U SPORTS all-stars to face nation junior hopefuls in Moncton

Zazula named to USports ‘Team AUS’

TORONTO – For the eighth time since 2015, a team of U SPORTS men’s hockey all-stars will be facing members of Canada’s National Junior Team Selection camp as a part of its preparation for the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship.

U SPORTS has selected players exclusively from the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference to represent the All-Star team and face Team Canada’s hopefuls in a pair of games at the Avenir Centre in Moncton on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. AT and Dec. 12 at 12 p.m. AT.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.avenircentre.com

The U SPORTS squad is loaded with firepower, as the Top 10 AUS scorers have all made the roster, with every player scoring at a greater than a point-per-game clip. The team will be led by AUS leading scorer Liam Hawel from the STFX X-Men, who has posted 27 points in 18 games this season (12-15-27). The former Soo Greyhound and Kitchener Ranger also played seven games for the Laval Rocket of the AHL in the 2020-21 season before joining the X-Men for the 21-22 campaign where he scored 18 goals and added 19 assists.

The U SPORTS defence is led by UPEI Panthers blueliner Matthew Brassard. The former Barrie Colt and Niagara Ice Dog is the leading point-getter amongst rearguards in Canadian university men’s hockey with 23 points in 18 games (3-20-23). Legendary UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall, who will also oversee the U SPORTS entry at the upcoming FISU Winter World University Games in Lake Placid, New York, will guide the All-Star team with six members of his UNB REDS, including fourth year forward Brady Gilmore (3-16-19)

“This is an excellent opportunity for U SPORTS to show our continued support for Hockey Canada in helping them best prepare the Canadian World Junior Team for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Atlantic Canada,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer of U SPORTS. “We are honoured to be invited annually to the selection camp, while simultaneously showcasing some of the best talent Canadian university hockey has to offer. We greatly appreciate Hockey Canada’s support in hosting some of Canada’s top university players.”

Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced various U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988. U SPORTS began its current All-Star team format in 2015 and in seven previous camps has a 6-6-1 record.


Name / Nom Pos Hometown / Ville natale Yr/Année Team/Équipe
Jonah Capriotti G Mount Hope, ON 2nd UPEI
Matthew Welsh G Halifax, NS 3rd Saint Mary’s
Noah Carroll D Strathroy, ON 5th UNB
Adam McCormick D Woodstock, NB 2nd UNB
Yann-Felix Lapointe D Granby, QC 2nd Moncton
Justin MacPherson D Richmond Hill, ON 2nd Saint Mary’s
Matthew Brassard D Barrie, ON 4th UPEI
Ross MacDougall D St. Stephen, NB 4th UNB
Luke Zazula D Langley, BC 2nd Acadia
Vincent Deslauriers F Ste. Anne-des-Plains, QC 5th Moncton
TJ Shea F Tignish, UPEI 4th UPEI
Kyle Maksimovich F Hamilton, ON 4th UPEI
Troy Lajeunesse F Dokis, ON 5th UPEI
Mika Cyr (INJ)

*will not play

F Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, NB 2nd Moncton
Nathael Roy F St-Redempteur, QC 2nd Moncton
Matthew Struthers F London, ON 2nd STFX
Liam Hawel F Kanata, ON 2nd STFX
Austen Keating F Kitchener, ON 3rd UNB
Brady Gilmour F Cobourg, ON 4th UNB
Jason Willms F Kitchener, ON 3rd UNB
Shaun Miller F Cole Harbour, NS 3rd Dalhousie
Andrew Coxhead F Fall River, NS 2nd Saint Mary’s
Jacob Hudson F Antigonish, NS 2nd STFX


Gardiner MacDougall Head Coach UNB
Forbes MacPherson Assistant Coach UPEI
Derek Cormier Assistant Coach Moncton
Tyler Naugler Assistant Coach SMU
Christopher Becker Equipment Manager UNB
Jordan Lamontagne Equipment Manager Moncton