Each year when this date rolls around, I try to spend a little time blogging about two certain schools with not only important hockey programs, but bearing the special name in dedication to my patron saint.
Mississauga St. Michael's Majors are beaming with excitement that the upcoming CHL Memorial Cup will be held inside the Hershey Arena in Mississauga. That means the Majors get an automatic berth into the Memorial tournament as the host city. But they also have had a lot more to be excited about from last season. They were able to get all the way to the conference finals in the OHL playoffs dispatching teams Peterborough Petes (4-0) and Ottawa 67's (4-3) before running out of gas against the Barrie Colts (1-4). Things are certainly turning around for the franchise as they continue to develop young talent for the professional ranks. Their home opener begins Oct. 7th against the defending CHL champions Windsor Spitfires at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
The University of St. Michael's in Vermont has both a mens and womens team playing in the NE-10 conference along many of the New England schools. Their season doesn't start until later on in the fall, but recently they have announced the hiring of assistant coaches for the men's and women's teams. I hope that they can find a way to turn the corner on the program while lingering down at the bottom of the league. The men's and women's teams went (7-17-3) and (3-20-2) respectively during the 2009-2010 hockey season. You can check out the Men's and Women's team pages on the links provided.