Congratulations to Carl (Bucky) Buchanan for being one of the first coaches to be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Hall of Fame! Bucky was the coach of the CBU Men’s Hockey team from 1968 to 1987. Under his leadership, the CBU Men’s Hockey team won a bronze medal at the first CCAA National Championship in 1975. Throughout his career as the CBU Men’s Hockey coach, Bucky lead his team to Nationals thirteen times. The Men’s team captured a gold medal in 1978, a silver medal in 1981 and two other bronze medals in 1976 and 1983. In 1986, Bucky was named the CCAA Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year.
While his past is filled with many sporting accomplishments, one of Bucky’s most valued memories is of the inaugural meeting of the CCAA, who recently quoted him as saying, “Many friendships were developed as a result of that meeting. We were all passionate about the development of the CCAA and worked together for the betterment of Athletics in Canada.” Along with his position as the University’s Men’s Hockey coach, Bucky worked as the first full-time Athletic Director at CBU; also in 1968.
In 1987, Bucky was appointed president of the Canada Winter Games. During this time, he worked with architects to construct many of the sporting facilities seen today. These facilities include the Canada Games Complex, the Max Bell Sports Clinic, and the Sullivan Fieldhouse. Today, Bucky is part of a community-led task force that is looking to repurpose the Canada Games Complex for future use.
Bucky was inducted into the Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. His induction into the CCAA Hall of Fame is a well-deserved triumph that is fitting for someone of Bucky’s caliber.
Bucky was inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame on June 9, 2015.