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08-17-2016

Defy Cup IAGLR Hockey Challenge Raises Funds for Great Lakes Scholarship for Grad Students

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Team USA skated to victory against IAGLR Team Canada for the Defy Cup IAGLR Hockey Challenge, this summer.

Defy CupHosted by the University of Guelph in Ontario, the teams played on an Olympic-sized rink for the first time in Defy Cup history. The teams have met five times on Canadian ice since the inaugural game in 2008.

IAGLR Team USA skated through a closely-matched and rapid-paced game to win 4-3. This was the team's second Defy Cup victory.

"Scientific rivalries aside, we balanced the teams with the intention of maximizing the skill equality as best possible," explained Clarkson University Professor Biology Michael Twiss, who organized the game. "This meant trading players of one nationality to play on the other team. This may seem to defy convention but international collaboration is not new to these researchers and from an environmental viewpoint, the Boundary Water Treaty of 1909 specifically outlines sharing these waters to protect their integrity."

The game raised funds to support the IAGLR Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduate student pursuing a doctoral thesis on an issue relevant to the Great Lakes.

The Defy Cup is a trophy created from Potsdam sandstone and Adirondack maple, and is donated by Clarkson University President Tony Collins. Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., has 95 years of tradition playing collegiate hockey, and the Defy Cup continues this legacy.

IAGLR Team USA players coached by George Bullerjahn (Bowling Green State University) and Mike Milligan (SUNY Fredonia) were Tom Bruulsema (International Plant Nutrition Institute) Richard Budnick (BGSU), Harvey Bootsma (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Jeremy Grimstead (University of Western Ontario; UWO), Tom Holsen (Clarkson University), Chris Houghton (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Mike McKay (BGSU), Duncan Mueller (Aquatic Informatics, Inc.), Nolan James Troy Pearce (UWO), Adam Point (Clarkson University), Gerald Tetreault (ECCC), Jimmy Truong (University of Toronto), and Don Uzarski (Central Michigan University).

IAGLR Team Canada players coached by Tej Heer (University of Toronto) were Brett Allen (University of Toronto), Paul Bzonek (University of Toronto), Matthew Child (International Joint Commission), David Depew (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Nathalie Fiesthauer (Agriculture Canada), Paul Helm (Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, or OMECC), Brad Hill (ECCC), Nicholas Mandrak (University of Toronto), Michael Pinder (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources), Neil Rooney (University of Guelph), Paul Sibley (University of Guelph), Arthur Zastepa (ECCC) and Tyler Zemlack (University of Guelph).

The traditional ceremonial puck drop was made by IAGLR President Aaron Fisk, a professor at the University of Windsor. The official time keeper was BGSU graduate student Emily Davenport and the game was refereed by Twiss.

IAGLR Team USA selected Grimstead, the goaltender, as the Most Valuable Player for the game. A geography graduate student at the University of Western Ontario, Grimstead said both teams contributed to make the Defy Cup a unique event that celebrates that international collaboration between the U.S. and Canada.

"This whole hockey game this evening really feels like something special that separates this IAGLR conference from all of the other conferences," he said. "To top that all off, we just so happen to get the actual ice surface where the Guelph Gryphons play, and with all the great people who actually took the time out of their long day with all of the sessions to come and cheer at the hockey game.

"The guys were all great, and there is nothing better than the actual game itself becoming a thrilling nail-biter, with shifts in momentum going back and forth, culminating in a full-on press by the Canadians in those final five minutes."

IAGLR will celebrate Great Lakes cooperation again at next year's Defy Cup in Detroit, Mich.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Players take center ice in the 2016 Defy Cup International Association for Great Lakes Research Hockey Challenge, which raised funds to support the IAGLR Scholarship.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/defycup-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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