Predicting the 2023-24 U SPORTS men’s hockey season

TORONTO, ON – The 2023-24 U SPORTS men’s hockey season is upon us from the AUS to Canada West, with every team vying for a spot at the 2024 University Cup in Toronto. 

Hosted at the TMU Bold’s home rink at the former Maple Leaf Gardens, the 2024 edition of the tournament marks the first time the U CUP will be awarded in Toronto since 1997, when the University of Toronto hosted the tournament at the same building. 

The UNB Reds enter the new season as defending champions, having defeated the Alberta Golden Bears in Charlottetown, PEI, last season, winning their first U CUP since 2019 and ninth in program history.

As has become tradition, 49 Sports’ Ben Steiner makes his in-depth picks for every conference in men’s hockey and the U CUP title winners. 

Enjoy, U SPORTS fans. 


  1. Alberta Golden Bears
  2. Calgary Dinos
  3. Saskatchewan Huskies
  4. UBC Thunderbirds
  5. MRU Cougars
  6. MacEwan Griffins 
  7. Regina Cougars
  8. TWU Spartans
  9. Manitoba Bisons

Canada West Final: Calgary Dinos vs Saskatchewan Huskies

Potential Canada West bronze medal game: Alberta Golden Bears def. UBC Thunderbirds

Canada West Winner: Calgary Dinos

READ MORE | Breaking down every Canada West men’s hockey team


  1. Windsor Lancers
  2. Brock Badgers
  3. TMU Bold
  4. Toronto Varsity Blues
  5. Lakehead Thunderwolves
  6. Laurier Golden Hawks
  7. Western Mustangs
  8. Guelph Gryphons
  9. Nipissing Lakers
  10. Waterloo Warriors

OUA West Final: Brock Badgers vs. TMU Bold

OUA West Winners: Brock Badgers

READ MORE | Breaking down every OUA West men’s hockey team


  1. McGill Redbirds
  2. Concordia Stingers
  3. UQTR Patriotes
  4. Queen’s Gaels
  5. Ontario Tech Ridgebacks
  6. uOttawa Gee-Gees
  7. Carleton Ravens 
  8. York Lions
  9. RMC Paladins

OUA East Final: McGill Redbirds vs UQTR Patriotes

OUA East winner: McGill Redbirds

READ MORE | Breaking down every OUA East men’s hockey team

OUA Finals

OUA Queen’s Cup Final: McGill Redbirds def. Brock Badgers

Potential OUA Bronze medal game: TMU Bold def. UQTR Patriotes 


  1. UNB Reds
  2. SMU Huskies
  3. Acadia Axemen
  4. StFX X-Men
  5. UPEI
  6. Moncton
  7. Dalhousie

AUS Final: UNB Reds vs SMU Huskies

Potential AUS bronze medal game: Acadia Axemen def. StFX X-Men

AUS Winner: UNB Reds 

2024 University Cup at TMU (Maple Leaf Gardens)

  • UNB Reds (AUS 1)
  • Calgary Dinos (CW 1)
  • McGill Redbirds (OUA 1)
  • Brock Badgers (OUA 2)
  • Saskatchewan Huskies (CW 2)
  • SMU Huskies (AUS 2)
  • TMU Bold (Host/OUA 3)
  • AUS/CW Wild Card (Probably Alberta Golden Bears)

U CUP Final: UNB Reds vs. Calgary Dinos

U CUP Bronze Medal Game: TMU Bold def. SMU Huskies

U CUP Bronze medalists: TMU Bold

U CUP: Calgary Dinos 

The Calgary Dinos and the 2022-23 Canada West title (Calgary Dinos)

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