The University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team will begin defence of their Canada West and CIS titles on September 26th, as Canada West announced the 2014-15 men’s hockey schedule .
The Golden Bears, the most successful team in CIS men’s hockey history, with 14 national championship banners to their credit, will open the 2014-15 season on the road in Vancouver with a pair of games against the UBC Thunderbirds on September 26-27. Alberta will raise their newest CIS championship banner to the storied rafters of Clare Drake Arena on the October 3-4 weekend when they host the Lethbridge Pronghorns in their home opening weekend. The Golden Bears will play 14 of their 28 regular season games on home ice, including home-and-home series against the Calgary Dinos and Mount Royal Cougars. The Saskatchewan Huskies, whom the Bears beat in the CIS championship final in 2014, are in Edmonton October 17, while Calgary makes its first appearance at the U of A on November 20.
Alberta will continue to play their Friday night home games at 7:00 p.m., while the Saturday game times remain at 6:00 p.m.
The Canada West schedule will take two weeks off in February for the 2015 FISU Winter Universiade, which runs January 31 – February 14 and is being held in Granada, Spain. Canada’s team at the Universiade will be entirely comprised of players from Canada West. The team selection will be conducted through the fall and announced late this year.
Since 1997, selections from each of three CIS leagues have sported the Maple Leaf jersey on a rotating basis in men’s hockey. The Canada West crew captured bronze medals in 1997 and 2003, as well as silver in 2009 and will look to recapture the top step of the podium after the Atlantic University Sport team won gold in 2013.
Canada has tallied an impressive 13 medals in 14 all-time appearances at the Universiade men’s hockey tournament, including four gold, three silver and six bronze.
In addition to the titles won by the all-AUS team in 2013 and 2007, both in Italy, Canada was crowned in 1991 in Sapporo, Japan, while represented by the senior national squad, and in 1981 in Jaca, Spain, when the entire Golden Bears’ team wore the Maple Leaf uniform.
Alberta finished in first place in the Canada West standings in 2013-14, thanks to a 25-2-1 record, and then went undefeated in the conference playoffs, sweeping aside UBC and Calgary, to capture their second consecutive Canada West crown. At the University Cup tournament, held for the second year in Saskatoon, the Bears defeated Carleton, McGill and the host Huskies to win their CIS record 14th national championship trophy.
2014-15 Golden Bears hockey schedule
(All times are local; home games in bold)
DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL TIME
Sept. 26 Alberta UBC 7:00 pm
Sept. 27 Alberta UBC 7:00 pm
Oct. 3 Lethbridge Alberta 7:00 pm
Oct. 4 Lethbridge Alberta 6:00 pm
Oct. 10 Alberta Regina 7:00 pm
Oct. 11 Alberta Regina 7:00 pm
Oct. 17 Saskatchewan Alberta 7:00 pm
Oct. 18 Saskatchewan Alberta 6:00 pm
Oct. 31 MRU Alberta 7:00 pm
Nov. 1 Alberta MRU 7:00 pm
Nov. 7 Alberta Manitoba 7:00 pm
Nov. 8 Alberta Manitoba 6:00 pm
Nov. 14 UBC Alberta 7:00 pm
Nov. 15 UBC Alberta 6:00 pm
Nov. 20 Calgary Alberta 7:00 pm
Nov. 21 Alberta Calgary 7:00 pm
Nov. 28 Manitoba Alberta 7:00 pm
Nov. 29 Manitoba Alberta 6:00 pm
Jan. 3 Calgary Alberta 7:00 pm
Jan. 4 Alberta Calgary 6:00 pm
Jan. 9 Regina Alberta 7:00 pm
Jan. 10 Regina Alberta 6:00 pm
Jan. 16 Alberta Lethbridge 7:00 pm
Jan. 17 Alberta Lethbridge 7:00 pm
Jan. 23 MRU Alberta 7:00 pm
Jan. 24 Alberta MRU 6:00 pm
Jan. 29 Alberta Saskatchewan 7:00 pm
Jan. 30 Alberta Saskatchewan 7:00 pm