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19 October 2020
Former Drumheller Dragons star goaltender, Devin Buffalo, is looking to make a difference in the lives of young hockey players by sharing his story and experiences of playing hockey and getting an ivy league university education.
Buffalo, who grew up in Wetaskiwin and Maskwicis, is hoping to show both indigenous and non-indigenous hockey players options to get an education and potentially play hockey while doing so. “My goal was to be a role model and tell my story. I always dreamed of playing college hockey and going to a Division I school and playing at an Ivy League school. Being from Alberta, not a lot of people talk about Ivy League schools. For the indigenous perspective and non-indigenous perspective, it’s a goal that people keep private. I remember being in my high school in Wetaskiwin and sharing my dream with a guidance councilor and they told me ‘let’s look local, it’s out of your reach.”
Buffalo did not give up on his dream and when he played for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, he was approached by Dartmouth College for a scholarship. After he was traded to the Drumheller Dragons in the winter of 2014 and helped in the success of the team winning the AJHL South Division Championship, he moved on to Dartmouth to play and get his education. He completed his four year degree at Dartmouth and continued to play professionally in the East Coast Hockey League with four teams.