TORONTO – For the first time in 27 years, the University Cup men’s hockey championship will be played in the biggest hockey market in the world, as U SPORTS announced Monday that its 2024 championship has been awarded to Toronto Metropolitan University.
It is the 14th time that the City of Toronto plays host to the U SPORTS final and the first since 1997. All-games will be played at the Mattamy Athletic Centre located inside the walls of the former Maple Leaf Gardens, a building that previously hosted “The Nationals” gold medal game five times from 1993 through 1997.
“We are thrilled to bring the University Cup to such an iconic location,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, U SPORTS Chief Sport Officer. “TMU’s athletic department has recently hosted the exceptional 2017 U SPORTS women’s volleyball championship and the 2019 U SPORTS women’s basketball Final 8. We know that the Bold will offer participants and fans an amazing experience.”
"We are delighted to be selected to host the 2024 U SPORTS men's hockey national championship. Our men's hockey team is among the best in the country," said TMU Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation, Dr. Louise Cowin. "With a new university name, a new team name, it's an exciting time for us to host another championship in the Mattamy Athletic Centre."
The TMU Bold are currently ranked eighth in Canada with an 8-4 record and are expected to be David Johnson University Cup contenders in 2024.
"We are so excited to be hosting the University Cup and having this opportunity to represent our new team name,” said TMU head coach Johnny Duco. “The TMU Bold men's hockey team looks forward to showcasing our program on the largest stage and sharing this experience with our stakeholders, the TMU students and Toronto community. Our group is honoured for the opportunity to compete on our home ice and we look forward to continuing to develop our group in preparation. We have one of the best facilities in the country and I am so thrilled to showcase all that TMU has to offer."
U SPORTS will continue to unveil its 2024 and 2025 hockey and basketball championship hosts over the coming months.