Four individuals and one team have been selected as the Class of 2017 for induction into the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cassie Abel ’05 (women's lacrosse), Peter Sejna ’03 (hockey) and the 1989 women’s soccer team, as well as veterans committee selections Douglas Mitchell ’59 (football) and Greg Smith ’76 (hockey) will be enshrined on Saturday, May 13 at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort in Colorado Springs.
“The 2017 Hall of Fame induction class will be remembered as one of the strongest in the college's history,” says Director of Athletics Ken Ralph. “We are celebrating not only students who had great achievements while at Colorado College, but also alumni who had remarkable careers after leaving campus. All of them are great Tigers.”
A two-time first-team NCAA Division III All-America selection, Abel is tied for No. 1 on CC’s career goals list with 180. She was named the Division III Attacker of the Year in 2005 after scoring 58 goals, which ranks No. 2 on the school's single-season list. Abel, a third-team All-American pick as a sophomore in 2003, led the Tigers to the NCAA Division III semifinals as a senior in 2005.
Sejna is Colorado College's first Hobey Baker Award winner, capturing college hockey’s top honor following his junior campaign in 2003. He led the nation in scoring with 36 goals and 82 points that season and was named the WCHA Player of the Year. Sejna, who is No. 8 on the school’s career scoring list with 190 points (91g, 99a) in three seasons at CC, played 49 games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and had seven goals and four assists.
The 1989 women's soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division I championship game before falling to national powerhouse North Carolina, 2-0. The Tigers posted a final record of 16-4, which included playoff victories over Massachusetts (5-2) and Santa Clara (2-0). Colorado College opened the 1989 campaign with an eight-game winning streak and the 16 victories ties for third-most in a single season since the program moved to Division I in 1985. Head coach Dang Pibulvech led the Tigers to eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the national title game in 1986 and 1989.
Mitchell arrived at CC on a hockey scholarship and was a member of the freshman team his first year, but did not play due to an injury. He ended up playing center and linebacker on the football team as a senior, which propelled him to a successful career in athletics. Mitchell spent four years (1980-84) on the National Hockey League's board of directors, five more (1984-89) as commissioner of the Canadian Football League, and nine years as the radio color analyst for the CFL's Calgary Stampede. Mitchell is a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004 received the Order of Canada, that country’s highest honor, for his lifelong contributions to athletics and economic development.
Smith played hockey at Colorado College for three years, posting 91 career points (35g, 56a) in 101 games. Following his junior season, he played one game for the NHL’s California Golden Seals, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1975. Smith enjoyed a lengthy professional career, playing 829 NHL games with five different teams. He scored 56 goals and added 232 assists for 288 career points and appeared in Stanley Cup finals with the Minnesota North Stars in 1981.
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