I don't know if CIS hockey fans in Fredericton realize how fortunate they are right now. Last night's 5-0 blanking of Dal was previewed by the V-Reds Nation e-newsletter, carried live on CHSR-FM and RogersTV in New Brunswick (Dave Ritchie and I did double-duty for those broadcasts), webcast on SSN, tweeted by UNBHockey, and staffed by The Daily Gleaner, The Brunswickan (UNB weekly student paper) and 105.3 FM The Fox radio. Thanks to UNB's team photographer Brian Smith (who volunteers his time) there are great game photos for the varsityreds.ca and unbhockeyfans.com website game stories, as well as today's edition of the V-Reds Nation newsletter. Of course there is also the continual chatter from die-hard UNB fans online on sites such as HFBoards.
And all that same coverage will be extended to tonight's game against Acadia.
And don't forget Darryl Boyce's recent exploits with the Toronto Maple Leafs since his call-up from the Marlies is giving some national exposure to the V-Reds program and CIS hockey.
So does it get any better than this? Can you perhaps understand why the team and their loyal fans might have a bit of a swagger?
The only negative would seem to be complacent and well-served UNB hockey "fans", particularly students, who don't sell out the Aitken University Centre. What more do they want?