Acadia announced Thursday that it is putting in a bid to host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport 2015 and 2016 men’s hockey championships.
The University Cup, which symbolizes Canadian university men’s hockey supremacy, has been won twice by Acadia, the last victory coming in 1996 at historic Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
“Our varsity athletics team, led by Kevin Dickie, has been working on this proposal since March,” said Acadia president, Ray Ivany. “We have received tremendous support from public and private sector partners and we believe we’re offering CIS a unique opportunity to raise the profile of university sports and our student-athletes.”
The bid proposes Acadia hosting the event in Halifax at the Metro Centre. Partnerships have already been established to ensure hockey fans from the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Valley and throughout Nova Scotia will have easy access to the games.
“Securing a national championship is a strategic priority for our program,” said Dickie, Acadia’s Director of Varsity Athletics and veteran of five national championships while at the University of New Brunswick. “Through our coaches and staff, our department has instilled a high performance culture within our program. Bringing the University Cup to Nova Scotia for the first time will add to the level of commitment our student-athletes have to pursuing excellence.”
Acadia’s bid coincides with a number of milestones in Acadia’s institutional history and its 120-year-old hockey program. This year, Acadia will celebrate the 175thAnniversary of its founding in 1838 as well as the 25th Anniversary of the opening of its 2,100-seat arena. This year also marks the 20th Anniversary of Acadia’s first University Cup victory in 1993, and 2016 will mark the 20th Anniversary of its second national title.
Acadia will be bidding against an unknown number of competitors, although St. FX/SMU have already announced their joint bid to also host the University Cup in Halifax.
The host is expected to be announced by the CIS this fall.