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UNB Hockey Coins

The idea for commemorative coin came from the 19th Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City-USA) when a Canadian dollar, a ‘loonie’, was placed under the ice by the Canadian ice-making team who prepared the ice surface for the hockey games as a good luck charm for Team Canada. With UNB hosting the University Cup in 2003 and 2004, the idea of placing a UNB coin under the ice was intriguing. However, trying to find a manufacturer proved challenging and no coin was ever made for these events.

UNB would host the University Cup again in 2011 and 2012 and with the passing of time and more on-line resources available – a manufacturer was found and coins were design for each event. The 2012 event representing the 50th University Cup.

2011 University Cup Coin

Artwork for the 2011 University Cup commemorative coin

No coin was placed under the ice as they arrived just before the tournament started. Each member of UNB, including staff, received one.

Heads – The name of the school and city in Latin with the school’s founding year in Roman numerals. The UNB Varsity Reds logo in the middle with a large “100 Years” title in homage to UNB’s second century of hockey. “UNB” in the middle would have red enamel inlayed.

Tails – The tournament title and years around the outside and a replica University Cup with the title of the event over the top and first/current event years on each side

2012 University Cup Coin

Artwork for the 2012 University Cup commemorative coin

A coin was placed under the ice prior to the tournament starting (in front of the double doors UNB enters from each period). It was removed after the gold medal game and give to the Hockey Hall of Fame (Accession Number 313-535). Each member of UNB, including staff, received one as well as the Sports Information Director of McGill.

Heads – Same as the 2011 coin; the name of the school and city in Latin with the school’s founding year in Roman numerals. The UNB Varsity Reds logo in the middle with a large “100 Years” title in homage to UNB’s second century of hockey. “UNB” in the middle would have red enamel inlayed.

Tails – The tournament title and years around the outside (same as the 2011 coin). In the middle is an art-deco “50” with the top of the University Cup inset into the zero of fifty (derived from the artwork used on the 2011 coin). In the middle of the five is a homage to the origins of the tournament with the phrase “from 1963 Queen’s to 2012 UNB”. Through the middle of the coin is a red sash called a bend sinister (‘sinister’ in Latin means ‘left’ or ‘go left’) as the sash starts on the coin’s (or more commonly a person’s) left shoulder and travels to their right side.

UNB/Russia Coin (2013)

Artwork for the 8th Annual Pete Kelly Cup (2013) - UNB/Russia commemorative coin

A coin to commeorate the Summet Series, UNB's Viking Cup victory and the Pete Kelly cup - each member of UNB, including staff, received one as well as the coaching staff of Team Russia.

Heads – UNB Varsity Reds logo with a reminder that UNB Hockey is over 100 year's old, the school's name and location in Latin and the founding date in Roman numerials (1785).

Tails – identifies Pete Kelly Challenge, the year and location of the games. In the middle is a silhouette of a hockey player shouldered by each country's flag. In the Canadian flag is the text "SUMMIT 72 VIKING CUP 92" to identify Canada as the victor in each event.

FISU Team Canada/AUS Coin (2013)

Artwork for the Team Canada/AUS Men's Hockey Team coin

To commorate the AUS Men's Hockey entry to the 26th Winter Univeraide, a coing was designed for each member of Team Canada, including staff.

Heads – The name of the team and the conference around the outside with the AUS Logo in the middle and a red maple leaf above and ‘MEN’S HOCKEY’ below.

Tails – The event, location and year on the outside with the event logo in the middle.

Soldier Appreciation Coin (2017)

Artwork for the Camo Coin (2017) - 3rd Soldier Appreciation game

To complement the game and the introduction of new winter themed camo jersey, a coin was designed to commorate the 3rd Soldier Appreciation game that incorporated a new 'heads' design. Each member of UNB, including staff, received one as well as the invited guests from CFB Gagetown and the support staff for the event.

Heads – 'University of New Brunswick - Fredericton' in Latin and the school's inaugural year in Roman numerals (1785) around the outside. The UNB Hockey 'swosh' Logo in the middle with the inaugural year and season total above and below the logo respectively.

Tails – the event name around the outside of the coin with the date & opponent of the game as the third ring with a red maple leaf middle. A Morse code pattern travels around the coin, as the second ring, spelling Vigilamus pro te (Latin for "we stand on guard for thee").


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