Thursday, October 27, 2016

News And Notes: USports, Ring Ceremony, Top 10, Halley, TMS

Some news of interest so far this week:

- Last Thursday the CIS announced it is rebranding and will now be known as USports. Opinions regarding the change seem to be mixed thus far.

- On Tuesday night the 2015-2016 National Champion Varsity Reds were presented with their championship rings during a special ceremony at Kingswood. A total of 42 rings were handed out to players and staff. The rings - created by Josten's with help from coach Rob Hennigar - feature the UNB logo across the University Cup on the top with one side showing the name and number of its owner and the other side paying homage to the history of the program with six championship banners located above the old Red Devils logo. Last season's 37-6-3 record is acknowledged just below.

- The latest USports Top 10 shows UNB maintaining their number one position, although the gap between them and the number two ranked St. FX X-Men closed some after Saturday night's X-Men overtime victory. Saskatchewan remains 3rd while Mount Royal, up four spots, and UOIT make up the rest of the top five. UPEI is the only other AUS team to make the rankings coming in at 8th, although Dalhousie also received votes.

- Philippe Halley has been named the UNB Varsity Reds/Papa John's Pizza male Athlete of the Week. Halley notched a goal and two assists over the two games last weekend.

- In his weekly column Tuesday Morning Skate, Victor Findlay discusses the V-Reds goaltending situation as well as this Saturday's big rematch between St. FX and UNB at the AUC among many other topics from around the country.