(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI (June 13, 2014)—The UPEI men’s hockey Panthers will host
archrival UNB Reds for their 2014–15 season home opener on Saturday,
October 11, as released by the AUS earlier this week.
Head Coach Forbes MacPerson is excited about the season ahead. “There’s no
better way to kickoff the season than to open against a perennial
powerhouse, coached by fellow Islander Gardiner MacDougall. We have a
strong nucleus, highlighted by returning all-stars, defencemen Reggie
Traccitto and forward Chris Desousa,” said MacPherson. “We have had a great
recruiting season bolstered by two QMJHL stars and home grown talent in
Darcy Ashley and Brent Andrews. We promise to have a fast aggressive ‘in
your face’ team who are determined to reach the CIS Championship.”
The Panthers schedule includes 14 regular season home games. New this
season, the Panthers will host three PEI games away from the MacLauchlan
Arena, starting with the October 11 home opener, which will be staged at
the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. The Panthers will also play one game
in Kings and Prince counties, with those details announced at a later date.
“We are pleased with the cooperation of coach MacPherson, and the CARI
Centre, to be sharing the Panthers across Prince Edward Island in regular
season play,” said UPEI Athletic and Recreation Director Bill Schurman.
“With our home opener scheduled on the Thanksgiving weekend, it provides
the opportunity to move to a larger venue like the Eastlink Centre. Our
goal is to attract 3,000 fans to experience one of the best rivalries in
AUS hockey. The Kings and Prince county games will allow the Panthers to
support local charities and community causes which will be announced in the
very near future,” he added.
Panther season ticket packages are now on sale and are offered for adults,
seniors, students, youth, and families. Season ticket packages include all
12 games played in Charlottetown. Season ticket holders will be provided
with the option to purchase the Kings and Prince county single game tickets
prior to public sale.
In 2013–14, the Panthers AUS regular season record was 15 wins, 10 losses,
and three overtime losses, finishing in fourth-place overall. The team
bowed out in round one of playoffs to the Saint Mary’s Huskies.
The Panthers excelled both on-and-off the ice with one CIS All-Canadian,
three AUS all-stars, nine Academic All-Canadians, and four players who were
members of Team Canada and won the World Universiade Games this past
In the coming weeks, the Panthers will release additional recruits, an
impressive exhibition schedule, and more details on 2014–15 games.