STU Tommies captain Dominique Bernier and Katie Brewster battle for the puck against SFX in AUS action.
St. Thomas University has been awarded the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s Hockey Championship for 2014. The tournament will take place March 5-9 at the Grant Harvey Centre, future home of the STU Tommies hockey programme.

“This is great news for our university and our student athletes,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Dennis Cochrane. “Our new hockey facility at Grant Harvey will be an ideal venue for a national championship and this event will have a particular resonance with our community as our enrolment is 70% female.”

“I want to thank the City of Fredericton and the Province of New Brunswick for supporting our bid. Like the recent success of Congress 2011, it shows a united focus in raising the profile of our university and city,” he added.

Seven universities from across the country bid for the championship. The women’s tournament will be hosted by the University of Alberta in 2012, the University of Toronto in 2013 and the University of Calgary in 2015.

“We are quite honoured to be awarded the CIS Women’s Hockey Championships for 2014,” said Mike Eagles, Athletics Director at St. Thomas University.

“We’ve hosted two other national championships, but this is our first for the CIS. With the opportunity to host the pre-eminent women’s hockey competition in the country, we want to stage an unforgettable event that is focused on the student athlete and will further raise the profile of women’s hockey in the region.”

Cochrane added that over the past several years, the university had created numerous opportunities to showcase St. Thomas along with the city of Fredericton.

“Last year, we celebrated our Centenary which saw the largest alumni gathering in our history. Just last month, we co-hosted the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2011 which attracted thousands of academics to the city. There have also been many academic associations and groups that have gathered at our university.”