Monday, December 24, 2012

A look at the uniforms the U of New Brunswick Varsity Reds will
wear in a two-game series with a Russian team later this month.
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are going to play a touring Russian side on Dec. 30 in Saint John and Dec. 31 in Fredericton.
And get a load of the uniforms the Varsity Reds will be wearing. They are commemorative 1972 Team Canada sweaters.
From a UNB news release:
“While wearing the maple leaf on their chests, the V-Reds also will wear the numbers of players from the 1972 Summit Series Canadian team on their backs, along with the name of the player they're representing.
“V-Reds Captain Chris Culligan, who normally sports No. 57 in his UNB uniform, will wear Phil Esposito's No. 7 for the two games against Team Russia, with Esposito's name on the bottom of the jersey.”
You should know, too, that Esposito is scheduled to attend both games and to be involved in ceremonial faceoffs.
"We wanted to not only honour the team from 1972, but also to honour the players who were a part of that team," said UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall. "Having a V-Reds player wearing the number of a player from the '72 team along with that player's name will be a pretty neat part of the whole moment."
The Russians are expected to ice a team comprising mostly junior-aged players in the eighth annual Peterbilt New Brunswick Pete Kelly Challenge.
Before playing UNB, the Russians will meed two NCAA teams — the Providence College Friars and the RPI  Red Hawks.
This will be the first time in UNB’s history that the Varsity Reds will have played a Russian side.
Forward Charles Inglis, who was released by the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers on Dec. 12, has signed to play for the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines, who made the announcement Thursday.
Inglis, 20, had five assists in 11 games with the Blazers, who had acquired him from the Red Deer Rebels for a conditional draft pick. The Blazers released him following a 5-2 loss to the Oil Kings in Edmonton. The Blazers were his fourth WHL team, as he also played for the Saskatoon Blades and Prince George Cougars.
The Wolverines (19-11-8) are tied for fourth in the AJHL’s North Division, but are only eight points out of first place. Whitecourt resumes play Jan. 4 when it is at home to the Drayton Valley Thunder.
From Tri-City Americans D Mitch Topping (@mitchtopping): “So I paid the Rick Tabbaracci and hopped in the Thomas Kaberle back to my Phil Housley!”

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