Just received word that one of the country's most prestigious annual university hockey tournaments has been iced.
The Lakehead Thunderwolves have apparently cut the TBayTel Varsity Cup from its winter schedule, citing "financial reasons."
Too bad. And, quite frankly, shocking. Especially given the fact university hockey is all but religion in the northern city of Thunder Bay, whose closest pro hockey franchise is the Minnesota Wild. Not to mention the NBA and NFL also are in Minnesota.
The cancellation comes on the heels of Lakehead winning last season's Varsity Cup and hosting the national championship and after the team finished ranked 10th in the country.
Instead of hosting some of the country's best hockey teams during the Christmas break, the T-Wolves will play the Saskatchewan Huskies and Manitoba Bisons toward the end of December. No word yet on where those games will take place.