2016 CIS University Cup Men’s Hockey Championship—Congratulations to University of New Brunswick Varsity RedsPublished on 13 April 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day
Hon. Joseph A. Day:
Honourable senators, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team has done it again. What can I say?
On March 20, the Varsity Reds won the fifth gold medal in the past 10 years at the annual Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey championship.
The Varsity Reds defeated the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, and third place was secured by the Saint Mary’s Huskies team from Nova Scotia when they defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies.
The final game of the season was played in Halifax. That’s where the championship took place. What a remarkable record and what an historic result, having all three top tournament university hockey championship winners from the Maritime provinces. This is the first time that university teams from Atlantic Canada have ever swept all three top positions in the final tournament for Canada.
The final game in Halifax was a record-breaking event that hosted 43,513 fans at the Scotiabank Centre.
The University of New Brunswick has a long and proud history of competitive excellence in sports. Inter-class and inter-club hockey contests began at UNB in 1880. The first recorded competitive game was in 1897, when the hockey team at UNB challenged the team of the Fredericton detachment of the Royal Regiment of Canada.
In 1906, UNB was a founding member of the Maritime Intercollegiate Hockey League, which was succeeded in 1910 by the Maritime Intercollegiate Athletic Association. UNB won its first intercollegiate interuniversity hockey championship in 1998 and has been winning gold and silver ever since.
Of particular note for UNB is that the University of New Brunswick student Lesley Reddon was the very first female goaltender to play on a men’s hockey team in Atlantic Canada — she played at the Atlantic universities hockey conference — and perhaps the first female goaltender ever in Canadian interuniversity sports competition.
Congratulations and best wishes to the players and coaches at the University of New Brunswick.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!