Saturday, May 30, 2009

We're Rhode Island Bound...

The University of Maine released its men's hockey schedule late Thursday afternoon and it appears as though UNB will visit the Black Bears on January 2, 2010. A quick browse through the NCAA team sites will show that that the Providence Friars are also hosting UNB on Friday, Oct 9 in Rhode Island.

This is the time of year the NCAA teams release their 2009-2010 schedules, but unfortunately not all are finalized. The AUS looks well represented in NCAA exhibition games again, with UPEI playing RPI and Quinnipiac, Acadia playing UNH, and of course STU playing Northeastern and Sacred Heart. Good luck to all our AUS counterparts against these teams.

The Oct 9th date for UNB is interesting. Over the last few years UNB has typically made a weekend out of travelling south, so it might not be a stretch to assume there's a second game to be played possibly on the 1oth or 11th of October somewhere as well. Road trip!!!

No word yet on the possibility of another NCAA team following in Union, Maine, and Boston College's footsteps and making the trek north to UNB this year. NCAA rules are complicated, and unfortunately teams are only allowed to play in Canada once every several years, so scratch those three. Safe to assume the gauntlet hath been layeth downeth...we'll see if anyone accepts the challenge...

One last note on recruiting. A bunch of you have emailed us wondering about this player, or sharing a rumour about that one. We appreciate the love and we try to respond. Unfortunately we don't have any super terrific top-secret announcements to make just yet because we don't know for sure what new players Coach MacDougall will bring in. If you ask the old guard of UNB fans, they'll tell you by UNB standards it's a bit early still. We'd rather not contribute to overeager speculating on former 1st round draft picks and such. Patience. We all hear the rumours, but remember - the safest bet is that they're not V-Reds until they're here in September. Some former committed recruits have gone on to be a few of our fiercest competitors, and vice-versa. As soon as we hear any formal news that we can cite from reputable sources, we'll share them. Until then, it's all unconfirmed. :)

Remember kids, MacDougall knows best...

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