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      The Viking Cup International Hockey Book (Paper Back)

      How does Camrose become the host to the finest hockey players in the world?

      The Viking Cup, memoirs and stories of the program's founder, is a joyful account of an important chapter of Canada's hockey history. 

      Through persistence in following a vision, the University of Alberta and Camrose Lutheran College were challenged to compete against larger city colleges. This brought froth the Viking Cup in 1980, opening their doors to the world of hockey through this unique international exchange program.  By the time the cup had its last hurrah in 2006, the NHL had drafted more than 400 players form its ranks.

      • Paper back
      • 272 pages

      Author Information:

      LeRoy Johnson was the founder of the Viking Cup Exchange program while he was the director of athletics and international relations at Camrose Lutheran College. He led the Viking Cup as coordinator for twenty years. LeRoy and his Viking Cup team of volunteers turned unconventional practices into the norm, and his dedication to education, sport and politics earned him a University of Alberta Alumni recognition award in 2009 and an induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame and the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2014. Through the success of the Viking Cup and his college career, LeRoy set his sights on politics and went on to be a city councilor and for 11 years was the MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose constituency. LeRoy lives in Camrose and often reconnects with personalities involved in the Viking Cup.

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