A look at the World University Games

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When you start following and getting involved in your local ACHA team, you find yourself paying more attention to things. You pay attention to the players stories, their opponents from other schools and states. You even may find yourself sucked into the international tournament, the World University Games. I first learned about the WUG a couple years ago when Oklahoma Hockey’s own Augie Hoffman was selected to the USA team. The Sooners have had a couple players (Daryl Dee, Danny Force) suit up for the USA, but that time was the first I really payed attention. While this year, no Sooner made the roster, the WUG has made more games available online and with CBS Sports broadcasting this years hockey games, and other events, you can’t help but tune in.

The first thing to know about these games, they are the second-largest sporting event in the world next to the Olympic Games. The Winter WUG this year consists of 11 sports (7 compulsory); alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hockey (women & men), nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding and short track speed skating. 2,700 student-athletes are in Italy representing at least 800 universities. The athletes attending all fall in the 17-28 year-old age range. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event. The Winter Universiade is a 10-day event that began tournament play in 1960 in France and takes place every two years at changing locations.

The ACHA  is representing the United States for the 7th consecutive time for the Men’s Hockey Team and the 2nd time for the Women’s Team. **Women’s ice hockey was added to the Winter World University Games in 2009 during the China games. Other hockey teams competing are members of the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation).

Men’s Team Roster 

Women’s Team Roster  

Game schedules including medal round dates are listed here.

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Team USA Men vs Italy on Wed at 8:30 PM local time, 2:30 PM EST. CBS Sports Network will air the game at 6:30 PM EST.

Team USA Women vs Russia on Wed. at 4:00 PM local time, 10:00 AM EST.

Tune into http://www.livefisu.tv/ for live steams. As of right now, occasionally, they get a Women’s game.

You can also follow all the team USA adventures on their facebook page

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photo: Enrico Pretto

 

** Thank you to the FISU for the correction!

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