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UNB Reds
UniversityUniversity of New Brunswick
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceAtlantic University Sport
Athletic directorJohn Richard
LocationFredericton, New Brunswick
ArenaAitken University Centre
Soccer stadiumBMO Centre
Indoor Athletics FacilitiesRichard J. Currie Center, Lady Beaverbrook Gym (Sir Max Aitken Pool)
MascotProspect (Men's Hockey)
ColoursRed and Black

The UNB Reds are the athletic teams that represent the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

The Reds compete in the following sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's volleyball, swimming, men's and women's track & field, and men's and women's cross country running.


The name "Varsity Reds" was only adopted circa 1993. They are now named the "Reds" as of 2018. Prior to 1993, every varsity sport, including football, hockey, women's basketball, men's basketball and men's wrestling had a different name: the Red Bombers, Red Devils, Red Bloomers, Red Raiders, and Black Bears, respectively.

National championships

Men's Soccer (1)

Men's Ice Hockey (8)

Varsity sports

Men's hockey

UNB Reds men's hockey in 2009.
UNB Reds men's hockey in 2009.

The University of New Brunswick's men's hockey program can trace its lineage back to 1880 and was an inaugural member of the Maritime Intercollegiate Hockey League in 1906.[1] Then known as the Red Devils, the team made their first appearance in the national tournament in 1964 where they lost to the Alberta Golden Bears, but defeated the Montreal Carabins to win a bronze medal.[1] The Varsity Reds won a silver medal in 1997 and then won their first national championship the following year, in 1998, by defeating the Acadia Axemen by a score of 6-3.[2]

The Reds men's hockey team has appeared in 13 gold medal games and has won eight national championships, most recently in 2019.[2] The University of New Brunswick has hosted the national tournament six times and the team has won two titles on home ice.[2] The Reds have also won 17 AUS conference championship banners, including three in a row from 2018 to 2020.[3]

Women's Hockey

Main article: UNB Reds women's ice hockey

The Reds women's ice hockey program made a return as a varsity team for the 2018–2019 season.[5] The team had been downgraded to a club team after the 2007–2008 season, but after a lengthy legal battle, was reinstated.[6]

Men's soccer

UNB Reds
Full nameUniversity of New Brunswick Reds
Founded1948 as the UNB Red Shirts
GroundBMO Centre

Men's and Women's Track & Field and Cross Country

The UNB Track and Field team was established during the 2011–2012 school year. It is the only varsity team composed of athletes from both the UNB Fredericton and the UNB Saint John campuses.

Women's rugby

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Women's Rugby established in 2015 claimed the 2015 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association women's rugby championship with a 14–5 win over the St. Thomas University Tommies, on 1 November at Scotiabank Park South. Johanna Reid scored the Varsity Reds' lone try, while Julija Rans converted on three penalty goals.

After an undefeated season in 2016, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Women's Rugby once again were the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association women's rugby championship with a 24–0 win over the St. Thomas University Tommies, on 5 November.

Club sports


The UNB Cougars baseball team competes in the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association.


In 2005, the UNB Cricket Club organized the initial UNB Cricket Cup, which took place in October. Featuring teams from several Residences on campus, it is believed that it is the first of its kind to take place at UNB. The tournament was won by Harrison House who chased a target of over 150 to beat McLeod by a margin of 1 wicket. All games, of innings comprising 10 overs, took place at Queen's Square Ball Field in Fredericton. The trophy is proudly displayed in the Harrison lounge.[citation needed] In 2007, UNBCC grew to almost 40 members making it arguably the biggest cricket club in the Atlantic Provinces[citation needed].


The UNB Fencing Club has been in operation since 1966, competing in the Atlantic Fencing League and the Canadian Fencing Federation. Teams from the club have captured the Alfred Knappe Trophy for Maritime Mixed weapon competition 7 times (1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1998, 2001 and 2013) as well as the Atlantic University Mixed Weapon Championship in 2009 (one of only two years it was run), defeating Memorial University for the title.

UNB Red Bombers
RelocatedCompetitive Club Sport
Based inFredericton, New Brunswick
LeagueAtlantic Football League
Team historyNBFL (1949-1957)
MIFL (1958-1959)
AFC (1960-1965)
MIAA (1966-1968)
AIAA (1969-1973)
AUAA (1974-1980)
AFL (2009 – present)
Team colorsRed, Black, White      
Head coachesVince Sturgeon
Owner(s)University of New Brunswick
Home field(s)BMO Centre
Fan website


The UNB Red Bombers football team first began play in 1948 in exhibition play before playing in the first intercollegiate Canadian football game played in New Brunswick in 1949.[8] The program was in continuous operation until it was dropped after the 1980 season, with the school making the announcement in June 1981.[9] In their history, the Red Bombers won two Jewett Trophy conference championships in 1969 and 1970, but lost in the following Atlantic Bowls to the McGill Redmen and Ottawa Gee-Gees respectively. In 2008, the university made the announcement that the Red Bombers were to be reborn in 2009 in the Atlantic Football League, along with University of New Brunswick Saint John, Dalhouse University, and Holland College. In 2009 (the inaugural season for the Atlantic Football League), the Red Bombers defeated the UNB SJ Seawolves to capture the first Moosehead Cup championship. The Red Bombers have won the Moosehead Cup four times, most recently in 2019.


The UNB wrestling team is known as the Black Bears, and they have produced several CIAU/CIS medals, as well as a record 15 consecutive AUAA titles from 1987 to 2002. The AUAA title was retired in 2002 ending the run of consecutive titles. The team captured back to back CIS Team Silver medals in 2010 and 2011, as well as a team bronze in 2015.

Men's rugby

The UNB men's rugby team is known as the Ironmen, and they boast numerous New Brunswick and Maritime championships at the 'A' and 'B' levels of competition.


  1. ^ a b "2019-2020 Media Guide" (PDF). UNB Reds. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "History". U Sports. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Atlantic University Sport Men's Hockey Past Champions". Atlantic University Sport. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Insight: Goaltender Lesley Reddon Talks About Making History". Women in Sports. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  5. ^ "'It's something special': UNB women's varsity hockey team back on the ice". Global News. 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Women's hockey exploding - still UNB cuts Varsity Reds". The Spec. 29 March 2008.
  7. ^ Atlantic University Sport
  8. ^ Watkins, Robert E. (May 2006). "Canadian Football in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island 1948-1957". A History of Canadian University Football. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Football New Brunswick Canadian University Football". Retrieved 6 March 2019.