Alumni Arena still the home of Huskies women’s hockey

After a unanimous decision by the Saint Mary’s University board of governors on Tuesday night, the Huskies women’s hockey team will remain a varsity team.

At a press conference held in Alumni Arena on Wednesday, university president Colin Dodds began by apologizing to the girls.

Alumni Arena is still going to be home to the women's hockey team (Emma Romano Photo)

By Emma Romano

After a unanimous decision by the Saint Mary’s University board of governors on Tuesday night, the Huskies women’s hockey team will remain a varsity team.

At a press conference held in Alumni Arena on Wednesday, university president Colin Dodds began by apologizing to the girls.

He said he hopes that the university can repair the damage it has done and restore trust.

The athletics director for the university, Steve Sarty, avoided questions from reporters about why the women’s hockey team was cut instead of another team.

The Saint Mary's Huskies women's team poses for a photo (Emma Romano Photo)

Sarty said that choosing one team was better than making cuts across the board because that “weakens the whole department and the fact of the matter is most of the sports teams run right on budget”.

Leah MacLennan, a forward on the team, donned a Canadian Tire jersey to show how thankful the team was for the support.

Bill Whiting, the owner of the Quinpool Rd. Canadian Tire announced that the company would be donating $60, ooo to support the women’s hockey program at Saint Mary’s.

Whiting said they chose to support the Huskies because of the team’s commitment to community involvement.

Sarty said that other businesses and individuals have also committed to put money into a separate fund to support the team.

Forward Leah MacLennan dons a Canadian Tire jersey in support of her team's sponsor (Emma Romano Photo)