Some news from around the CIS as we await the beginning of the 2nd half of the season:
- Team Canada World Junior hopefuls played a pair of games against the CIS Toronto Selects - made up of players from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, York Lions, and Ryerson Rams - over the weekend and came away with a pair of convincing results, posting 10-3 and 6-0 wins. These games have become an annual occurrence in recent years, with the CIS usually enjoying much better success. Alberta defeated Team Canada 4-1 in 2012 and a team made up of players from Saskatchewan and Regina won 4-2 in 2009. The last time the AUS had players participate was in 2002 when they lost by 5-2 and 3-2 scores.
- The Canada West conference will represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Universiade Games to be held from February 3rd to 14th in Granada, Spain. The team will be coached by Saskatchewan Huskies bench boss Dave Adolph and will feature players from all 8 of the conference's teams. Not surprisingly, Alberta leads the way with 6 members followed by Calgary (5), Saskatchewan (4), Mount Royal (3), Manitoba (2), and Regina, Lethrbidge, and British Columbia (1 each). Canada West teams have medaled in each of their previous three appearances representing Canada at the games, winning a bronze in 1997 and 2003 and a silver in 2009. Of course, a team made up of AUS players took home a gold medal at last year's event in Trentino, Italy.
- The UPEI Panthers have announced the addition of former Barrie Colt (OHL) forward Mitchell Theoret to their team for the 2nd half of the season.
With most teams having unused roster spots - including two for UNB - it will be interesting to see what transpires over the next couple of weeks before the season restarts as everyone gears up for the stretch run.