At the end of a season there are usually a few stories of note in the aftermath. And since it has been since the U-Cup that I last posted, there is actually quite a bit.


There were some links not posted from the U-Cup, and here they are. The CTV ones have video clips.

Links:

Re-posts: [rp @UofS] : [rp @CW]
U-Cup Final: [CTV story and video] : [Star Phoenix]
U-Cup Semi-finals: [CTV story and video] : [Local Xpress]



Bison goaltender Byron Spriggs dressed for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) on March 9th in a game against the Manitoba Moose. Then when the Moose needed a goaltender to back-up down the home stretch, he signed an AHL ATO for the balance of the season. He also got the Bison Team MVP award for the season. Remi Laurencelle was also named the team rookie-of-the-year. Brett Stovin wrote up Bison Blog #7 as an end-of-the-year wrap up. He liked the strong second half rally. No shock there!

Links:

Spriggs: [March 9th] : [Moose ATO] : [MVP]
Laurencelle: [Rookie-of-the-Year] : [MyToba Award Winners Story]
Stovin: [Bison Blog #7]



MACEWAN GRIFFINS 4
N.A.I.T. OOKS 3
(in overtime)

Links:

Boxscore: [ACAC]
Stories: [Edmonton Sun]


NAIT had won the last two ACAC titles and had finished first. MacEwan was second and this is their first title since 2004. MacEwan is in the CWUAA in other sports. There are clearly a lot of good teams in Edmonton.


VICTORIA VIKINGS 3
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 2

Links:

Boxscores: [BCIHL] : [Printable]
Stories: [BCIHL Game Story]


Victoria finished 4th in the 5-team league with a 9-14-1 record and then swept the Simon Fraser Clown in the semis before defeating TWU 2-games-to-1 in the final. TWU nosed out the 4-time defending champion Selkirk College Saints for 2nd place and then swept them in their semi-final. Both UVic and TWU are CWUAA members as well.



Links:

BCIHL: [Announcement]
VIU: [Twitter] : [Team Site]


This is the time of the year when we usually get news of a program in trouble, and in fact last year St. Thomas and Keyano announced they were folding. However, the BCIHL is back to being a 6-team league with the addition of the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the fold for 2017-18. They have never before been in the league. One would hope that former BCIHL teams like Fraser Valley, Thompson Rivers, UNBC, and Okanagan College might also make their return.