in the U SPORTS Women’s Hockey era to win 600 games after their win over Mount Royal on Friday night.

    Draper has coached the Pandas since their inception in 1997, and is just the fourth coach in University of Alberta history to reach the 600-win plateau (Laurie Eisler, Terry Danyluk, Clare Drake).  He is the second women’s hockey coach to reach the 600 win plateau, but the only one to do so since women’s hockey became a U SPORTS sanctioned sport in 1997.

    A Golden Bears Hockey alumnus, Draper was named the first head coach in Pandas Hockey history on September 1st, 1997, and has led the Pandas to a record 13 Canada West Championships, and eight U SPORTS National Championship titles.

    Draper has also been named the Canada West Coach of the Year seven times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2019), and the national Coach of the Year four times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2019).

    "What Howie has done with the Pandas hockey program is truly remarkable,” said University of Alberta Athletic Director Ian Reade. “The conference has improved tremendously over the past 20 years, and for the Pandas to continue to win at the rate that they are is incredible. His lasting legacy, however, will be off the ice, as he has helped countless young women become leaders and role models in the community."

    Draper has also spent time coaching with Hockey Canada, most recently as the head coach of the Canadian Under-18 national team, winning a world championship in 2018, and a world silver medal in 2019. He has also been inducted in the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame, while the Pandas Hockey 2001-2007 dynasty was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame in October.

    The Pandas hockey team currently sits second in Canada West with a 12-6-1-0 record.

    Howie Draper Wins by Season

    Season

    Conference

    Playoffs

    Overall

    385-97-7 (.794)

    97-31 (.758)

    600-160-11 (.785)

    1997/98

    -

    -

    3-1-0

    1998/99

    4-1-1

    5-1

    20-8-3

    1999/00

    11-1-0

    5-0

    23-3-1

    2000/01

    13-1-2

    2-2

    20-6-2

    2001/02

    16-0-0

    7-0

    32-1-0

    2002/03

    19-0-1

    7-0

    34-0-1

    2003/04

    20-0-0

    7-0

    35-0-0

    2004/05

    20-0-0

    6-1

    28-1-0

    2005/06

    16-1-3

    7-0

    27-3-3

    2006/07

    21-3

    7-0

    33-4-1+

    2007/08

    21-3

    5-2

    29-6

    2008/09

    22-2

    3-2

    26-5

    2009/10

    23-1

    7-0

    34-1

    2010/11

    17-7

    3-4

    25-14

    2011/12

    14-10

    3-4

    23-16

    2012/13

    16-12

    3-3

    25-16

    2013/14

    20-8

    1-2

    23-11

    2014/15

    20-8

    4-2

    28-14

    2015/16

    16-12

    1-2

    21-14

    2016/17

    21-7

    6-2

    36-9

    2017/18

    19-9

    3-2

    27-12

    2018/19

    23-5

    5-2

    33-7

    2019/20

    13-6-0

    17-7-1