Yes, I know, student-athletes have finished exams and mostly headed back to their families for some home cooking and to catch up on sleep/partying. But many AUS hockey players will be back on campus soon after Christmas to prepare for holiday tournaments and one-off exhibition games before the second half starts.
First place UNB will be hosting McGill on Dec. 30, and then the NCAA's Providence College will at the AUC for two games at the 6th annual Pete Kelly Cup on Jan. 1 & 2. It will be the Friars' first ever visit to Fredericton, and first trip to Canada since the 80's.
Saint Mary's hosts Toronto on Dec. 30 and face Acadia on Jan. 2. That game will be played in small town Berwick, Nova Scotia in the heart of apple country.
UPEI hosts Dalhousie on Dec. 30 and St. Thomas on Jan. 2.
StFX will be hosting McGill for two games at their 5th annual C. V. Keating Cup on Dec. 28 & 29. McGill will then travel the five and a half hours west to play the Varsity Reds the next day. Three games in three nights in the AUS for the Redmen ... now that's a team getting ready for the second half.
Acadia hosts Toronto on the 29th, the day before the Varsity Blues play SMU, and then they get their chance to play SMU on Jan. 2.
Dalhousie has just the one game, that trip to Charlottetown on Dec. 30.
Moncton also just has one game, at St. Thomas on Dec. 30.
So Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays to everyone out there. Have fun, stay safe. Maybe next week I'll follow up this brief post with a look at which new players AUS coaches found in their stockings this Christmas.