“I'm going to be busy,” said MacDougall, who’s looking ahead to scouting possible recruits.
The Varsity Reds, who won their sixth Canadian university men’s hockey championship under MacDougall on Sunday, will have some holes to fill for the 2017-18 campaign.
“We have three fifth-years that will graduate, and a number of our fourth-years will graduate and a number of them will get good professional offers,” said MacDougall. “We have a couple of players who will get their degrees in three years who will get opportunities.
“One of the reasons people make the decision to come to UNB is the opportunity to be successful and to win, and the other is to develop.”
That also includes excelling in the classroom. MacDougall proudly noted that last year the UNB men’s hockey team had 13 Academic All-Canadians – a 3.5 GPA, 80-plus average.
“This year at Christmas, I think, out of the 24 players, 18 or 19 were at 3.0,” said MacDougall. “We’ve had 10 or more Academic All-Canadians the last five years in a row.
“Give them full credit. It’s not easy. We have high standards on the ice and in the classroom as well, but it’s all about finding great people.”