With dominant goaltending matched by explosive offense, UCC made the final of the inaugural National Independent School Invitation Championship in 2015. The competition brings together 10 schools from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for three days of high-level hockey.
The competition was held at the William Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex. UCC opened the landmark arena – which has Olympic- and NHL-sized rinks – in 2009, offering boys access to world-class facilities and ice time that otherwise would be hard to come by.
While they lost a tight contest against rival St. Andrew’s College, they went undefeated against four teams in round robin action, scored 18 goals and stopped all but two shots on net.
The Blues are used to top three finishes. Its varsity, junior varsity and Under 16 teams have all won Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championships. In recent competition, UCC’s varsity team won silver in 2014 and Under 16 team won gold in 2013.
Our school has played competitive hockey since 1888 and has a history of students who’ve gone on to play at the collegiate and even NHL level. Recent graduate and Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor ’10 recently signed a two-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators.
Hockey teams at the Prep begin in Grade 5 and go through to Grade 7 (Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13). Practices are held two to four times a week at the Wilder Arena. Boys get to play about 20 games a year. The Prep hosts the annual Boyd Caldwell Invitational Hockey Tournament each year in early January. Teams from all over Quebec, Ontario and New York are invited and billeted with our boys. All Prep hockey teams also attend an away tournament.
At the varsity level, boys hit the ice nearly every day from September through to the March break. Players have supplementary skills sessions two mornings a week in the fall and supplementary skills or power skating twice a week in the spring. Coaches work with boys during practices to develop and correct game strategy twice a week. UCC’s varsity team plays in five tournaments and hosts one. Three of the tournaments are in the United States, where the boys are exposed to National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey games.