Douglas Bruce
Affiliation: Golden Bears
Title: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2015
Sport(s): Volleyball
Degree(s): BA (2001)
  • Setter for the Golden Bears volleyball team from 1992 to 1997
  • In 1997 won the CIAU Championship, named CIAU Volleyball Player of the Year, CIAU Championship tournament MVP and received the Wilson Award as the U of A’s Outstanding Male athlete of the Year
  • Member of the Canadian national volleyball team for eight years and for two year on the Universiade team
  • Played professional volleyball for eight years, including teams in Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Qatar
Full Bio

Doug was born in Calgary and moved to Edmonton in 1988 and graduated from Harry Ainlay high school. Doug has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta (2001) and a Geomatics Engineering Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (2010). During his five years of participation with the Golden Bear volleyball team (1992-1997), Doug was regarded as one of the finest players ever to wear the green and gold uniform and in the words of his coach Terry Danyluk, “the best Canadian university setter of his time.” Highlights of Doug’s university career include playing in two national championship finals (silver medal in 1996 and gold medal in 1997); being named CIAU volleyball player of the year and national tournament MVP in 1997; and receiving the Wilson award as the University of Alberta’s outstanding male athlete the same year.

Following his Golden Bear playing days Doug was a ten year member of the Canadian national volleyball team (eight years on the senior national team and two years on the Universiade team) that competed in international events including the 1995 and 1997 Universiade Games; the 1999 and 2003 World Cups; the 1999 and 2000 World Leagues; the 2002 World Championships; and 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games.

Doug also played professional volleyball for eight years in several of the top world leagues, which included stints with teams in Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Qatar. All throughout his university, national team and professional career Doug was noted for his superior skills on the court, as well as his exemplary personal conduct and being an outstanding role model for his teammates and young aspiring volleyball players.

During his Golden Bear volleyball career Doug displayed outstanding leadership qualities and a keen enthusiasm for the sport. He is currently employed as a senior surveyor for Natural Resources Canada.

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