|2020 U Sports University Cup|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Host team||Acadia Axemen|
|Duration||March 12–15, 2020|
|Number of games||8|
|Number of teams||8|
|Television||CBC Sports GEM (online only)|
The 2020 U Sports Men's University Cup Hockey Tournament (58th Annual) was scheduled for March 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Scotiabank Centre, but was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic after the first day of competition. The Acadia Axemen, a member of U Sports Atlantic University Sport conference, were the designated host. Scotiabank Centre is 99 kilometres south of the school's campus (Wolfville). This event marked the third appearance of the tournament in Halifax, which hosted the 2015 and 2016 tournaments. This was the first time that Acadia was the host of the tournament; St. Francis Xavier University and Saint Mary's University split hosting rights (respectively) during the previous two-year stint.
The tournament format remained unchanged: 8 teams, single elimination and bronze medal games, with 3 conference champions, 3 conference runner-ups, OUA bronze winner and host.
On February 13, 2020, U Sports and CBC Sports jointly announced the tournament would be streamed free of charge via the CBC Gem streaming service in Canada. U Sports' previous broadcasting deal with Sportsnet expired following the 2019 U Sports University Cup.
The tournament was suspended on the night of March 12, after the first two games had been played, due to a decision by Hockey Canada to suspend all sanctioned hockey across the country. The impact of this decision was to leave the tournament with no on-ice officials and as result left the Tournament Committee with no choice but to suspend the remaining games. U Sports Hockey, as an organization, is not directly under the Hockey Canada umbrella, but they do have a development partnership where Hockey Canada Level 4, 5 and 6 officials officiate U Sports hockey along with the Team Canada Junior vs U Sports All-Star games.
Further information: Atlantic University Sport
|Quarter-finals (Best of 3)||Semi-finals (Best of 5)||AUS Championship (Best of 3)|
|4||Moncton Aigles Bleus||2||4||Moncton Aigles Bleus||0|
|5||St. Francis Xavier X-Men||0||1||UNB Reds||2|
|3||Saint Mary's Huskies||2||3||Saint Mary's Huskies||1||Third place|
|6||UPEI Panthers||0||4||Moncton Aigles Bleus||0|
|3||Saint Mary's Huskies||2|
Further information: Ontario University Athletics
|Division Quarter-finals (Best of 3)
OUA Sweet 16
|Division Semi-finals (Best of 3)
|Division Finals (Best of 3)
|Queen's Cup (Single Game)|
|6E||Ontario Tech Ridgebacks||1|
|3W||Guelph Gyrphons||2 OT3|
|1W||Toronto Varsity Blues||1|
|3W||Guelph Gryphons||2||Third place - Best of 1|
|6W||Laurier Golden Hawks||1||8W||Western Mustangs||5|
Note 1: The Queen's Cup championship game must be held in Ontario (part of the arrangement when the RSEQ hockey league merged with the OUA). When a Quebec-based OUA-East representative is the higher seed and should 'host' the game - the game shall be hosted by the OUA-West team instead, but the OUA-East team shall be the 'home' team and have last change.
Note 2: The OUA 'Host' rule mentioned in Note 1 now, as of 2019-20, also applies to the Bronze Medal game.
Further information: Canada West Universities Athletic Association
|Quarter-finals (Best of 3)||Semi-finals (Best of 3)||Canada West Championship (Best of 3)|
|1||Alberta Golden Bears||1|
|3||Calgary Dinos||2||5||UBC Thunderbirds||2|
|6||Manitoba Bisons||0||2||Saskatchewan Huskies||2|
|4||Mount Royal Cougars||1||4||Calgary Dinos||0|
The eight teams to advance to the tournament are listed below. The three (3) conference champions must be seeded 1-3 based on the pre-tournament Top 10 Rankings followed by the OUA Runner-up (seed #4). The remaining four seeds are for the AUS Finalist, Canada West Finalist, OUA Third-place and host or host designate if the host has qualified as one of the previously mentioned teams. Their seedings are based on the pre-tournament rankings.
More details in the tournament preview: University Cup Preview
|1||1||UNB Reds||AUS Champions|
|2||2||Saskatchewan Huskies||Canada West Champions|
|3||3||Guelph Gryphons||Queen's Cup & OUA-West Champion|
|4||4||Ottawa Gee-Gees||Queen's Finalists & OUA-East Champion|
|5||5||Acadia Axemen||AUS Finalists|
|6||6||Saint Mary's Huskies||AUS Bronze - Host Designate|
|7||7||Western Mustangs||OUA Bronze Medallists|
|9||8||British Columbia Thunderbirds||CW Finalists|
The tournament is a traditional 8 team, single elimination ladder with Bronze Medal game between the two semi-final losers. Games that are tied after regulation play a 10-minute overtime period following the 3rd period. If there is no score after the first overtime, the ice is cleaned and they would play 20 minute periods (with ice cleaned between periods) until there is a winner.
The higher seed is the 'Home' team for each game (the home team must wear their 'white' jerseys and will get the last change during stoppages of play).
|6||Saint Mary's Huskies||-|
|6||Saint Mary's Huskies||5|
|8||British Columbia Thunderbirds||-|
|Bronze Medal (Single Game)|
The tournament was suspended late Thursday night, after the first two games had been completed.