Sunday, July 29, 2012

Clendenning Signs ECHL Contract

According to the Daily Gleaner, via, Varsity Reds forward Jordan Clendenning has signed a contract with the ECHL's San Francisco Bulls, an expansion franchise who will be affiliated with the San Jose Sharks.

There had been some talk earlier in the off-season that Clendenning, an assistant captain with the V-Reds last year, would be returning to UNB for his 5th and final year of eligibility. However, he will instead play alongside fellow New Brunswickers Justin Bowers (former STU Tommie) and Dean Ouellet (Moncton Aigles Bleus) for the Bulls.

Clendenning came to UNB in the fall of 2008 after a successful 5 year career in the QMJHL with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, during which time he posted 231 points (89 goals, 142 assists) in 323 regular season games and 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 40 playoff games. He battled injuries during his time at UNB but managed to put up 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 86 regular season games and added 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 24 playoff games. He also helped lead the V-Reds to National Championships in both 2009 and 2011.

Clendenning, a native of Fredericton, will perhaps be best remembered for scoring the series clinching goal in overtime against UPEI this past season, as well as setting up Kyle Bailey for the AUS Championship winning goal in overtime against St. FX in 2011.

We wish Jordan all the best in the next step in his hockey career.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ALUMNI UPDATE: Bailey Signs With Austrian Club

According to the blog Taking Note and former Varsity Reds captain Kyle Bailey has signed a one year contract with the Alba Volan Szekesfehervar, who are based in Hungary but play in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. The team has captured the last ten Hungarian Championships. There is also an article on the team's official page about the signing, although it is not in English.

Bailey, a former 4th round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2005, finished his 5th season at UNB (and 3rd as team captain) earlier this year, posting a career high 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 27 regular season games. He added 8 more points (5 goals, 3 assists) in 6 playoff contests. He also won the prestigious Dr. Randy Gregg Award as the CIS player who best combined leadership, academics, and community service. He finished his UNB career as the program's 3rd leading scorer.

Following the end of the V-Reds season the 2-time University Cup champion signed an ATO with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He appeared in 5 games without registering a point.

Monday, July 9, 2012

"UNB Opening Doors For Fillier"

In a recent edition of the New Glasgow News Durham Bridge, Nova Scotia native - and current Varsity Reds forward - Matt Fillier is highlighted. In the article Fillier, entering his 4th year at UNB, discusses his decision to play CIS hockey after his junior career ended, what the future may hold for him, and his time playing in the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association as a child. It is definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

ALUMNI UPDATE: Tremblay Signs With IceCaps

The Winnipeg Jets have signed former UNB star Hunter Tremblay to an American Hockey League contract, the club announced today. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tremblay, a 26 year old native of Timmins, Ontario, will join the St. John's IceCaps for the upcoming year after playing his first full season in the AHL last year with Edmonton's top affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons. He registered 16 goals and 15 assists in 68 games before notching another 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 playoff games while becoming a key member of the team's penalty killing unit.

Tremblay signed with the Barons shortly after helping the V-Reds win their 4th University Cup on home ice in March of 2011 and appeared in 3 games with the club, going scoreless.

This could turn out to be a better fit for Tremblay as Edmonton has a number of top prospects and high draft picks in their system that are probably going to get the majority of the playing time and be the first ones called up to the NHL. Meanwhile, the Jets entered last season with one of the worst prospect pools in the entire league so it appears Tremblay will have a better chance at playing a prominent role in the AHL and making it to the NHL with Winnipeg than he would have had with Edmonton.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

V-Reds To Face Maine On October 7th?

UNB has yet to officially release their non-conference schedule for the upcoming season but it appears that the Varsity Reds will travel to Orono to play the University of Maine Black Bears on Sunday, October 7th.

According to the Bangor Daily News the Black Bears will host Quinnipiac to open the season on October 6th before playing an exhibition game against the V-Reds the following night. This would mark the 7th time in 7 years, and 22nd time since 1977, the two teams have met. Maine currently holds a 16-5 edge all-time. Under current head coach Gardiner MacDougall UNB has managed a 2-4-1 record against their cross-border rivals. This includes a 2-1 victory on December 1st, 2007 in Orono and a 7-6 shootout victory at the AUC on October 11th, 2008. Maine beat UNB 7-3 in last years contest at the Alfond Arena.

Monday, July 2, 2012

ALUMNI UPDATE: Nashville Signs Henderson

The Nashville Predators have signed former Varsity Red Kevin Henderson to a one year, two-way contract the team reported yesterday. It is worth a reported $550 000 at the NHL level and $50 000 at the AHL level.

The 25 year old native of Toronto played three seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL before spending two seasons at UNB. Henderson registered 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in his first campaign as a V-Red before exploding for 19 goals and 31 assists in 2008-2009, helping the Varsity Reds capture their third University Cup. He then began his professional career by signing with the San Jose organization, where he played two seasons with their AHL affiliate in Worcester, scoring 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) in 137 games. This past year he played two games with the Predator's ECHL's affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, before being loaned to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, where he put up 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games. He also appeared in all three of the team's playoff games, going scoreless.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

2012-2013 AUS Schedule Released

Atlantic University Sport has released the 2012-2013 men's hockey schedule and the V-Reds will waste no time putting their 31 game winning streak against St. Thomas on the line as they host their cross-campus rivals opening night - Friday, October 12th.

Here is UNB's complete conference schedule. All games are scheduled to begin at 7PM AST (subject to change):

Friday, October 12th - vs. St. Thomas
Saturday, October 13th - vs. Moncton
Friday, October 19th - @ SMU
Saturday, October 20th - @St. FX
Friday, October 26th - @Acadia
Saturday, October 27th - @ Dalhousie
Friday, November 2nd - vs. St. FX
Saturday, November 3rd - vs. SMU
Friday, November 9th - @ St. Thomas
Saturday, November 10th - @ UPEI
Friday, November 16th - vs. Dalhousie
Saturday, November 17th - vs. Acadia
Friday, November 23rd - vs. UPEI
Saturday, November 24th - @ Moncton
Friday, November 30th - @ Dalhousie
Saturday, December 1st - @ Acadia
Friday, January 4th - vs. Acadia
Saturday, January 5th - vs. Dalhousie
Friday, January 11th - @ St. FX
Saturday, January 12th - @ SMU
Wednesday, January 16th - vs. St. Thomas
Friday, January 18th - @ UPEI
Saturday, January 19th - @ Moncton
Friday, January 25th - vs. SMU
Saturday, January 26th - vs. St. FX
Friday, February 1st - @ St. Thomas
Saturday, February 2nd - vs. UPEI
Friday, February 8th - vs. Moncton

Some notes:
- This will be only the second time since 1974-75 UNB has opened the season versus St. Thomas, and the first time they have played host. The only other time the two have kicked off the season was in October of 1998 (8-6 victory for UNB).

- The V-Reds currently have a 23 game winning streak in home openers dating back to a 6-5 OT loss to SMU in November of 1988.

- UNB will host Moncton in their second game of the season on Saturday, October 13th. Barring any exhibition games between the two this will be their first meeting since last season's AUS Finals that UNB swept in three games.

- The Varsity Reds will play their first regular season game at STU's brand new Grant-Harvey Centre on Friday, November 9th. Their second appearance - on Friday, February 1st - will be the annual Lou Chabot Memorial game. 

- UPEI makes their first visit to the AUC on Friday, November 23rd. The Panthers won both regular season games played at the AUC last year, the first time a team had pulled the feat since Moncton did it in the 2006-2007 season.

- UNB will look to extend a number of lengthy home winning streaks against AUS teams. This includes a 26 game winning streak (STU), a 17 game streak (Acadia), a 10 game streak (Dalhousie), a 9 game streak (Moncton), and a 7 game streak (SMU). By contrast, the V-Reds do not have more than a two game winning streak on the road against any AUS team except for STU.

- UNB will play 16 games (7 home, 9 away) in the first half of the season and only 12 (7 home, 5 away) in the second half. This is most likely due to the fact that the World Universiade Games were originally going to be held in the winter of 2012-2013. They have since been moved to December 11th-21st, 2013.

- The uneven split of games between the first and second half of the season means UNB will play both of their road games against Dalhousie and Acadia before Christmas.

- UNB will also open the second half of the season against the Tigers and Axemen, meaning they will have completed their season series against each team by the 18th game of the season, more than a month before the end of the season.

- Arguably the toughest stretch of the season will take place from January 11th-19th when UNB will play 5 games in 9 days, including 4 on the road against teams that made the playoffs last season. The V-Reds visit St. FX on the 11th, SMU on the 12th, come home to play STU on Wednesday the 16th, before heading back out on the road to play UPEI and Moncton on the 18th and 19th, respectively.

- The home game against STU on Wednesday, January the 16th is the only regular season game that isn't scheduled for either a Friday or Saturday. There are two games scheduled for every weekend, except for the last weekend of the regular season when every team only plays on Friday night (February 8th).

- For the second consecutive season UNB will play their season finale at home versus Moncton (on Friday, February 8th). This is the seventh time since the 28 game schedule was adopted in 2000-2001 the V-Reds and Aigles Bleus will end the season against one another. UNB has won their previous three home finales, and their last six season finales overall.

- February 8th marks the earliest the regular season has wrapped up in over 38 years (as far back as we have records).

- The University Cup will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from March 14th-17th, 2013. Since the AUS has two berths at this year's tournament the AUS quarter-finals and finals will both be best-of-3 while the semi-finals will be a best-of-5.

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