To get into the Carleton Ravens Hall of Fame, you’ve got to do plenty of extraordinary things – it’s all about athletes and builders making contributions and, with that, creating a legacy.

And now the Ravens are welcoming in five new Hall of Famers, people have made a huge difference inside and outside the school’s halls, gym, arena and stadium – John Ruddy, Alyson Bush, Paul Armstrong, Ray Mowling and Cameron Legault.

Ruddy’s contributions went far beyond his five years on the Ravens football team, he was also instrumental in the 2013 resurrection of the squad (it was gone for 15 years) with a $2.5-million donation.

“It’s such a wonderful position to be in where you can give back,” said Ruddy, a partner in Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which owns the Ottawa Redblacks and 67’s. “You take, but you also give back. I’m fortunate to have been able to do that, also being able to direct the philanthropy through activities I personally enjoy – as an example, Carleton football.”

As a cornerback, he was a very good contributor on the field for the Ravens. What he took from that experience is still firmly in place.

“There are two parts of it – the sport part of it, there’s also the friendship and camaraderie part,” he said. “Both were important to me. Playing the game itself was great, it was my favourite sport. But I also developed very strong friendships with fellows I still see. One of my teammates was Barry Hobin – we’re still friends and we still do business together.

“The discipline from playing the sports and also the academics provided me with a lot of life skills. As trite as it may sound, it was because of those things, I was happy to be in a position to be able to support the return of football. For me, sports and academics combined provide the young men leadership abilities and skills which will serve them well later in life.”

And now, to be part of the Class of 2020 is icing on the cake.

“I never contemplated anything like this, it’s quite an honour,” he said. “Fifty years after my start at the school, to be given this honour is overwhelming. I’m really appreciative.”

Here’s a look at the Ravens Class of 2020:


While completing his degree in Architecture, Ruddy played for the Ravens football team (defensive back) from 1970-75. He formed his own company, Trinity Development Group, then wanted to give back to the school. His personal donations launched the John Ruddy Bursary and the John Ruddy Scholarship, both in the Department of Architecture. In 2009, he took a leadership position as talk of a Ravens Football revival began. A key donor and financial supporter toward the team’s return in 2013, he also participated in the design of a new logo and uniforms, locker rooms and stadium facilities and the hiring of head coach Steve Sumarah.


Bush played for the women’s basketball team from 2008-2013. She was the first Ravens women’s basketball player to be named a CIS All-Canadian (U Sports) in 2013. In her final year, she was named Team MVP, winner of the OUA East Joy Bellinger Award, OUA East 1st team all-star, OUA East Defensive Player of the Year, OUA East Player of the Year, Ravens Female Athlete of the Year, CIS 2nd team All-Canadian, CIS Academic All-Canadian.


Armstrong has been a familiar face in and around the Ravens Nest since the mid-1970s. As a player, he was a three-time OUAA all-star. He was head coach of the women’s basketball team (1981-83) before taking over as the men’s coach (1983-99). Under his leadership, the Ravens won the OUAA Eastern Division championship in 1988 and went on to play in the national championships. Armstrong was named OUA basketball coach of the year in 1984 and 1999. Armstrong has been an active leader in establishing relationships with alumni and supporters and has laid the foundation for a prosperous economic future for Ravens Basketball through his work as a senior development officer with Carleton Athletics. He also assisted in the fundraising campaign to bring back the Ravens football program in 2013.


Legault was a lineman for the Ravens from 1996-98 – known for his loyalty, work ethic and leadership. Among his accolades: 1st team All-Canadian and Ravens Athlete of the Year. He also played in the 1999 East-West Shrine Bowl. Legault went on to play in the CFL for eight seasons and won a Grey Cup in 2000 with the B.C. Lions. He was the 2001 recipient of the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy CFL award, given to the most outstanding Canadian player in the West Division. Legault also played for the Ottawa Renegades, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders. He is heavily involved in the Osgoode Rideau Minor Hockey Association as vice president and a head coach.


Mowling was a successful two-sport athlete in the 1960s. He was a member of the Ravens golf and hockey teams from 1961-65. He captained both squads. Mowling led the golf team to two straight OSLAA championships and won the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Invitational tournament. He holds the Ravens men’s hockey record for most goals in a single season by a right winger with 19 and had four career hat tricks. In his final year, Mowling won the Jack Vogan Memorial medal as the outstanding graduating male athlete.
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