Thursday, November 18, 2021

MacDougall, Five Reds Heading To FISU Games

Reds head coach Gardiner MacDougall has been tabbed to lead Team Canada at the FISU Winter Universiades, to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from December 11-21. This is his third time coaching at the games, already having led Team Canada to a gold medal as head coach at the 2013 games in Trentino, Italy and a gold medal as assistant coach in 2007 in Turin, Italy.  

The 23 player team will feature players from across the country, including five Reds - the most of any team. Those selected to participate are forwards Tyler Boland, Samuel Dove-McFalls, and Austen Keating, defenceman Joe Gatenby, and goaltender Rylan Parenteau. 

Other AUS player attending are F - Mitchell Balmas (SMU), D - Garrett McFadden and G - Logan Flodell (Acadia), F - Liam Hawel and F - Matthew Struthers (St. FX), and F - Kyle Maksimovich and D - Owen Headrick (UPEI).

Notably absent from the team are any players from the University of Alberta. It is expected they will participate in the annual exhibition games against the Team Canada world junior hopefuls. 

It should be noted that this is a large academic and financial commitment for these players, two factors which may have prevented otherwise strong candidates from being selected. While the games aren't overlapping with any regular season games, like they have in the past, they are taking place during the exam period. Also, it is up to each individual school to decide if they want to help their players financially.

The team is in a pool with Estonia - whom they play in their opener on December 10th, Latvia, Slovakia, and the United States. 

The women's team will include Reds head coach Sarah Hilworth in an assistant role and goaltender Kendra Woodland.