Paisley tearing up conference

Brooklyn Paisley is tied for first in the AUS in points scored as of Oct. 19 with six. Her team is also off to a solid start, featuring a 3-1 win over the Mount Allison University Mounties on Oct. 7 and a 4-2 loss to the rival Saint Mary’s University Huskies on Oct. 8.

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Dal arena construction underway

The Dal Events Centre’s construction began in July, just over a year from the June 2021 announcement which made the project official. Dal’s facilities department and the Tigers revealed its design on July 6 at an open house, including artist renditions of the completed rink and floor plans. 

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Tigers hockey looks west

After coming off their best regular season and playoff finishes since 2004, the Tigers have added two Western Hockey League (WHL) veterans to help them to another successful Atlantic University Sport (AUS) year. Jackson van de Leest from the Red Deer Rebels and Zak Smith from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s (SJHL) Flin Flon Bombers (but a former Rebel) will make the trek to Halifax to join Dal.

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Dal hockey’s under-the-radar threat 

It has been a remarkable season for the Dalhousie University Tigers men’s hockey team’s Shaun Miller. Starting with a three-point performance in his second game of the regular season, the 5-foot-11 rookie has continued this success. As of Feb. 23, he sits ninth in points (22) and fifth in assists (16) in Atlantic University Sport (AUS). 

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Taking their talents south

Barret Kirwin and Derek Gentile expected to resume play with Dal in early January after their final game before the holiday break, but the spread of COVID-19’s Omicron variant got in the way of that. Atlantic University Sport (AUS) competition was paused until Jan. 19, increasing the time off the ice for both players to nearly two months. That’s when calls started rolling in from AHL and ECHL teams. 

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Team effort behind the bench

The Dalhousie University Tigers women’s hockey assistant coaches, Keifer House and Savannah Newton, are in just their second years with the team. But the pair are already handling more responsibility than even the longest-tenured assistant coaches around.  

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Return of the rink

Tigers athletic director Tim Maloney revealed plans for the new Dalhousie Events Centre in a statement on June 22. The Dalhousie board of governors voted in favour of the rink’s construction that day. It’s slated to be ready by fall 2023. The arena will be built on the parking lot between Wickwire Field and LeMarchant Place, where the Dalhousie Memorial Arena stood until 2012.

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Hockey trailblazer: James Robinson Johnston

One of Johnston’s less recognized accomplishments was his work in hockey, particularly for the Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes (CHL). With the league being groundbreaking in both revolutionizing how hockey is played and as the first notable majority/all-Black hockey league, perhaps it’s time to consider him for legendary status in the sport too.

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