It's a sad day for the AUS, and more specifically the city of Fredericton, as St. Thomas University has made the tough decision to cancel their men's hockey program, the school announced earlier today. Senior administration cited the cost of running the team and the increasing competitiveness of the AUS conference as the primary reasons for their decision. The school is facing a projected operating deficit of 1.3 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and this will save them approximately $245 000 annually.
The Tommies have been part of the AUS for 29 seasons, compiling an overall record of 197-338-31-31.
How this will affect the upcoming season and schedule, which was supposed to change to a two division format and feature a 30 game regular season, is not yet known at this time.