Archive for January, 2014

2014Jan 29

@PepsiCo_SBParty is this Sunday!

1653511_1458917357664913_768011539_nEvery year, the SPAD Event Management class puts on a party celebrating the end of a great season of American Football. This year is no different. On February 2nd, the big game will be aired live at Alumni Hall. Doors for the event open at 5pm, and kickoff is scheduled for 6:30pm. Anyone interested in tickets can purchase them at the V-Desk in the SGA lounge for a cost of $10. Tickets will also be on sale from Wednesday to Friday, 12-4pm, in the Great Hall.

In addition to the party, a 32 team Madden Tournament will be held prior to the event, with the finals to the tournament being played at halftime during the big game! Entry fee to the tournament is $5, and there will be prizes awarded to the participants.

The event should be a blast for everyone in attendance. There will be great prizes available, including jerseys, hats, gift cards from sponsors and much more! There will also be great football themed foods, and a bar for any guest who is 19+. Moreover,  thanks to Title Sponsor PepsiCo, free chips will also be served at the event! There will also be a number of activities, including water pong and a video game station to keep guests entertained throughout the night!

Here is a taste of what the event has been like in years past:

We hope to see everyone at the event on Sunday night! Remember to wear your jerseys! Anyone looking for additional information on tickets, the event, or the tournament, is asked to contact Kelly Turner at!

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2014Jan 29

39th Annual @LU_SPAD Hockey Tournament: The Recap!


SPAD HOCKEY #2This past week, from Wednesday January 22nd-Friday January 24th, 2014, the 39th Annual SPAD Hockey Tournament took place at Countryside Arena in Sudbury, Ontario. The week was an extremely busy week for many SPAD Students, especially the 3rd year organizing committee. This years tournament combined the tradition activities of


Cassidy Stewart, a competitor of the RedBull Top Shelf Shooutout

the SPAD Tournament, along with many new exciting activities based around the tournament. The 39th annual included a RedBull Top Shelf shootout and a PS3/XBOX 360 games room.

The first day of the tournament, Wednesday, included the majority of the round robin games of both the mixed and competitive divisions. The day ran very smoothly, with no time delays due to weather or missing teams, which has been an issue of the past. The tournament was able to complete all of the games scheduled for the day, and the tournament was off to a roaring start. Both tournaments started off with very competitive battles between all of the teams.

The second day off the tournament was much of the same, but the playoff rounds began at the end off the day. all of the competitive teams made the playoff rounds, while only the last placed team in each division of mixed were eliminated from the playoffs.


2014Jan 28

@LU_SPAD at the NHL Winter Classic

2014-NHL-Winter-Classic-LogoThe Winter Classic has become one of the most anticipated games in the NHL every year. This year was no exception. On January 1st 2014, over 105,000 passionate hockey fans visited Ann Arbor and packed Michigan Stadium (better known as “The Big House”) for a match-up between original-six rivals; The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The large crowd set an NHL attendance record, and fell just short of breaking a Guinness World Record for largest crowd to watch an outdoor hockey game. The Leafs ultimately won the game 3-2 in a shootout.

This year’s Winter Classic marked the sixth time the outdoor game was held. Moreover, the NHL has bolstered it’s outdoor game schedule, by introducing the new “Stadium Series”. The series will see an additional four outdoor games played in the United States. Just this past weekend, Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles and Yankee Stadium in New York hosted their own outdoor games. Yankee Stadium and Soldier Field in Chicago, will host the remaining two games. Furthermore, the Heritage Classic (Canada’s version of the Winter Classic) will be held in Vancouver, at BC Place.

A number of current SPAD students and alumni made their way to Michigan to take in the festivities on New Year’s Day. A few were gracious enough to share their experiences with us here on the blog. Here is what they had to say.

Stephen Tihal, SPAD ’13:

“The Winter Classic was a once-in-a-lifetime experience; never have I been in a place with that many hockey fans going crazy for 4 hours straight. Being around hockey day in and day out, it was beyond anything imaginable at a regular game. As a Leafs fan it was nice to get the win; but the real kicker for me was being surrounded by 70,000 REAL Leaf fans, it showed what the real fans are really about and was a far cry from the corporate seats at ACC. Even with the frozen beer, the NHL made the Winter Classic an amazing experience from the start of 24/7 right through to Bozie’s shootout winner – an event like this won’t likely happen again.”

Rachel Doerrie, First Year SPAD Student:

“Growing up, U of Michigan was always my dream school, and I dreamed of one day visiting the Big House. When I walked in and looked down at the field, there were no words to describe the feeling. A dream come true. When you are actually in the building, the atmosphere makes it seem so much smaller and tight knit. I was sitting in the ALL Leafs section 40. Cheering and yelling carried throughout the game, but nothing could have prepared me for what happened when the Leafs scored and eventually won. Every time the Leafs scored, fans who had no idea where the person next to them came from, or what their story was, high-fived and hugged, celebrating one team. The game was a true spectacle, and a shining example of what the game of hockey does for the people who love it. Hockey brings people together, and the positive effect it had on people that day with snow blowing in their face and frozen toes, was truly something special.”

Picture Courtesy of Rachel Doerrie Picture Courtesy of Rachel Doerrie


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We would like to thank Stephen and Rachel for their time, and we look forward to hearing more interesting experiences as the semester rolls on.

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2014Jan 21

The 2014 @LU_SPAD Hockey Tournament is back!

SPAD HOCKEY #2Tomorrow, Wednesday January 22nd, 2014, marks the start of the 2014 SPAD Hockey Tournament! Everyone’s favourite time of year is finally back!

This years tournament will be very different from tournaments of the past because of some major changes that have been made this year. This years tournament will be played entirely out of Countryside Arena, with  both the mixed and competitive divisions competing there. Organizers hope this will help to create a great atmosphere around the tournament. This year’s tournament consists of a 6-team competitive division, as well as a 16-team mixed division. The tournament is scheduled over the next four days, concluding on Friday with such events as:


  • The Red Bull Top Shelf Shootout
  • The Professor Staff Game
  • The Championships
  • The Official SPAD Hockey Tournament After-Party


Both divisions look to be very competitive with many familiar faces returning to the tournament, as well as a bunch of brand new talent looking to make their mark on the tournament. The schedule, rosters, up-to-date standings, pictures and much more can be found on the official tournament website at

Many extra events have been built around this tournament, including the newly created games room. In the observatory room above the ice pads, tournament organizers have created a games room that includes an NHL 14 Tournament on both XBOX 360 and PS3. This room gives athletes and spectators optimal viewing of both ice pads, while allowing them a comfortable environment to rest and compete in the NHL 14 Tournament.

Make sure to come out and support the teams competing in the tournament and check out some great hockey! There will also be a raffle table so be sure to come check out the great prizes that are available to win this year! To all of the players competing in the tournament, have fun and good luck from us here at the SPAD Blog!

For any additional information on the tournament, you can reach members of the organizing committee on Facebook or on Twitter.

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2014Jan 14

Voyageurs Get Set To “Shoot For The Cure”

1609599_10153650812845147_1833029723_nBasketball season is in full swing here at Laurentian University. Both the men and women teams’ are battling for position within their respective conferences. As per tradition, the women’s team, LU Athletics, and SPAD will be hosting the annual “Shoot For The Cure” game with proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, the game will take place on Saturday, January 18th at the Ben Avery Gymnasium on campus. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.

The CIS began the “Shoot for a Cure” campaign in 2007, and it has been a tremendous success ever since. All CIS Women’s Basketball schools take part in the fundraising campaign. This is a total of 45 teams nationwide. In it’s 6+ years, the campaign has amassed over $600,000 in donations, and has generated over $520,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. You can read more about the fundraising efforts here.

Much like the “Pink The Rink” game back in November, “Shoot For The Cure” allows for SPAD’s Event Management students to get involved with LU Athletics, and give back to the community. Students have been hard at work organizing and preparing for the big game, so be sure to come out and show some support on Saturday night!

A number of fundraising initiatives have been planned for the event. Official event t-shirts will be on sale in the Great Hall throughout the week and at the gym before/during the game. Fans at the game will also receive a “rally towel” to add to the game’s atmosphere. Furthermore, raffle prizes will be available at the game. Moreover, a halftime contest will be held for prizes where a participant will shoot from varying distances for different prizes. Fans will be able to buy a chance to enter the halftime contest.1609812_10153657024795147_1396126192_n

For students living on residence, there will also be a “Pep Rally” taking place in West Residence from 4:30-5:30pm on game day. Everyone will be wearing Pink, Blue, and Yellow so you won’t want to miss out on all of the excitement!

For more information on the event, or to find out how you can help, please visit the Event Page on Facebook, and follow the event on Twitter! Hope to see everyone at the gym on Saturday night!

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