Chris McCauley's Jersey Retired
The Western men’s hockey program has done something they have never done before and perhaps something that has never been done by any university men’s hockey program. They have retired a jersey of a former player. Chris McCauley, who played defence for the Mustangs from 1983 to 1987, had his number 5 raised to the rafters at Thompson Arena in an emotional ceremony on Saturday before this year’s Mustangs played host to the Ottawa Gee-Gees. McCauley passed away on August 9, 2017 after a long battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
“Chris was a very spiritual individual whose personality shone through all the time that we knew him, and also during the trying time of his ALS, which he succumbed to after about two years,” said Ron Watson, who recruited McCauley from the London Knights and was McCauley’s coach for the first two of his four seasons with Western. “He was an outstanding hockey player, whether you played him as a forward or a defenceman. He was highly skilled as a defenceman, with an ability to move the puck and he could score goals from the point.”