Friday, September 7, 2012

Pridham and Swan Join V-Reds

In today's Daily Gleaner Varsity Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall confirmed the rumours that have been swirling the past few weeks - that 5th year forwards Colby Pridham and Bryce Swan have transferred from Saint Mary's and St. FX, respectively, and will suit up for UNB for their 5th and final season of eligibility.

Pridham, a 5'11'', 176 pound native of O'Leary, PEI, was captain of the Huskies last season when he notched a career high 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) while playing all 28 games. For his performance he was named an AUS second-team all-star. Over his 4 year AUS career Pridham has accumulated 96 points (37 goals, 59 assists) and 64 PIM in 108 regular season games while adding another 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 25 playoff games. While at SMU he helped the Huskies win two AUS Championships (2009 and 2010) as well as the first University Cup in school history (2010).

Before joining the Huskies Pridham played three season for the Halifax Mooseheads, where he was an alternate captain during his last two seasons. He amassed 95 points (38 goals, 57 assists) in 121 regular season games and 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 38 postseason games in his junior career.

The Chronicle Herald and Metro News has more.

The 6'2'', 190 pound Swan has spent the last four year playing for St. FX. He was an alternate captain this past season and posted 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 26 regular season games, before missing the entire postseason. For his AUS career the native of Sydney, Nova Scotia has accumulated 107 points (62 goals, 45 assists) and 234 PIM in 109 regular season games. He had his best season in 2009-2010 when he potted 20 goals and added 11 assists in 28 games and was named an AUS second-team all-star. During his time at St. FX he helped the X-Men reach two AUS Championships (2010 and 2011) and one University Cup (2011).

Swan also played his junior hockey in Halifax for the Mooseheads, where he was a teammate of Pridham. In four seasons, including two as an alternate captain, Swan posted 134 points (77 goals, 57 assists) in 198 regular season games and added another 34 points (21 goals, 13 assists) in 47 playoff games.

According to MacDougall, both Pridham and Swan "are experienced players and both were good players in good programs." He went on to mention that "their roles will be defined once we get a few practices under out belt, but both have leadership skills and both are proven players in our league. Yet they come in here with the excitement of a first year player. Colby can play centre or wing...a power play and penalty kill guy, and Bryce is a proven scorer. I think both have improved each year in the league, so they're looking to finish on a high note."

He also mentions that UNB has had considerable success with transfer students in the past. Fans will no doubt remember Brad Pierce (Dalhousie) and Nick Marach (British Columbia) helping UNB win the 2007 University Cup, Lucas Madill (McGill) being part of the 2008 team that came up just short in the CIS Final against Alberta, and Jimmy Cudddihy (Dalhousie) playing a prominent role on the 2009 championship team.

However, those players transferred from non-AUS teams or Dalhousie, a team that UNB does not have much of a rivalry with. We are sure it will take a little more getting used to seeing players who have played for two of UNB's main rivals and who have been part of some memorable games against the V-Reds now suiting up in the red and white, but both should be fan favourites by the end of the season.

Welcome to UNB, Colby and Bryce!