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OTTAWA, ON — Carleton University will enshrine five new members into the school’s Ravens Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 13, announced today by Director of Recreation and Athletics Jennifer Brenning. Slated for induction are Earl Cochrane (men’s soccer), Marianne White (née Illing) (women’s water polo), Terry McCarthy (men’s hockey), Harry Van Hofwegen (football) and Robert Laughton (men’s basketball).
Having made significant contributions as student-athletes in varsity competition as well as raising the profile of Athletics over the decades, the new Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured at a gala dinner held in the Ravens’ Nest as part of Throwback Week at Carleton during the upcoming fall semester.
“We are fortunate to have five outstanding individuals in this year’s group of Hall of Fame inductees,” stated Jennifer Brenning. “Collectively, they have represented Carleton Athletics in an exemplary fashion and we are excited to celebrate their successes, achievements and contributions to the Ravens.”
Possessing a deft touch, skill and guile, Earl Cochrane was a mainstay with the Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team from 1989-1993. Cochrane, a central defender, possessed a hard-nosed, yet creative style of play on the pitch where he excelled on the Ravens’ backline for half a decade. Cochrane, who served as team captain during his final two seasons at Carleton, was chosen as an OUA First-Team All-Star for four consecutive years from 1990-1993. Cochrane scored 16 goals during his career, which is the second highest total of any defender in program history, and his superb play earned him Second-Team All-Canadian in 1991 and First-Team All-Canadian in 1992. Cochrane was named the Carleton University Male Athlete of the Year in 1991-92, as well as the Graduating Male Athlete of the Year in 1992-93. Following the conclusion of his highly-decorated university career, Cochrane played professionally in Asia. Cochrane has remained a prominent figure in the Canadian soccer community since leaving Carleton, holding a variety of roles in the professional ranks and at the national level with Canada Soccer.
One of the finest athletes to ever grace the pool at Carleton, Marianne White (née Illing) was an outstanding member of the Ravens women’s water polo team from 1999-2002. Illing, an immensely talented forward, enjoyed four seasons of leading the Ravens scoring attack. With an uncanny ability to find the back of the opponent’s net, Illing’s consistent performances brought her plenty of individual awards including an OUA Second-Team All-Star award as a rookie in 1999 followed by three straight OUA First-Team All-Star nominations from 2000-2002. In 2000, Illing set a Ravens water polo record with 69 goals in a season, which still stands as the highest single-season total in program history. Illing was named the Carleton University Female Athlete of the Year in 2000-01. After her remarkable university career, Illing went on to an illustrious career with the Canadian national team. Illing represented her country on several occasions, including at the 2003 Pan Am Games as well as at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
As one of the first true stars of the Ravens men’s hockey program, Terry McCarthy enjoyed a highly successful three-year stay at Carleton beginning in 1969-70. McCarthy was an impact player on the Ravens’ blue line throughout his university career thanks to an unmistakable blend of skill and finesse that made him one of best players in the country. McCarthy’s sensational play saw him earn back t0 back OQAA First-Team All-Star awards in 1970-71 and 1971-72 as well as Carleton University’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1971-72. A star among his peers, McCarthy was named to Canada’s National Student team which represented the red and white at the World Student Hockey Tournament in 1971-72. McCarthy was scouted to play professionally in Switzerland for a year before eventually returning to Ottawa. In addition to his stellar playing career, McCarthy was one of the leading figures in the Ravens men’s hockey revival that brought varsity hockey back to Carleton in 2007-08.
A gifted athlete with tremendous instincts and natural ability, Harry Van Hofwegen is remembered by teammates and opponents as one of the most dominant defensive players in Canadian university football in the 1990s. Despite only playing two seasons at Carleton, Van Hofwegen was a multitalented force on the Ravens defensive line, as well as a gifted punter and kicker. Van Hofwegen took the conference by storm as a rookie, taking home OQIFC All-Star and CIAU First-Team All-Canadian honours in 1993. Despite missing most of the 1994 season, Van Hofwegen returned for a memorable 1995 campaign that saw him capture the J.P. Metras Trophy as the country’s Outstanding Down Lineman in addition to being selected as a CIAU First-Team All-Canadian. Van Hofwegen was chosen as Carleton University’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1995-96, and he was selected to represent Canada in the 1996 NCAA East-West Shrine Game in California. That same spring, Van Hofwegen was taken 11th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1996 CFL Draft. Van Hofwegen spent the 1996 preseason with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, which was a great professional development opportunity prior to beginning his tenure in the CFL. Over the course of his three-year pro career, Van Hofwegen competed for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1996, 1997), BC Lions (1997) and Edmonton Eskimos (1998).
Robert Laughton’s lifelong commitment to Carleton University, his leadership and guidance to its Board of Governors, and his devotion to the men’s basketball program leaves an inspiring legacy for everyone in the Carleton community. From 1956-1959, Robert ‘Bob’ Laughton was a starter, co-captain and one of the top scorers on the Ravens men’s basketball team. Laughton was a key contributor during the early years of the program, helping the Ravens capture two Ontario-St.Lawrence Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 1956-57 and 1958-59. In 1958-59, Laughton was the recipient of the Doug Banton Trophy as the outstanding basketball player best combining sportsmanship with ability. Following Carleton, while studying Law at Queen’s University, Laughton was captain and MVP of the basketball Gaels from 1960-61. Laughton’s positive influence on the men’s basketball program and Carleton Athletics has been far reaching since his days as a student-athlete. His lifelong passion for the men’s basketball program saw Laughton and fellow Raven teammate, George House, start the House-Laughton Hoops Classic Basketball Tournament, which is one of the country’s premier preseason tournaments held at Carleton each October. As well, Laughton was Chair of the Board of Governors which approved the construction of the now extensive Athletic Facilities, including Alumni Hall and which hosted its’ first basketball game in February 2005 in the new Ravens Nest.
A committee representing several decades of alumni, media and current varsity athletes selected the five finalists. The university will consider nominees every two years and induct three to five each round.
The Ravens Hall of Fame was established to formally recognize outstanding contributions to the heritage and tradition of Carleton University’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Each of the 41 previous Hall of Fame inductees have been invited to attend the 2018 Ravens Athletics Hall of Fame Gala, to be held in Ravens’ Nest.
This event is open to the public and tickets are available here.
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