Tuesday, August 21, 2012

V-Reds Announce New Recruit For Upcoming Season

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds announced today that they have added forward Cam Braes to the line-up for the 2012 - 2013 season.

Braes, a 5'11'' 180 pound native of Shawinigan, British Columbia, concluded his WHL career this past season with a career high 82 points, including 41 goals. He spent his first four and a half seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, where he played with current V-Red Ben Wright, before being dealt to the Moose Jaw Warriors part way through last season. This marks the 3rd former 40 goal scorer the V-Reds have recruited in the last year, along with Shayne Wiebe and Geordie Wudrick.

A former captain of the Hurricanes, Braes seen his point total improve every season of his junior career, finishing with 240 points (116 goals, 124 assists) and 374 PIM in 350 career games. He added another 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) in 25 playoff games. During his time in Lethbridge he was the winner of the Hurricanes Top Scorer Award, Three Stars Award (x2), Hardest Working Hurricane Award, Most Sportsmanlike Player, and Fittest Rookie.

According to head coach Gardiner MacDougall Braes "has become a proven offensive catalyst with his competitive level and excellent leadership qualities". Upon acquiring Braes Moose Jaw Director of Hockey Operations Allan Millar called him "a proven top centre in our league, who provides tremendous character and leadership to our group." Meanwhile, Lethbridge General Manager Rich Preston said Braes "didn't just show up every game to play, he game to win and that's an important difference. He wanted to win and he was willing to do whatever to win. There's a lot of players that show up and want to play hard , but you want guys who are there to win."

Welcome to UNB, Cam!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

UNB Announces Pair Of Recruits For 2012 - 2013 Season

UPDATE: According to Tam`s Twitter account, as well as this story (note: in French), he has signed an ECHL contract with the expansion San Francisco Bulls, with an invite to the Worcester Sharks training camp.

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced the addition of defencemen Adrian Robertson and Mikael Tam for the upcoming season as the team looks to replace some of the production lost due to the graduation of veteran blue liners Jonathan Harty, Bretton Stamler and Luke Gallant.

Robertson, a 6'2" 210 pound native of Missisauga, Ontario comes to UNB after playing five seasons in the OHL for the Peterborough Petes, Windsor Spitfires, and Sarnia Sting. A former captain of the Spitfires, Robertson had a career high 10 goals and 28 assists last season in 52 games. In his junior career he amassed 75 points (18 goals, 57 assists) and 298 PIM in 239 games. He added another 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games.

Head coach Gardiner MacDougall describes Robertson as having "great size, excellent two-way skills and was one of the most improved overagers in the OHL" while his former General Manager in Windsor, Warren Rychel, called him "a class act on and off the ice." Upon acquiring him Sarnia GM/coach Jacques Bealieau also spoke highly of the rearguard, calling Robertson a "top tier defenceman in our league" whose "experience and leadership alone will prove invaluable."

Tam joins the V-Reds after playing his entire five year junior career with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, the last two of which he served as team captain. The 5'10", 193 pound native of Quebec City had 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) this past season in 68 games. He posted a career high 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 2010-2011. For his career Tam, who is perhaps most well known for being on the receiving end of a brutal right elbow by Patrice Cormier during the 2009-2010 season that sent him to the hospital, finished his junior career with 140 points (53 goals, 87 assists) and 454 PIM in 318 regular season games and 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games.

According to MacDougall Tam brings "great leadership skills, a high competitive level, and is a high impact player."

UNB Announces Ticket Info For 2012 - 2013 Season

UNB has released the prices and packages available for purchase for the upcoming 2012 - 2013 athletic season, and they remain largely unchanged from the last few years. Here are the highlights:

- A season pass, which is valid for all regular season, exhibition, and tournament games in all sports, is $150. Please note that passes are not valid for the Mark Jeffrey Memorial Game or any AUS playoffs.

- For an extra $50 you can reserve your seat at the Aitken University Centre.

- Single game tickets for hockey are $10 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-16 and non-UNB students with an ID, and free for UNB student with a valid ID as well as youth 5 and under.

- Tickets will go on sale to those who had 2011 - 2012 season tickets from August 20th - August 24th. They go on sale to the general public beginning August 27th.

- In past years season tickets have not been valid for the Pete Kelly Classic, which takes place at the end of December. However, there has been no mention thus far of that being the case this year, although UNB's opponent has yet to be determined so this is subject to change.

- The Varsity Reds are scheduled to play their first home game of the season on Thursday, September 20th in a non-conference tilt against the Carleton Ravens. The first conference game at home will be played on opening night - Friday, October 12th - against cross-campus rival St. Thomas.