Wednesday, April 3, 2019

News And Notes: Clapperton, Gazzola, Boucher, MacDougall, McEwan

- The UNB Reds held their annual Awards Gala last night and four members of the men's hockey team took home hardware. Among those honoured were Chris Clapperton (James Downey Shield as the male Athlete of the Year + men's hockey MVP), Randy Gazzola (Garnet Copeland Award as the top all-around student-athlete + men's hockey Red & Black award), Matthew Boucher (men's hockey Rookie of the Year), and Gardiner MacDougall (Dean's Award for Coach of the Year).

- Ian Kennedy of the Chatham-Kent Sports Network talks with freshman forward James McEwan about the experience of winning a University Cup in his rookie year as well as his expectations for next season.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

News And Notes: Parenteau, Boudens, MacDougall, Hunter

- Lucas Punkari of the Prince Albert Daily Herald talks with Reds netminder Rylan Parenteau about UNB's recent University Cup victory.

- In his final Tuesday Morning Skate podcast of the season, Victor Findlay interviews Matt Boudens.

- Jason Simmonds of the Journal Pioneer asks head coach Gardiner MacDougall - who was in Charlottetown less than a week after winning his 7th national championship to watch a QMJHL playoff game - about his winning formula.

- The Amherst News' Dave Mathieson talks with the team's video coach Jordan Hunter about his role with the team. Interestingly, Hunter notes that the Reds were the first U Sports team in the country to adopt in game video review on the bench.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

ECHL's Walleye Ink Gazzola

EDIT: Toledo has released a short write-up on Gazzola's addition for the remainder of the season.

Graduating defenceman Randy Gazzola has agreed to a deal with the Toledo Walleye, the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Gazzola just capped his fifth and final season with UNB by winning a third AUS and University Cup title. He was also named the winner of the prestigious Dr. Randy Gregg Award, which is given annually to the U Sports student-athlete who exhibits outstanding community service.

The Thorold, Ontario native finishes his university career with 105 points (19 goals, 86 assists) in 134 regular season games, 19 points (2 goals, 17 assists) in 26 playoff games, and 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in 15 University Cup games. His 28 career postseason assists are the second most in UNB history while his 15 career University Cup games are tied for the most.

Gazzola will be joining a quality team in Toledo as the Walleye are currently 6th in the ECHL with a 36-20-9 record on the season.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

News Articles: Gazzola, Boland, Rassell

A trio of articles profiling Reds players have been published in the wake of the teams University Cup championship. These include the following:

- "Gazzola receives highest university sports honour" by Bob Liddycoat of the Thorold News.

- "Boland uncovers hockey's 'best-kept secret'" by Robin Short of The Telegram

- "Rassell excited to win championship" by Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Clapperton Inks AHL Deal

Reds forward and AUS MVP Christopher Clapperton has agreed to terms on a one year, one-way, contract with the Belleville Senators, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, the team announced today. 

In addition, the Senators have signed the 5'9", 174 pound winger to an amateur tryout agreement for the remainder of this season. 

A former 5th round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, Clapperton enjoyed the best season of his UNB career this season, leading the league in scoring with 14 goals and 33 assists to claim MVP honours. 

Over his three and a half years at UNB, the native of Cap d'Espoir, Quebec posted 118 points (45 goals, 73 assists) in 86 regular season games, tied for the 18th most in school history. He added another 16 points in 20 AUS playoff games and 12 points in 12 University Cup games (tied for 4th most in UNB history). Overall, his 146 career points are tied for 14th all-time in school history. 

Since Clapperton's arrival on campus during the Christmas break in 2014-2015, UNB has enjoyed a 129-17-10 overall record, winning two AUS championships and three University Cup in the process. 

Clapperton will be joining a Senators team that also features former teammate Jordan Murray (24 points in 46 games this season) and ex-Acadia Axemen forward Boston Leier (6 points in 33 games).