Best of the CIS return west for Guy Vetrie Tournament

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Aug 13,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – There are few people with connections to the University of Victoria Vikes who don’t know the name Guy Vetrie and if you don’t know one of the most famous Vikes basketball coaches, there is a tournament every other year as a reminder. Set for Oct. 4-5 at McKinnon Gym, some of the best talents in CIS men’s basketball will hit the hard wood in honour of a CIS coaching legend that passed away of a sudden heart attack in 2003.

“No one had more passion for basketball than Guy did, both as a player and a coach,” said current Vikes men’s basketball head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Time passes and it’s been over 10 years now since he passed. It is nice that every other year we revisit the commitment Guy had both to the Vikes and to basketball.”

Three of the top four teams from last year’s CIS Final 8 will be present including four-time defending national champions Carleton, bronze medalists Alberta and the Vikes, who finished fourth. Bishop’s University will also be participating in the Guy Vetrie tournament. The Gaiters were ousted in their conference final last season.

“This is a great way for our team to kick off the year and get to play some high-level teams,” added Beaucamp, a four-time Canada West Coach of the Year. “It will allow us to get a feel for our new team and start to find our strides before the Canada West season.”

Oct. 3 – 6pm: Carleton vs. Bishop’s
Oct. 3 – 8pm: Alberta vs. Victoria
Oct. 4 – 4pm: Bishop’s vs. Alberta
Oct. 4 – 8pm: Carleton vs. Victoria
Oct. 5 – 12pm: Alberta vs. Carleton
Oct. 5 – 2pm: Bishop’s vs. Victoria

All games will be broadcast live on . Ticket information is available at

Additionally, the Vikes women’s basketball team will host the Guelph Gryphons for a pre-season exhibition match on Oct. 4 at 6:00 p.m. and will also be broadcast with live video and stats.

Vetrie was the head coach for the Vikes men’s basketball team from 1989 until he passed away on Sept. 15, 2003 at the age of 52. Vetrie was entering his 14th season at the helm after amassing 543 career victories and being honoured as Canada West Coach of the Year six times. In 1997, Vetrie led the Vikes to their record eighth CIS National Championship.

Previously, Vetrie was an assistant coach at Laurentian University under former Vikes basketball legend Ken Shields, and broke into the CIS coaching the Saskatchewan Husikes from 1979-88. A passionate man about spot and basketball, Vetrie’s legacy and impact lives on through the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament hosted at UVic.

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