1964 AUAA Championship and CIAU Appearance
Pre SeasonThe 1963/64 MIAU season would not have playoffs, but instead the Regular Season Champion would represent the MIAU (later the AUAA) at that years' CIAU Finals in Kingston (only the second year they were held). The league did provide the opportunity for the second place team to 'challenge' the first place team provide the second place team had beaten the first place team at least once. If a tie resulted at the end of the year for the top spot, the head-to-head record would be used as the first tie breaker.
UNB was highly motivated this year having lost the MIAU title to St. FX the previous year in a best of three, which saw St.FX win both games at home.
Regular SeasonEach school would only play 11 games due to a short winter season, home-at-home matches between intra-division rivals and a single game against the other division's teams with some being home games vs away (home and away games would be swapped each year). In UNB's case, this made each Nova Scotia game worth 4 points and each NB-PEI game worth 2 for a maximum of 32 points in a season. The Nova Scotia teams were also playing for a maximum of 32 points, 4 points for each NB-PEI game (4x4=16) and 2 points for each Nova Scotia game (8x2=16). NB-PEI teams would only play 11 games versus 12 for the Nova Scotia teams.
A key game that year was UNB's 6-2 victory over the St. Francis Xavier X-men, in Antigonish - their first victory in Antigonish in 17 years.
NB-PEI NS School GP Record Pts W L T W L T GF GA ======== == ====== === | == == == == == == | === === UNB 11 9-2-0 26 | 5 1 0 + 4 1 0 | 70 28 SDU 11 8-3-0 26 | 3 3 0 + 5 0 0 | 59 44 STU 11 7-4-0 22 | 3 3 0 + 4 1 0 | 50 38 StFX 10 7-2-1 19 | 2 2 0 + 5 0 1 | 63 31 Acadia 11 5-6-0 14 | 2 2 0 + 3 4 0 | 53 52 DAL 11 5-6-1 11 | 1 3 0 + 3 3 1 | 49 43 SMU 10 4-6-0 10 | 1 3 0 + 3 3 0 | 35 48 MTA 11 2-8-1 8 | 1 3 0 + 1 5 1 | 24 58 NS Tech 12 1-10-1 4 | 0 3 1 + 1 5 0 | 30 100Some Nova Scotia games were cancelled due to bad weather, but they would not have changed the outcome.
MIAU Title WinnerUNB had a 9-2-0 record for 26pts (5-1 vs NB-PEI teams and 4-1 vs NS Teams) left UNB in a tie for first with St. Dunstan's University of Charlottetown (SDU). The title was awarded to UNB on the strength of a better head-to-head record 2-0-0, two victories over SDU to the tune of 5-3 at home and 6-3 on the island. UNB also had the better Goals For vs Goals Against average. Both of these facts relegated SDU to second. The second place team could challenge the League Champion to a one game final - provided they had beaten them at least once, but SDU's two losses didn't allow for such a challange. The MIAA President, Dr. A. P. Stewart from UNB and both MIAA Vice-President's, Dr. D. O. Snow of Acadia and Prof. Andrew MacKay of Dalhousie voted unanomously to present UNB with the MIAH Hockey Champions title.
The other team in the mix at the end of the season was St. Thomas University, of Chatham. If they had beaten the SDU Saints in their last game of the season they would have been in second. With a 1-1 record against UNB, they could have challenged UNB to a single game final, but the Saints won the game 8-2 and thus eliminated STU from the picture.
Third Title in 5 yearsThis title marked the end to UNB's dominance in Hockey in the early Sixties. With 3 titles in 5 years UNB had reestablished themselves as a hockey contender. UNB's first title in 1960, their first since '34, broke a 26 year drought and ended St. FXs string of consecutive titles at nine. They would then win again in '62 and lose in the finals in '63 to St. FX but return again in '64 with their third title. UNB would not win another title until 1984, 20 years later to the weekend. The third title also allowed the team to play in the National Tournament - something that wasn't available in '60 and '62.
All-Star GameA two game All-Star series was arranged, as a warm-up for the Red Devils, the weekend before leaving for Kingston. The All-Stars were comprised of players from the NB-PEI teams.
Coach Pete Kelly added 5th year UNBer, and former team captain, Richard Clark to the roster before leaving for Kingston. Richard had played the previous 4 years with UNB, but was now ineligible to play in the MIAU and had played the past hockey season (as a UNB student) with the Fredericton Capitals. (other participating conferences in the CIAU allowed 5th year players and as such UNB could add Richard to their roster for the CIAU tournament).
- if UoT had attended, they probably would have meet Alberta in the final, but instead Alberta wins their first of 10 titles in a convincing 9-1 victory over SGW. (In a practical sense the 'finals' were decided when Alberta and UNB meet in the semi's. Interesting to note that this same scenario would happen again to UNB 20 years later vs U of T who also went on to win a national title over Concorida, the Quebec entry, to the same tune of 9-1).
- UNB flew to Montreal and bused from there to Kingston to attend the tournament, the first time in a plane for some of the players.
Material gathered from articles printed in the Daily Gleaner and The Brunswickan