Tuesday, January 24, 2006

World's oldest hockey team gets... older
McGill on pace for best season in more than 60 years

The McGill Redmen men's hockey team turns 129 years old this month, making them the oldest hockey team in the world. They're also the subject of my weekly look at Canadian university sport. (My apologies to any Leafs fans offended during the writing of said article.)

I'm sure many readers would be surprised to hear it, but hockey at the Canadian university level is extremely competitive. Many of the CIS's top teams would be dominant clubs at the NCAA level, with the main difference being that more older players are playing for Canadian universities.

Still, it's a bit of a misnomer that there's not good hockey being played in the CIS. As an example, Redmen graduate Mathieu Darche went on to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators after his career at McGill. Other CIS hockey graduates include Steve Rucchin and Cory Cross.

It's good to see McGill's hockey programs doing so well — both the men's and women's team are ranked near the top in the country — considering the unfortunate year the school's football program had.

On the women's side, here's a small blurb I wrote on the defending champion Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.


At 8:39 a.m., January 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CIS hockey is highly underrated. One of the most interesting stories is the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. A very competitive team that draws over 3000 fans per game (capacity for Fort William Gardens).

Cudos to you Mr. Mirtle for recognizing the talent and competitiveness of the CIS

At 3:19 p.m., January 25, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...


I wrote about the Thunderwolves and their unique presence in the CIS for The Globe back in October. I don't have a link to the story, but I'll see if I can round one up in the next few days.


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