Gateway Hill reclaimation site, photo courtesy of Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Willie receiving Certificate of Merit in 1988 from the Government of Alberta due to his contribution to Fort McMurray.
It is over 40 years of front line experience at Syncrude that has provided Hoflin with a deep understanding and knowledge of every facet of the operation.
Giving Back to the Community
Hoflin used that same business acumen to bring Junior A hockey to Fort McMurray. When the Alberta Junior Hockey League refused to consider a team for Fort McMurray because of the associated travel costs, Hoflin spearheaded a season-ticket drive that sold eight-hundred tickets in just under six weeks. Fort McMurray got its team and the Oil Barons came to town.
Hoflin is also one of the founding members of the Northern Alberta Athletic Association; the group that owns the Oil Barons. In the early days, the Oil Barons were in deep financial trouble until Hoflin and the NAAA took control of the team and turned things around. Today, the Barons are the toast of the AJHL, with approximately a $3-million budget and a consistently packed Casman Centre not only to play in, but also to hang the team’s three championship banners.
For Hoflin, giving back to the community is something that extends not just to sports and volunteerism, but also to public service.