The concept of a U-Sport “school-day” game, scheduled for day-time during the school week, to my recollection began as the brainchild of Joe Raso at McMaster in the 1990’s. At that time, coach Raso and the Marauders annually hosted a pre-season game, inviting Hamilton-area elementary school students and highlighting “anti-bullying” as the overriding theme for the day. If I recall correctly, the game was almost secondary to the workshops and speakers on the subject of anti-bullying, which what was at that time a very under-publicized social phenomenon.
Today, there are a pair of games being played in the afternoon including the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in North York to meet cross-town rival York Lions at 1 PM at Tait McKenzie. Blues coach John Campbell reminded that his program hosted a similar game last year and attendance and enthusiasm was very positive. Expect a full gym and a loud crowd this afternoon at York.
Brandon Bobcats also host an afternoon game against MacEwan Griffins with both teams needing a victory to stay in the hunt for a Canada West playoff spot.
Laurier Golden Hawks will also host a mid-way week afternoon game this coming week against Waterloo.
The most intriguing game of the night is in Vancouver at 11 PM ET as Alberta Golden Bears and UBC Thunderbirds, tied atop the Canada West standings, meet in War Memorial Gym in the first of two weekend games.
As well, the Guelph Gryphons finally debut their brand new facility with a match-up against Laurier Golden Hawks in the Royal City at 8 PM ET.
Here is a complete look at tonight’s U-Sport Schedule:
1 PM ET
OUA: Toronto at York
3 PM ET
CW: MacEwan at Brandon
7 PM ET
AUS: Saint Mary’s at Acadia; UPEI at Cape Breton
8 PM ET
OUA: Brock at Lakehead; Ryerson at Queen’s; Laurentian at Ottawa; Nipissing at Carleton; Algoma at Waterloo; Laurier at Guelph.
RSEQ: Bishop’s at Laval; McGill at UQAM.
9 PM ET
CW: Manitoba at Regina
10 PM ET
CW: Saskatchewan at Lethbridge; Fraser Valley at Calgary
11 PM ET
CW: Winnipeg at Thompson Rivers; UVic at UBC-O; Mount Royal at UNBC; Alberta at UBC.