Canuck coach speaks to TWU freshmen

Former NHL player now turned Canuck assistant coach Ryan Walters shared some insights and inspiration with the new class of 2012 during TWU’s Orientation Week. Photo by Danny Hsaio

"Welcome to TWU. You guys are going have a great time here!" Over 450 freshmen and student leaders listened wide-eyed as Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Ryan Walter took the microphone during the first day of Orientation Week at Trinity Western University. Walter, a TWU Alumnus and former Vancouver Canuck who won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, spoke at one of the many events taking place during orientation week, popularly known on campus as "O-week."

Walter used sports stories and analogies to motivate new undergraduates to step up and be leaders in their world: "Leadership is the key component-and certainly has been in my life. I loved my time at TWU. I highly recommend the experience." He also encouraged the new class of 2012 to give energy to their professors, inspiring them to want to come back each class and teach in an enthusiastic way.

Walter is no stranger to leadership on and off the ice. He is an author, motivational speaker, interactive leadership coach, and TV hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. At age 45 he completed a Masters of Leadership at TWU and has been a big supporter of the University ever since often being called upon to speak at TWU functions.

First year business student Jeremy Cockrill says, "I'm an athlete myself and it's pretty neat to see another athlete who is godly and has purpose in life."

Among the many freshmen and student leaders listening to Walter was 20-year-old Taryne Lepp from Fort Langley, an Orientation Assistant who helps students navigate their first week on campus. Lepp says, "It's great for new students to see what the long-term picture can look like. The TWU experience is not one size fits all-both while the students are here and after they finish."

Events continue throughout the week as new undergraduates get accustomed to their new home at TWU and their new town of Langley. First day of classes officially begin on September 4th.

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2008-09-03
Author: Erin Mussolum