Former Saint John Sea Dogs captain David MacDonald and the Saint Mary’s Huskies will try to capture the Cavendish University Cup tonight against the Alberta Golden Bears. This is the first time in 37-years the Huskies have reached the national final.
The third-ranked Huskies (2-0) reached the final by blanking the No. 5 Manitoba Bisons 5-0 Saturday afternoon at the CIS University Cup in Thunder Bay, Ont. Top-ranked Alberta dropped the host Lakehead Thunderwolves 5-3 in the evening game.
Saint Mary’s hasn’t advanced to a Canadian university hockey final since the Bob Boucher-coached Huskies went to four consecutive national championship games from 1970 to 1973. SMU lost each of those finals to the Toronto Varsity Blues.
MacDonald, who was traded to Saint John from the Moncton Wildcats in 2006, played in 60 games with the Sea Dogs during the 2006-07 campaign. He scored nine goals and recorded 22 assists in those games while amassing a -29 rating.
The (at the time) 20-year old defenseman was named captain following a trade that saw Charles Bergeron sent to Bathurst mid-season.
With the Huskies, MacDonald has recorded 5G-39A-44P in 74 games played over the course of three seasons in Atlantic University Sport.
MacDonald infamously looked like a 50-year old man in his Sea Dogs Game Day Program profile picture back in the day.
The game can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet tonight at 8:00 pm. He'll look to join UNB Varsity Red Travis Fullerton as the only other former Dog to have won a CIS title.
With files from the Chronicle Herald.