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UNB to host men’s hockey championship

The University Cup is coming back to UNB. The national tournament has been held at UNB Fredericton on four occasions in the past, each time with overwhelming success. Capacity crowds of over 3,500 fans filled UNB’s Aitken University Centre during a two-year run in 2003 and 2004, and again in 2011 and 2012.

“The University of New Brunswick is honoured to be named host of the 2017 and 2018 CIS men’s hockey University Cup,” says John Richard, director of athletics at UNB Fredericton. “This event will have a significant impact on our campus, our city and the entire region. We feel privileged that USports has entrusted us with this event and will put our very best effort forward to provide a memorable lifelong experience for all involved.”

The UNB Varsity Reds have been one of the two dominant programs in CIS men’s hockey over the past decade. Before their recent run of success under 16-year head coach Gardiner MacDougall, the VReds had also been crowned in 1998 under the guidance of Mike Kelly. MacDougall is a two-time CIS men’s hockey coach of the year, including last season, and also received the CIS Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award last June in recognition of his outstanding career.

The 2017 University Cup will take place March 15 to 19 at the Aitken University Centre. 

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