Saturday 25 June 2011

Troy Ryan has support of STU family

Just found this excellent video posted by STU Alumni on YouTube and wanted to share it with all of you. The footage was taken May 12th, 2011 at St. Thomas' Forest Hill Conference Centre.  Enjoy and thanks to  the STU Alumni Association for posting.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

STU to host 2014 CIS Women's Hockey Championship

It's an exciting day for St. Thomas University (STU), it's Athletics department, and the Women's hockey program in particular with today's announcement from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) that STU has been awarded the opportunity to host the 2014 CIS Women's Hockey Championship. The event marks the first time that STU will host a CIS championship tourney and will be held March 5-9, 2014 at the new Grant*Harvey Centre.

St. Thomas University president and Vice-Chancellor Dennis Cochrane calls the announcement "great news for our university and our student athletes", adding "our new hockey facility at Grant Harvey will be an ideal venue for a national championship and this event will have a particular resonance with our community as our enrolment is 70% female."

STU will build off its experience hosting national championships at the ACAA level. Director of Athletics Mike Eagles says “We’ve hosted two other national championships, but this is our first for the CIS. With the opportunity to host the pre-eminent women’s hockey competition in the country, we want to stage an unforgettable event that is focused on the student athlete and will further raise the profile of women’s hockey in the region.”

"CIS is delighted that the STU will host our women's hockey championship," said Marg McGregor, chief executive officer of CIS. "While this will be STU's first CIS championship, they have been very successful at hosting events in the past and our student-athletes will benefit from that experience."

The University of Alberta will host the women's tourney in 2012, followed by the University of Toronto in 2013. The University of Calgary was awarded hosting duties for the 2015 event today as well.


STU Release: STU Awarded Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Hockey Championship for 2014
CIS Release: Alberta, St. Thomas, Calgary to host national championships
DG Article: STU to host women's hockey nationals in 2014

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Daily Gleaner's Dave Ritchie moving on

A sincere "Thank you" and "Good luck in your new endeavors" goes out to The Daily Gleaner's sports editor and reporter Dave Ritchie. After 34 years of covering sports in the Fredericton area, Dave is moving with his wife to Ontario.

It was Dave Ritchie's call that most Tommies fans will remember the most that fateful day in early March 2001 when "pepperpot" (Dave's term) Jason Sands went down on a 2 on 1 and scored to give St. Thomas it's first AUS Championship in 40 years. "HEEE SCCCOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEESSSSS".

Thank you Dave for being a part of CIS Hockey here in Fredericton and your contributions. You were an important part of the sports landscape in the City and you will be missed. Good luck from this apprecitve Tommies' fan.

Dave's Column June 15th, 2011.
Bill Hunt: Ritchie's lasting legacy Impact on local sports