50 WHL Grads to Compete for University Cup

The 2016 University Cup, hosted by Saint Mary’s University is set to commence from Thursday, March 17th – Sunday, March 20th at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia with 50 WHL Graduates competing amongst six squads.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears have 22 WHL Grads that are seeking a three-peat at the 2016 CIS men’s hockey championship as they look to add to their record collection of 15 University Cup titles.  The University of Saskatchewan who swept the University of Alberta Golden Bears earlier this month in the 2016 Canada West playoffs will have 14 WHL Grads looking to claim the University Cup. St. Francis Xavier will have six WHL graduates compete while Western University (4), University of New Brunswick (2) and Saint Mary’s University (2) round out all WHL Graduates that will participate. 

The eight-team tournament will begin on Thursday, March 17th at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The quarter-finals will take place on March 17th and March 18th with two games occurring on each day. Both semi-finals and the 2016 CIS University Cup Final will air live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports on March 19th and 20th, respectively. The CIS Bronze Medal Final game will be played on Sunday afternoon before the University Cup Final.

2016 CIS University Cup Schedule

Quarter-Finals – Thursday, March 17th

Carleton vs. Saskatchewan 2:00pm CT/1:00pm MT
Alberta vs. St. Francis Xavier 6:00pm CT/5:00pm MT

Quarter-Finals – Friday, March 18th

UNB vs. Western  2:00pm CT/1:00pm MT
Saint Mary’s vs. UQTR 6:00pm CT/5:00pm MT

Semi-Finals – Saturday, March 19th

TBA vs. TBA 10:00am CT/9:00am MT (live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports)
TBA vs. TBA 2:00pm CT/1:00pm MT (live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports)

CIS Bronze Medal Final – Sunday, March 20th

TBA vs. TBA 12:00pm CT/11:00am MT

CIS Gold Medal Final – Sunday, March 20th

TBA vs. TBA 4:30pm CT/3:30pm MT (live on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports)

All eight games from the championship will be available via webcast on

In addition, WHL Grads earned CWUAA Awards prior to the University Cup with WHL graduates claiming every category.

2015-16 CWUAA Awards

[Award, Player, University, WHL Club(s)]

Goaltender of the Year: Jordon Cooke, University of Saskatchewan,  Kelowna
Most Outstanding Player: Jordon Cooke, University of Saskatchewan, Kelowna
Rookie of the Year: Kohl Bauml, University of Saskatchewan, Everett
Defenceman of the Year: Jordan Rowley, University of Alberta, Prince Albert
Sportsmanship and Ability: Elgin Pearce, University of British Columbia, Kootenay, Medicine Hat
Randy Gregg Award: Dylan Tait, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge

Furthermore, the 2015-16 CIS Men’s Hockey Awards will be handed out Wednesday evening.

2015-16 WHL Grads in CIS University Cup tournament

[Name, Hometown, WHL Club(s)]

University of Alberta – 22

Dylan Bredo – Edmonton, AB — Medicine Hat

Dakota Conroy – Edmonton, AB – Brandon

Jamie Crooks – Vermillion, AB – Victoria

Josh Derko — Sherwood Park, AB — Swift Current

James Dobrowolski – Vernon, BC – Prince George

Brett Ferguson – Vibank, SK – Red Deer

Jayden Hart – Spruce Grove, AB – Medicine Hat

Jordan Hickmott – Mission, BC – Prince Albert

Riley Kieser – Sherwood Park AB — Vancouver

Levko Koper – Edmonton, AB – Spokane

Sawyer Lange – Prince Albert, SK – Prince Albert

Stephane Legault – Edmonton AB — Edmonton

Brayden Low – Richmond, BC – Portland

Lucas Nickles –Salmon Arm, B.C. – Tri-City

Rhett Rachinski – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton

Kruise Reddick – Manor, SK – Tri-City

Jordan Rowley – Edmonton, AB – Prince Albert

Luke Siemens – Delta, BC – Everett

Wil Tomchuk – Ft. McMurray, AB – Tri-City

Joel Topping – Red Deer, AB – Lethbridge

Mitch Topping – Red Deer, AB — Victoria

Brennan Yadlowski – Edmonton, AB — Everett


University of Saskatchewan – 14

Sean Aschim – Saskatoon, SK – Prince Albert

Kohl Bauml – Saskatoon, SK – Everett

Tyler Bortsmayer – St. Brieux, SK – Regina

Levi Cable – Hudson Bay, SK – Kootenay

Jordan Cooke – Leduc, AB – Kelowna Rockets

Connor Cox – Lethbridge, AB – Moose Jaw / Saskatoon

Jesse Forsberg – Waldheim SK — Prince George / Seattle

Jordan Fransoo – North Battleford, SK – Brandon / Victoria

Andrew Johnson – Saskatoon, SK – Moose Jaw

Kendall McFaull – Rosetown, SK – Moose Jaw

Logan McVeigh – Kenaston, SK – Kamloops

Zak Stebner – Saskatoon, SK – Kamloops / Calgary

Chad Suer – Saskatoon, SK – Moose Jaw

Jaimen Yakubowski – Dalmeny, SK – Lethbridge


St. Francis Xaiver University – 6

Jagger Dirk – Penticton, BC – Kootenay

Blake Gal – Lethbridge, AB — Spokane

Cole Grbavac – Calgary, AB – Medicine Hat

Steven Kuhn — Oyen, AB – Spokane

Bronson Maschmeyer – Bruderheim, AB – Kamloops

Drew Owsley – Lethbridge, AB – Prince George

Western University – 4

Cole Benson – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton

Nick Charif – Edmonton, AB – Red Deer

Connor Chartier – Calgary, AB – Spokane

Trent Ouellette – Drumheller, AB – Medicine Hat   


University of New Brunswick – 2

Cam Braes – Shawnigan Lake, BC – Lethbridge

Dylan Willick – Kamloops, BC – Kamloops


Saint Mary’s University – 2

Calder Brooks – Emerald Park, SK – Calgary

Cole Cheveldave – Calgary, AB – Kamloops

Furthermore, a record 348 WHL graduate players were awarded a WHL Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year while 195 WHL graduates played university or college hockey this year.

Canada West Conference – 122
Ontario University Athletics/Atlantic University Sport Conferences – 51

For more information on the 2016 CIS University Cup, please visit

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