Brock University Homecoming will begin the only way it knows how. On Thursday, September 17, the men’s hockey team will drop the puck versus Guelph University in the 17th annual RBC Steelblade Classic Tournament. Then on Friday the hockey team will take on Windsor University – both games will be played at Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines, tickets costing $5. On Sunday the top two teams will play for the Steelblade trophy.
The Steelblade Classic began in 1999 with Brock University playing Niagara University in a game that ended in a 5-5 tie.
Overall, the Badgers have a 7-5-2 record in 14 finals at this tournament. The Badgers did not make the 2005 and 2007 championships, as the games were played between Waterloo University/University of British Columbia and Waterloo/University of New Brunswick.
Badgers are currently on a four-game win streak in this Classic dating back to 2011 when they beat St. Mary’s University 4-1. In 2012, they won 5-2 versus Guelph University and 2013 saw a 6-5 victory versus Laurier University – a win that had the Badgers trailing 5-1 before storming back. Last year, the team was down 3-0 to Guelph before coming back and winning 4-3.
Every year the Steelblade Classic sees a packed Badger crowd out for every game, especially for Friday’s Homecoming game. Last year, the Seymour-Hannah Centre had 1,534 people in attendance for the Badgers game versus Windsor. It is expected to be another sellout crowd come this weekend as the Badgers look to begin their year on a positive note.
The puck will drop at 7:15 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday as the Badgers look to continue their success at the Steelblade Classic.
Seymour-Hannah Centre is located at 240 St. Paul Street West