Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hunt Catches Up WIth Pearce

We don't have any "new" information to pass along, but Bill Hunt writes a very good piece on Rob Pearce in today's Daily Gleaner. You can read it by clicking here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ben Shutron Commits to V-Reds

A bit of recruiting news to pass along - according to today's Daily Gleaner, defenceman Ben Shutron has commited to the V-Reds. Shutron was a big part of the Windsor Spitfires' Memorial Cup Championship run this year.

Once again Coach MacDougall recruits not only a good hockey player, but also a player that comes with a good reputation for character and leadership (not to mention a championship ring). Before being traded to Windsor last year, Shutron was named team captain of his former club in Kitchener.

Shutron was drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago, and recently attended a summer rookie camp held by the Los Angeles Kings. No doubt he chose UNB to further pursue his pro-hockey goals while studying.

This should be an excellent addition to the V-Reds' blue line.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Maple Leafs Re-Sign Darryl Boyce

Big thanks to everyone who let us know that former V-Red and CIS National Champion Darryl Boyce was re-signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday to 2-year deal. Financial terms were not released by the club. Click here for the official press release from the Maple Leafs.

A quick visit to VREDSHOCKEY.COM will pull up Boyce's stats in a UNB jersey. In 70 games (regular season and playoffs) Boyce scored 40 goals and added 43 assists for a solid 83 pts. He also added 143 penalty minutes, and seems to have taken that edgy game with him to the pros.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Rob Pearce Goes Pro

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt tells us forward Rob Pearce will join the ECHL's Ontario Reign this coming season. The Reign are based in California, and are the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Best of luck to Rob Pearce.

V-Reds fans still talk about "the goal" Pearce scored in Moncton in 2007. It was great for UNB for obvious reasons, but we like to point out the fact that Pearce is a good ol' New Brunswick boy who scored that championship game-winning goal...just like Lachlan MacIntosh, this year.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

UNB and Providence Announce Three Year Partnership

Click here to read the official announcement from UNB Varsity Reds Athletics.

This is another positive step for the program. Last year UNB and UMaine arranged to play each other over the next few years, and of course Boston College and Union College have visited UNB. Hopefully this is the start of a trend that brings NCAA competition to Fredericton every year.

Since we'll have to wait for 2010 before we can see the Friars at the AUC, we're still left wondering who this year's Pete Kelly attendees will be...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Badgers And Redmen To Visit UNB For Exhibition Play

Earlier today the UNB Varsity Reds website added the 2009-2010 schedule. Highlighting the schedule are 4 exhibition games against the OUA's Brock Badgers and McGill Redmen. On September 16th and 17th, the Badgers invade the AUC in a rematch of their 2008 CIS National game. UNB visited Brock at their "Steel Blade Tournament" a few years ago as you may recall, so it's great of them make the trip east to play UNB. A week later on September 24th and 25th, UNB hosts the McGill Redmen, the only team in from the 2009 CIS Nationals tournmanet UNB didn't play last season.

It's great to see a few more OUA teams coming out this way to give fans a bit more variety in opponents, and to size up the OUA competition.

Also standing out on the schedule is the Pete Kelly Tournament on December 29th and 30th. Teams are still to be determined, but the start times of 4 PM are interesting. In the past there's been 2 games played each day of that tournament. We'll keep an eye out for further details.

Monday, July 6, 2009

AUS releases 2009-2010 Regular Season Schedule

The AUS has released the 2009-10 season schedule, availabe here. Special thanks to "Anonymous" for the tip.

UNB begins the season at home on October 16th vs the UPEI Panthers, then hosts UdeM the following night for a tough first weekend of action. Let's cross our fingers that the renovations to the AUC will be completed in time.

It appears that once again UNB will have to compete against Halloween night when SMU rolls into town on October 31st in what would should be another great installment. A few years ago STU got the short end of the schedule in a Battle of the Hill game that drew under 600 fans between the two schools, half the number they drew at the LBR the next semester when hundreds of people weren't preoccupied with Halloween activities. Hopefully the fact that it's on a Saturday won't be too detrimental to attendance.

You have to wonder why the AUS couldn't work out a Sunday game, or another Wednesday game, or even any other match-up instead of the AUS Champs vs National Champs to go on Halloween? Of all the games to put at risk of a lower attendance, why would you pick one of the better current rivalries? The other teams probably aren't helped having to play on Halloween either. At least StFX and Dalhousie are hosting earlier in the afternoon instead of the regular 7PM start time.

We'll assume there's a great reason behind this and hopefully all the teams won't be affected too much. Maybe UNB fans will show up in force before whatever festivities are planned later that night.

The season ends on February 13th with what's looking to be a considerably different Dalhousie Tigers team visiting UNB, so at least we don't have to fight Valentine's Day again.

We're roughly just past the half-way point of this rainy off-season, it won't be long now.