Currently competing on the Canadian University scene in U-Sports and the OUA, the Golden Hawks have been a solid program in a community which boasts hockey pioneer Father David Bauer as one of its former members. The Waterloo Memorial Arena was a classic Canadian Hockey barn which essentially fell apart and required replacing. In 1993, the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex was opened as a new home for the Golden Hawks including the Sun Life Financial Arena, which is inside the rec complex. The Rec Complex remains a living memorial for those who have died in armed conflicts and the lower concourse has a variety of interesting murals and artifacts enshrining the memorial.
The Golden Hawks have won the Queen’s Cup as OUA champions three times, including 1983, 1989 and 1990, and although they have competed for the University Cup on a number of occasions, they have yet to bring home the ultimate prize. The Sun Life Financial Arena is a very nice hockey arena with lots of space, bright lights and a clean image. However, it is vastly larger than the needs of the team. That being said, more should be done by the university to bring out larger crowds, specifically students, to experience this undervalued gem.