There is not a better university hockey venue in Canada than Mattamy Home Ice. Ryerson University has done an amazing job of taking a hockey cathedral in the Maple Leaf Gardens and repurposing it in the best way possible. Hockey fans all over North America need to take a pilgrimage to this unbelievable facility!
Although it may not be the highest profile hockey, the Waterloo Warriors are an experience worth checking out. The Columbia IceField Arena is a unique venue and provides a great atmosphere for hockey. A throwback to those youth hockey venues of the past, the IceField amplifies the sights and sounds of the game and is a unique spot. The Old Barn awaits!
If there is a bucket list item in Canadian university athletics, a trip to Thunder Bay to take in the Lakehead Thunderwolves might just be it. A totally unique experience, visiting fans will get a full Northern Ontario experience in the best university hockey atmosphere in the country. Sure the Thunderwolves benefit from being the only game in town, but it can’t be a coincidence that other leagues are a little shy to attempt to take up residence at the Fort William Gardens and compete with the Thunderwolves.
It is amazing how far North Bay has come since the departure of the Centennials. It was the community of North Bay rallying around the Nipissing Lakers that brought the city to where it is today. Nipissing Lakers hockey remains a great experience for OUA hockey and fans heading to the Gateway of the North should check out the Lake Effect.
A great use of an evening in Toronto is hitting the time warp that is Varsity Arena. The Toronto Varsity Blues provide a truly historical venue and the opportunity to check out some great hockey. It is well worth it to check out this legendary team in their legendary venue.
Saint Mary’s University recently announced approval to construct a state-of-the-art venue for the Huskies men’s and women’s Atlantic University Sport (AUS) hockey teams. According to the March 26th press release, the new arena will come equipped with an NHL-sized ice rink with seating for 800 fans, plus an additional 200+ for standing room only.