(FREDERICTON, NB) The University of New Brunswick has been selected by Canadian Interuniversity Sport to host the CIS men’s hockey championship, in 2017 and 2018.
The Varsity Reds have hosted the University Cup before, in 2003, 2004, 2011 and 2012. Each time, the Aitken Centre saw capacity crowds.
John Richard, UNB’s Director of Athletics, says it’s an honour to be named host of the national university championship tournament. “We feel privileged that the CIS has entrusted us with this event and will put our very best effort forward to provide a memorable lifelong experience for all involved.”
For a decade, the Varsity Reds have been a dominant program in CIS hockey. Under head coach Gardiner MacDougall, UNB has captured the University Cup four times(2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013). Twice during that time, the Varsity Reds have been runners-up in the national final(2008 and 2015).
The 2016 University Cup will be played in Halifax, March 17-20, at Scotiabank Centre. The University of Alberta Golden Bears are the defending CIS champions.