More than a game: A celebration of campus community

There will be tickets at the door! Stay tuned to the Cougars Facebook page and Twitter account for regular updates so you don't miss out.
If you are a student and still on the fence, remember the event provides students with the opportunity to win their tuition for the 2017-18 school year.

In order to be eligible to win, you must be wearing a COUGARS WRISTBAND, which identifies you as a student. Event staff will be looking for Cougars fans cheering loud and showing their school pride.

Mount Royal students can get their wristbands starting on Jan. 23 at the following locations:

Tickets to the events are free and can be downloaded from the Crowchild Classic website.

Buses will be transporting students from the East and West Residence beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The women's game is slated to begin at 5 p.m., with the men's side beginning the second part of the double-header at 7:45 p.m.

Fifth annual Crowchild Classic hockey tournament takes place Feb. 2

With the fifth installment of the Crowchild Classic double-header less than two weeks away, the Mount Royal community anxiously awaits the Feb. 2 puck drop.


Cougar pride was evident in the stands at the 2016 Crowchild Classic.

If you've been before, you are well aware of the spectacle that is the Crowchild Classic. If you haven't been…get a ticket a get ready to celebrate what it means to be a part of Mount Royal University. This crosstown smackdown has set Canadian university attendance records for the past two consecutive years, and promises to be much more than power plays and back checking.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's not about the game per say. It's not who wins and who loses," says Shiraz Kurji, professor in the Faculty of Business and Communications. For Kurji, the Crowchild Classic is a platform for Mount Royal, students, staff and faculty to not only celebrate but be proud of their institution and community.


I only have a few years left here, but before I go I want people to know I love this place. It's very important to me to have my family share in my pride and joy of being a part of this community

Shiraz Kurji
Professor in the Faculty of Business and Communications


"The game is a result of many years of effort by so many people to make us on par with other universities. We are small, we are new but we can walk side by side with some of the bigger guys. To me that's very important," says the accounting professor who has been on campus for the past 14 years.

As someone who is getting set to participate in their first Crowchild Classic, Kurji plans to be decked out in Cougar blue alongside his wife, son and hopefully a large contingent of Mount Royal supporters at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

"I only have a few years left here, but before I go I want people to know I love this place. It's very important to me to have my family share in my pride and joy of being a part of this community ," saying experiences like this are what makes the University experience memorable.

"In many years when students look back they will say, 'that was the best time of my life.' When students get together in their Mount Royal swag, it shows their desire to be a part of this culture. I notice that with our students."


Rinkside action at the 2016 Crowchild Classic.

One student that will be in attendance is Andrea Camacho, a fourth-year public relations student who attended her first Crowchild Classic last year.

"It gives you a sense of belonging, stimulates social bonds among students and it's a lot of fun," says Camacho, who's looking forward to seeing her classmates in a different environment, and hopefully decked out in blue.

For her the experience is rooted in community engagement, and it's all about trumpeting all things Mount Royal.

"It is definitely an event that creates community identity and pride. It brings people together."

Jan. 20, 2017 ― Jonathan Anderson