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OTTAWA, Ontario — The Carleton Ravens are pleased to announce the induction of five new members into the Ravens Hall of Fame in 2020. The group of former Ravens is once again a collective of athletic talent, academic excellence, and a persevering drive to better the Carleton Athletics community.
Jennifer Brenning, Assistant Vice President of Recreation and Athletics, says she is proud to recognize the esteemed nominees.
“Carleton is very honoured to make these five accomplished inductees a permanent part of its Ravens Hall of Fame. Their remarkable achievements at Carleton and beyond make our community extremely proud.”
The 2020 class of Ravens Hall of Fame inductees will be inducted according to two categories depending on their contributions – builder and athlete. This year’s group includes three athletes, one builder, and one former Raven who is being inducted into both categories.
Paul Armstrong has been a familiar face in and around the Ravens’ Nest since the mid-1970’s. As a player he was a three-time OUAA All Star before making the move to coaching. He was Head Coach of the women’s basketball team (1981-83) before taking over as the men’s coach (1983-99). Under his leadership, the Ravens won the Ontario University Athletic Association’s Eastern Division championship in 1988 and went on to an appearance in the national championships. Armstrong was named OUA basketball coach of the year twice, in 1984 and 1999.
In addition to his coaching and playing accolades, Armstrong is well-known for his involvement in the Ravens basketball community. He has been an active leader in establishing relationships with alumni and supporters, and has laid the foundation for a prosperous economic future for Ravens Basketball through his work as a Senior Development Office with Carleton Athletics. Paul also assisted in the fundraising campaign to bring back the Ravens football program in 2013.
Alyson Bush enters the Ravens Hall of Fame as one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the women’s basketball program. Her career spanned from 2008-2013 where she captained the team to the program’s first ever national championship appearance in 2010/11, followed by a repeat appearance in 2011/12. Bush was the first Ravens women’s basketball player to be named a CIS All-Canadian (now U SPORTS) in 2013. Her final year was her most highly acclaimed as she took home all of the following awards in a single season:
The Ravens Football teams of the late 90’s had a strong defensive line thanks in part to Cameron Legault. He was a lineman for the Ravens from 1996-1998 and is known for his incredible loyalty, work ethic, and leadership among his teammates. Throughout his Ravens career, Legault has racked up awards like being named a 1st Team All-Canadian, Ravens Athlete of the Year, and took part in the 1999 East-West Shrine Bowl.
Legault took his Ravens experience and used it to further his football career. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League for eight seasons and won the 88th Grey Cup in 2000 as a member of the BC Lions. He was the 2001 recipient of the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy CFL award, given to the most outstanding Canadian player in the West Division. During his years in the CFL, Legault suited up for the Ottawa Renegades, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Calgary Stampeders, in addition to his time with the Lions. Today, Legault is heavily involved in the Osgoode Rideau Minor Hockey Association as Vice President and Head Coach.
Mowling made a name for himself on Carleton campus as a successful two-sport athlete in the 1960s. He was a member of the Ravens golf team and Ravens men’s hockey team from 1961-65 where he was a captain of both squads. During his time as golf captain, Mowling led the team to two straight OSLAA championships and won the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Invitational tournament. He holds the Ravens men’s hockey record for most goals in a single season by a right winger with 19 and has 4 career hat tricks. In his final year, Mowling took home the Jack Vogan Memorial medal awarded to the year’s outstanding graduating male athlete.
While completing his degree in Architecture (BArch. ’75), John Ruddy was also a proud member of the Ravens Football team, holding the position of cornerback (DB) from 1970-1975.
Following graduation and eventually forming his own company, Trinity Development Group, John wanted to give back to Carleton University. His personal donations launched the John Ruddy Bursary and the John Ruddy Scholarship, both in the Department of Architecture.
In 2009 the talk of a Ravens Football Revival began, and John took a strong leadership position. Not only was John a key donor and financial supporter, he participated in the design of a new logo and uniforms, locker rooms and stadium facilities and hiring of a new head coach. After a 15- year absence, Ravens Football proudly took to the field in 2013, bringing academics and athletics together and uniting the student community to proudly promote the spirit of Carleton University.
Brenning adds that the new group of inductees is a testament to the enduring quality of the Ravens varsity student experience. “Carleton University has a deep, rich history of success in varsity sport, the individuals being inducted into our Hall of Fame this year are a testament to that tradition. The Selection Committee had the tough time this year due to the high quality and caliber of the nominations. They did an excellent job in selecting inductees across the decades which demonstrates our incredible history of success.”
Carleton Athletics, in partnership with the Department of University Advancement, will announce the names of the inductees on goravens.ca and on the @curavens social media channels as a week of digital celebration from November 2-6.