Well-known PEI soccer player and all-round athlete David Snowie will be the subject of some good-natured ‘ribbing’ at the third annual UPEI Men’s Soccer Dinner and Roast, announced UPEI Director of Athletics and Recreation Bill Schurman. The event will take place on Friday, March 1 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.
Hosted by the UPEI Friends of Men’s Soccer—a group representing alumni, members of the soccer community, and PEI soccer supporters—the dinner is a key fundraiser for the team and supports current and future Panthers through athletic awards.
Originally from Summerside, David Snowie played junior hockey with the Summerside Crystals, alongside Schurman, and was named MVP of the Maritime Junior Hockey League in 1972-73.
“Dave has always been a huge supporter of sport whether it be as a player, coach, or builder. UPEI and the UPEI Friends of Men’s Soccer are thrilled to have him as our featured ‘roastee’. We have an excellent lineup of ‘roasters’ from his storied sport history that will no doubt entertain the crowd,” said Schurman.
While David Snowie did start out his university soccer career at UPEI in 1972, under the tutelage of coach Vince Mulligan, he is best known for his success as a dual soccer and hockey varsity team member at Mount Allison University. It was just after good friend Grafton Cole lured him to New Brunswick that the UPEI soccer team joined the then-AUAA conference, but by then Snowie had committed to Mt. A.
Snowie recalls, “I was pulling out of the driveway, car all packed when Vince called me at home to let me know UPEI was going to play in the league after all. Mom called out the door that Vince was on the phone, but even with the news, I had already made my decision and needed to stick with my commitment.”
At Mount Allison, Snowie earned rookie of the year and athlete of the year honours in soccer and, for two years, wore the “C” as captain of the team. A senior athlete of the year at Mt. A, he also played varsity hockey for Jack Drover and to this day they remain close friends.
Snowie has been instrumental in organizing many teams with Soccer PEI, including the Red Oak Boys U14 team with Tom Hayward and has coached minor soccer in both Sherwood and Winsloe. He is also one of the assistant coaches with UPEI Men’s Soccer and recently retired from a long career with Parks Canada.
The event, emceed by Lorne Acorn, includes a reception beginning at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:45 pm, and a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at the Soccer Stop, PEI Soccer Association, or by contacting the UPEI Athletics and Recreation department at (902) 566-0432.