Saturday, March 10, 2012

Reminder: Last Week To Vote For All-2000's Team

Just a reminder that voting for UNB's all-time team for the 2000's ends a week from tomorrow, March 18th, and we encourage everyone to fill out a ballot here.

The past decade was undoubtedly the most successful in the program's history as Gardiner MacDougall helped turn UNB into an annual national contender. The Varsity Reds hosted their first two national championships in 2003 and 2004, won two AUS titles (2003 and 2008), claimed two CIS Gold medals (2007 and 2009) and two silver medals (2004 and 2008), and had two record-breaking regular seasons (2008 and 2010). Needless to say many great players have suited up for the V-Reds over the last ten seasons so there are a lot of tough choices to be made, as you can only select 3 forwards, 2 defencemen, and 1 goalie.

In the forward ranks do you select the team's top 3 all-time leading scorers - Hunter Tremblay, Rob Hennigar, and Kyle Bailey? Or how about Darryl Boyce, the only one to suit up in the NHL? Do you find a place for the fearless John-Scott Dickson, who seemed to block more shots than the goalie on some nights? What about National's heroes Robert Pearce and three-time champion Lachlan MacIntosh? Or former captain Ryan Lindsay, who was the team's leading scorer during the first two years UNB hosted Nationals? Not to mention strong two-way players like Colin Sinclair and Calvin Watson, goal scorer Ryan Walsh, and the always electric Troy Stonier.

On defence do you pick current V-Red Luke Gallant, who is among the team's all-time leading scorers for blue-liners, and Kevin Young, who only played two seasons but put up almost a point per game? How about popular captains Craig Mahon and Dustin Friesen, or 5 year veteran Jason Hegberg? What about two-time gold medalists David Bowman and Justin DaCosta, famous for his shoot-out move that seemed to work every single time? And how can anyone forget Jesse Ferguson, who might deserve consideration just for his game winning overtime goal against Alberta in the 2004 national semi-final, which ended perhaps the greatest UNB game of all-time?

In goal do you choose Michael Ouzas, who back-stopped the Varsity Reds to a CIS Gold and Silver in his two years at UNB? What about Derek Yeomans, who posted a 2.11 GAA over his four seasons and won two national titles, albeit mainly in a back-up role? Or do you go with workhorse Reg Bourcier, who played almost every game his first four years before winning a CIS Gold as a back-up in his final season? And who can forget the inspirational Gene Chiarello, battling back from cancer to resume his hockey career?

Like we said, there are many great players to pick from - including some of the very best in school history - so make sure to vote. The results will be announced at a later date.