A year in sports

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor As is typical of all sports programs, Canisius athletics had its ups and downs in the 2016-17 season. In the fall, the men’s cross country team finished in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Iona Gaels dominated the race, taking spots one through eight. Galen Snyder … [Read more...]

Smith joins RPI

By Adam Duke Sports Reporter In late May of 2013, Griffs hockey coach Dave Smith signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season, following the most successful campaign in school history, with the team winning the Atlantic Hockey playoffs and qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Now that his contract with the Griffs is up, … [Read more...]

Smith a finalist for Spencer Penrose Award

By Adam Duke Sports Reporter A little over a month after leading Canisius to its first ever Atlantic Hockey regular season title with a win over Mercyhurst, coach Dave Smith has been named a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, which is  presented to the best coach in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey each year. The nominees this … [Read more...]

Late game heroics aid Griffs to AHC semifinal

By Marshall Haim Assistant Sports Editor As most people know by now, the Canisius Golden Griffins were voted to finish ninth out of 11 teams in Atlantic Hockey’s preseason poll. The entire team has used that as motivation. It shows. Canisius extended the nation’s longest unbeaten streak to 17 games with a 2-1 win over the Niagara … [Read more...]

Hutchison’s multi-goal game, with team defense aid Griffs to big win over RIT

By Marshall Haim Assistant Sports Editor Nick Hutchison may only be a freshman but his confidence level is at an all-time high. The 21-year old freshman from Hicksville, N.Y. scored two goals and was named the game's first star in a 6-1 win over Atlantic Hockey rival, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers on Saturday … [Read more...]

Griffs, alumni and fans join together for open practice at RiverWorks

By Emyle Watkins Sports Reporter and Photographer BUFFALO -- This past Tuesday brought a special opportunity for any Golden Griffins Hockey fan: the chance to meet and jump on the ice with the team. Canisius brought their talents to the rinks at RiverWorks for an inaugural outdoor open practice, where fans had the chance to grab a … [Read more...]

Decision made: Shane Conacher signs with the Toronto Marlies

By Dominic Chamberlain Sports Editor The Griffs hockey season did not end the way they had envisioned it. A second round elimination from the Atlantic Hockey tournament meant the season was over and they were going to look at what was left for next season. The Griffs knew that Seniors Ralph Cuddemi and Mathew Backhouse would be … [Read more...]

Irreplaceable

By Dominic Chamberlain Sports Editor When the clock hit zero in third period of the Canisius/Air Force game last saturday night, the Griffs season wasn’t the only thing to end. It was the second round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament and the Griffs were already down one game in a best of three series.  After losing the first … [Read more...]

Taking care of business: Canisius wins series over rival; plays Air Force this weekend

By Marshall Haim Sports Reporter The men’s hockey team played long-time rival, the Niagara Purple Eagles, last weekend at HARBORCENTER in a best of three series to see who would advance in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. The Griffs started the series off with 3-2 loss to the Purple Eagles on Friday evening, but the Griffs came away … [Read more...]

The purple roadblock

By Dominic Chamberlain Sports Editor This won’t be the most riveting column I have ever written but I wanted to address this. When was the last time our men’s basketball, women’s basketball and hockey teams all kicked off their conference tournaments on the same weekend against their biggest rivals? That’s insane to me and it … [Read more...]


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