Waniska Athletics was created in 2020, by owner Devin Buffalo. Devin is a proud member of Samson Cree Nation which is located on Treaty 6 Territory.
Devin Buffalo's story is one of resilience, hard work, and the development of his character. After dealing with racial incidents in his hockey career, Devin made it his life mission to flip the current stereotypes of Indigenous people. In order to accomplish this challenge, Devin set out on two of his dreams: to play professional hockey, and to graduate from an Ivy League school.
Devin was used to seeing these prestigious schools on TV and in movies. He once mentioned his Ivy League dream to a school guidance counselor. Devin was told that this dream was unrealistic, and unattainable. The dreamer in him, developed the idea of limitless dreams. He was determined to prove the world wrong. He was determined to achieve all of his dreams, and attend any university he wished.
Devin played Junior A hockey for the Flin Flon Bombers in the SJHL, and the Drumheller Dragons in the AJHL. He achieved his Ivy League dream in 2012 when he accepted a scholarship to Dartmouth College. During his college tenure, Buffalo started over 60 NCAA Division 1 games over the course of 4 years. His college hockey success provided him nominations for the Hobey Baker Award & the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award. Buffalo was chosen as the MVP of Dartmouth Hockey, and was named to the All-Ivy League Team in his senior year. Additionally, Buffalo was a 4-time ECAC All-Academic. Devin graduated with a degree in 2018, majoring in Political Science & Government.
Following his graduation, he accomplished his dream of playing professional hockey. Devin played for various teams in the ECHL, & AHL in the USA. He finished his career with the Edmonton Oilers ECHL affiliate: Wichita Thunder.
Devin has always had a strong connection with his community, Maskwacis. He has given back by volunteering, and speaking to schools. Additionally, he has helped out in the hockey camps that were put on by the nation. Devin not only believes that sport & physical activity is crucial for the wellness of Indigenous people, but he emphasizes the importance of education.
He was nominated for the NCAA Hockey Humanitarian Award because of his heavy involvement in giving back to Indigenous sports. In 2017, Devin was a part of many Indigenous sporting events including the World Indigenous Games, North American Indigenous Games, and the Alberta Indigenous Games. The Hobey Baker Award is given to the most outstanding NCAA DIvision 1 player, and is considered to be the “Heisman Trophy” of College Hockey. In the fan vote, Buffalo finished in 4th place of the entire nation. Devin is proud of his Nehiyaw name Wâpiskasiniy, which means; white stone.
After this professional career, Devin began to plan Waniska Athletics. A brand that would empower the next generation of Indigenous athletes. Athletes who would open up doors that have never been open before to Indigenous people. Athletes who possessed the bravery, determination, and resiliency that would be required to blaze the trail. Waniska Athletics rose to develop a new way of thinking, and to inspire the rise of Indigenous athletes.