2019 Captain’s Cup Schedule
September 14th – SFU @ UBC – 7 p.m. (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre)
September xx – TWU @ UBC – 7 p.m. (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre)
September 18th – TWU @ SFU – 7 p.m. (Bill Copeland Sports Centre)
For the third year Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University and University of British Columbia face off for the annual Captain’s Cup tournament, presented by the Vancouver Giants. The winner takes home not only bragging rights for the year, but also the storied President’s Trophy generously provided by the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
The round-robin format will see the three teams contest the Captain’s Cup over a two-week span, starting Sept. 14th when SFU and UBC face off in Vancouver. The team securing the most victories over its two games will earn the Captain’s Cup.
The goal of the event is to promote university hockey in the Lower Mainland, while also raising awareness for the WHL’s Scholarship Program, which is available for players entering into post-secondary hockey.
“The WHL is the leading supplier of scholarships in Western Canada, and offers the most comprehensive scholarship in North America,” said Dale Saip, Senior Vice President with the Vancouver Giants. “The Vancouver Giants are pleased to support this exhibition series profiling our student-athlete alumni who are furthering their education while still competing at a very high level of hockey.”
Between the three teams, the 28 players on their collective rosters have experience playing in the WHL. This includes 22 players with UBC, four with TWU and two with SFU. Amongst Giants alumni, the T-Birds have four players who spent time in the WHL with Vancouver.
“Post-secondary hockey in B.C. has grown tremendously over the past decade, and this preseason showcase will highlight the level of play for Lower Mainland hockey fans,” said TWU coach Barret Kropf. “All of our rosters are filled with graduated WHL and Junior A players who have been fan favourites in the area for years, and now they are elite student-athletes at our schools. Having the support of the Vancouver Giants for an event like this is a credit to the partnerships that have grown between junior hockey and university hockey over the past decade.”
UBC coach Sven Butenschon, whose team has four former Vancouver Giants, said: “It’s awesome to get support from a WHL franchise like the Giants. With a strong connection to the WHL and the Giants, players are getting the chance to play junior hockey at an extremely high level in the WHL and, after that, still get an education at a prestigious university. I think it’s a great win for everyone.”
Five-minute overtime, followed by a shootout.
If two teams are tied in points, the team that won the head-to-head matchup will be declared the winner.
If three teams are tied in points, the winner will be declared by the team with:
1) The most total goals for
2) The fewest total goals against
3) The fewest total penalty minutes
4) The team who scored the earliest goal in the event
2018 Captain’s Cup:
SFU 4, TWU 3 (OT)
UBC 4, SFU 1
UBC 6, TWU 2
2017 Captain’s Cup:
UBC 3, TWU 1
UBC 8, SFU 3
TWU 2, SFU 1