For Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy
FREDERICTON – Atlantic University Sport (AUS) has announced the return of the Tim Hortons Team Canada Men’s Hockey All-Star Game.
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Central Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall is head coach of the UNB men's hockey team.
Returning for the first time since 1999, this year’s event will be held on the St. Thomas Tommies’ home ice at the new Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, N.B., on Friday, Nov. 8.
All proceeds from the game will help fund Canada’s men’s hockey team’s trip to Trentino, Italy, for the 2013 FISU Winter Universiade from Dec. 11 to 21.
The 22-man team representing Canada in Trentino will be comprised entirely of players from the eight-team AUS conference, with each school sending a minimum of one and a maximum of four players.
The all-star showcase will also serve as the final identification game before Team Canada is officially selected. The players for this all-star game will be selected by the Team Canada coaching staff of head coach Gardiner MacDougall (UNB) and assistants Forbes MacPherson (UPEI) and Brad Peddle (St. Francis Xavier). MacDougall, MacPherson and Peddle are all head coaches of their respective teams.
“We are excited to revive the all-star game,” said MacDougall, a native of Bedeque. “It will be a great opportunity for our coaching staff to make our final selections for Team Canada.”
MacDougall has coached the Varsity Reds to four CIS championship wins – all in the last seven years – and also served as an assistant coach when Team Canada brought home Universiade gold in 2007.
The Winter Universiade takes place every two years, and Canada is represented in men’s hockey by each of the three CIS conferences on a rotation basis. Since the rotation system was implemented prior to the 1997 Games, AUS all-stars have represented the country on two occasions, bringing home silver in 2001 (Zakopane, Poland) and claiming gold in 2007 (Turin, Italy).