U Sports, the governing body of college sports in Canada, held their annual national championship this past weekend with the Cavendish University Cup final capping off the weekend yesterday and the Flin Flon Bombers was well represented in the finals.
The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 5-3, to capture their second straight University Cup in Fredericton, NB.
On the U of S Huskies four players donned the Bomber jersey in their junior days as forwards Cam Blair (Drake, SK), Josh Roach (Saskatoon, SK) and Connor Gay (Saskatoon, SK) and defenseman Tanner Lishcynsky (Saskatoon, SK) played in the final.
Blair, in his third season with the Huskies, played the most with the Bombers dating back to 2010 when he suited up in 58 games as a 17 year old. Overall he totaled 134 points (56g, 78a) in 203, all but 16 of them with Flin Flon as he was traded to the Battlefords North Stars in his 20 year old season at the trade deadline.
Roach played one season with the Bombers, 2012-13, after being acquired from the Humboldt Broncos as the futures in the Andrew Joshnson trade. He had 54 points (13g, 41a) in 53 games with Flin Flon as a defenseman before moving up to forward with the Huskies. He’s currently in his fourth with U of S.
Gay only suited up in one game with Flin Flon as a prospect in 2011-12 before being shipped off to the Kindersley Klippers.
Lishcynsky played in 29 games after coming to the Bombers from the Yorkton Terriers. He had 18 points (5g, 13a) before being called up to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL where he finished up his junior career.
On the winning side of the game, Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall served as an Assistant Coach with the Bombers frin 1990 – 1992 and was the team’s Director of Hockey Operations during the 1999-2000 season when they hosted the Royal Bank Cup.