Saturday, September 18, 2021

News And Notes: Pre-Season Begins, Saigeon, NHL Camps

Tomorrow afternoon, for the first time in 562 days, the University of New Brunswick Reds will be in game action as they head to Moncton to face the Aigles Bleus. Game time is scheduled for 3PM and, according to the Times and Transcript, "spectators are welcome at all weekend hockey games at UdeM. Face masks are required."

- This will be the first time fans get to see what is going to be a very different looking team from the one that last played in March 2020. A whopping 14 players who suited up in game three of the AUS Final - Stephen Anderson, Patrick Watling, Kris Bennett, Matthew Boucher, Oliver Cooper, Ben Hawerchuk, Mark Simpson, Alexandre Goulet, Matt Murphy, Marcus McIvor, Olivier LeBlanc, Tristan Pomerleau, and Samuel Harvey - have moved on.
- Granted, all of the AUS teams have turned over upwards of half of their roster over the last 18 months. This means there are going to be lots of new faces to learn on every team around the league. 
- One player that will not be suiting up for the Reds is highly touted recruit Brandon Saigeon. The former 92 point scorer in the OHL has signed an ECHL contract with the Wheeling Nailers. 
- Saigeon joins defenceman Nathan Larose as recruits who have moved on to the professional ranks before ever suiting up for the Reds in game action.
- UNB will also most likely be without forwards Austen Keating (Arizona), Thomas Casey (Buffalo), MacAuley Carson (San Jose), and defenceman Adam McCormick (Las Vegas), all of whom are currently at NHL development camps. 
- For those who can't make the trip to Moncton, the game should be streamed on AUStv.ca. For those of you who may have missed it, the AUS has entered into a three year agreement with Visaic to broadcast games on their YARE tv platform. In addition to the website getting a refresh, users will now to need to register (for free) prior to being able to watch games.  
- The AUS pre-season officially got underway Friday night with St. FX taking down Dalhousie 3-1 in Antigonish. Moncton had an impressive start to their schedule, routing Saint Mary's 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Halifax.