Written by Devon Platana
After graduating from Carleton University 55 years ago, Ray Mowling is finally taking his spot in the Ravens Hall of Fame for his contributions as a two-sport athlete.
“It feels great and comes as a surprise given when I graduated,” says Mowling. “My commerce buddies always thought golf wasn’t really a sport, so to see it’s getting recognized and that it still exists is great, so it’s been fun.”
During his time studying commerce at Carleton between 1961 and 1965, Mowling was both a two-sport athlete and a leader, serving as the captain for both golf and men’s hockey teams, on which he set the record for most goals in a season by a right winger that still stands to this day. “I’ve always had great memories from Carleton, and I keep in touch with the commerce group a lot on a regular basis and some of the hockey guys,” says Mowling, calling his induction a “big honour.”
He adds that his connection to Carleton continued to exist when his daughter became a Raven to study art history.
Looking back on his time as a Raven, Mowling says he has fond and fun memories.
When it comes to golf, one of his favourite memories includes some stereotypical Canadian weather.
“Golf is all weather-dependent, as you can imagine,” says Mowling. “In one of the championships that we played, in the last round, it snowed, which, for Canadians playing golf in October or November, wasn’t a big surprise.”
As for his hockey-related memories, Mowling remembers back to a time when medical help wasn’t as accessible as it is today.
“We had one game where our captain at the time dislocated his shoulder and there was no medical support those days at the arena,” says Mowling. “So, they actually took a door off the dressing room and put him on the door and took him to the hospital in a van!”
Mowling also says that other memories that stand out were outdoor practices and the team having to wear their uniforms while taking public buses to the arenas.
The nomination comes from Robert Fairweather, who managed the men’s hockey team for three years during Mowling’s time on the team, after he visited Carleton a few years ago and noticed something surprising.
“I walked past the Wall of Fame and noticed there were lots of important people who contributed a lot to sports at Carleton, but there was no one from the hockey era,” says Fairweather. “I thought it was important that someone from our era be recognized.”
“There are a number of other people who deserve recognition, but I think Ray deserves it the most.”
Fairweather says that while it was easy to nominate Mowling for that recognition simply because of his records and accolades, it’s his leadership skills that cemented his decision.
“He was able to lead by example by not only his goal scoring ability, but the fact that he was able to imbue in our team a sense of determination and a sense to win,” says Fairweather. “Not to win at all costs, but to go out and field a competitive team on the ice.”