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Gryphon Gallery: Ian Auld

Ian Auld attended GNS (Glenlyon Preparatory School) from 1977 to 1985 and was arguably one of the best all-round athletes ever. An outstanding runner, soccer player and basketball player, his teams were victorious in provincial cross-country, runners-up in CAIS soccer, and champions in city schools basketball. He was a real prospect, however, arguably his greatest successes came in a different field.

Ian earned an Honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Victoria in 1995, then studied medicine at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1999. A family medicine residency took him to Calgary where he graduated in 2001.

He has been working in the field of sport and exercise medicine for the last 15 years and is currently the head team physician for the Calgary Flames, a position he has held since the 2015-16 season.

In the past, Ian has also served concurrently as a team physician with the Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Roughnecks and Hockey Canada’s men’s and junior programs. He has been on the  Hockey Canada staff for seven world championship teams (World Juniors: 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014; Men’s: 2004, 2007; World Cup Champions: 2016). He also served as the team physician for Canada’s National Alpine Ski team from 2014 to 2015 and the National Men’s Water Polo team from 2009 to 2012. He has also found time for competitive cycling, previously winning Canadian National Masters titles in Mountain biking and Cyclo-cross in 2012 and 2013. 

Most recently, Ian was selected as the doctor for the Canadian Men’s Ice Hockey team at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but unfortunately the NHL announced players and staff would not be participating in the 2022 Olympics.

This is the eight instalment of a series of articles entitled “Gryphon Gallery” created by our School Archivist that will provide snapshots that celebrate the achievements of a variety of alumni and staff from throughout the history of GNS.