The University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team will join with a group of Canada West institutions in welcoming Ukraine’s U25 national team in late December and early January to give them the opportunity to play and prepare for the upcoming Winter University Games while raising money for refugees and Ukrainian communities torn apart by war.
Calgary, joined by the universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, will play games against Ukraine, with all profits from ticket sales going toward humanitarian and hockey causes in Ukraine and Ukrainian grassroots organizations in Canada.
The Dinos’ game will take place on Jan. 2 (7 p.m.) at Father David Bauer Arena.
“We are honoured to have this opportunity to help support the Ukrainian people after all they have been through this year,” said Dinos athletics director Ben Matchett. “Their resilience and tenacity in the face of adversity have been inspiring, and it’s no small feat for them to get a hockey team to North America for this series. We look forward to welcoming them to Calgary, and to the support we know this unique event will get from our community.”
Canada West and its schools want to do their part to ensure the game of hockey and all it provides to communities doesn’t stop despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Hockey Can’t Stop Tour allows the Ukrainian team reprieve and a place to practice while raising money to keep hockey alive in Ukraine.
All ticket sale profits will be sent to the Canada/Ukraine Foundation, which provides assistance to humanitarian groups in Ukraine and Canada. The foundation will disperse the majority of funds to Save Ukrainian Hockey Dream, a charitable foundation operated by the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine with the assistance of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The foundation’s goal is to support players at home and abroad, continue to train youth and professional teams, and restore Ukrainian arenas damaged by the war.
Tickets to the Jan. 2 game are available at https://www.showpass.com/dinos-vs-ukraine/
The Battle of Alberta returns as the red-hot No. 5 Dinos men’s hockey team (11-3) will play the No. 2 University of Alberta Golden Bears (11-2-1) in a home-and-home this weekend.
Calgary will host the first game on Friday night at Father David Bauer Arena (7 p.m). The action resumes Saturday as Edmonton will host Calgary at the Clare Drake Arena (7 p.m.).
The Dinos have won nine straight games, Jake Gricius (15 points), Connor Gutenberg (10 points) and Jadon Joseph (eight points) have all scored five goals throughout the win streak.
The Dinos women’s hockey team (5-8-1) and the Alberta Pandas (9-4-1) will play a home-and-home series this weekend.
Friday’s action will take place in Edmonton at Clare Drake Arena and Saturday in Calgary at Father David Bauer Arena. Puck Drop will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The Dinos are led offensively by Elizabeth Lang, with seven goals and 12 points, and Alli Borrow, with six goals and 10 points.
The Dinos women’s volleyball team (5-3) is hosting a two-game set against the Alberta Pandas (5-3) at the Jack Simpson Gym, with the first serve on Friday set for 7:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
First-year Daisy Olsen had her coming out party this past weekend against the MacEwan Griffins. Olsen finished with 26 kills and a .321 hitting percentage over eight sets of play to help the Dinos to a two-game sweep. Stella Rains has orchestrated the Dinos’ offensive attack this season, averaging just over seven assists per set through eight games.
The Dinos men’s volleyball team (3-5) is hosting the No. 1 University of Alberta Golden Bears (7-1) at the Jack Simpson Gym. Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m., while Saturday’s first serve is set for 7:45 p.m.
Calgary’s Louis Kunstmann leads Canada West with a .463 hitting percentage, while teammate Lincoln Baines is second in blocks with an average of 1.23 per set. Fellow teammate Liam Kuppe leads his team in kills with a total of 76.
The Dinos women’s swim team will look to defend their Canada West crown and capture their 10 championship banner this weekend at the conference championships, hosted by the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The Dinos men’s and women’s swim teams will take on seven other schools in the conference beginning Friday.
In her CW debut last November, Dinos’ golden girl Rebecca Smith made huge waves after transferring from the University of Toronto ahead of the 2021-22 season. The Olympic medallist managed a clean sweep of her individual events, rewriting the CW record books en route to gold in the 100 and 200 freestyle, as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly events. Smith’s performance propelled her to be honoured as Canada West Women’s Swimmer of the Year.
In his return to CW competition, Stephen Calkins will be a major addition to the Dinos. After a brief retirement, the sprint ace was named to Canada’s Commonwealth Games team earlier this year, where he placed 10th in the 100 freestyle and 12th in the 50 free. Calkins last raced for the Dinos at the 2018 CW Championships where he claimed victory in the 50 and 100 freestyle. More recently, he won the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 50 butterfly at the Odlum Brown Colleges Cup earlier in November.