Media releases

  • Steel Blade Classic ready to shine at Meridian Centre

    MEDIA RELEASE: 20 August 2019 – R00132

    The Brock Badgers are once again set to hit the ice for the legendary Steel Blade Classic in downtown St. Catharines Friday, Sept. 13.

    The 21st annual event returns to the Meridian Centre as the Badgers men’s hockey team takes on the Guelph Gryphons in a 7 p.m. start.

    One of the most celebrated and anticipated events of the year for Brock University students, the Steel Blade Classic, which typically sells out annually, brought together more than 5,000 fans for an exceptional experience last year.

    “The Steel Blade hockey game is an electric event and should not be missed,” said Associate Director of Brock Sports Emily Allan. “Our fans continue to show why they are the most dedicated fans in the province, arriving to the arena decked out in amazing Brock spirit. For our student-athletes, playing in front of a home crowd like this is an experience they’ll never forget. We owe it to our coaches, athletes, staff and fans for helping to create such an amazing show.”

    The Brock men’s hockey team is shaping up to be a force in the OUA this season. The team has a robust 2019-20 recruiting class of former major junior hockey players bringing their elite talent to the Badgers. Brock’s lineup features unprecedented depth, as leading scorers Ryan Burton and Ayden MacDonald return, alongside a productive sophomore core of Tyler Rollo and all-star defenceman Connor Walters.

    “The atmosphere with the students is incredible,” said head coach Marty Williamson. “It’s loudest I’ve ever heard the Meridian Centre. It feels like a playoff game with that kind of crowd, which is great for the players and also good for the coaches to evaluate their players.”

    Non-student tickets for the Steel Blade Classic go on sale Monday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. on New this year, these tickets allow the community and alumni to watch the game from the upper Club Level of the Meridian Centre. Prices are $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

    Pre-sale tickets for students are now on sale as part of the $45 Experience Package, a bundle created in partnership with the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and other on-campus partners. General admission student tickets without the Experience Package will go on sale Sept. 3 for $25. For each ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) Food First program.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

    * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • St. Catharines Terry Fox Run returns to Brock University

    Media Release: 19 August 2019 – R00131

    When participants in this year’s St. Catharines Terry Fox Run want to know where their fundraising dollars are going, they won’t have to look far.

    For the second time in three years, the St. Catharines edition of the event will be held at Brock University, where important cancer-related research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation is taking place.

    Similar to 2017, Brock will host the fundraising event because of high water levels and a major construction project, which have both impacted the run’s normal home at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie.

    This year’s Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15 starting at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The run will again be followed by a free barbecue and tours of the science labs in which cancer research funded by the Terry Fox Foundation is carried out by Brock University faculty members and students.

    The updated five-kilometre route can be walked, run or wheeled. Parking will be free for the event, and there’s no registration fee. While there is no fundraising minimums, the goal this year is to top the $52,000 that was raised in 2018, when about 500 people took part. Among the new fundraising initiatives this year is a high school challenge where the top fundraising high school team from St. Catharines will win a bowling or laser tag party at Parkway Social.

    Registration for the run is available on the Terry Fox Foundation website, where you can join as an individual, create your own team or join the Brock University team.

    The community is also invited to the kick-off event for this year’s Terry Fox Run on Thursday, Aug. 22, when the Terry Fox flag will be raised in front of St. Catharines city hall at 9:30 a.m. with Mayor Walter Sendzik and this year’s run captain, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines Chris Bittle.

    2019 Terry Fox Run events schedule

    Aug. 20, 22 and 24 – Booth set up at St. Catharines Farmers’ Market

    Thursday, Aug. 22 – Flag raising at St. Catharines city hall

    Thursday, Aug. 22 – Fundraiser at Lock Street Brewery Pen Centre Beirgarten

    Monday, Sept. 2 – Volunteers collecting donations at Merritton Labour Day Parade

    Thursday, Sept. 5 – Dine for Terry event at Jack Astor’s

    Sunday, Sept. 15 – Terry Fox Run at Brock University

    For more information, contact Doug Harvey from the St. Catharines Terry Fox Committee at 416-722-5282 or

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970 

    Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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