The inaugural Crowchild Classic culminates with the University of Calgary Dinos and Mount Royal University Cougars squaring off on the ice at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Dinos athletic director Ron Wuotila is hopeful that the crowd for tomorrow night’s doubleheader between the men’s and women’s teams of both institutions at the Saddledome will break the 42-year-old Canada West record for hockey attendance.
“The current regular-season record is 4,109 set in 1971, and we have distributed more than 4,000 free tickets on the University of Calgary campus alone,” says Wuotila. “I hope that our students, faculty and staff can get their hands on tickets and come down to what is going to be a great event.
“The Calgary Flames and our two schools have been working hard to promote this rivalry in its first year, and we hope to get a great turnout on Thursday as the ‘C of Red’ – Dinos red, that is – cheers on our teams.”
The women’s game will begin at 5 p.m., with puck drop for men’s action scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
In the break between both games, the 68-kilogram Crowchild Medal will be presented to the Dinos, who have won enough games to clinch the Crowchild Classic title for 2012-13. The first order of business for the Medal in Dinos hands is likely to be a coat of red paint, just to ensure it fits in with the crowd.
The women’s game will feature Hayley Wickenheiser and the defending CIS champion Dinos (21-4-1) against the 8-15-3 Cougars. The Dinos have already clinched top spot in Canada West for the second straight year and will begin their national title defence with a home playoff series Feb. 22-24. A win there would guarantee a berth at the national championship tournament in Toronto.
The Dinos won both previous meetings against the Cougars this season, taking 3-1 and 1-0 victories Nov. 22-23.
On the men’s side, the Dinos have much to play for. Embroiled in a tight playoff race, the Dinos (16-10-0) can clinch a home playoff date with a sweep of Mount Royal (6-18-2) at the Saddledome and the following night at Flames Community Arenas. The Dinos and Cougars split their earlier men’s hockey series this season with both teams winning at home: Calgary fell 4-3 at Mount Royal on Nov. 22, before recording a 4-1 win the next night.
Tickets are still available throughout the University of Calgary campus, including the Bookstore, Students’ Union offices, Stör, Bound & Copied, and Kinesiology Client Services. The Dinos street team will be handing out tickets across campus this week as well, while tickets can also be reserved by calling the Flames ticket office at (403) 777-4646.