WESTERN MOVES MUSTANG HOCKEY DOWNTOWN

LONDON, ON. - The University of Western Ontario is pleased to announce that the Western Mustangs will contest its entire 2005-06 regular season hockey schedule at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont.

The Mustangs established a modern day Canadian university record for attendance at a single hockey game last season at the John Labatt Centre against their archrivals, the Lakehead Thunderwolves on January 29, 2005. The game was incredibly well-received by both the London and Western community as 5,230 fans enjoyed the event "” a major factor in making the move downtown.

Western's Director of Sports and Recreation Services Michael Lysko says, "The decision to hold our Mustang hockey games at John Labatt Centre this upcoming season involved a process that took several months and included input from a range of stakeholders including Western student and senior administration, downtown businesses, the City of London, local area residents and our partners at Global Spectrum. We believe that this move will be a key element in our ongoing strategy to reinforce the connection between the Western Mustangs and the local community.\"

"We are pleased to have a program with the reputation and prestige of the Western Mustangs begin the 2005-06 OUA season with the John Labatt Centre. Last year's game between the University of Western Ontario and Lakehead was a tremendous success and we are looking for more of the same from an entire season of Mustang Hockey," says Brian Ohl, Global Spectrum Facility Management Vice-President and General Manager of the John Labatt Centre.

The Mustangs are the reigning Ontario University Athletics (OUA) provincial champions and are led behind the bench by head coach Clarke Singer, who has an incredible record of 124-16-6 since he joined the Mustangs in 1999. Singer coached Western to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship in 2002.

"We are very excited about moving downtown for the 2005-06 season. Obviously, the John Labatt Centre is recognized as one of the best facilities of its kind in all of Canada. The players are looking forward to having the same type of support we enjoyed there in January, when we played in front of 5,230 cheering fans," says Singer.

The John Labatt Centre was rated as one of the top ten buildings of its size in the world the past two years.

The puck drops on the 2005-06 regular season on Thursday, October 27, 2005 as the Mustangs host the Waterloo Warriors. The Mustangs have games scheduled for seven (7) Thursdays, four (4) Saturdays and one (1) Sunday. All games times this season are set for 7:00 p.m. except for the game on Sunday, February 12, 2006 against the Lakehead Thunderwolves which is a 2:00 p.m. start.

Tickets (both season and individual game) go on sale Friday, August 5 at 10 a.m. and are available by phone at 1-866-4-JLC-TIX (1-866-455-2849) or via the Internet at http://www.johnlabattcentre.com/ To purchase tickets in person visit the John Labatt Centre Box Office, located at Gate 1, beginning August 5 and at the Mustang Ticket Office, located at The University of Western Ontario (University Community Centre Room 67, Thames Hall Room 2130), after August 15. An Early Bird special for all 12 regular season home games is available until Sept 30, 2005 and costs $50 for Western students, children and seniors and $99 for adults. Beginning October 1, 2005, season tickets for all 12 regular season home games cost $60 for Western students, children (12 and under) and seniors (65 and over) and $120 for adults. Individual game tickets are $6 for Western students, children, seniors and $12 for adults.

(Source: Jeff Renaud, Western Sports Information)
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