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VANCOUVER, BC – Following last month’s release of the 2014 football schedule, the Canada West announced the 2014-15 season schedules for all remaining sports today. The upcoming season may be the most compelling in recent history, as MacEwan University enters the fray as a probationary member, while UBC, Alberta, Manitoba and Trinity Western get set to defend their respective CIS championships.  The Griffins will be competing in women’s and men’s basketball, cross country, soccer and volleyball. Mount Royal University and the University of Northern BC also begin their first seasons with full Canada West membership status.

BASKETBALL –  The UBC Thunderbirds tip off the 2014-15 season with a pair of games at home against their arch-rivals from Victoria November 7 & 8 at War Memorial Gym. This year the Canada West has been separated into the Pioneers and Explorers divisions with UBC playing in the Pioneer Division alongside Victoria, Trinity Western, Calgary, Alberta, Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, Regina, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Brandon. The Explorers Division features Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers, UNBC, UBCO, Mount Royal, and MacEwan.

The Thunderbirds will have weekend homestands versus Saskatchewan, Calgary, Brandon, and Manitoba. 

The Canada West playoffs begin with a play-in best of 3 series on February 20-22.  The quarterfinals take place on February 27 – March 1, setting up the Canada West Final Four on March 6-7.

The CIS Final 8 will be on March 12-15, with Ryerson hosting the men’s teams and the women’s settling the championship in Laval.

Click here for the complete men’s basketball and women’s basketball schedules.

SOCCER – Like in basketball, The UBC Thunderbirds soccer teams will kick off the season against Victoria on Friday September 5 in the provincial capital. Of course the men are the two-time defending Canada West and CIS Champions. New additions to both the men’s and women’s leagues are MacEwan in the Prairies Division, and Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan in the Pacific Division. The Pacific Division will feature strictly BC teams will UBC taking on Victoria, Trinity Western, Fraser Valley, UNBC, UBCO, and Thompson Rivers. This year’s schedule will also see the men and women the exact same schedule like basketball and volleyball.

The regular season finale is on Sunday, October 19, after which the top four teams in each division advance to the Canada West quarterfinals on Saturday, October 25 at the home fields of the top two seeds each from the Prairies and the Pacific.

Men’s Final Four will be held at the top remaining seed from the Prairies Division, while the women’s will have theirs at the highest remaining seed from the Pacific Division.  Both are set for October 31 – November 1. 

The CIS soccer season culminates on November 6-9 at Prince Edward Island (men’s) and Laval (women’s).

Click here for the complete men’s soccer and women’s soccer schedules.

VOLLEYBALL.  Opening night of Canada West volleyball action will see UBC on the road against Canada West newcomers, MacEwan University October 10 & 11. 

The UBC women are coming off a season in which their run of six straight CIS National Titles came to an end when they were beaten by Manitoba in the CIS Final. These two teams will meet November 7 & 8 in the Manitoba capital. 

The men meanwhile are looking to turn regular season success into playoff success. Despite back-to-back 15-7 regular seasons the Thunderbirds have been unable to advance to the CIS Championships in the ultra competitive Canada West conference.

Postseason action begins on the weekend of February 13-15 with the Canada West quarterfinals.  Final Four is on February 20-21 at the home court of each league’s top seed. 

Saskatchewan plays host to the CIS men’s championships from February 26-28, while the women play for the national championship in Toronto from February 27-March 1. 

Click here for the complete men’s volleyball and women’s volleyball schedules.

ICE HOCKEY.  The best of Canada West men’s hockey will be representing the country in the 2015 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain, resulting in two bye weeks after the Canada West regular season finale on January 30 and before the playoff quarterfinals begin on February 20. 

The puck drops for conference play on the weekend of September 26-27. New head coach Tyler Kuntz will have his hands full right off the hop, as the Thunderbirds will play host to the defending Canada West and CIS Champion Alberta Golden Bears for a pair of games. with the Lethbridge Pronghorns hosting the Mount Royal Cougars on Thursday night. 

The women’s league will not have to work around the FISU tournament so their season starts on Friday, October 3, as the Thunderbirds face-off against Saskatchewan in a rematch of last year’s Canada West semi final. 

The Canada West semifinal best-of-3 series for both men’s and women’s will span from February 27 – March 1.  Winners advance to decide the Canada West championship at the higher-rank team’s home ice on March 5-7 for men’s and March 6-8 for women’s.

The CIS championships will be on March 12-15 in Halifax (men’s) and Calgary (women’s).

Click here for the complete men’s hockey and women’s hockey schedules.

RUGBY – Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge, UBC and Victoria open up the Canada West women’s rugby season on the weekend of September 19-21.  With only one round of games against their conference foes, each game has massive postseason repercussions, starting with the 2013 first runner-up Calgary Dinos taking on UBC on Friday, September 19. UBC will play all four of its reguarl season games at home.

The Canada West playoffs will be hosted by Calgary on October 17 (semifinals) and October 19 (finals).  The CIS championships will be at Guelph from October 30 – November 2.

Click here for the complete rugby schedule.

FIELD HOCKEY – The three-time defending CIS Nationl Champion UBC women’s field hockey will open the season September 25 & 26 at Wright Field vs the Victoria Vikes in a rematch of last year’s CIS final. 

If there is a tie at first place after the six-week regular season, the Canada West championship will be determined on October 25-26. 

The CIS championship will be hosted by the Ontario University Athletics from October 30 – November 2.

Click here for the complete field hockey schedule.

SWIMMING – The Canada West swimming championship will be decided in a three-day tournament in Lethbridge from November 21-23.  The CIS champions will be crowned in Victoria on February 19-21. UBC women are the three-time defending Canada West and CIS Champions while the men are the defending Canada West Champions.