CALGARY - The Calgary Flames are looking forward to hosting the Crowchild Classic at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, Feb. 2. The on-ice contests will feature the women's and men's hockey teams from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University in back to back action to fight cross town hockey supremacy. All the points in all sports count and at the end of the season a Crowchild Trail manhole cover is awarded to the school with the most wins.
The classic will feature double header games:
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: Women's UCalgary Dinos versus MRU Cougars - 5:00 p.m
Men's UCalgary Dinos versus MRU Cougars - 7:45 p.m
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome
Media Availability: The press box will be available to media wishing to attend the game(s). Please enter through Lot D.
Last year's Crowchild Classic set a new U SPORTS (formerly known as CIS) men's hockey attendance record with a total of 12,859 fans in attendance. This broke the attendance record set the previous year's edition of 8,882. In the first installment of the rivalry game in 2012, the Crowchild Classic broke a 42-year-old Canada West record. In just five short years, the game has become a fixture on the Calgary sports scene and one of the marquee university sport events in Canada each year.
Online tickets are sold out. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available. The Crowchild Classic was initiated in 2012 to mark the first year of U SPORTS competition between Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. The annual competition pits the two schools together in regular season games in basketball, hockey, soccer and volleyball with the winner receiving the coveted 'medal', a 68-kg cast-iron City of Calgary manhole cover.
The Calgary Flames are proud supporters of the three post-secondary institutes in Calgary through the Flames Foundation. Each institute's men's and women's hockey teams receive an annual $20,000 donation and award three students per year at each school with the Harley Hotchkiss Scholarship. This is the fifth year the Flames will host the Crowchild Classic as part of their commitment to education and amateur sports.