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Posted at 8:48 am on March 28, 2017

The Strait Pirates Junior B Hockey team has made some structural changes. At the team’s annual meeting last night, it was officially transformed into a community owned team.  Under the changes, you can be a voting member and owner of the team for one hundred dollars.
The Pirates new president Adam Rodgers says it’s an exciting time be be involved in the team, with a new energy.  At the AGM, the directors appointed Tim MacMillan as their new General Manager. He is a former GM and coach with the Pirates.  He’ll be assisted  by Brian Tracey and Brad Raike.  MacMillan says his first task is hiring a coach.


Posted at 8:19 am on March 22, 2017

The IWK 250 may still be months away but Riverside Speedway announced that NASCAR Legend Mark Martin will pilot the “Cat Car for Kids”, a super-late model that

Mark Martin

has become synonymous with the high banks of Riverside Speedway. Each year for the last 10 years, the NASCAR celebrity driver will head to the IWK Children’s hospital to meet with patients and to give them a chance to check out and put their names on the hood of the car. Martin will then drive the “Cat Car for Kids” for a 250 lap green flag race at Riverside Speedway on July 15th, his first competitive race since the NASCAR season finale in 2013.


Posted at 1:36 pm on March 21, 2017

Hockey players have swept the St. FX Athlete of the week honours

X-Women hockey forward Kara Power was named the StFX Female Athlete of the Week. Kara played a strong tournament for the X-Women at the recent U SPORTS

Kara Power

championship, scoring the lone goal and was player of the game in StFX’s 3-1 loss to McGill in the quarter-finals. Kara was one of the leaders on the ice in their close 2-0 consolation semifinal loss to Queen’s.

X-Men hockey forward Eric Locke was named the StFX Male Athlete of the Week. Locke played well in Fredericton, with a 1-2 record over the

Eric Locke

weekend. Eric had an assist in the X-Men’s 4-1 quarter-final win over McGill and was player of the game, scoring one goal in their 7-3 bronze medal loss to Acadia.


Posted at 12:33 pm on March 16, 2017

Third year St. FX X-Women forward Sarah Bujold has been named the U Sports Player of the year in Women’s Hockey.  Bujold is the second X-Woman to receive the

Sarah Bujold

honour.  Brayden Ferguson won the award in the 2007-2008 season.  Bujold led the AUS and the nation in both points and goals.  Bujold had 24 goals and 43 points on the year.   Bujold received the award at a gala in Napanee, Ontario, host the U Sports national women’s hockey championship


Posted at 12:41 pm on March 15, 2017

 St. FX Hockey X-Men Goaltender Chase Marchand is the AUS Male Athlete of the Week.  Marchand, the MVP of the AUS Men’s Hockey Championship made 49 saves in

Chase Marchand

the X-Men’s 2-1 win over UNB in game one of the series.  He made another 31 stops in the X-Men’s 5-4 victory over the Varsity Reds in their Game 2 win Wednesday night to capture the AUS title.  He posted a .925 save percentage in the playoffs, winning seven straight games.


Posted at 8:50 am on March 14, 2017

Coach Richard MacKenzie of the Antigonish Jr. B Bulldogs has decided to step down as head coach and general manager for personal reasons. MacKenzie took the team to the first round of the playoffs this year, losing in 6 games against the Pictou County Scotians.
MacKenzie says deciding to leave the team has been a hard decision, but he is happy with the growth he has witnessed on ice and in the dressing room over the past 3 years. He says the team has great potential in the league:
The Bulldogs finished second in the Sid Rowe division this regular season after finishing last the previous year. MacKenzie says he would like to thank all the fans for the support over the years, and hopes for the continued success of the team.


Posted at 8:42 am on March 14, 2017

 St. FX has announced their players of the week, with goaltenders receiving the honours. Ariana Orasanin is the female athlete of the week for women’s hockey. In game

Ariana Orasanin

three of the AUS championship series, Ariana had 51 saves in a game that went to triple overtime, before X lost in a heartbreaker. Orasanin helped the team advance to the U-Sports championship this coming weekend, where the women will face McGill on Thursday afternoon in quarter final action.

The male athlete of the week is Chase Marchand of the X-Men hockey club. Marchand also won the AUS playoff MVP after going 7-0 in the

Chase Marchand

postseason, leading X to the AUS banner and a number two seed in the U-Sports standings. In two games against UNB, Chase made 49 saves last Monday night and 31 on Wednesday night to help X win the AUS championship banner. X-Men will also face McGill in their quarter final matchup on Friday night.


Posted at 8:39 am on March 14, 2017

The tournament schedules have been set for the the national men’s and women’s university hockey championships this weekend.
At the University Cup in Fredericton, the AUS champion St. FX X-Men are seeded second in the tournament behind the Alberta Golden Bears.  The X-Men will face the number 7 seed McGill at 7 p.m. Friday night in Quarterfinal action.  Semi-finals will be Saturday and the Championship game will be one p.m. Sunday.
Meantime, the AUS finalist St. FX X-Women are ranked 5th at Women’s nationals in Napanee, Ontario.  The X-Women will open the tournament with a quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Thursday against the 4th seed McGill.  Semi-finals are Saturday and the Championship game is Sunday night at 7.


Posted at 10:14 am on March 9, 2017

St.FX did the improbable and came home with the AUS champion banner after sweeping the number 1 team in the country in a best of three match up. Adam Stevens scored the game winning goal midway through the second period on the power play to capture the championship at home 5-4 over the UNB Varsity Reds.

 

After the hockey game, head coach Brad Peddle spoke of the the fan support throughout the season, but this game in particular:

 

 

Both teams will compete in the 2017 University Cup, which will take place from March 16-19 at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton. When asked about preparation for the trip to Fredericton, Brad Peddle said “we’re going to celebrate tonight before we think about the Nationals”.


Posted at 11:52 am on March 3, 2017

St. FX Basketball X-Men Forward Kevin Bercy has been named the AUS Most Valuable Player.  Bercy, a 6-foot-7 senior averaged a double-double this season with a team

Kevin Bercy

high 19.8 points and 11.3 rebounds a game.  He led the nation in defensive rebounding, with an average of 8.3 per game and finished second in the country in overall rebounding.  His field goal percentage of 59.4 was best in the AUS.

Bercy was also named to the AUS first all-star team.  Bercy’s team-mate Justin Andrew was named to the AUS all-rookie team.