The addition of forward Justin McCrae gives the UBC Thunderbirds something unique in university hockey.
McCrae was captain of the Spokane Chiefs when they won the Memorial Cup in 2008 and he'll be teaming up with forward Matt Pepe, who captained the runner-up Kitchener Rangers in the Canadian major junior hockey championship that season. Crazy.
UBC just squeaked into the final Canada West playoff spot last season after a spirited second-half run. Adding McCrae, who has a fourth-round selection of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes just two seasons ago, would seem to be a pretty nice score on the recruiting front.
(How long until it takes McCrae, who spent his entire junior career in Spokane, to adjust to playing for the Thunderbirds after having the Seattle Thunderbirds as an opponent for five seasons?)