© John DeCoste
Acadia athletic director Kevin Dickie.
The University Cup national men’s hockey championship is coming to Halifax, but Acadia won’t get to play host.
Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Oct. 18 that it has accepted a joint bid from St. F.X., Saint Mary’s and Sports and Entertainment Atlantic to host the University Cup in Halifax in 2015 and 2016.
St. F.X. will be the official tournament host in 2015, Saint Mary’s in 2016. Both tournaments will take place at the 11,000-seat Halifax Metro Centre.
The University Cup has never been hosted in Nova Scotia in its 50-year history, in large part because Halifax successfully hosted the CIS Final Eight men’s basketball championship for more than 25 years.
Acadia also submitted a bid to host the 2015 and 2016 University Cup in Halifax, but was not the successful bidder.
"We put the best bid in we could, but we knew there would be stiff competition,” said Kevin Dickie, director of Acadia athletics.
"We try our best to teach our student-athletes to be gracious in defeat. As administrators, we have to be able to do the same. We congratulate St. F.X. And SMU on their successful bid. We know Halifax will put on a great show."