Classic hockey clash returns for St. Catharines university’s Homecoming


Published September 19, 2023 at 10:14 am

Brock University's premier Homecoming event, the Steel Blade Classic, is coming to the Meridian Centre on Friday, Sept. 22.

It is the premier Homecoming event for Brock University students and, of course, it involves hockey.

The 23rd Annual Steel Blade Classic, which sees the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team take on the Guelph Gryphons, will hit the ice on Sept. 22 at the Meridian Centre.

Expected to draw a crowd of 5,000, the Steel Blade Classic has become a beloved tradition for the campus and sets the stage for excitement and comradery for the school year, not to mention giving international students their first taste of hockey.

“The Steel Blade Classic is a remarkable fusion of exhilarating hockey action and the vibrant spirit of our community, all set against the backdrop of an energized and electric atmosphere,” said Melissa Krist, Executive Director of Brock Sports and Recreation.

“This event is a celebration of Brock and Niagara’s shared heritage, a showcase of unwavering enthusiasm and a chance to forge lasting memories amid the camaraderie of friends, family and alumni.”

While the puck is set to drop at 7 p.m., the pre-game Fan Fest begins at 4 p.m. outside the Meridian Centre, offering food options such as the signature Badger Bratwurst; face painting and games, such as cornhole and a puck-shooting contest; the sale of vintage Badgers’ hockey jerseys; refreshments from Niagara Oast House Brewers; and music by DJ Dave Stiles.

Brock is providing shuttle buses running on a continuous loop to the Meridian Centre from the University’s main campus between 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., with return service at the end of the game.

As part of Brock’s commitment to supporting the community, the University will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Food First Program, a valuable resource for students that helps address the pressing issues of food and health insecurity among Canadian post-secondary students.

Tickets ($20 and up) are still available and can be found HERE.

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