AUS/CIS All-Star defenceman returns for 5th year of Eligibility

Chris Owens pictured last season in the CIS University Cup tournament in Saskatoon. (Photo By Calvin So/CIS University Cup)
Chris Owens pictured last season at the CIS University Cup tournament in Saskatoon. (Photo By Calvin So/CIS University Cup)

The Acadia Axemen hockey team is very pleased to announce that Chris Owens has returned to the team for his 5th and final year of CIS hockey eligibility. Owens has decided to continue to pursue his education at Acadia University this year.

Owens was in the lineup for the Axemen on Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to St. FX, where he scored shorthanded on a great individual effort that at the time tied the game at 2. Chris wore #3 for Acadia on Wednesday, since his number from the past four seasons, #10, has been worn by freshman Zach Franko this year.

Coach Darren Burns said, “We are very excited that Chris has decided to pursue more education and continue to play at Acadia. His leadership and abilities will be a great addition to our program.”

In four seasons with Acadia, Owens has scored 30 goals and 104 points in 109 regular season games, but he doesn’t just play in the offensive end of the ice, in 2014 Chris was chosen as the Axemen defensive player of the year. He was also a first team AUS all-star last season, helping to lead Acadia to an AUS championship and CIS University Cup tournament berth.Read more »

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AUS Regular Season hockey has finally returned to Wolfville! Your Acadia Axemen return to the ice in Wolfville for their season home opener tonight, as they host the UPEI Panthers. Game time is 7pm. This weekend is also Homecoming weekend at Acadia University, so get your tickets to the hockey game, and come on out and cheer on the team!

One item that has changed since their last regular season AUS game in Wolfville is the name of the Arena, which was formerly known as the Acadia Arena, has been renamed the Andrew H. McCain Arena. You will also notice many upgrades and renovations to the Arena, including new lighting, sound system, and wall materials. Another major addition you will surely notice is the walking track around the arena.

Arrive early to the game on Friday night, as prior to puck drop, a special ceremony will take place as the Axemen raise their 2014 Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Championship banner to the rafters of the arena.

Now onto the game! The Axemen are coming off a 4-0 win over the Dalhousie Tigers last Saturday night in Halifax, which saw their top line of Liam Heelis, Brett Thompson, and Mike Cazzola combine for 3 of Acadia’s 4 goals. The Panthers suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to UNB in Charlottetown on Saturday night, despite an outstanding performance in goal from Mavric Parks, as he turned away 39 of 42 shots he faced from UNB.

Parks will more than likely get the start on Friday night, while Acadia’s Brandon Glover, who shutout the Tigers, will likely get the nod for the Axemen.

Acadia will look to put their team speed and relentless work ethic to the forefront on the larger ice surface of the McCain Arena this weekend; characteristics that were clearly a factor in the retooling of this year’s team and recruitment of new players.

For those out of town, or who can’t make Friday’s game, the game can be watched live online at AUStv.ca , as always, Len Hawley will have the call of the game on AVR Radio, 97.7FM or online on avrnetwork.com. The Axemen return to the ice at home on Saturday night as they welcome the St. Thomas Tommies to town.

Regular Season Opener: Dal Tigers Host the Acadia Axemen

1st regular season game of 2014-15 season
1st regular season game of 2014-15 season

It’s go time for the Acadia Axemen! Having been chomping at the bit to get back on the ice after their appearance at the CIS championships last March; the Axemen now begin the long journey to get back to the University Cup tournament, and gain a shot at redemption. Game 1 of the journey is the 2014-15 regular season opener for both the Acadia Axemen and Dalhousie Tigers, on Saturday at 7pm at the Halifax Forum.

Dal starts the season with 11 new faces, including former Moosehead Memorial Cup winner Brendan Duke.They will look to compete for a playoff position after finishing 8th in the AUS last season with a 3-24-1 record.

Tigers head coach Chris Donnelly believes that his team can make some noise this season, saying, “We are returning a strong core of character players and looking around the league, a lot of teams have lost some core players, so this could be a good year for us to move up in the standings.”

Team leader in points  from a year ago, (17 points) Fabian Walsh and Pierre-Alexandre Vandall will be heavily relied upon for scoring for Dalhousie. While third year netminder Wendell Vye will more than likely see action for Dal in goal.

The Axemen will look to match their AUS championship season of a year ago, which included a second place 21-4-3 record in the regular season.Read more »

MEDIA-DAY-14(HALIFAX, N.S.) – Atlantic University Sport stakeholders, fans and members of the media gathered today and yesterday at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax and the Crowne Plaza Moncton, respectively, to take part in the first annual AUS men’s hockey media days to kick off the 2014-15 season.

Head coaches Pat Powers (St. Thomas), Serge Bourgeois (Université de Moncton), Gardiner MacDougall (UNB) and Forbes MacPherson (UPEI) briefed media and fans in attendance in Moncton on this year’s teams and their expectations for the season.

In front of a Halifax audience, head coaches Trevor Stienburg (Saint Mary’s), Brad Peddle (StFX), Darren Burns (Acadia) and Chris Donnelly (Dalhousie) did the same.

Each of the eight coaches were joined by a pivotal player from the roster. Coaches and players took part in question and answer periods with media and other stakeholders.

2014 season preview interview with Darren Burns – Click Here
Season Preview – Important Facts – Click Here

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MH-ACA_Preview-2014(WOLFVILLE, N.S.) – The Acadia Axemen opened the 2013-14 season unranked in the CIS Top 10, but by the second week of regular the season they cracked the list at number eight after a perfect 4-0 start which extended into a 10 game streak without a loss in regulation time.

Ranked third in the country by the Holiday Break, the Axemen took the top spot in the AUS standings and established themselves as the team to beat in the Atlantic conference.

As the season closed out, the Axemen ended up in second place, trailing first place UNB by four points with a 21-4-3 record but securing quarter-final bye heading into the post-season.

A four-game victory in the best-of-five semifinal series against Moncton matched up the Axemen with the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies, who had knocked off the first place Varsity Reds.

Acadia went on to defeat the Huskies in the best-of-five final series to capture their first AUS championship since 2006 and the ninth Atlantic conference title in team history.

The championship team was rewarded with the prestigious selection of team captain Liam Heelis as the AUS and CIS Most Valuable University Hockey Player Award.

Heelis was also chosen as the AUS male representative for the coveted CIS BLG Award that honours one male and one female athlete as the top Canadian University Athlete of the Year.

The Axemen will open the 2014-15 regular season Saturday night in Halifax where they will take on the Dalhousie Tigers. Game time is at 7:00pm.Read more »