Yesterday the University of British Columbia announced the first cut of its sports review, with 16 of the current 29 varsity teams securing their status for the coming years. It was shocking to many that UBC men’s hockey did not make the initial cut.
At the end of February following a second stage assessment, a number of other teams are expected to be added. The 13 others that did not make the cut must present a five-year plan for their programs.
Once reviewed, a final decision will be made in February but it’s unknown how many of the 13 remaining sports will make the final cut.
The announcement left the men’s players, coaches and UBC students shocked that it did not make the cut.
Considering that the club has been around for a long time, and that hockey is Canada’s most storied sport, it would be a shame to see UBC lose its men’s hockey team and one of its flagship varsity sports.
Supporters of the team are taking to social media with the hashtag #SelloutTheDoug. This is a rally to sell out the UBC men’s Hockey games at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre this Friday and Saturday in an effort to show the demand and support the team has.
You can get tickets here.
Here are a few tweets to #SaveUBCHockey:
Yes, I attend SFU. Yes, UBC is our rival but putting that aside, it’s shocking they are cuting the team and they shouldn’t be #SaveUBCHockey
— Wendy Fang (@Ice_calibr29) January 22, 2014
— Brady Shaw (@shawsy28) January 22, 2014
— Geordie Wudrick (@DoubleCornDogs) January 22, 2014