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University hockey trophy named after former Governor General and UW president

Last Updated Mar 14, 2018 at 10:58 am EDT

Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa, Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In a news conference in Toronto held by U Sports, the countries governing body for university athletics, it was announced the Men’s Hockey Championship trophy formerly known as the University Cup will now be known as the David Johnston University Cup

Johnston was the Governor General of Canada for seven years between 2010-2017. He was also the President of the University of Waterloo for 11 years between 1999-2010

Despite his many accolades Johnston still values this recognition.

“I’m humbled, honoured and flattered. It’s a wonderful tribute and I’m very grateful. Especially for me, the connection with the office of the Governor because there had been a long association of that office and sport going back to Lord Dufferin in 1871”.

He went on to say student athletes add so much to a college or university.

“It just goes to lift the culture of the institution when you can practise that old Greek maxim of ‘healthy mind, healthy body and each contributing to the other”.

Johnston was once an all-American hockey player in the 1960’s while attending Harvard University in Boston.