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    Default Nov 1: CW Teams Will Play!

    Finally, some news about hockey games has broken out!

    The Team Canada Junior camp is starting earlier than usual (Nov 16th) because the likelihood is that none of the players will have played any games prior to camp. And blended into the camp are SIX games against CW teams, the Evil Monkeys, Bedrock U, and the Bluegars. The Monkeys' games are November 28th and 29th. TC will have 46 players in camp, meaning that their three inter-squad games will be with full rosters.

    At one of the links, the games against the Evil Monkeys are to be on national TV.

    In 2011, Alberta beat Team Denmark 5-0 and 8-3 in a pair of games. And in 2012 they beat Team Canada 4-1. Meanwhile, Calgary beat TC 6-4 in 1988, combined with Lethbridge to win 5-4 in 2006 and lose 7-4 in 2011, and combined with Lethbridge and MRU to lose 2-0 in 2012.

    Since CIS/USports nation-wide all-stars have participated in this series starting in 2015, the university team has a 6-5 edge over the junior team.

    ➤ Global: U of A Golden Bears to tangle on the ice with Team Canada in Red Deer
    ➤ USports: Hockey Canada | U SPORTS All-Stars to play six games at National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp
    ➤ Hockey Canada: Hockey Canada invites 46 players to National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp
    ➤ U of C (2011): Canada's juniors top Dinos, Horns
    ➤ U of C (2012): Team Canada blanks Canada West squad
    ➤ Sportsnet (2012): University of Alberta beats Canada’s juniors

    The pre-season "Captains' Cup" in British California has been expanded to be a double round-robin event to be hosted by TWU. UBC and SFU will also take part.

    2020 Captains Cup – Schedule
    Nov. 12 (Thurs.) – UBC vs. SFU – 12 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 13 (Fri.) – SFU vs. TWU – 1 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 19 (Thurs.) – TWU vs. UBC – 12 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 20 (Fri.) – UBC vs. TWU – 1 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 26 (Thurs.) – SFU vs. UBC – 12 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 27 (Fri.) – TWU vs. SFU – 1 p.m. (PT)
    Dec. 2 (Fri.) – Captains Cup Final – 1 p.m. (PT)

    In other news, Holy Trinity's Koltby Johnson has started a petition for a players' voice in lockdown policies. Check the link if interested.

    ➤ Aldergrove Star: Captains Cup hockey series comes to Langley
    ➤ YouTube: TWU Page - free streaming
    ➤ West Central Online: Canada West Cancels Winter Sports, Local Hockey Player Organizes Petition

    Not much news from the Herd. Grad Kamerin Nault has re-signed with the ECHL's Swamp Rabbits and there is a campus story about the players' lockdown lamentations.

    ➤ Pro Hockey News: Nault returns for third season with Swamp Rabbits
    ➤ Manitoban: U-Sports cancels 2021 winter term season

    The Banjo Mutts have lost their goaltender to the ECHL. Taran Kozun won the USports Player-of-the-Year award in 2019-20 and his would be a great loss.

    The Star-Phoenix link contains this quote:
    As it stands now, any hockey player who plays pro hockey following their age-21 playing year would lose a year of eligibility and would have to sit out 365 days before playing at the U Sports level.

    U Sports continues to examine this “pro-rule,” but for now there are no new guidelines in place relating to the pandemic.
    I wonder if this is wishful thinking from a home-town paper or a bona fide scoop. Seems to me that preservation of amateur status would remain a big-time goal for USports and all affiliated conferences. Also, Kozun is 26 years old and if he wants a pro career, he had better get going. He did a redshirt season at the start of his university days already, and has nothing left to prove at the university level.

    ➤ Star-Phoenix: U Sports hockey players stuck in practice limbo, Kozun explores pro options
    ➤ CKOM: U of S Huskies goaltender Taran Kozun signs with Calgary Flames ECHL affiliate
    ➤ Northeast Now: Nipawin’s Kozun signs contract with ECHL’s Mavericks

    There are a few stories around Ontario campuses. More lockdown lamentations from UWO and Brock, and a safety study from Nipissing. The study is on "mouthguard and throat protector compliance" in the NOJHL. Not a bad idea.

    ➤ My Espanola Now: NOJHL players from 2019-20 invited to take part in Nipissing U. research study
    ➤ Western Gazette: Editorial: Sports shutdown justified, but hard blow for athletes
    ➤ Brock Press: OUA officially cancels 2020-21 winter sports season

    With a lot of action now scheduled for three of the four Saudi Alberta CW teams, the ACAC optimism is hard to dismiss. The ACAC teams will not take part in CCAA competitions in other sports. Concordia Edmonton will not be taking part in this ACAC season. Teams face no penalties for withdrawal in 2020-21.

    ➤ Global: ACAC to explore options to conduct post-secondary athletics this winter and spring
    Last edited by Hollywood; 2020-11-01 at 18:31.

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