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Krete, Derek

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SPORT | Football

POSITION | Running Back

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2015

 (1974 – )

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Derek was born in Chatham, starred in football at Chatham Collegiate where he won league MVP Award, and then went on to an outstanding career with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs. While at university he won many individual honours and helped his team win one Vanier Cup as Canadian Interuniversity Sport Champions. After graduation, Derek went on to play three years professionally in the Canadian Football League.

Career Highlights

1993 - 1997

1993 – 1997 – attended University of Western Ontario and played for the Mustangs

1993 – as a freshman, played 2 exhibition games – broke his ankle in 3rd quarter of home opener against Guelph Griffins and was red shirted for remainder of year

1994 – was Ontario University Athletics (OUA) 1st team all-star – was Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 1st team defense all-star – Mustangs won Vanier Cup as CIS Champions

1995 – was in and out of lineup due to groin and hamstring injuries

1996 – was OUA 1st team all-star – was CIS 1st team defense all-star – awarded OUA President’s Trophy as “the outstanding stand-up defensive player in OUA” – awarded CIS President’s Trophy as “the outstanding defensive player in CIS”

1997 – was OUA 1st team all-star – was CIS 2nd team defense all-star – awarded Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy for top UWO male athlete of the year – received UWO Purple Blanket in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to the University   – was drafted by Montreal Alouettes in fourth round 29th overall


1998 - 2014

1998 – 2000 – played in Canadian Football League

1998 – hamstring injury during Alouette training camp – did not play

1999 – played linebacker and on special teams for Toronto Argonauts

2000 – played linebacker and on special teams for Saskatchewan Roughriders

2014 – Derek was inducted as an individual player into the Western University Wall of Champions and at the same time his 1994 Vanier Cup Championship team was also inducted.


Dr. Derek Krete is a physician currently living in Peterborough with his wife, Amanda, and their two children. He specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine. He also serves as specialist lead for the Peterborough Youth Sports Concussion Program.​