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Briefcases to hockey sticks
MBA’s battle for the Ivey Cup

Kyle Hampson
Gazette Writer

This weekend, master’s business administration students will be putting down their cell phones and laptops, loosening their ties and reverting back to the true Canadian pastime of hockey.

Instead of watching the Western Mustangs’ men’s hockey team take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves at Thompson Arena this Friday and Saturday, you can witness the most talked about championship of the year — the MBA Battle for the Ivey Cup — for free at the Western Fairgrounds.

These ladies and gentlemen promise to exhibit some of the most entertaining “stick-puck” you will see this year. All the stress the participants have pent up from case competitions, feasibility studies and tasks that resemble scenes from The Apprentice will be bled off at the tourney.

“The Ivey Cup is great because it gives business students from all across North America a chance to come to London to meet new people, explore the city and of course play hockey — and reaffirms the importance of taking a break to enjoy yourself,” says Ivey Cup organizer and MBA student Aaron McCracken in a press release. “This year the Cup has grown so large that some teams had to be turned away.”

The Ivey Cup hockey tournament is being run for the third time and has progressed to the largest graduate hockey tournament in Canada, attracting notable Canadian teams from business schools such as Schulich and Rotman Colleges, McGill, McMaster and Queen’s Universities, as well as American business schools such as Kellogg, Cornell and Michigan. This year’s tournament will also feature a women’s division.

Main sponsors of the Ivey Cup are Mercedes-Benz, Labatts, the Ivey MBA Student Association and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Joanne Shoveller, director of the MBA program office at Ivey, explains that the business school fully supports the student-run event. “The tournament is an exceptionally well-organized event that involves a wide range of students,” Shoveller claims. “[The tournament] furthers the Ivey community through the involvement of alumni, current students, faculty and staff.”

Shoveller also notes the opportunity to build positive relations between MBA students. “The tournament showcases our school exceptionally well to students and alumni from other well-known business schools both in Canada and the [United States],” she says.
This year’s championship game will be held tomorrow at the Western Fairgrounds. The puck drops at 6 p.m..

So bring your briefcases, Armani suits and high priced beers — like Tuborg, the beer of Danish Kings — and cheer on the future CEO’s of the world as they clutch and grab their way to the other most prized possession in hockey — the Ivey Cup.

— with files from David Lee



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