T-Birds Men’s Hockey returns September 30 – University of British Columbia

VANCOUVER – Looking to build off one of their most successful seasons in program history, the UBC Thunderbirds open up the 2022-23 Canada West Men’s Hockey season on Friday, September 30 when they host the Calgary Dinos at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

The only team in the conference to have advanced to the U SPORTS National Championship in each of the past two seasons, the T-Birds’ quest to make it three straight University Cup appearances will see a return to a 28-game regular season schedule for the first time since 2019-20.

UBC will face each conference opponent four times throughout the season, except for the Mount Royal Cougars and the defending Canada West champion Alberta Golden Bears who they will face twice, respectively.

The T-Birds will host MRU November 25 and 26 in their first meetings since UBC despatched the Cougars in last year’s semifinal playoff series which clinched UBC’s second straight trip to the national championship.

UBC and the Trinity Western Spartans will play a pair of home-and-home series in mid-November and again in early February. The T-Birds will close out the regular season February 10 and 11 at home to the Regina Cougars.

The Canada West playoff format remains unchanged with six of the nine teams advancing to the post-season while the top two seeds earn a bye to the semifinals.

Quarter-final best-of-three action goes down the weekend of February 17-19, followed by the semifinals the next weekend.

The 2023 Canada West Final series will take place March 3-5 with the University Cup tournament held March 16-19 in Charlottetown, PEI.

CLICK HERE for UBC’s complete 2022-23 Canada West schedule.

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