November 1, 2021
Forty years ago, a 20 year old forward from Central Alberta became the lone player to win a CCAA National Hockey Championship representing different post secondary institutions.
Ron Pierce, who developed his skills in Stettler's minor hockey program, joined the 1978-79 Red Deer College Kings as a 17 year old. For the second time in three seasons, the Kings became CCAA champions.
In 1980-81, the left winger enrolled at SAIT where he led the ACAC in scoring with 53 points en route to an ACAC title. At the 1981 CCAA National Hockey Championships, the Trojans won their first national championship in any sport due in large part to his performance which earned him CCAA Tournament MVP honours.
In 1981-82, Pierce won a second ACAC championship with the Trojans prior to being named a CCAA Tournament All Star.
As a member of the University of Calgary Dinos in 1982-83, the two time ACAC first team all conference selection was chosen to play with Canada's Olympic Hockey Team on a tour of Czechoslovakia.Not only did Pierce win national championships with the Kings and the Trojans, he played with his brothers Rodger and Darryl on the 1979-80 Centennial Cup champion Red Deerr Rustlers. (Rodger was also a member of the 1980-81 CCAA champion SAIT Trojans.) All three teams have been inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.