CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince and Kings County fans won’t have to go far to check out what many followers feel is Canada’s best men’s university hockey next season.
It was announced on Friday that the UPEI Panthers will host a regular-season home game in Prince County and Kings County during the 2014-15 Atlantic University Sport Men’s Hockey Conference. Details on the neutral-site games will be announced at a later date.
“We are pleased, with the co-operation of (UPEI) Coach (Forbie) MacPherson and the CARI Centre, to be sharing the Panthers across Prince Edward Island in regular-season play,” said UPEI athletic and recreation director and Summerside native Bill Schurman.
The Panthers also announced their home opener against the UNB Varsity Reds will be played at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown on Saturday, Oct. 11. Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall coaches UNB.
“With our home opener scheduled on the Thanksgiving weekend, it provides the opportunity to move to a larger venue like the Eastlink Centre,” offered Schurman. “Our goal is to attract 3,000 fans to experience one of the best rivalries in AUS hockey.
“The Kings and Prince County games will allow the Panthers to support local charities and community causes, which will be announced in the very near future.”
Two Quebec Major Junior Hockey League veterans from Prince Edward Island – forwards Darcy Ashley of Brooklyn and Brent Andrews of Hunter River – have bolstered UPEI’s recruiting season.
“We promise to have a fast aggressive ‘in your face’ team who are determined to reach the CIS championship,” said MacPherson.