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Saint Mary’s hockey alumnus headed to pro game in Scotland

11 August, 2016

Matt Tipoff scores against Acadia
Tipoff scores against Acadia

Saint Mary’s University alumnus and hockey Husky Matt Tipoff has parlayed his education and hockey skills into a new opportunity in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tipoff has played on the Huskies men’s hockey team for the last five years and during that time completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and he’ll be completing his MBA later this month. His hockey experience and business education have landed him a new job with the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Hockey League. Tipoff will be suiting up for the Capitals on the ice and also working in the front office assisting the organization with marketing strategy, as well as the growth and maintenance of corporate sponsorships within the community.

“Playing hockey professionally has been a goal of mine dating back to my time in the OHL,” said Tipoff. “It feels amazing to finally accomplish that goal, but also to have the opportunity to use my business education to work within the sporting world as well.”

After playing in the OHL Tipoff had to make the choice between trying to play professionally or education. He chose education which led him to Saint Mary’s.

“In the back of my mind playing professionally was always something I knew I had to do before I ended my hockey career, but I chose Saint Mary’s because of their outstanding business program and winning hockey tradition. Saint Mary’s and the Sobey School of Business have prepared me extremely well for my future off the ice. Throughout my undergrad and MBA I was exposed to a very unique experience, in a very tight-knit community feel that you cannot find elsewhere. I’ve developed necessary leadership skills in an intercultural environment, which I know will help me in any future role I have.”

The EIHL is a 10-team league spread throughout the UK with teams in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Tipoff has never been the UK before but is looking forward to being introduced to a new culture and the opportunities to travel his new home will offer.

During his time at Saint Mary’s Tipoff says he amassed so many memories both on and off the ice.

“The memories made at SMU are truly something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. My best hockey memory at SMU would have to be this past seasons CIS nationals bronze medal finish, while outside of hockey, I was fortunate enough to speak at an Academic All-Canadian breakfast. It meant a lot to me to be able to share that moment with all the other student-athletes.”