Clarkson University remembers Don Seale ’57, Clarkson Hockey’s Jackie Robinson and decorated veteran


Don Seale with Clarkson Chairman Tony Collins and retired athletic director Steve Yianoukos

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing last week of Don Seale ’57, 86, a 2017 Inducted into the Clarkson Sports Hall of Fame and a decorated major and a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. We extend our condolences to his wife, Juanita, and their children and grandchildren for their loss.

“The Clarkson Athletics family lost a great member when Don passed away. He has helped shape who we are as a hockey program and varsity community. We’re proud he wears green and gold, ”said Clarkson athletic director Scott Smalling.

The Don Seale ’57 Clarkson Alumni Endowed Scholarship was created through the generosity of past donors to honor Don and will be awarded to students who have lost a parent during their military service or as a first responder as Don’s wishes after his career decorated in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Regarded as the “Jackie Robinson of Clarkson Hockey” as one of the first black players in American college hockey, Seale was a tall, strong and talented athlete. The massive 6-2, 195-pound defenseman of St. John, NB, Seale has won numerous awards and has been the mainstay of the Golden Knights’ defensive body on teams that have featured some of the best hockeys in the country. . His teams amassed 60 wins and a 0.896 winning percentage from 1954 to 1957.

In his first year of varsity competition for the Knights, Seale played all 22 games of the 1954-55 campaign, helping the Greens and Golds to an 18-4 record.

One of the most renowned seasons in college hockey history came in 1955-56 when Seale helped Clarkson score 23-0, the first perfect NCAA campaign since 1947. The Knights capped the feat. remarkable in beating their rival St. Laurent 7-4 in Potsdam.

Seale skated all 23 games, scoring two goals and 10 points in the unbeaten season. His first career goal was the opener in a 5-2 win over Boston College on February 17 at Clarkson Arena.

Retired athletic director Steve Yianoukos ’72 shared more about Don Seale’s time as a Gold Knight and his career as he was inducted into the Clarkson Sports Hall of Fame in this short documentary.

A private family service will be held at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa at a later date. Online condolences and memories can be made at


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