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SFU faces off with Northeastern U in Stanley Cup challenge
VANCOUVER, BC--Simon Fraser University
President Andrew Petter took off the gloves today with a playoff challenge to
Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun in Boston.
In the unlikely event that the
Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks for the Stanley Cup, Petter has agreed
to post a picture of him "wearing the bear"--a Bruins jersey--on the SFU home
page, and ship a fresh West Coast salmon to Aoun.
For his part, Aoun has agreed to
suffer the agony of a Bruins defeat by similarly sporting the Canucks' Orca
jersey online, and delivering a freshly caught Atlantic lobster to
"Our American cousins in Boston are
as passionate about hockey--almost--as we are in Vancouver," says Petter.
"And since this playoff round is
going to be all about 'schooling' the Bruins in Canada's game, I thought it
appropriate for our two fine institutions of higher learning to engage in a bit
of healthy competition."
Says Aoun: "We welcome global
challenges at Northeastern. Our campus is home to the world's oldest indoor
hockey rink so we know a little bit about this sport to be confident in the
Bruins' ability to win."
Northeastern has strong ties to the
Bruins: its historic Matthews Arena, which opened in 1910, was the Bruins'
original home and is the oldest ice arena still used for hockey in the world.
Game One in the series gets
underway tonight in Vancouver.
About Simon Fraser University: With
three campuses located in British Columbia's largest municipalities--Vancouver,
Burnaby and Surrey--SFU was recently ranked as Canada's leading comprehensive
research-intensive university. SFU's undergraduate student exchange program
partners with many international universities, including Northeastern in