Graduating Seniors 2016

24 Jan 2016 12:27 PM | Robbie Sihota (Administrator)

This year we are proud to announce that we have two graduating seniors, Matt Letkeman and Josh Owen-Thomas, both of whom played their entire five-year career at the U of C. That is an amazing accomplishment and we're proud they will be joining our Alumni group. 

Seniors Night will be held on Friday, February 12th before the tip-off of the 8:00 game versus the University of Regina. Be sure to arrive early so you don't miss the pre-game ceremony.

Matt Letkeman  

This muscular, congenial, charismatic post man has been a special Dinos teammate since his arrival from Abbotsford, B.C. in the Fall of 2010; he averaged 8.5 ppg in 19 minutes/game in his freshman year. In the 6 year period since that time, Matt has overcome mysterious illness, injury, and the challenges those things bring to a young man’s playing career.

Matt is a leader on and off the court, and when he’s not sitting out with fouls, he is an effective inside scorer, and a robust defender at the other end. He was the obvious choice to be the first basketball Dino to take part in the new ‘Dinos Lead’ program;  his work with other UC athletes in reaching out to children in Africa (a visit to Rwanda), and doing volunteer work in Calgary and across Canada has been remarkable.  

Matt will continue to make a difference in the world, and as a Dinos alumnus, we are sure!

Josh Owen-Thomas  

A native of Australia, Josh arrived at UC in 2011, after having come to the attention of former Dinos A.D. Ron Wuotila, as a member of the British Junior National program.  “ This is a tough, hard-working, character kid”, said Wuotila at the time.  And 5 years later, we see Josh playing 25 minutes a game, and producing clutch hoops, taking a turn at the point, and defending very dependably. 

His under-stated style lets his performance do the talking.  Josh has blossomed into a strong, versatile, dependable 2-way stalwart for a Dinos team in contention for League honours. His plan to study Law after his basketball career, which might include a pro shot in Britain, has him following in his Dad’s foot-steps. A proud UC Dino, Josh has delivered on the promise he showed 5-6 years ago, as a player, a high-quality teammate, and a leader on the court and in the class-room. 

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