Wednesday, August 24, 2011

V-Reds Looking Forward to Gary Brooks Memorial Game

In today's Daily Gleaner, Jamie Ross writes about the upcoming Gary Brooks Memorial Game vs. the Calgary Dinos in Fredericton Junction on September 24th.  It's a great way for both CIS teams to help support a community's minor hockey efforts.  For V-Reds fans, it looks as though a tailgate party will be waiting for us with barbecued goodies prior to the game.  

With limited seating capacity, make sure you pick up your tickets early.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

John Scott Dickson and Lachlan MacIntosh Sign With Missouri Mavericks

The Missouri Mavericks have announced the signing of former V-Reds forwards and fan favourites John-Scott Dickson and Lachlan MacIntosh.  MacIntosh just wrapped up his third CIS championship with the V-Reds in March, while Dickson spent last season in the ECHL with Idaho and Gwinnett.  With five gold and two silver medals between them, that's a lot of precious metal exporting to Missouri this fall.

Best of luck to Lachlan and John-Scott!

Click here for the press release.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Former V-Reds Player Taylor New Assistant Coach of Chicago Wolves

Today's Daily Gleaner is reporting that former V-Reds defenceman and assistant coach Karl Taylor will be serving as assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.  Taylor played for UNB from 1990 to 1995 and was behind during the 1997-98 championship year for former coach Mike Kelly.

The article also confirms that the September 24 game vs. Calgary will be held in Fredericton Junction at the Tri-County Complex as the Garry Brooks Memorial Game with some of the proceeds going to benefit Tri-County Minor Hockey.  Kudos to both teams for agreeing to play the game in Fredericton Junction to help raise some money for minor hockey.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011-12 Exhibition Schedule

The UNB Varsity Reds have unveiled their non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 hockey season, and it features top notch competition from both the CIS and NCAA.

The defending 2011 CIS National Champions will play their 1st game on the road in Nova Scotia versus Dalhousie on Monday, September 19th to kick off the season. Final location of this neutral site game will be announced later this week. They will then take on CIS Western “Nationals” participant – the University of Calgary Dinosaurs on Sept 23rd and 24th in their annual Fall Classic Challenge. This is the second part of an exchange trip as the Varsity Reds had travelled to Calgary last September to play U of C and Alberta. 

The next week-end, UNB will play 3 key games in 4 nights as they will host UQTR from Quebec in Woodstock, NB on Thursday, September 29th before heading on the road to play two top rated NCAA Hockey East programs. This includes a 4:00 pm match-up versus University of New Hampshire on Saturday, October 1st followed by a 7:00 pm Sunday evening contest against the University of Maine. UNB and Maine have had a great cross border rivalry for the past several seasons.

UNB will then make a second trip to the USA on Friday, Oct 7th when they will play their first ever game versus Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass before ending their fall non conference schedule with a game against University of Mass-Lowell on Saturday, October 8th. UNB is scheduled to have their AUS home opener on Friday October 14th against St Francis Xavier.

UNB will host their 7th annual Pete Kelly Classic Challenge as they will host University of Ottawa on December 30th and a special Family New Year’s Eve special at 1:00 pm on Dec 31th at the Aitken Centre. It is also announced that 2 NCAA schools will visit UNB in 2012. This will include the fall of 2012 and as part of the 2012 Pete Kelly Classic. For further info contact the UNB Hockey office at 447-3066. 
Non-Conference Schedule:
Sept. 19 @ Dalhousie (location TBD)
Sept. 23 vs. Calgary
Sept. 24 vs. Calgary
Sept. 29 vs. UQTR (in Woodstock)
Oct. 1 @ New Hampshire
Oct. 2 @ Maine 
Oct. 7 @ Holy Cross
Oct. 8 @ UMass - Lowell
Dec. 30 vs. Ottawa
Dec. 31 vs. Ottawa

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Season Ticket Info

In today's edition of the Daily Gleaner, V-Reds Marketing Director Dave Morell discusses season tickets and University Cup passes.  The short and sweet of it is for $250 you get your reserved seat for regular season and Nationals.  You also get the opportunity to buy a second seat at Nationals for $125.

It also looks like students will get into all regular season sports for free, excluding Mark Jeffrey and playoff games.

August 22nd is the big day when season ticket holders get first crack at renewing their passes.  You'll have until September 2nd to do so, after that, your seat is fair game to the general public.

Won't be long now folks...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Season Ticket and University Cup Info

According to the official Varsity Reds website, fans will be able to renew their season passes and University Cup tickets beginning August 22nd. The window to renew will stay open until September 2nd, at which time all remaining seats will be made available to the general public. More information will be available August 12th.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UNB Brings Back 2 Veterans

The defending 2011 CIS National Champion UNB Varsity Reds would like to announce that two graduating defenceman – 4th year BBA graduate Luke Gallant – Bedford, NS and 3rd year BBA graduate Jon Harty – Oromocto, NB will be returning to UNB for the upcoming 2011-12 season. They both have been accepted and will pursue their MBA degrees at UNB.

 Gallant is coming off a sensational National tournament where he was the tournaments leading scorer and garnered MVP recognition. He had struggled throughout the 2010-11 regular season with 2 major injuries and missed the majority of the AUS play-offs with another injury before playing a major role in winning his 2nd CIS National Championship for UNB. Gallant had an outstanding 2009-10 season ( 27GP 6-30-36)where he was named a CIS All Canadian Defenseman and a 1st team AUS All Star. He is also a two time Academic All Canadian. Gallant had played four years in the QMJHL before joining the UNB program.

Photo courtesy Brian Smith
Harty also had a strong 2011 National tournament where he was recognized as a CIS tournament all star for his superb play. It was also his second National Championship in just three years. Harty has been one of UNB’s most improved players and had a real impact on the UNB defence since forgoing his final year of junior eligibility to come to UNB as a twenty year old freshman. He was a stalwart on the UNB defence last year as he was 5-14-19-100pms in 28 games played. Harty finished his degree in just three years and was also a CIS Academic All Canadian. He had played four seasons in WHL and was former captain of the Everett Silvertips.

 “The upcoming 2011-12 season promises to be the biggest year in the history of our program as we again are proud to host the National Championships – the opportunity to bring both Luke and Jonathon back is a huge boost for our team as they are proven veterans who know what it takes to excel at the crucial moments of a season. They also have a lifetime opportunity to earn a Master’s degree which will have a significant impact on their future once their UNB and pro careers are complete. “were the comments of UNB coach Gardiner Mac Dougall.

The Varsity Reds also announced that third year forward Taylor Prochyshen and potential fifth year forward Ryan Seymour have both announced their retirements. Prochyshen was a blue chip prospect from the WHL who suffered a series of concussions in the WHL and at UNB that forced his decision. The speedy winger was injured in Game 4 of the AUS semi-finals and didn’t return to the UNB line up. He had previously missed the 1st half of the 2010-11 season and the back half of his rookie 2009-10 season. The veteran Seymour – a UNB assistant captain was going into his second year of his law degree and decided to focus fully on his studies after winning two National Championships in his UNB career. A three year QMJHL captain, the personable Seymour established a key role at UNB as one of their fittest and hardest working players and one of their top penalty killers. The Varsity Reds will release their upcoming non conference schedule for the season later this week.