HALIFAX - Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) today awarded the 2015 and 2016 Men’s Hockey Championships to the innovative joint bid between St. FX, Saint Mary’s and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A). Halifax hockey fans will have the opportunity to see Canada’s top university hockey teams compete for the CIS University Cup at the Halifax Metro Centre in March 2015 and March 2016.
"We are very excited and energized about the opportunity to host two championships that will showcase the highest level of amateur hockey in Canada,” said St. FX director of athletics & recreation Leo MacPherson. “St. FX is honoured to be the official host in 2015 as we know SMU is equally honoured to be the official host in 2016.
“Our creative, collaborative three-way partnership between St. FX, SMU and S|E|A was key to winning the bid and it will be key to delivering two amazing championships where the ultimate winners will be the student-athletes, the hockey fans in Nova Scotia, and the corresponding enhancements to the brand equity of CIS and AUS hockey.”
Saint Mary’s director of athletics Dr. David Murphy echoed MacPherson’s comments.
“Saint Mary's University is pleased and honored to have been chosen along with St. FX to host the University Cup in 2015 and 2016," he said. "This will have positive effects for our universities, the CIS and AUS and the city of Halifax as we bring the top tier of amateur hockey to this city."
In partnership with Sports & Entertainment Atlantic, the two schools will host the annual CIS event for the first time in Nova Scotia since its inception in 1963. The St. FX X-Men, led by head coach Brad Peddle, will be the host team for the 2015 championship, while the Saint Mary’s Huskies, led by head coach Trevor Stienburg, will be the host for the 2016 championship.
Both championships will be played at the Halifax Metro Centre, which has hosted hockey events such as the 2000 Memorial Cup, 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, 2005 IIHF World Women’s Hockey Championship, and the 2008 IIHF World Men’s Hockey Championship, held for the first time outside Europe in the IIHF’s 100 year history.
Ticket package information will be available in the coming weeks through Ticket Atlantic.