Group picture of Team Canada after winning gold.
AUS Players make-up Team Canada and win Gold (again)The 2013 bi-annual World University Winter Games, also called 'Winter Universiade', was originally planned to take place in Maribor, Slovenia in late January and early February of 2013, but the Government of Slovenia overturned its decision to partially fund the project due to financial problems in February 2012 (1-year before the event). In March 2012, FISU announced Torino would host the event in mid-December of 2013, 11 months late (the same calander year, but not the same academic year).
The games ran 12 days from December 10th to 21st, 2013. The hockey competition would be comprised of three groups with the top 2 from each pool & the next best two teams advancing to the medal rounds (8 teams). There were two arenas in use, the Gianmario Scola Ice Hockey Arena (in Canazei) with a capacity of 2500 and the Municipal Ice Arena (in Cavalese) with a capacity of 1630.
This event is organized by FISU (The International Federation of University Sport), but each event follows the rules and officiating of their respecitive international bodies - in this case the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) for hockey.
In 2009 (Harbin, China), Team Canada (Canada West All-Stars) were 2nd while in 2011 (Erzurum, Turkey) Team Canada (OUA All-Stars) finished 3rd.
This marked the second gold medal for Team Canada (hockey) by an AUS Team - they also won gold the last time they went in 2007.
Date Change ImpactThe date change was a 'positive' with regard to the AUS Regular Season. Rather than teams missing their top players in late January and early February (the last few games of the season and potentially the first round of the playoffs), they would now take place in December, when the league is dormant. Athletes would now have to plan for exam deferrals or not attend the event.
The date change would impact who Team Canada could take as the they would have to select players who were available for the 2013-14 season rather than the original 2012-13 season. In the case of UNB, players like Daine Todd, Colby Pridham, Dan Lacosta and Travis Fullerton would not be available as they finished their careers at the end of the 2012-13 season. Other players of note who were not available the following season; Andrew Clark (ACD), Patrick O'Keefe (SMU) and Peter DiSalvo (ACD). Despite not having these players, there was a fair amount of retention in the league and the core of the team was available in both seasons.
Coaching ChangePrior to leaving for Italy, Assistant Coach Brad Peddle stepped down and was replaced by UNB's Todd Sparks. His departure was rumored to be connected to Jason Bast, a St. FX forward, not being selected to a full (traveling) roster spot - instead, he was assigned to the 'alternate' spot and would not travel (unless there was an injury).
Location for Hockey
Medal Round Rankings1. Russia (Pool B Winner - 9pts)
2. Kazakhstan (Pool C Winner - 9pts)
3. Italy (Pool A Winner - 6pts)
4. Canada (Pool C Runner-up - 6pts)
5. Slovakia (Pool B Runner-up - 5pts)
6. USA (Pool A Runner-up - 5pts)
7. Latvia (Pool A Third - 4pts)
8. Czech Republic (Pool B Third - 4pts)
Team Canada Schedule
Date Time Opponent ============ ====== =========================================== Tue. Dec. 10 8:00pm Japan W 12-0 (.pdf) Wed. Dec. 11 day off Thu. Dec. 12 day off Fri. Dec. 13 8:00pm Ukraine W 11-0 (.pdf) Sat. Dec. 14 day off Sun. Dec. 15 8:00pm Kazakhstan L 2-4 (.pdf) Mon. Dec. 16 day off - end of preliminary round - Wed. Dec. 18 4:30pm Q-Final (Canazei) - (1) Russia vs (8) Czech Republic - (1) Russia 5-1 8:30pm Q-Final (Canazei) - (3) Italy vs (6) USA - (6) USA 5-0 4:00pm Q-Final (Cavalese) - (2) Kazakhstan vs (7) Latvia - (2) Kazakhstan 6-1 8:00pm Q-Final (Cavalese) - (4) Canada vs (5) Slovakia - (4) Canada 6-0 (.pdf) Fri. Dec. 20 4:30pm S-Final (Canazei) - (1) Russia vs (4) Canada - (4) Canada 2-1 (.pdf) 8:30pm S-Final (Canazei) - (2) Kazakhstan vs (6) USA - (2) Kazakhstan 5-1 Sat. Dec. 21 10:30am Bronze (Canazei) - (1) Russia vs (6) USA - (1) Russia 6-2 2:30pm Gold (Canazei) - (2) Kazakhstan vs (4) Canada - (4) Canada 6-2 (.pdf)
TeamThe WUG/FISU guidelines state that each team can have a maximum of 20 players and 2 goalies. The entire team will be comprised of AUS players. There will be at least one representative from each AUS Team (8 players) leaving a maximum of 14 'open' spots. No team shall provide more then 4 players.
Position # Player University ======== == ================ ================================== GOAL 30 Anthony Peters Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 1 Wayne Savage U. of Prince Edward Island (Panthers) DEFENCE 27 Simon Lacroix U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 24 Alex Wall U. of Prince Edward Island (Panthers) 14 Josh Day St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) 3 Marc-Antoine Desnoyers U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 18 Matthew Maione 'A' U. of Prince Edward Island (Panthers) 5 Christopher Owens Acadia U. (Axemen) 2 Michael D’Orazio Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) FORWARD 12 Nick MacNeil U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 17 Liam Heelis 'A' Acadia U. (Axemen) 21 Lucas Bloodoff Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 26 Tyler Carroll U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 28 Mike Cazzola Acadia U. (Axemen) 7 Chris Culligan 'C' U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 23 Chris Desousa U. of Prince Edward Island (Panthers) 9 Eric Faille U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 10 Michael Kirkpatrick St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) 8 Rob Slaney 'A' St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) 25 Cory Tanaka 'A' Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 19 Pierre Vandall Dalhousie U. (Tigers) ALT. Jason Bast St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) Jonathan Groenheyde (G) St. Thomas U. (Tommies)
Coaching & Support Staff
Team Canada also supplied one Referee - Mario Maillet (Hockey NB) and
General ManagerThe general manager for Team Canada was Danny Lynch (UNB).
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