The UBC Old Boys Ravens came into being in 1974 when a group of graduates from the University of British Columbia, who had been coached by national coach Donn Spence and which included many young aspiring national and provincial players, decided to form their own team. They were interested in playing wide-open, entertaining, running rugby with an emphasis on letting the ball do the work. They also wished to maintain a close link with the university and their former coach Donn Spence. In keeping with native folklore, the "Thunderbird" emblem of UBC became the "Raven" of the graduate team. The new team colours of red, white and blue represented the blue of UBC, the white of the British Columbia provincial team and the red, that of the Canadian National team.