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.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great News! The best defence in the country is back for another year...now to pick up a couple new snippers

Anonymous said...

the announcements begin.... this of course a build-up to ticket packages, which will also include announcements of non-conf sched and incoming players.

But i expect we wont know UNBs scorecard on incoming players until September

Squirrel H8TR said...

Josh Hepditch signs with Missouri Mavericks of the CHL.
http://www.examiner.net/sports/hockey/x1800186368/Mavericks-sign-two-rookies

Anonymous said...

what about bailey ? will he be back or is he close to signing a pro contract

Anonymous said...

I don't expect Bailey to be back even if he doesn't sign a pro contract. Although I hope I'm wrong.