Thursday, August 17, 2017

Varsity Reds Go West To Find Goaltending

For the first time in four years the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have added a player out of the Western Hockey League, announcing the addition of goaltender Rylan Parenteau from the Tri-City Americans.

Parenteau joins the V-Reds after a season in which he went 25-14-0 with a 3.26 goals against average and a 0.900 save percentage in 42 games with the Americans. His best season came in 2015-2016 with the Prince Albert Raiders when he posted a record of 25-17-6, a 2.82 GAA, and a save percentage of 0.913 in 55 games. For his efforts, he was named a 2nd team WHL all-star and invited to the Vancouver Canucks summer development camp.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Parenteau will join returning netminder Alex Dubeau to make up UNB's goaltending tandem.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

V-Reds Get Offensive With Latest Recruit

The defending U Sports champion UNB Varsity Reds have announced the addition of high-scoring forward Tyler Boland from the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

The 6', 181 pound forward joins the V-Reds on the heels of an exceptional season in which he finished 2nd in the QMJHL in scoring, posting an impressive 48 goals and 55 assists for 103 points. His offensive skill and production will no doubt be a welcome addition to a team that has lost over 50% of their goal output from last season due to graduation and pro opportunities.

In four seasons in the "Q", all with the Oceanic, the native of St. John's, Newfoundland - and cousin of former Red Devil Trevor Boland - scored 97 goals and added 115 assists for 212 points in 246 regular season games before adding another 7 goals and 7 assists in 33 playoff games. He also had an assist in 4 games at the 2015 Memorial Cup.

Boland will attend the Winnipeg Jets rookie camp next month in hopes of earning an invitation to their main camp later in the month.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017-2018 Season Ticket Information

The Varsity Reds have announced ticket information for the upcoming 2017-2018 athletic season, and fans will notice that it is fairly similar to last year.

The main points:

- All-sport season passes are valid for all Varsity Reds home events, including regular season, tournament, exhibition, and AUS playoff games.
- Season pass prices are $225 for an adult, $200 for seniors, and $75 for non-UNB students (13 years+).
- Seating at the Aitken Centre remains reserved, except for section 10, which is general admission only.
- Season ticket holders will receive 25% off of their bill at the Snooty Fox all season long.  

- Previous year (2016-2017) season ticket holders MUST renew their reserved their hockey seats between August 21st and September 1st only, at the AUC box office.
- Public sale of season passes and 2018 U CUP passes go on sale beginning September 6th at 11AM at the AUC box office
- U CUP passes are $175 for adults, $150 for seniors, and $75 for students/youth/children under 12.
- You can purchase a V-Reds all sport season pass AND a U CUP pass for $300 for adults or $250 for seniors. This represents a savings of $100.

- Individual game tickets will remain $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $4 for students 13 years+ with a valid ID, and free for UNB students and youth 12 and under. Please note - free tickets must be obtained from the box office.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pair Of Forwards Join V-Reds

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have announced Saginaw Spirit forwards Kris Bennett and Hayden Hodgson have signed USports Letters of Intent to join the team for the upcoming season.

Long rumoured to be joining the V-Reds, Bennett is a 5'11", 190 pound centre from Brampton Ontario who was an alternate captain for the Spirit last season. He has increased his point total from 24 points in 2014-2015 to 39 in 2015-2016 to a career-high of 51 (25 goals, 26 assists) in 66 games last year. Overall, he put up 114 points (57 goals, 57 assists) in 195 career OHL games, all with Saginaw.

The 6'2", 207 pound Hodgson also served as an alternate captain last season and is your prototypical power forward. After having spent time previously with the Erie Otters and Sarnia Sting, the native of Learnington, Ontario broke out with 38 goals and 66 points in 67 games last year for the Spirit. For his junior career, he posted 87 goals and 70 assists for 157 points in 294 career games.

Hodgson will be attending the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp next month.

Bennett and Hodgson combined for 63 goals last season for a Spirit squad that only managed to score 204 goals and finished with a 27-32-9 record.