May 3, 2017

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Of the 13 head coaches to guide a team to a CCAA national hockey championship, only two have also coached a team to a world championship. Twenty five years ago, the two faced one another for the final time in the post season at the CCAA Challenge Cup in Edmonton. Both are currently eligible for the CCAA Hall of Fame.

For Perry Pearn, it was his final appearance at a national championship. The Stettler, Alberta native coached the NAIT Ooks to seven conference championships in 14 seasons between 1978 and 1993. With Pearn behind the bench, the Ooks collected seven medals in eight appearances at nationals including six gold. In 1993, Pearn was head coach of Canada's National Junior Team the when they won gold at the IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Gavle, Sweden.

For Ken Babey, it was his first appearance at a national championship. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native coached the SAIT Trojans to nine conference championships in 27 seasons between 1987 and 2014. With Babey behind the bench, the Trojans collected three medals in three appearances at nationals including one gold. Last month, Babey was head coach of Canada's National Sledge Team when they won gold at the IPC World Para Hockey Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.

After the Ooks won the best of five conference final in the fifth and deciding game, the Trojans and the Ooks played twice at the 1992 CCAA Challenge Cup in Edmonton. In the round robin, NAIT outscored SAIT 8-3. In the winner take all final, the Ooks blanked the Trojans 5-0.

KEN BABEY'S COLLEGE & INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY STATISTICS

College (Ice Hockey)
Season Team League Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result Award(s)
1987-88 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 5 18 1 0 .229 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1988-89 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 26 9 16 1 0 .365 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1989-90 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 4 18 2 0 .208 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1990-91 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 31 15 16 0 0 .484 Lost in ACAC Finals  
1991-92 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 39 22 17 0 0 .564 Lost in ACAC Finals, Lost in CCAA Final  
1992-93 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 24 12 10 2 0

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Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1993-94 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 22 11 10 1 0 .523 Out of ACAC Playoffs  
1994-95 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 27 15 8 4 0 .630 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals ACAC Coach of the Year
1995-96 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 29 16 12 1 0 .569 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1996-97 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 33 23 9 1 0 .712 ACAC Champions, Lost in CCAA Final ACAC Coach of the Year
1997-98 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 29 19 9 1 0 .672 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1998-99 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 30 21 9 0 0 .700 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals ACAC Coach of the Year
1999-2000 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 37 28 6 3 0 .797 ACAC Champions, CCAA Champions ACAC Coach of the Year, CCAA Coaching Award of Excellence
2000-01 SAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 31 21 6 3 1 .742 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2001-02 SAIT ACAC Head 34 24 6 2 2 .765 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2002-03 SAIT ACAC Head 31 23 8 0 0 .742 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2003-04 SAIT ACAC Head 31 18 10 3 0 .629 Lost in ACAC Quarter Finals  
2004-05 SAIT ACAC Head 34 24 9 1 0 .721 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2005-06 SAIT ACAC Head 33 21 11 1 0 .652 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2006-07 SAIT ACAC Head 34 22 7 3 2 .721 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2007-08 SAIT ACAC Head 30 21 5 0 4 .767 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2008-09 SAIT ACAC Head 38 28 8 0 2 .763 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship ACAC Coach of the Year
2009-10 SAIT ACAC Head 36 29 5 2 0 .833 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  
2010-11 SAIT ACAC Head 36 28 5 3 0 .819 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2011-12 SAIT ACAC Head 34 22 9 2 1 .691 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
2012-13 SAIT ACAC Head 36 25 7 4 0 .750 Lost in ACAC Finals  
2013-14 SAIT ACAC Head 36 28 6 2 0 .806 ACAC Champions, No CCAA Championship  

International (Ice Hockey)
Year Team Event Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result
1998 Alberta U-17 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge (Swift Current, Canada) Assistant 6 2 3 1 0 .417 4th
2000 Canada U-18 IIHF Four Nations Cup (Kezmarok, Slovakia) Head 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2003 Canada IIHF Loto Cup (Piestany, Slovakia) Assistant 4 3 0 1 0 .875 Gold Medalists
2007 Denmark U-20 IIHF Division I, Group A World Junior Championships (Odense, Denmark) Head 5 4 1 0 0 .800 Gold Medalists
2008 Denmark U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships (Pardubice - Liberec, Czech Republic) Head 7 0 7 0 0 .000 10th
2008 Denmark IIHF World Championships (Quebec City - Halifax, Canada) Assistant 8 2 6 0 0 .250 12th

International (Para Ice Hockey/Sledge Hockey)
Year Team Event Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result
2015 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Leduc, Canada) Head 5 3 2 0 0 .600 Bronze Medalists
2015 Canada IPC World Championships (Buffalo, USA) Head 5 4 1 0 0 .800 Silver Medalists
2015 Canada International Sledge Hockey Tournament (Turin, Italy) Head 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2016 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Bridgewater, Canada) Head 5 4 0 0 1 .900 Silver Medalists
2016 Canada World Sledge Hockey Challenge (Charlottetown, Canada) Head 5 3 1 0 1 .700 Silver Medalists
2017 Canada International Sledge Hockey Tournament (Turin, Italy) Head 5 5 0 0 0 1.000 Gold Medalists
2017 Canada IPC World Championships (Gangneung, South Korea) Head 7 6 1 0 0 .857 Gold Medalists

 

PERRY PEARN'S COLLEGE & INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY STATISTICS

College (Ice Hockey)
Season Team League Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result Award(s)
1978-79 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 29 12 16 1 0 .431 Lost in ACAC Finals  
1979-80 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 26 13 13 0 0 .500 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  
1980-81 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 30 15 14 1 0 .517 Lost in ACAC FInals  
1981-82 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 32 19 11 2 0 .625 Lost in ACAC Finals, CCAA Champions  
1982-83 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 30 18 12 0 0 .600 Lost in ACAC Finals  
1983-84 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 34 29 5 0 0

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ACAC Champions, Lost in CCAA Bronze Medal Game ACAC Coach of the Year, CCAA Coaching Award of Excellence
1984-85 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 33 33 0 0 0 1.000 ACAC Champions, CCAA Gold Medalists ACAC Coach of the Year
1985-86 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 33 30 3 0 0 .909 ACAC Champions, CCAA Champions ACAC Coach of the Year
1986-87 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 34 27 6 1 0 .809 ACAC Champions, CCAA Bronze Medalists ACAC Coach of the Year
1987-88 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 26 16 9 1 0 .635 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals ACAC Coach of the Year
1988-89 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 34 22 10 2 0 .676 Lost in ACAC Finals, CCAA Champions  
1989-90 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 34 31 1 2 0 .941 ACAC Champions, CCAA Champions ACAC Coach of the Year
1991-92 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 36 32 4 0 0 .889 ACAC Champions, CCAA Champions ACAC Coach of the Year
1992-93 NAIT CCAA (ACAC) Head 28 17 10 1 0 .625 Lost in ACAC Semi Finals  

International (Ice Hockey)
Year Team Event Role GP W L T OTL Pct. Result
1990 Canada U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships (Helsinki, Finland) Assistant 7 5 1 1 0 .786 Gold Medalists
1991 Canada U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships (Saskatchewan, Canada) Assistant 7 5 1 1 0 .786 Gold Medalists
1991 Canada Spengler Cup (Davos, Switzerland) Assistant 4 3 1 0 0 .750 Bronze Medalists
1993 Canada U-20 IIHF World Junior Championships (Gavle, Sweden) Head 7 6 1 0 0 .857 Gold Medalists

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