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Oct. 18, 2013

HALIFAX, NS – The best university hockey players in the country will be coming to Halifax to compete for university’s top hockey prize.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) today awarded the 2015 and 2016 Men’s Hockey Championships to the joint bid between St. FX, Saint Mary’s and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A).

This means that hockey fans will soon 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.

Hockey Nova Scotia will be working alongside these schools and the bid committee to develop events that will play in to the excitement surrounding the University Cup.

“The players who will be participating in this event are some of the best players in our country,” said Hockey Nova Scotia president Randy Pulsifer. “Having this event here gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase our province, to promote our game and to grow it at a grassroots level. We couldn’t be more excited.”

The schools are looking forward to the event as well.

"We are very excited and energized about the opportunity to host two championships that will showcase the highest level of amateur hockey in Canada,” comments 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 echoes MacPherson’s comments, stating “Saint Mary's University is pleased and honored to have been chosen along with StFX to host the University Cup in 2015 and 2016. 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.” “We look forward to collaborating with St. FX and S|E|A to bring this outstanding event to the Metro Centre and to showcase our CIS student-athletes. We thank the selection committee for choosing to bring the University Cup to Halifax for the first time, we will continue the great East Coast hospitality and will not disappoint,” continues Murphy.

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.

Ticket package information will be available in the coming weeks through Ticket Atlantic.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to extend its congratulations to St. Mary’s, St. FX and the bid committee on landing this prestigious event. Well done!

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