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01-26-2010, 11:48 AM
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University of Alberta Golden Bears to be featured on Hockey Day in Canada

The most successful men’s hockey program in the history of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, will be featured in a segment as part of the Canadian Broadcast Company’s (CBC) annual Hockey Day in Canada broadcast on January 30, 2010.

CBC’s annual Hockey Day in Canada celebrates Canada's fascination with and passion for hockey with a mammoth 13˝ hour broadcast, coast-to-coast, highlighted by an NHL triple-header featuring Canada's six teams. The day-long broadcast profiles the significance of hockey in communities across the country, with former NHLers and popular CBC personalities making guest appearances on the program. This year’s broadcast, the 10th in CBC history, will be done live from Stratford, Ontario beginning at 10:00 a.m. MST.

The University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team, founded in 1908, has won a CIS record 13 University Cup trophies since the 1962-63 season, and has competed in a record 33 national championship tournaments, including a streak of 10 straight from 1997 to 2006 when they won four CIS banners. The Bears have also won 47 Canada West conference championships, and sent 13 players onto National Hockey League careers.

The Golden Bears program will be featured in a segment that explores what it means, and takes, to be a successful team. CBC national reporter Lynda Calvert spent time with former Golden Bear head coach Clare Drake, who’s 697 career wins puts him first place in CIS history, as well as current head coach Eric Thurston, winner of six national championships as a player and coach with Alberta, former player Rick Swan, who has 101 points in 81 career games with Alberta, and is now a Sergeant with the Edmonton Police Service, and current player Eric Hunter, the 2008 Canada West rookie of the year, and a 2006 New York Rangers draft choice (174 overall).

Alberta is currently 18-1-1 on the season, and occupies first place in the Canada West standings.

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Meh. UNB V-Reds is the better team (defending national champs)! And the Atlantic Conference is well known to be MUCH more competitive. We even are featuring ex-con Mike Danton, who's suiting up for St. Mary's this year!

Go V-Reds!

In all seriousness though, CIS hockey is getting to be pretty high level. There's a lot of elite level players going there now after their Jr. Careers.

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I have always enjoyed watching the intensity of a CIS hockey game. And for the cheap ticket prices its way more worthwhile to go to a Bears game right now than going to watch our "professional" club.

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I have always enjoyed watching the intensity of a CIS hockey game. And for the cheap ticket prices its way more worthwhile to go to a Bears game right now than going to watch our "professional" club.
If you're watching a game strictly from the Oilers perspective it is. Otherwise CIS hockey is probably better to watch than the AHL.

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I can't wait to watch this

I'm still proud my dad was apart of the 1963-64 team that won the CIS

he always spoke very highly of Clare Drake

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If you're watching a game strictly from the Oilers perspective it is. Otherwise CIS hockey is probably better to watch than the AHL.
I haven't watched much AHL hockey so i can't really comment on the entertainment value. But I'd say that skill level that the AHL is better than CIS.

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Who's the Golden Bears? and Who's the UofA? Some chick? if so, what's they're phone number?

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Meh. UNB V-Reds is the better team (defending national champs)! And the Atlantic Conference is well known to be MUCH more competitive. We even are featuring ex-con Mike Danton, who's suiting up for St. Mary's this year!

Go V-Reds!

In all seriousness though, CIS hockey is getting to be pretty high level. There's a lot of elite level players going there now after their Jr. Careers.
let me know when they reach 13 National Championship and 47 Conference Championships

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Beautiful. Kudos to Clare Drake and Thurston, but also to Rob Daum. Da Bears have been the CIS's version of the Detroit Red Wings of the past 2 decades, only more dominant for way longer. They just do everything right.

While at UofA, I made a point of attending often. Haven't been in ages now, but will have to get back again soon. It's too good of hockey to pass up.

Too bad that there'll be many in the country that will assume that the UofA is a second university of Calgary's. Pretty commonplace, I'm afraid.

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How does the CIS compare to the NCAA?

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How does the CIS compare to the NCAA?
The bears have travelled to the states to play NCAA teams a couple times. They have won a couple close ones and lost a couple close ones. All in all they were able to compete with them.

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