Top Canadian Hockey Towns (Part I)

It’s almost time for the U Sports National Championships! Regardless if you’re a

Hockey is a popular sport in Canada.

university player, alum, or just a huge fan, you understand that hockey creates a sense of pride and community for everyone involved. In the spirit of the season and any trips you might be making to these hot spots to catch the final games, here are the best university hockey towns in Canada.

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

If you follow university hockey, there’s no explanation needed as to why the University of Alberta made the list. Three University Cups in the past 10 years for men’s hockey as well as two Golden Path Trophies for women’s hockey pretty much says all you need to know. If you’re playing against the Pandas or the Golden Bears, you most likely will lose. This is just how good they are. If you’re in Edmonton, take some time to see the latest victory.

University of New Brunswick

Fredericton, NB

It’s the sort of school where opponents may give up as soon as they put a skate on the ice. The University of New Brunswick isn’t messing around when it comes to greatness. In the last 10 years, the men’s hockey team has earned five University Cups. And not that the university needs any extra points for anything else, but you can’t help but like how lovely the campus really is.

McGill University

Montreal, QC 

McGill fans are loyal, loud, and likely cheering at a game as we speak. In terms of numbers alone, McGill’s athletics page has one of the biggest number of Facebook fans in the country, with over 9,000 likes. Though when you think about it, it’s not a surprise. The women’s hockey team has won three Golden Path Trophies in the past 10 years alone. The men’s hockey team isn’t too shabby either, with one University Cup in the same timeframe.

Asian Hockey Players in the NHL (Part II)

These Asian Hockey Players rock the ice.

Jon Matsumoto

In an offensive center, Matsumoto plays with loads of enthusiasm. He’s an excellent playmaker who, regardless of his size, is hard to knock off the puck. He doesn’t shy from traffic or contact. 

Richard Park

Richard Park is a Korean-born American former professional ice hockey player who spent 14 seasons with the NHL with six different teams. Presently, he is a Player Development Coach for the Minnesota Wild. 

Raymond Sawada

Raymond Masao Sawada is a former ice hockey winger with the Canadian league. 

Devin Setoguchi

Devin Charlie Kenichi Setoguchi is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who presently plays with the Adirondack Flames of the AHL. Setoguchi is Half-Yonsei. He was drafted by the Sharks in the first round in the 2005 NHL Draft. Also, he played with the Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, and Winnipeg Jets.  

Brandon Yip

Brandon Michael Harry Yip is a Canadian professional ice hockey right wing for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Previously, he played in the NHL for the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, and the Phoenix Coyotes. He is of Irish and Asian descent.  

Robin Bawa 

Robin N. Bawa is a Canadian retired former professional ice hockey player who spent four seasons in the NHL between 1989 and 1994.

Bawa spent five seasons of junior hockey in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers, but wasn’t selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Lastly, after a 57-goal performance in the 1986–87 season, Bawa got a pro contract from the Washington Capitals.

Even though Bawa had been basically a skilled player in junior, he started to fight more frequently in pro hockey and became an enforcer, as that was his best ticket to the NHL. He averaged more than 200 penalty minutes in his first three years with the Capitals. 

Colleges with Top Women Field Hockey Teams

Field Hockey Scholarships

Several colleges and universities in the U.S. have women’s field hockey teams.

The origins of field hockey as an American sport aren’t clear. While we understand the game was imported from England and sometimes played informally at colleges before 1900, it was popularized by its introduction to Vassar in 1901. The NCAA doesn’t sanction men’s field hockey as a sport. That distinction is only for women’s field hockey.

Though an Olympic men’s field hockey team playing for the United States because of the lack of support at most colleges, it is hard to find properly trained players and the team suffers as a result. Women’s field hockey, in contrast, entices a lot of interest as a collegiate sport.

Top Field Hockey Programs

The women at these universities understand how to run the field!

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)

Long Island University — C.W. Post Campus (Brookville, NY)

Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA)

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)

Massachusetts, University of, Lowell (Lowell, MA)

Alvernia University (Reading, PA)

American University (Washington, DC)

Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)

SUNY — Albany (Albany, NY)

SUNY — Cortland (Cortland, NY)

Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD)

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Springfield College (Springfield, MA)

St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)

Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Boston University (Boston, MA)

Duke University (Durham, NC)

Messiah College (Grantham, PA)

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

Ohio University (Athens, OH)

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

The University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC)

Williams College (Williamstown, MA)