2012 University Cup - Notebook

Doug MacLean nearly stole the show at the Wednesday media conference to open the 2012 Cavendish University Cup as he was asked to introduce each of the six coaches. Not near as rigid as past formats, and for some reason all sorts of jokes between the coaches and MacLean about the Leafs and Brian Burke (not that MacLean necessarily wants the Leafs job, but he would be open to a new job in the NHL ...). Coaches. Always talking about other guys' jobs. There was lots of media there as well, as this tournament is a big deal in Fredericton, and New Brunswick.

Left to right: McGill's Kelly Nobes, UNB's Gardiner MacDougall, UdeM's Serge Bourgeois, UQTR's Jacques Laporte, Western's Clarke Singer and UofS's Dave Adolph
The CIS has posted a recap of last night's awards ceremony from the very warm Fredericton Playhouse (record temperatures and hockey don't mix!). The host AUS did surprisingly well with the major awards as Acadia's Andrew Clark earned Player of the Year, UNB's Kyle Bailey picked up the Randy Gregg Award and UdeM's Serge Bourgeois got the nod as coach of the year. MacLean ("no, I'm not Ron") was the guest speaker and scored well with a partisan crowd. He made a point of saying that he got the greatest thrill watching his son playing NCAA Div. I hockey, and how he now understands hockey parents who only see their kid when watching the game.

There's lots of coverage in today's Daily Gleaner, via the vreds.ca website: 
V-Red honoured for contributions on and off the ice
UNB's Fullerton gets another Golden opportunity  (actually a Moncton Times-Transcript story published in the Gleaner)
UNB job led to NHL gig for MacLean
Bailey, Bourgeois, Clark win major awards 
V-Reds without Wiebe for the nationals

And as always, the gang over at UNBHockeyfans.com has tons of stuff as well.

And Steve Knowles , CIS stats guy and chair of the Top 10 committee, prepared a piece on the 50th anniversary of the University Cup.
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