Sunday, August 23, 2009

V-Reds vs V-Blues in December

A quick web search will lead you to an interesting piece of information - the University of Toronto Varsity Blues' schedule includes a pair of games against none other than the UNB Varsity Reds on December 29 and 30th, at the Aitken Centre. It appears as though U of T will be this year's Pete Kelly Tournament competition.

Last season, the Blues went 14-11-0-3, finishing with 31 pts, and first place in the OUA's Mid-East Division. The Blues would go on to lose to OUA runners-up, McGill, who are also visiting UNB this fall.

The Varsity Blues are second only to the University of Alberta for most National Championships with 10, though much of that came in the 60's anbd 70's, with their last championship being in 1984. Thanks to the excellent ReDSea Database over at www.VREDSHOCKEY.com, we can see that historically U of T has UNB's number in the all-time head to head match-ups. UNB was swept in the best-of-3 series at the Eastern Canadian Regionals in 1984, and also lost a pair of exhibition games the following season. There's no doubt the V-Reds will be looking to avenge those 25 year old losses.

Once again, it appears as though the V-Reds deliver us some out-of-conference opponents for exhibition play. It'll be great to see yet another OUA team make the trip east.

Bring on the Varsity Blues!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice...can check off another CIS team that I will have seen.

Rob said...

Should be an easy sweep.

Anonymous said...

Yes U of T hasn't been a strong program lately, will be a good way to shake off the Xmas Turkey before the game vs the U Maine Black Bears

David Kilfoil said...

It is a bit unfortunate that Gardiner couldn't line up another NCAA team this year for the Pete Kelly, but the talks with Providence turned into them coming next year, with UNB going down there this year and the year after.

As for me, I've been around long enough to want that revenge on the Varsity Blues ...

Anonymous said...

Was Mike Keenan coach of that U of Toronto team in 1984? I believe it was a two-game, total goal format, and UNB hung tough in the first game and got blown out in the second. What was amazing were the crowds, 3700 each game.

David Kilfoil said...

Your memory is correct. UNB gave everything in that first game and had the crowd behind them, but UofT was too good, and the Red Devils had nothing left for game 2. Even though Keenan doesn't get a lot of props for being classy, one image that has always stuck in my mind is how the UofT players (in their blue and white striped leggings) all stood on their blue line and saluted the UNB fans with their sticks after game 2.

PK said...

That was the most exciting game I've seen at AUC - U of T steamrolled other teams on way to title. I believe a few from that team went on to NHL careers aside from the coach.

Eric said...

It was best of three - not total goals.

Keenan had won the Calder Cup the previous year with Rochester and was not offered a pro contract so went to Toronto.

A notable coach came in after him, but I can't recall. I'll have to look it up.

Eric said...

Here's an interesting note:

The current coach for UoT, Darren Lowe, played for UoT in 1984-to-1986.

A real shame if he should leave 0-2 :P

E.

PK said...

Lowe went on to AHL or NHL I recall

Eric said...

Yes - he played 8 games for Pittsburgh.

It turns out he did not play for UoT in the 1983/84 CIAU Championship season. He was a member of Team Canada that season and played at the Olympics (Sarajevo).

He return to UoT the next season and played in the two exhibition games in the Fall of 1985 (UoT won both)