- Gaels hockey: Our own Tyler King has a scoop at CFRC Sports detailing how there are plans to play the 2009 Carr-Harris Cup at the downtown K-Rock Centre.
It would be the first time that the annual RMC-Queen's hockey grudge match is not played on either school's campus. It's a good idea. Playing in the opulent new rink, especially if it's promoted well, should entice more Kingston hockey fans to check out university hockey, which is — all together now — Canada's best-kept shinny secret that doesn't involve why Chris Pronger really left Edmonton.
It would also be a somewhat suitable replacement for RMC's discontinued series with the U.S. Military Academy, which was played at the Memorial Centre. Queen's needs to build a buzz around the men's hockey team, especially at a time when the sport has to justify its existence in the face of potential restructuring of the school's varsity program.
Gaels hoops: This year's Cinderella entry into the CIS Final 8 — you heard it here first — has firmed up their schedule vs. NCAA teams. The men's hoops Gaels will host Northeastern, from the mid-major Colonial Athletic Association, on Aug. 25, followed by a game vs. D-3 Anderson (Ind.) University on Aug. 28 and a Sunday, Aug. 31 game vs. the University of Buffalo.
The school's press release mentions that swingman Travis Mitchell is among the Gaels' returnees. There was some talk late last season that he might transfer to Sheridan College, but perhaps that's not to be.
- It's unclear how many of us are aware there is a basketball tournament called the 2008 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women ... Steph MacDonald, a guard from Ottawa who's set to play college hoops at Canisius (she was the subject of an Ottawa Sun Schools page feature), has had 10 and nine points in Canada's first two games, the most recent a loss to the United States yesterday. Canada, 1-1 thus far in the five-game round-robin, play Argentina today. Anyone who's interested may follow the event here.
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