Monday, August 30, 2010

Pearce and Friesen Reunite In Idaho

Thanks to some Green and Gold fans for being quick on the draw and letting us know that former V-Reds Rob Pearce and Dustin Friesen will be reuniting once again when they suit up for the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads. 

Pearce played last season for the Ontario Reign, while Friesen split his time between Utah and Idaho, with a call up to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers in between.

The two enjoyed 5 years together at UNB.  Good luck in Idaho!

Here's the ECHL press release.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Boyce Preparing For Season

In case you missed, in today's Daily Gleaner, Bruce Hallihan catches up with former V-Red Darryl Boyce and local Eric Neilson as they each prepare for training camp.  Boyce is aiming to get back to the NHL with the Leafs this season, while Neilson will be heading to San Antonio (AHL) and hoping to get a shot with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

V-Reds Release Non-Conference Schedule

The official UNB Varsity Reds released the complete non-conference schedule today.  No real surprises, but the road trip out West has been clarified.  UNB is visiting Calgary on September 15th, then off to Edmonton to play the Golden Bears on September 17th before returning to Calgary for the third and final game of the western road trip on the 18th. 

UNB returns to the Aitken Centre to host the annual Fall Classic against the defending CIS champion SMU Huskies, and OUA vistors, Guelph Gryphons.  AUS rival UPEI Panthers will be the 4th team at the tournament.

From there the V-Reds will travel south to some stiff NCAA competition with games against UMass Amherst on October 2nd, and Vermont on October 3rd. 

After Christmas, McGill will be visitng the AUC on December 30th, but the big news remains the Providence College series in January. 

All told there will be 11 exhibition games, five of which will be played at home this season.

Monday, August 16, 2010

V-Reds Announce First Recruit of 2010-2011

Rumours have been out there for some time now, but this morning the V-Reds announced the addition of Nick MacNeil to the team.  Standing 6'4 and weighing 215lbs, his big frame will be a welcome addition in front of the opposing goalie on the power-play, where he has lots of experience from his time with the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Nick served as team captain in Cape Breton, and recently was awarded the QMJHL's "Humanitarian of the Year Award" for his community efforts.  Nick will be studying Business this fall.

The V-Reds also formally confimed that they will be traveling to Calgary on September 15th. 

Visit the official V-Reds website for the press release.

Welcome to UNB, Nick.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Dickson, Friesen Preparing For Upcoming Season

In today's Daily Gleaner, Bill Hunt talks to former V-Reds captain Dustin Friesen, and former forward John Scott Dickson.  Both players are gearing up for the next chapter in their pro careers this coming season. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Former V-Red Hennigar Signs in Victoria

Update:  Bill Hunt catches up with Rob Hennigar in Thursday's Daily Gleaner.

Naplesnews.com reports that former V-Reds forward Rob Hennigar has signed with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL.  Hennigar was enjoying a productive stint in the AHL with Albany last year, scoring 5 points in 6 games before falling victim to a season-ending wrist injury.