Hockey queen slated as keynote speaker for RDC breakfast

Red Deer College has lined up another heavy hockey hitter for its Kings and Queens Scholarship Breakfast.

Just one year after bringing in former RDC Kings hockey coach and current Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock, the college announced this week that Melody Davidson will serve as the keynote speaker at this year’s event, scheduled for next month at the Red Deer Lodge.

Davidson, who is best known for guiding Canada’s National Women’s team to Olympic gold in both 2006 and 2010, spent a couple of years at RDC, graduating in 1984 with a Physical Education Diploma, before completing her Bachelors at the University of Alberta.

She was also named RDC’s Distinguished Alum in 2006 and is also widely credited with developing numerous female players and coaches, having been named one of the most influential women in Canadian sport five times by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women’s Sport and Physical Activity.

The Oyen native recently moved out of the coaching ranks, and is now the head scout for Hockey Canada’s Women’s National Team Programs.

“I’m looking forward to speaking at the breakfast and seeing some of the eager faces of tomorrow’s Canadian sports champions,” said Davidson in a statement.

“There’s no doubt that events like this help make dreams come true for a very important aspect of what makes us Canadians. And to me, it’s not just sports, but family, passion and community.”

This year’s breakfast will be held March 23 from 7:30am – 9:30 a.m., and more information on tickets is available on the college’s web site.

This will be the eighth year RDC hosts the breakfast, with money raised going towards scholarships for student athletes.

Since the program began, over $150,000 dollars has gone towards scholarships and bursaries.