Men’s hockey playoff preview: Carleton versus the U of O

The University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens are set to take each other on in the quarterfinals of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men’s hockey playoffs. The Gee-Gees and Ravens have had opposite seasons going into their first round matchup in the OUA East. The Ravens came into the season under new direction; following the departure of head coach Marty Johnson to the Manitoba Moose. Expectations were kept low for new coach Shaun Van Allen, who had to navigate nine new players going into the season, and lost several key players such as first line center Michael McNamee. Despite the losses, Van Allen was able to guide his team to a fast start of the season, […]

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Editorial: Capital Hoops needs to move to a better venue

This year the annual Capital Hoops Classic saw a drop in attendance of 1,500 people. With an official attendance of 8,579, this is the lowest attendance the game has had since 2014. If Carleton and the University of Ottawa (U of O) hope to keep Capital Hoops relevant, they need to reconsider the Canadian Tire Centre as the host of the event. The Canadian Tire Centre is over a 30 minute drive (with no traffic) from Carleton’s campus, and even farther from the U of O, meaning that for students, the travel time alone to Capital Hoops could exceed two hours. Add on the fact that the night features two games, a student would have to spend nearly six hours […]

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Catherine Traer reflects on her final Capital Hoops game

On the morning before the annual Capital Hoops Classic, Catherine Traer could be seen arriving at the Raven’s Nest for her team’s scheduled morning shootaround. Only this time, she was filled with more emotion than usual. For Traer, this year’s game was the last time she would set foot on the court of the Canadian Tire Centre as a member of Carleton’s women’s basketball program. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” Traer said. “You dream of playing at a place like this when you’re a little girl. Personally, I’m from Ottawa. I came here and I grew up watching these girls play and I really looked up to them.” On Feb. 2,  the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team won their third Capital Hoops Classic in […]

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Ravens men’s basketball win Capital Hoops

The Ravens men’s basketball team beat the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees 67-56 in the Capital Hoops Classic on Feb. 2 in a tight and tough game—just as Ravens forward Marcus Anderson had anticipated. “We knew they were going to punch us in the mouth, but we had to just keep rallying back,” Anderson said. He added that the Gee-Gees had improved since their last meeting where Carleton won 74-53. “They got a lot more experience going into the future,” Anderson said of the improved Gee-Gees. “Coming in, they’ve played a couple of close games. I knew they were going to be extra prepared for this.” The Gee-Gees came out to an 18-12 lead, paced by Brandon Robinson’s 15 points […]

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Editorial: Capital Hoops games should alternate times

Capital Hoops is the annual matchup between the Carleton University Ravens and the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees men’s and women’s basketball teams. The games take place at the Canadian Tire Centre, with the women’s team playing at 6 p.m. this year, followed by the men’s team, who start at 8 p.m. Every year, for the past three years, the Capital Hoops matchup game has drawn over 10,000 students. However, as anyone who has watched both the men’s and women’s teams games will tell you, the turnout for women’s games is noticeably lower than the men’s game. Tickets for both games are sold together, so there is no data on how many students turn out for the women’s […]

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