Three University of Ontario Institute of Technology students went halfway around the world for an athletic experience of a lifetime.
Ridgebacks hockey players Kassidy Nauboris, Jack Patterson and Alex Yuill had the honour of suiting up for Canada at the FISU (International University Sports Federation) Winter Universiade from March 2 to 12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Nauboris helped Canada capture a silver medal in women’s hockey, while Patterson and Yuill won bronze for Canada in men’s hockey.
By reaching the podium, the three Ridgebacks became the university’s first-ever student-athletes to win medals at Summer or Winter Universiade.
Nauboris, the Ridgeback women’s hockey captain became the first UOIT student-athlete to medal at a Summer or Winter Universiade after the host Russians defeated Canada 2-0 in the gold medal game. Nauboris finished the tournament with a goal and two assists to cap off her successful year. Prior to leaving for Russia, her impressive season saw her set new program single-season records for assists (17), points per game (1.33) and tie the single-season points record (32).
Patterson and Yuill helped Canada win men’s hockey bronze over Kazakhstan. The Canadians had lost 4-3 to Kazakhstan in the round-robin, but had little trouble in the bronze medal game as they won 3-0. Patterson picked up an assist on the opening goal of the game.