Thunder Bay, ON
Here’s the thing that caught our attention: the Lakehead University hockey Facebook page has over 4,000 likes. Every other university had a majority of their likes for general athletics or the college as a whole. However, the fans in this school are all about hockey sticks. And maybe a little of that energy is spilling onto the ice. The women’s hockey team became the first Canadian team to ever join the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and then went on to win the Division 2 2017 National Championship. The hockey in this city is truly on the rise.
St. Catharines, ON
Here’s something you might not have heard: Brock University’s mascot is award-winning. Two university students crafted the #WeAreReady campaign that puts a spotlight on the athletics department as a whole and brought the community together. The campaign as well as the Boomer the Badger mascot—won honors at the Ontario University Athletics Awards for excellence.
St. Francis Xavier University
Speaking of truly good mascots, St. Francis Xavier University teams might just have the coolest names around. When you’re playing hockey against the X-Women and X-Men, do you really think you have a chance to win against those superpowers? It could be why the athletic department gets lots of love from fans.
There’s something thrilling about a neighborhood rivalry, which brings us to Concordia University and McGill. Just a bike ride from each other, there’s always a lot of competition and love between them. When it comes to hockey, Concordia is snapping at McGill’s heels. Their fan following is just a little less than McGills at around 8,200 likes, and the women’s hockey team was crowned conference champions for the 2016-2017 season. And, with all the dozens of bars around the Montreal area, you know Stingers fans and Martlet/Redmen fans clinking bottles at the same spot.