CALGARY, AB -- A total of 4,275 fans came out to the Scotiabank Saddledome Thursday night to celebrate the Crowchild Classic between the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars.
The attendance set a new Canada West conference record for a regular season men’s hockey game, breaking a 42-year-old mark set Feb. 13, 1971 when the Dinos visited the University of Alberta Golden Bears in front of a crowd of 4,109.
The event consisted of a doubleheader in women’s and men’s hockey between the Dinos and Cougars. Both schools had excellent turnouts from students, staff, faculty, and alumni, capping the inaugural Crowchild Classic – an annual competition between the two universities. The Dinos were presented with The Medal – a 68-kilogram City of Calgary manhole cover – during the first period of the men’s game.
The night was possible thanks the generous support of the Calgary Flames and the Flames Foundation for Life, who gave the Dinos and Cougars the opportunity to play in an NHL facility with the full Flames entertainment experience.
“We were extremely honoured to host these games with two post-secondary institutes that we value our relationship with,” said Candice Goudie, executive director of the Flames Foundation for Life. “Both the women’s and men’s games were electric and competitive, both in the stands and on the ice. It was an amazing experience for our organization.”
“What an amazing event,” said Ron Wuotila, director of athletics at the University of Calgary. “We cannot thank the Calgary Flames, the Flames Foundation for Life, and the Scotiabank Saddledome enough for their support. Our fans and the city of Calgary saw two great hockey games tonight, and it was a fabulous atmosphere to showcase the best of CIS hockey.”
“I’m absolutely blown away by the level of support for Canada West and CIS hockey in this city,” said Cougars athletic director Karla Karch. “It was amazing to see students and supporters of both schools really embrace the night and get behind it with so much enthusiasm. What a great way to end our first year in Canada West and cap off the inaugural Crowchild Classic. Thank you simply isn’t enough.”
The Dinos and Cougars wrap up their regular seasons Friday night. The women’s teams will play at Father David Bauer Arena, with the men’s teams facing off at Flames Community Arenas. Both games start at 7 p.m.
About the Crowchild Classic
The Crowchild Classic is an annual competition between the University of Calgary Dinos and the Mount Royal University Cougars in CIS regular season games across the sports of basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball. Each year, the school that wins the most games in the series is awarded 'The Medal' – a 68-kilogram cast iron City of Calgary manhole cover. For more information, visit www.crowchildclassic.ca.