Camrose, AB, October 31, 2019: University of Alberta - Augustana Viking's Men's Hockey Player #31, Curtis "Skipper" Skip, played in his 75th regular season game, tying for the most games played by a Vikings goaltender and breaking the record for most games won by a Vikings Goaltender.
Over the October 26th-27th weekend, Augustana Vikings faced the reigning ACAC Champions, Grant MacEwan University Griffins. Friday's game played at the Downtown Community Arena in Edmonton was a close 3-2 win with Skip stopping 32 of the 34 shots from the Griffins. With a 4-3 win at home on Saturday, fifth year goaltender Curtis Skip has officially earned his 39th win, breaking the record for most games won by a Vikings Goaltender. The record was previously held by Joel Danyluk ('15) who had 38 regular season career wins with the Augustana Vikings.
In choosing where to play after competing in Jr. A Hockey in Drumheller, AB, Augustana was very appealing to Skip. His dad is a former Augustana Vikings Hockey alumnus as goaltender for the Vikings in the late 70's and early 80's. Head coach Blaine Gusdal saw an opportunity for Skip to not be just a starting goaltender, but to represent the culture of the team as a integral leader. In following his father's footsteps, including wearing the same number as his dad, Skip is completing his fifth season with the Vikings with the hopes of winning his first ACAC Championship. His goal during his time playing for Augustana has been to "perform as a franchise goalie and to play an important role in leading the team."
For the 2016/2017, Curtis Skip was awarded Men's Hockey Team MVP and U of A Augustana Male Athlete of the Year. Since then, we has been awarded numerous Player of the Game awards in regular season play, as well as playoffs. Viking's Head Coach Gusdal states, "In recruiting Curtis, I was very confident that he was going to be a great leader, role model, and starting goaltender for our program for his 5 years here. While recruiting him, I labeled him as a franchise goaltender as I was so impressed with his junior career, plus his maturity and professionalism throughout the process. He's earned absolutely everything he's accomplished as a Viking."
Catch Skip in the net this weekend as the Vikings face NAIT Ooks on home ice this Friday, 7:30pm at Encana Arena.