Brock Generals being saluted
Badgers wearing throwback jerseys to mark 50 years of men’s hockey at university
He has been able to penetrate man and zone defences, withstand pressure when the target on the back is as big as the ball.
It goes without saying that the one-time St. Francis Catholic Secondary School standout has repeatedly beat the shot clock and, barring injury, will continue to do so into the foreseeable future in the NCAA with the Oregon Ducks and, after that, perhaps in the NBA.
The one thing the 6-foot-7 small forward can’t beat is the calendar, and that’s a bad thing for the native of Sudan and for hoops fans in St. Catharines, the dual citizen’s adopted hometown.
Because he was born 58 days too early to be a New Year’s 1999 baby, Kigab won’t be eligible to represent defending world champion Canada at the FIBA under-19 men’s Americas qualifier next June in St. Catharines.
Kigab, a key contributor to Canada’s first-ever championship at the under-19 worlds, which were decided in Egypt in July, is confident he would have made the cut and been able to play in front of his hometown fans at a packed Meridian Centre.
“That would be my age group, so I would have been fine,” he said. “I wish I could, I wish I was born two months later.
“Two months would have made the whole difference.”
When it comes to selling tickets for a university hockey game, a sword dating back to the early 1800s certainly makes the cut
Only 12 hours after complimentary student tickets became available for the annual Steel Blade Classic men’s hockey game at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, a request was made for more to be released after a record 2,541 tickets were scooped up.
Interest in Friday night’s exhibition game between the host Brock Badgers and the Guelph Gryphons broke the single-day record of 964 student tickets picked up last year, when the homecoming game was first played at the downtown arena.
Nearly 4,000 have now been spoken for heading into the annual downtown Homecoming Tailgate Party and Brock Badgers hockey game Friday,
“The Homecoming Tailgate Party and the Steel Blade Classic at the Meridian Centre last
year was a massive success,” Neil Lumsden, the university’s athletics director, said. “There’s so much excitement at Brock about this year’s game that we know it’s going to be even bigger.
“The Steel Blade is a great example of the momentum being created in the community around
Brock Sports showcase events.”
This marks the 19th year for the Steel Blade Classic, now contested as a one-game showdown between the Badgers and the rival Guelph Gryphons.
While the game starts at 7 p.m., the festivities kick off with the tailgate party starting at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, across from Meridian Centre. See