James (Jim) Molloy attended Edge School for his last year of high school and graduated in 2004. We caught up with him recently to talk about his time at Edge and to find out where he is now.
Q: Tell us about your path after graduating from Edge.
A: I graduated from the University of Calgary Law School this past June and I am currently articling with Calgary Legal Guidance. Prior to attending U of C, I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Q: You played on the 2003-04 Midget Varsity Hockey Team. How are you involved with hockey today?
A: I have continued to be involved with the game and I have been a coach for several years. I am currently an assistant coach for the Midget Elite Fire hockey team in Calgary.
Q: How did Edge School help prepare you for the next steps in your education and career?
A: Edge gave us a lot of exposure to different opportunities, particularly U.S. college opportunities. In our 2003-04 year we went to Boston, Idaho, and Ohio, among other places. Boston was a great experience, visiting Harvard and Boston College. Meeting legendary Boston College coach Jerry York was certainly a highlight. We had the opportunity to write our SATs in Ohio. Edge School arranged a prep session for the test – help like that made a big difference.
Q: Can you tell us about a memorable experience from your time at Edge School?
A: We sure packed a lot into our grade 12 year. There was a game in Nanton when the heater on our bus quit working in -32-degree weather, and a tournament in Idaho when Tom Collister broke a pane of glass with a slap shot – twice.
The death of our captain, Kyle Stuart, impacted our team and the School in a profound way. Kyle was such a strong leader. I remember struggling as a group to determine whether we should choose a new captain. Brendan Hull was chosen as the new captain and he did a great job honouring Kyle throughout the remainder of the season.
Q: What does the emphasis on character at Edge School mean to you now, more than a decade after graduating?
A: The work I do now can often be high effort, high reward, and it can have high stakes. I think my background in sport and my time at Edge taught me the importance of preparation and how to perform when things get tense. If you prepare well, when game time comes you can just play. I think that applies on the ice and in the courtroom.