• Doc Seaman Off Ice Skills Facility

Seaman-Hill Hockey Skills Centre

Notre Dame’s state-of-the-art hockey skills training facility
 
In 2016, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame opened a 4,200 square foot state-of-the-art off- ice hockey training facility adjacent to the Duncan McNeill Arena in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.
 
The facility was made possible through $1,000,000 in gifts from the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation and friends of Daryl ‘Doc’ K. Seaman. Initiated by Paul J. Hill, long-time patron of Notre Dame and friend to Daryl Seaman, this project leaves a legacy for Doc at Notre Dame, a school to which he was a great supporter and friend.
 
The facility boasts an impressive 3,000 square foot open synthetic ice surface with enclosed area featuring boards for goalie and player specific training, synthetic-ice shooting lanes, a Rapid Shot Machine, Rapid Hands Machines and a flexible use skills area for puck handling and passing. This facility can accommodate 20-25 athletes at a time.
 
The skill development of our athletes in the facilities on our campus, including the Seaman-Hill Hockey Skills Centre, has helped our teams excel to 1 national championship, 13 provincial championships and 9 league championships since 2017.
 
The Seaman-Hill Hockey Skills Centre is attached to the Duncan McNeill arena’s already impressive Olympic size ice surface, Maier High Performance Strength and Conditioning Facility, 12 home team dressing rooms equipped with video capabilities, and an athletic sport therapy training room featuring a cold and hot tub.
 
Athol Murray College of Notre Dame offers high school students an ideal environment for their development to become well-rounded, high achieving, successful adults, not only as athletes, but as business and community leaders. Notre Dame enables young adults to see what they are capable of achieving in their lives, and provides each of them the tools to achieve their goals.
 

Our Benefactors

Daryl K. "Doc" Seaman

Born in 1922, Doc Seaman grew up in Rouleau, Saskatchewan and played hockey for Father Athol Murray at Notre Dame College as a young teenager. When Doc was 17 he was invited to play for the Moose Jaw Canucks, which was one of the country's leading junior hockey teams at the time. He was also asked to sign a "Protection Card" with the New York Americans of the NHL, but World War II effectively put a stop to any professional hockey plans.
 
In 1941, Doc enlisted and was accepted into the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot flying officer. He served until the end of 1944, logging 82 combat missions over North Africa and Italy. Following the war, Doc graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in mechanical engineering. It was during that time he also earned the nickname “Doc”, while playing baseball in Saskatchewan’s senior baseball circuit and carrying his gear in a black satchel that resembled a doctor’s bag.
 
Doc and his brothers B.J. and Don co-founded Bow Valley Industries in 1949, which became a very successful Canadian-based international oil and gas company. In 1980, Doc became part owner of the Calgary Flames, was a key player in building the Saddledome, and was instrumental in bringing the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to Calgary.  Doc’s love for hockey continued throughout his life as he supported grassroots development programs and amateur athletics in Canada.  The Calgary Flames honoured Doc’s legacy with a financial contribution to the Seaman-Hill Hockey Skills Centre.
 
Doc has a long list of accomplishments, directorships and awards for his work and has received much recognition. Among his numerous achievements, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1993. In 1995, he was presented with the Notre Dame Humanitarian Award for his outstanding contribution to education, to sport, to his roots, and to his community.  He was also elected posthumously to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder category in 2010. Notre Dame is grateful for Doc Seaman’s service to its Board of Regents from 1982-87.
 
Doc and his wife Lois had four children Diane, Robert, Kenneth, and Gary. His grandchildren Cory and Jeff both attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Doc passed away in 2009, but didn’t forget Father Athol Murray, that giant of a man who encouraged his students and athletes to strive for greatness.
 
As a major contributor to Notre Dame, Doc Seaman has given Pere's Hounds a much needed hand over the years. Seaman Hall is a student residence at the Notre Dame campus that was constructed in the 1990’s thanks to Doc’s generous support.
 
Through the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation, the Seaman-Hill Hockey Skills Centre became a reality in 2016.
 
“Daryl K. “Doc” Seaman has been described as a hero, icon, pioneer, philanthropist, visionary and legend.” – Calgary Foundation

Paul and Carol Hill

After graduating from Georgetown University (BSBA ’67), Washington, DC and the Richard Ivey School of Business program (MBA ’69) and gaining significant experience in the investment banking industry for approximately eight years, Paul J. Hill is the third generation in the Hill family to lead The Hill Companies. His leadership and strategic direction serves as a catalyst to diversify The Hill Companies and the employment base of the province. The Hill Companies now operate in the areas of real estate, insurance, media, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Paul’s extensive network within the North American business community facilitates his ability to aggressively seek out unique business opportunities.

He currently sits on the board of The Papal Foundation and has served on the boards of the Investment Dealers Association, Canada Trust Bank, North Canadian Oils, Shopping.com, Government House Foundation, The Conference Board of Canada, US Forest Products Inc. and as Chairman of Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust as well as several other Canadian and US corporations.

Carol has served on the boards of The Max Bell Foundation, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Globe Theatre, Notre Dame College, Ridley College, Canadian Council of Business For the Arts,  Pugwash International Peace Conferences and the Lester B. Pearson United World College.  She is a current board member of The Talent Fund, funding Canadian filmmakers through Telefilm.  Carol Hill founded the Canadian Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and was its first Chairperson.

In 2011 and 2012, Paul was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Regina and the University of Western Ontario, in recognition of the positive impact his leadership has made throughout Canada. In 2010, he was entrusted as a Knight of St. Sylvester by Pope Benedict XVI in acknowledgment of his charitable work. He has also received the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee Medal, The Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Order of Canada (2015) - which is one of the country's highest civilian honours that recognizes outstanding achievement and service to the nation.

Carol and Paul have received the CTV Citizens of the Year (2014) and Philanthropists of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2015, Notre Dame was honoured to present Carol and Paul with the Mother Teresa Award for their many works to the Notre Dame, Canada and global communities.  Paul and Carol were also honoured as Humanitarians of the Year by the Red Cross in 2017.  In 2012 Paul and Carol were honored by receiving the Ignatian Challenge Award from St. Paul’s High School in Winnipeg.  They are also proud to sponsor the annual Distinguished Speaker Series at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame.  They also support the University of Regina, Campion College Catholic Studies program and the Paul J. Hill School of Business ethics and other scholarship programs as well as the partnership with the Ivey School of Business to produce business cases with Saskatchewan stories under the Hill/Ivey brand.  Over 70,000 cases have been sold to over 60 business schools in over 60 different countries. 

Among their many community initiatives, Paul and Carol’s philanthropic efforts have focused on providing education opportunities for inner-city youth. They created the foundation “One Life Makes a Difference” which focuses on inner city, under privileged children starting in grades 6, 7, 8 (Mother Teresa Middle School – Canada’s first Jesuit fostered academy) and continuing on to many different high schools and universities for a full 11-12 years.  It is the only program in Canada with measurable outcomes that takes students, 80% of which are destined to being dropouts and entering the criminal justice system to passing and succeeding while being supported right through to their first job.    

“We are enthusiastic about being a part of this training facility to enhance the skills of Notre Dame hockey players." - Paul and Carol Hill

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame ·

P.O. Box 100 Wilcox · SK, Canada S0G 5E0
Phone: 306-732-2080 · Fax: 306-732-4409 · Email: info@notredame.ca