"Both the men's and women's teams are considered competitive clubs, and do not enjoy many of the luxuries that come with this varsity status. This is not due to a lack of trying on behalf of hockey players at Mac. Still, awareness is key, says Kelly Phair.It seemed worth linking to Brian's post, if for nothing else to point out that a McMaster team would have to sport jerseys modelled on the Hamilton Mustangs in the movie Youngblood. (Just change the colours from red to maroon and get rid of the horse.) Mac has fared pretty well as a sports school without hockey, which would make not adding it totally understandable. In this case, it would also require building an arena on or close to campus (like Carleton did and like Ryerson is doing with the Maple Leaf Gardens reno). Hamilton has an AHL franchise and is a much different market than North Bay and Thunder Bay, where Nipissing and Lakehead are the high-profile team and play in the city's main arena.
" 'We’ve talked with Jeff Giles (athletic director) about it. The main thing is getting people aware about the team, talking about it and knowing about it.'
"The problem is, because McMaster has not had varsity hockey teams for so long, interest can be difficult to find within the student body. Without a rink on campus and sufficient funding, the teams cannot reach varsity status."
Hockey: Mac's club team looking to join OUA
McMaster is the largest university outside Quebec which does not compete in CIS hockey. It might be of interest that The Sil, whose sports editor is our own Brian Decker, is pointing out some would like that to change.