Thursday, August 15, 2019

Anderson, McIvor Returning

The 2019-2020 University of New Brunswick Reds got a boost to their line-up as it was announced today that defenceman - and team captain - Marcus McIvor and forward Stephen Anderson will both be returning for their fifth season.

The slick skating Anderson is coming off of the best season of his UNB career, finishing 6th in the league with 33 points while playing in all 30 regular season contests. He will be looking to improve on his career totals of 39 goals and 59 assists in 102 games.

Meanwhile, the steady, but perhaps unheralded, play of Marcus McIvor was on full display at the University Cup, where he was named a tournament all-star. His shot blocking ability and penalty kill play were key components during UNB's championship run, especially in the national championship game against Alberta.

Both players will be looking for a school-record 4th University Cup championship this season, which gets underway with an exhibition game against Acadia on September 16th.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Harvey, Gagne Commit

EDIT (2): The committment of Gagne is now team-official.

EDIT: The Reds have announced the commitment of Harvey. A pair of French articles discussing the move can be found here and here.

According to Victor Findlay - and the U Sports Letter of Intent Registry - the defending University Cup champion University of New Brunswick Reds have received a commitment from goaltender Samuel Harvey and defenceman Benjamin Gagne.

With the departure of Alex Dubeau the Reds were in need of a goaltender to pair with the returning Rylan Parenteau, and in Harvey they land arguably the most sought after CHL netminder on the market.

The 6', 185 pound product of Alma, Quebec spent his entire five year junior career with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, posting a career record of 129-46-9. He was especially spectacular in his final two seasons. He went 30-9-2 with a 2.10 GAA and 0.930 save percentage in 2017-2018 before going 35-8-0 with a 2.08 GAA and 0.926 save percentage this past season, backstopping the Huskies to their first Memorial Cup championship. Harvey recently attended the Florida Panthers development camp.

Benjamin Gagne - a 6', 183 pound native of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec - split his five year QMJHL career between the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Quebec Remparts, and Saint John Sea Dogs, amassing 28 goals and 77 assists in 299 games. Much like Harvey, his final two seasons were by far his best. He put up 10 goals and 28 assists in 66 games for the Remparts in 2017-2018. He then entered the 2018-2019 season as the Remparts captain (after former and future teammate Matthew Boucher graduated) and contributed 6 goals and 13 assist in 35 games before being dealt to a rebuilding Sea Dogs squad, where he ended his junior career with 4 goals and 12 assists in 30 games.

With Harvey, Gagne, and fellow defenceman Zachary Lauzon committed for the upcoming season the Reds will now most likely focus on bolstering their forward ranks over the coming months.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

News And Notes: Development Camps, Lauzon, Maillet, Murray, Tickets

Some tidbits as the off-season creeps past the halfway mark:

- A number of Reds players participated in NHL development camps last week. Stephen Anderson and Mark Simpson joined former star Christopher Clapperton at Ottawa Senators camp while Matthew Boucher was attending the Pittsburgh Penguins camp.

- Head coach Gardiner MacDougall was also busy as he was invited to the Detroit Red Wings camp as a guest coach.

- Defenceman Zachary Lauzon, who has reportedly committed to play at UNB next year pending a pro offer, was also at Pittsburgh's camp. The big defenceman is a former 2nd round draft pick of the Penguins, but went unsigned after suffering several injuries. He has only played 25 games for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies over the last two years - including none this past year - due to a concussion and a foot injury. He is a former QMJHL Defensive D-Man of the Year and is the younger brother of Boston Bruins defenceman Jeremy Lauzon.

- Former UNB forward - and U Sports Player of the Year - Philippe Maillet has signed a two-year, two-way, 1.4M contract with the Washington Capitals. Maillet has spent the last two years with the AHL's Ontario Reign (Los Angeles), posting 94 points in 140 games. He had a career high 54 points in 68 games last year. Maillet joins Darryl Boycs, Rob Hennigar, Kevin Henderson, and Hunter Tremblay as former UNB players who have signed NHL deals in the past 13 years.

- Maillet's former teammate Jordan Murray has agreed to a one year contract to return to the Belleville Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate. Murray contributed 26 points in 54 games last season and is the franchise leader in goals (17), assists (32), and points (49) for a defenceman.

- All-sport season passes for the 2019 - 2020 season went on sale earlier today. New purchases can be made at the box office or online while renewals can only be done in person. There doesn't appear to be much of a change from previous years in terms of prices (Adults - $225, Seniors/Staff - $200, Youth/Student - $75) or accessibility (tickets are valid for all Reds home exhibition, tournament, conference, and playoff games). Please note that season pass holders from last year have until September 30th to renew their past season's seats.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Exhibition Schedule Released

The University of New Brunswick Reds have announced their 2019 - 2020 exhibition schedule and, for the first time since 2001, it does not feature any pre-season games at the AUC.

The defending University Cup champions will open their schedule on Monday, September 16th with a neutral site game in Truro, Nova Scotia against the 2020 University Cup host Acadia Axemen. This will be the teams first exhibition tilt since 2007 and only the 3rd all-time.

The Reds will then return to Toronto for a second straight year, this time to face the York Lions for games on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. This returns the favour as the Lions visited Fredericton for a pair of games in 2016, providing the opposition for the 2016 Pete Kelly Cup.

The Reds regular season schedule gets underway on September 27th and 28th, but they will take a break the following weekend to make their annual trip to the US for games against Boston College on Saturday, October 5th and Maine the following afternoon.

The exhibition schedule wraps up on Sunday, December 29th with a game against the OUA's Windsor Lancers in the 15th edition of the Pete Kelly Cup. The Lancers have previously visited the AUC in September of 2013 and January of 2015, dropping all four games to UNB during those two appearances.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

2019 - 2020 Regular Season Schedule Released

The AUS has announced the regular season schedule for the upcoming 2019-2020 men's hockey season. 

The Reds will begin their University Cup title defence on the road as they will face Saint Mary's on Friday, September 27th in the Huskies first regular season game at the new Dauphinee Centre. 

UNB's home opener - and National Championship banner raising - will not come until Friday, October 11th when they host the Universite de Moncton Aigles Bleus.

Here is the complete schedule:

Friday, September 27th - at Saint Mary's
Saturday, September 28th - at Acadia
Friday, October 11th - vs. Moncton
Saturday, October 12th - at UPEI
Friday, October 18th - vs. St. FX
Saturday, October 19th - vs. Dalhousie
Friday, October 25th - at St. FX
Saturday, October 26th - at Dalhousie
Wednesday, October 30th - at Moncton
Saturday, November 2nd - vs. UPEI
Friday, November 8th - vs. Saint Mary's
Saturday, November 9th - vs. Acadia
Friday, November 15th - vs. Moncton
Saturday, November 16th - at UPEI
Friday, November 22nd - vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, November 23rd - vs. St. FX
Friday, November 29th - at Acadia
Saturday, November 30th - at Saint Mary's

Friday, January 3rd - at Dalhousie
Saturday, January 4th - at St. FX
Friday, January 10th - vs. UPEI
Saturday, January 11th - at Moncton
Friday, January 17th - vs. Acadia
Saturday, January 18th - vs. Saint Mary's
Friday, January 24th - vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, January 25th - vs. St. FX
Friday, January 31st - at Acadia
Saturday, February 1st - at Saint Mary's
Friday, February 7th - vs. UPEI
Saturday, February 8th - at Moncton

*All games are scheduled for 7PM*