Five OHL graduates are U SPORTS University Cup Champions with the UNB Varsity Reds following a 5-3 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on home ice. Here’s a look at Sunday’s Championship action from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
UNB 5 – SASKATCHEWAN 3 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Long-time Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Cam Braes, a graduate of the Moose Jaw Warriors, scored four times to lead the Varsity Reds to their second consecutive University Cup title, which also marks their sixth in the past 11 years.
U SPORTS Player of the Year Philippe Maillet (Victoriaville Tigres) recorded four assists while Mark Simpson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) also found the back of the net as UNB outshot Saskatchewan 36-21.
Etienne Marcoux (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) made 18 saves in goal to improve to a perfect 3-0 mark at the University Cup while Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets) made 31 saves in the loss.
Connor Gay (Saskatoon Blades) led on the scoresheet for the Huskies with a goal and two assists while Jordan Fransoo (Victoria Royals) and Kohl Bauml (Everett Silvertips) also scored.
The Varsity Reds were AUS Men’s Hockey Finalists for a second straight year before moving on to win it all at the U SPORTS University Cup.
OHL graduates Rob Hennigar (Windsor Spitfires) and Brad Good (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) served as assistant coaches with UNB.
22 CHL graduates earned U SPORTS University Cup Silver Medals with the Canada West Finalist Saskatchewan Huskies.
ACADIA 7 – StFX 3 – BRONZE MEDAL GAME
An additional nine OHL graduates are U SPORTS University Cup Bronze Medalists with the Acadia Axemen.
Daniel Pettersson (Moncton Wildcats) and Michael Clarke (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) each scored twice to lead the Axemen to a third place finish following a 7-3 win over the AUS Champion StFX X-Men.
Boston Leier (Regina Pats), Liam Maaskant (Kitchener Rangers) and Taylor Makin (Vancouver Giants) also had goals for the Axemen as they outshot StFX 34-29.
Robert Steeves (Gatineau Olympiques) turned aside 26 shots, surrendering goals by StFX’s Sam Studnicka (Sarnia Sting), Eric Locke (Saginaw Spirit) and Nathan Pancel (Peterborough Petes).
Pettersson finished the game with two goals and two assists while Clarke had two goals and one assist, leading the Axemen to bronze.
University Cup MVP (Major W.J. “Danny” McLeod Award): Philippe Maillet, UNB (Victoriaville Tigres 2013)
Tournament all-Star Team:
Goaltender: Étienne Marcoux, UNB (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2014)
Defence: Geoff Schemitsch, Acadia (Oshawa Generals 2013)
Defence: Jesse Forsberg, Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw Warriors 2014)
Forward: Philippe Maillet, UNB (Victoriaville Tigres 2013)
Forward: Cam Braes, UNB (Moose Jaw Warriors 2012)
Forward: Levi Cable, Saskatchewan (Kootenay Ice 2015)
University Cup Gold Medalist UNB Varsity Reds (5 OHL grads):
Alex Dubeau (Moncton Wildcats 2015)
Luke Lee-Knight (Tri-City Americans 2013)
Etienne Marcoux (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2014)
Randy Gazzola (Val-d’Or Foreurs 2014)
Marcus McIvor (North Bay Battalion 2015)
Matt Murphy (Saint John Sea Dogs 2015)
Jordan Murray (Drummondville Voltigeurs 2013)
Matt Petgrave (Oshawa Generals 2013)
Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals 2014)
Stephen Anderson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2015)
Francis Beauvillier (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2014)
Matt Boudens (Drummondville Voltigeurs 2014)
Cameron Brace (Belleville Bulls 2014)
Cam Braes (Moose Jaw Warriors 2012)
Christopher Caissy (Moncton Wildcats 2014)
Christopher Clapperton (Rimouski Oceanic 2015)
Oliver Cooper (Charlottetown Islanders 2016)
Cam Critchlow (Halifax Mooseheads 2012)
Philippe Halley (Victoriaville Tigres 2013)
Philippe Maillet (Victoriaville Tigres 2013)
Rob Mignardi (Owen Sound Attack 2011)
Mark Simpson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2016)
Mike Thomas (Saint John Sea Dogs 2011)
Peter Trainor (Rimouski Oceanic 2014)
Dylan Willick (Kamloops Blazers 2013)
University Cup Silver Medalist Saskatchewan Huskies:
Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets 2014)
Daniel Wapple (Vancouver Giants 2016)
Tyler Borstmayer (Regina Pats 2011)
Connor Cox (Everett Silvertips 2013)
Jesse Forsberg (Moose Jaw Warriors 2014)
Jordan Fransoo (Victoria Royals 2014)
Colby Harmsworth (Calgary Hitmen 2016)
Tanner Lishchynsky (Kootenay Ice 2016)
Kendal McFaull (Moose Jaw Warriors 2013)
Kohl Bauml (Everett Silvertips 2015)
Levi Cable (Kootenay Ice 2015)
Alex Forsberg (Victoria Royals 2016)
Connor Gay (Saskatoon Blades 2016)
Andrew Johnson (Swift Current Broncos 2015)
Wyatt Johnson (Spokane Chiefs 2016)
John Lawrence (Calgary Hitmen 2011)
Logan McVeigh (Kamloops Blazers 2015)
Michael Sofillas (Lethbridge Hurricanes 2013)
Carson Stadnyk (Everett Silvertips 2016)
Lukas Sutter (Red Deer Rebels 2014)
Jordan Tkatch (Prince Albert Raiders 2016)
Jaimen Yakubowski (Moose Jaw Warriors 2015)
University Cup Bronze Medalist Acadia Axemen (9 OHL grads):
Brandon Glover (Seattle Thunderbirds 2013)
Robert Steeves (Gatineau Olympiques 2014)
Devin Williams (Erie Otters 2016)
Tyler Ferry (London Knights 2013)
Alex Lepkowski (Barrie Colts 2013)
Liam Maaskant (Kitchener Rangers 2015)
Marc McNulty (Moose Jaw Warriors 2016)
Matthew Pufahl (Everett Silvertips 2014)
Geoffrey Schemitsch (Oshawa Generals 2013)
Stephen Woodworth (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2014)
Chance Braid (Kelowna Rockets 2015)
Brendan Childerley (Brampton Battalion 2013)
Michael Clarke (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2013)
Kyle Farrell (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2015)
Sam Fioretti (Moose Jaw Warriors 2014)
Remy Giftopoulos (Windsor Spitfires 2014)
Stephen Harper (Niagara IceDogs 2016)
Kris Hodge (Shawinigan Cataractes 2015)
Boston Leier (Regina Pats 2014)
Taylor Makin (Vancouver Giants 2012)
Daniel Pettersson (Moncton Wildcats 2011)
Brett Thompson (Sarnia Sting 2012)
Scott Trask (Moncton Wildcats 2012)
A total of 169 CHL graduates competed across the eight teams at the 2017 University Cup Championship representing over 80% of all players in the tournament.
CHL graduates are able to compete in U SPORTS hockey programs and receive their education paid for by taking advantage of the Scholarship Programs throughout the CHL which are funded by the member clubs of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
During the 2016-17 season more than 945 CHL alumni utilized their Scholarship Packages including over 550 graduates on U SPORTS rosters and representing a financial contribution of over $6.8 million by CHL teams.