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Longtime women’s hockey coach Rick Osborne announces retirement

Following an illustrious career that spanned 15 seasons behind the bench of the Golden Hawks women’s hockey team, head coach Rick Osborne announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

Osborne led Laurier women's hockey teams to nine Ontario University Athletics championships and one Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship, as well as seven consecutive conference titles between 2004 and 2010. He is ranked fourth on U Sports all-time career coaching wins list for women’s hockey.

“Rick has a coaching record of achievement in women’s hockey that has made a mark on Golden Hawks athletic history,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Peter Baxter. “He has had a major influence on shaping our department’s reputation that has made Laurier a destination for women’s sport excellence.” 

Osborne’s impact was also evident off the ice, with 37 of his players named academic all-Canadians during the course of his coaching career.

Rick Osborne by the numbers:

1 – Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship
9 – Ontario University Athletics championships
5 – Times named Ontario University Athletics coach of the year

Rick Osborne
Rick Osborne at work behind the bench during a Golden Hawks women's hockey game.