Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lethbridge Cut Hockey Teams

The U Sports hockey community was dealt a blow yesterday when the University of Lethbridge announced they were cutting both their men's and women's hockey programs.

In a press release, the university cited three consecutive years of "significant reductions to its operating grant" and that the "elimination of the hockey programs is one of a number of budget reduction strategies in response to unprecedented cuts from the provincial government."

While the men's team struggled on the ice in recent years, they won a national championship in 1994 under the guidance of future NHL-coach Mike Babcock.

They have some recent connections with the Reds. Lethbridge traveled to Fredericton for an exhibition game in December of 2018 and they, of course, hosted the 2019 University Cup, where UNB won their 8th national title.

The move impacts 52 student-athletes along with numerous recruits and coaches.