Three members of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology varsity hockey program will wear Canada’s maple leaf March 2 to 12 at the FISU (International University Sports Federation) Winter Universiade in Russia.
Jack Patterson (Bedford, Nova Scotia) and Alex Yuill (Wellington, Ontario) will join the Canadian men’s hockey team, while Kassidy Nauboris (Brampton, Ontario) will lace up for the women’s hockey squad.
“Any time you have an athlete represent your school internationally it’s a major accomplishment, so to have three players representing not only their teams and UOIT, but their country on the world stage – it’s an incredible achievement,” said UOIT athletic director Scott Barker. “We’re extremely proud of all three student-athletes and wish them the best of luck in Russia.”
Nauboris joins Team Canada after her best season with the Ridgebacks. This season she broke UOIT’s single season assist record, previously set at 15, by notching 17. She added 15 goals to end conference play with 33 points in 24 games.
On the men’s side Yuill and Patterson are the first Ridgebacks to represent UOIT at a Winter Universiade. In his fourth season at UOIT, Yuill has been somewhat of an ironman for the Ridgebacks, playing in every conference game since his rookie year. Patterson, a 6’1 forward, was named assistant captain alongside Yuill this season – only his third year at UOIT. Over 28 games this season he had four goals and nine points.