Sunday, June 26, 2016

Season Ticket Information

The Varsity Reds have released ticket information regarding the upcoming 2016-2017 AUS hockey season, and it is mostly unchanged from previous years.

The main points:

- Season passes are valid for all Varsity Reds home events, including regular season, tournament, exhibition, and AUS playoff games.
- Seating at the Aitken Centre remains reserved, except for sections 9-10-11, which are general admission only.
- Season pass prices are $225 for an adult, $200 for seniors, $75 for non-UNB students (13 years+) with a valid ID, and $50 for K-5 for a hockey reserved seat. 
- Once again, all seats for Elementary School nights will be reserved.
- Previous (2015-2016) season ticket holders must renew their reserved their hockey seats between August 22nd and September 2nd ONLY, at the AUC box office between 11AM-4PM.

- Public sale of season passes begins September 6th at the AUC box office from 11AM-4PM. If you are a first time season pass purchaser and a CAA member, you will receive a $25 discount on your pass. This does not apply to renewals.
- Season tickets cannot be purchased online.
- You can purchase a V-Reds all sport season pass AND a CIS Men's Hockey Championship pass, to be hosted by UNB at the Aitken Centre from March 16th-19th, for $300 for adults or $250 for seniors. This represents a savings of $100.

- Individual game tickets will be $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $4 for students 13 years+ with a valid ID, and free for UNB students and youth 12 and under.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

V-Reds To Face McGill In Exhibition Action

According to their recently released schedule, the McGill Redmen will host the defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds for an exhibition game on Saturday, September 24th. The game will be held at McConnell Arena in Montreal and is scheduled for a 5PM EST puck drop.

This will mark the 2nd time in 4 years UNB has traveled to face the Redmen, having won 7-2 in 2012. Overall, the Varsity Reds are 9-1 against McGill, including 7 consecutive victories. All but three of those games have been held in Fredericton. 

With UNB most likely playing two games against NCAA competition in the pre-season as well as two games over Christmas as part of the annual Pete Kelly Cup this announcement means the V-Reds will only have one more exhibition game due to the new rule of AUS teams only being allowed to play a maximum of 6 exhibition games per season. Hopefully this will be pre-season game at the AUC or we won't get to see the V-Reds in action until the season opener on October 7th.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AUS Releases 2016-2017 Schedule

The AUS has released the 2016-2017 men's hockey schedule with the 30 game regular season kicking off on Wednesday, October 5th.

We will have a more in-depth look at the V-Reds schedule in the coming weeks, but here are some general highlights:

- The only game on opening night features the UPEI Panthers visiting Moncton.

- UNB will raise their 6th National Championship banner to the rafters in their home - and season - opener on Friday, October 7th against Moncton.

- The V-Reds will play 18 games (9 home, 9 away) before Christmas and 12 (6 home, 6 away) after the break.

- UNB will play every team 5 times. They will get the extra home game against Acadia, Saint Mary's, and UPEI this year while playing an extra road game against St. FX, Dalhousie, and Moncton. It will be reversed next season.

- The season ends on Saturday, February 11th.

- The playoffs remain unchanged with a best-of-three quarterfinals, best-of-five semi-finals, and best-of-three final round.

- The AUS will once again be guaranteed three berths at the University Cup, which will be hosted by UNB from March 16th-19th.

The AUS has also confirmed three important changes that will have an impact on every team moving forward, especially UNB:

- Perhaps the biggest change is that to off-set the longer regular season teams can now only play a maximum of 6 exhibition games. UNB has played more than 6 exhibition games every season since 2003/2004, with many of those years featuring 10+ games.

- All exhibition games must be held either before the season begins or over the Christmas break. Last season UNB played Maine and Harvard in late October during a week off from AUS regular season competition. This will no longer be allowed.

- The first day an exhibition game can be scheduled is fourteen days after Labour Day. This season that will fall on Monday, September 19th. This isn't a huge change as the V-Reds have played their first exhibition game between September 15th and 19th every season since 2007-2008.

MacDougall Signs With Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Capitals of Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League has signed recent UNB graduate Taylor MacDougall to a two year contract the team has announced.

MacDougall just wrapped up a very successful five year career with the V-Reds, helping lead UNB to its 6th National Championship in school history in March. The 26 year old centre, known more for his prowess in the face-off circle and on the penalty kill, posted a career-high 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 27 regular season games this year. Overall, he amassed 49 points in 118 career regular season games while at UNB.

He was held scoreless in four contests after signing with the ECHL's Brampton Beast after the V-Reds season ended.

The EIHL features some familiar faces to AUS fans as Edinburgh recently signed former UPEI Panther Mason Wilgosh and former V-Reds Travis Fullerton, Thomas Nesbitt, and Chris Culligan all played in the league last season.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Changes Coming To AUS Hockey

The AUS held their annual general meetings in Nova Scotia last week and it produced a pair of changes to men's hockey that will go into effect this upcoming season.

First, the seven participating teams agreed upon a balanced 30 game regular season that will see each team play five games against each of the other six teams. All teams will play 15 home games and 15 away games, with the additional home game against each team alternating each year. The teams will remain in one division with the top six teams qualifying for the playoffs.

Originally the plan was to go to a 30 game schedule, but with a two division format consisting of the NB/PEI schools in one division and the Nova Scotia teams in the other. This would have meant each team played 6 games each against division opponents and 3 games each against the other division. This model would have been better economically, but when St. Thomas folded their program last month the schedule had to be adjusted and although this schedule is more costly "the teams wanted balance. They felt that was the most equitable way," according to Varsity Reds athletic director John Richard.

The final schedule for men's hockey will be released next week.

The second change approved involves the overtime format, which will now mirror that of the NHL. Beginning this season overtime will consist of a five minute 3-on-3 period followed by a shoot-out, if necessary. This replaces the current format of a 10 minute 4-on-4 period followed by a shoot-out.