How time flies. The 50th anniversary of the University Cup is upon us already. Sorry, make that the Cavendish University Cup presented by Home Depot. The next two years in Saskatoon it will be the PotashCorp University Cup. Corporate branding, gotta love it since it pays the bills.
Events kick off today with the traditional lunchtime media conference and then the awards ceremony this evening. Sportnet's Doug MacLean, who coached UNB in 1985-86 before moving onto the bright lights of the NHL, will be tonight's guest speaker. The real fun starts tomorrow with McGill-UdeM at 2:00 pm ADT and UNB-UQTR at 7:00 pm.
So how can you follow the University Cup? Well, if you're in Fredericton and can't get/afford a ticket, there is a beer tent with a big screen in the parking lot closest to the Aitken University Centre. All of the games will be webcast on ssncanada.ca. Long-time broadcaster Dave Ritchie is returning to call all the games on CHSR-FM 97.9, and they will also be audiocasting the games and intermissions on chsrfm.ca. I'll be helping out with the radio games as well as co-hosting a liveblog for each game with Christopher Cameron, editor of the UNB student paper The Brunswickan, here on CISBlog.ca. Rogers Sportsnet will be broadcasting the second Saturday game (4:30 pm ADT) and the championship game on Sunday (8:00 pm ADT). And a local firm has developed a free cell phone app at www.2012univcup.com.
My goal is to provide a daily notebook, plus link to the some of the media coverage of the event to save readers some time. My previous post had all the schedule information.
The CIS has prepared a great University Cup preview, with all sorts of facts and stats which you can read here.
The local newspaper, The Daily Gleaner, is now behind a paywall but many of their stories are being reprinted on the vreds.ca website:
- V-Reds look to take it to the next level
- UNB ready to shine in hockey spotlight
- Patriotes could be tournament sleeper
- Mustangs focus on what's ahead
- Aigles Bleus rejuvenated for nationals
- Redmen Feature Depth and Leadership
And lastly, for now, the hockey geeks over at UNBHockeyFans.com have tons of University Cup stuff, albeit with an understandable UNB bias.