Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Reds Recruit Dove-McFalls

Former 4th round Philadelphia Flyers draft pick and Saint John Sea Dogs centre Samuel Dove-McFalls is the newest member of the University of New Brunswick Reds, the team announced earlier today.

The 6'2", 207 pound Dove-McFalls spent the first four seasons of his CHL career down the highway playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs, helping the team win a QMJHL championship and a Memorial Cup berth in 2017. While in SJ, the 2015 NHL draft pick posted 42 goals and 67 assists in 212 games and also served as their alternate captain his last three years.

The native of Montreal, Quebec was then traded to the Rimouski Oceanic prior to last season and was not only named their team captain, but also had the best statistical season of his career to the tune of 22 goals and 51 assists in 64 games. He added another 9 points in a 7 playoff games. In addition to his offensive prowess, he also earned the Guy Charbonneau Trophy, which is given annually to QMJHL's top defensive forward last season. It might not be a stretch to envision Dove-McFalls - who is strong in the face-off circle and on the penalty kill - beginning his UNB career by sliding seamlessly into the 4th line centre role left vacant with the graduation of Dylan Willick.

With the addition of Dove-McFalls, to go along with previously announced recruits Patrick Watling, Mark Rassell, Matthew Boucher, and James McEwan, the Reds currently feature a very deep and talented forward crop heading into the season.

Dove-McFalls becomes another in a long line of former Sea Dogs to find homes in the AUS this offseason, joining former teammates Cole Reginato (Acadia), Bailey Webster (St. FX), Will Thompson (St. FX), and Blade Mann-Dixon (St. FX). When you factor in current AUS players such as Stephen Anderson (UNB), Matt Murphy (UNB), Olivier LeBlanc (UNB), Oliver Cooper (UNB), and Adam Bateman (SMU) in addition to former players like Mike Thomas (UNB), Pierre Durepos (Moncton), Michael Kirkpatrick (St. FX), Stephen MacAulay (SMU) Saint John has to be considered one of the top CHL teams in the country in terms of sending impact players to the AUS, if not all of U Sports.

Varsity Reds Becoming Reds

In a move that was announced weeks ago, UNB Athletics has begun a re-branding exercise which includes changing the name of the varsity sports teams from Varsity Reds to, simply, Reds. While the traditional red, black, and white colour scheme will remain in place, a new logo is being developed which will be unveiled prior to the upcoming 2018-2019 AUS season.