Friday, September 6, 2019

MacDougall Issues Statement On Nobes' Passing

The hockey world was dealt a devastating blow yesterday when it was reported McGill head coach Kelly Nobes had tragically passed away at the age of 45. UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall released the following statement earlier today expressing his condolences:

"It's a sad time for U SPORTS Hockey, the historic McGill men's hockey program, and mostly for Kelly's family. Kelly was an almost-annual member of the national championship club each March, and always brought well-coached and competitive teams to the U SPORTS Championship tournaments. Kelly was a staunch supporter of university hockey, as a coach and a former elite player. Our teams played against each other on a regular basis, and you always knew you'd face a well-prepared and highly-competitive squad. As a friend, we swapped drills and ideas over the years, and it was a pleasure to see him get much deserved recognition when Kelly was name U SPORTS Coach of the Year, right here in Fredericton, in 2018. On behalf of UNB and the Reds men's hockey program, I want to extend my sincere sympathies to the Nobes family, Kelly's friends, and the McGill community"