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    Default 2018-19 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread

    U-SPORTS/CIS BOOKMARKS

    This season's new thread is starting a lot later than usual. Not only the Bisons, but the whole CW, are off to a slow start on new announcements. Well, that changes a bit because the schedule came out today. So I open with a 2-parter. This post has the links, which will be updated as the season draws closer, and the next one brings us up-to-date with announcements.

    League Sites:
    U Sports Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
    Canada West Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats
    OUA Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results
    AUS Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results
    ACAC Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results : CCAA History : ACAC Hockey
    BCIHL Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule

    Canada West Team Sites:
    Alberta Golden Bears - Tw - FB
    Calgary Dinos - Tw - FB
    Lethbridge Pronghorns - Tw - FB
    Manitoba Bisons - Tw - FB
    Mount Royal Cougars - Tw - FB
    Regina Cougars - Tw - FB
    Saskatchewan Huskies - main - Tw - FB
    UBC Thunderbirds - Tw - FB

    AUS Team Sites:
    Acadia Axemen
    Dalhousie Tigers
    Moncton Aigles Bleus- Google Translate
    New Brunswick Varsity Reds
    UPEI Panthers
    St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Saint Mary's Huskies

    OUA-West Team Sites:
    Brock Badgers
    Guelph Gryphons
    Lakehead Thunderwolves
    Laurier Golden Hawks
    Ryerson Rams
    Toronto Varsity Blues
    Waterloo Warriors - Tw - FB
    Western Ontario Mustangs
    Windsor Lancers
    York Lions

    OUA-East Team Sites:
    Carleton Ravens
    Laurentian Voyageurs
    Nipissing Lakers
    Ottawa Geegees
    Queen's Golden Gaels
    RMC Palladins
    UOIT Ridgebacks

    RSEQ (OUA-East) Team Sites:
    Concordia Stingers
    McGill Redmen
    UQTR Patriotes - Google Translate - Tw - FB

    ACAC Team Sites:
    Augustana Vikings
    Briercrest Clippers
    Concordia Thunder
    MacEwan Griffins
    NAIT Ooks
    Portage Voyageurs
    Red Deer Kings
    SAIT Trojans

    BCIHL Team Sites:
    Eastern Washington Eagles - withdrew
    Selkirk Saints
    Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
    Trinity Western Spartans
    Vancouver Island Mariners
    Victoria Vikings

    Media Sites/Blogs:
    Canadian University Sports Network
    Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews (online radio)
    TSN CIS Page
    SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
    The Attacking Zone
    CISblog.ca
    ChrisD.ca
    MyToba.ca
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk
    Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page
    Independent Sports News
    Hockey Scene - AUS
    UNBHockeyFans.com
    AcadiaAxemenHockey.com
    Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni
    Horns Hockey Alumni (Lethbridge)
    RedmenHockey.com (McGill)
    Bison Men's Hockey (Manitoba unofficial)
    Golden Bears Hockey Alumni (Alberta)
    Hockey Blog in Canada (includes Manitoba)
    The Manitoban (student paper)
    The Varsity (Toronto student paper)
    Regina Cougar Hockey Alumni
    Bison Men's Hockey Twitter (Manitoba unofficial)

    Online video/audio:
    CanadaWest.tv - YareTV link
    sportscanada.tv
    AUSTV.ca
    OUA.tv
    CITR.ca - UBC radio
    Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games
    UMFM.com - all Bison home games
    SSN Canada

    Canada West stats and data:
    CW LeagueStats - Media Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Standings
    CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule
    CW LeagueStats - Rosters
    CW LeagueStats - Skaters' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Goalies' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules
    CW Website Season Schedule - links to summaries
    CW Website Stats
    CW Hockey Tech Daily Schedule
    CW Hockey Tech Stats

    Stats:
    Elite Prospects - USports Page - individual player stats on everybody
    Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects
    USports/CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2018-19
    USports/CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2018-19
    USports/CIS Standings - 2010 to 2018
    USports/CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2018
    AUS Archive
    OUA LeagueStat
    ACAC LeagueStat (inactive link)
    Bob Adams' Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
    Wikia - U Sports
    ... sub-links : University Cup
    Wikia - CWUAA
    ... sub-links : GPAC : WIAA : WCIAU
    Wikia - OUA/OUAA
    ... sub-links : QUAA : OSLC : OIAA : QOAA : CIAU Central
    Wikia - AUS/AUAA/AIAA/MIAA
    Wikia - North American Championship
    Wikia - Universiade
    Atlantic Canadian Hockey History

    Old threads:
    OHT34 2009-10
    OHT34 2010-11
    OHT34 2011-12
    OHT35 2012-13
    OHT36 2013-14
    OHT36 2014-15
    OHT36 2015-16
    OHT36 2016-17
    OHT36 2018-19
    Manitoba Bisons 2007-08
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    Manitoba Bisons 2009-10
    Manitoba Bisons 2010-11
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    Manitoba Bisons 2012-13
    Manitoba Bisons 2013-14
    Manitoba Bisons 2014-15
    Manitoba Bisons 2015-16
    Manitoba Bisons 2016-17
    Manitoba Bisons 2018-19
    2018-19 Exhibition Schedule
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    Default June 19: CW SCHEDULE RELEASED TODAY

    CW SCHEDULE RELEASE AND OTHER OFF-SEASON NEWS

    There has not been as much off-season news released thus far in 2018-19 as is normal. But today we got the new schedule, and the Bisons also have their exhibition games on their page.



    First, here are the off-season links from the CW:

    ● [Puck drops on 2018-19 men’s season Sept. 28, women’s opens Oct. 5]
    ● [2018-19 Conference Schedule]
    ● [CanadaWest.tv]


    The men's season starts a week earlier than the women's because on the weekend of October 5-6 the annual deluge of games against NCAA teams will take place. The passes for CanadaWest.tv will go on sale June 21st.



    And here are the Bison links:

    ● [Bisons reveal 2018-19 schedule, will start season on the road vs. Calgary]
    ● [2018-19 Team Schedule]
    ● [Former head coach Barry Trotz wins first Stanley Cup]
    ● [Golf fundraiser invites golfers, sponsors to June 15 tournament]
    ● [UND 2018-19 Schedule]

    The Bisons open on the road in the Town of Bedrock against the Dinosaurs on September 28-29. The home opener follows October 12-13 against the Evil Monkeys, dubbed "Pandas" by the folks running the website.

    There are two "conference byes" early on. The October 5-6 weekend is to accommodate NCAA exhibition games. The Herd will be off to the Ralph to face the UND No-Longer-Fighting Sioux on Saturday, October 6th. That game is not on the Bison schedule, but is on the UND schedule. The second conference bye is November 2-3.

    One thing I don't like is that the Bisons have road series on either side of the second bye week, meaning 4 weeks between home games.

    The season starts with a trip to the UK, as it did last year. The golf tournament in the above link is a fundraiser for the trip. Three games are announced, but the golf tournament announcement indicated that there would once again be four games against the same three opponents. Here's the tour schedule thus far:

    Aug 22 Manitoba Bisons at Braehead Clan
    Aug 25 Manitoba Bisons at Belfast Giants
    Aug 26 Manitoba Bisons at Belfast Giants

    I expect an announcement of a game against the Edinburgh Capitals to be played August 23rd.

    Upon returning to North America, the Bisons will play in Regina on September 14-15 and then Regina will visit here on September 21-22. The Regina trip is presently listed as games against Regina, however they usually face two different teams in a tournament format.

    The story on former Bison coach Barry Trotz winning the Stanley Cup adds a level of conjecture. Maybe for old times sake he'll do some work with the Bisons until the NHL firing season begins. Wouldn't that be something?

    BISON HOME SCHEDULE

    Sept 21-22 v Regina Cougars (exhibition)
    Oct 12-13 v Alberta Golden Bears
    Oct 19-20 v Regina Cougars
    Nov 16-17 v UBC Thunderbirds
    Nov 30-Dec 1 v Calgary Dinosaurs
    Jan 11-12 v Mount Royal Cougars
    Jan 25-26 v Lethbridge Pronghorns
    Feb 8-9 v Saskatchewan Huskies

    ELSEWHERE

    As we enter the last half of June, there are no official recruiting announcements anywhere in the CW. Here are the various links on other topics:

    ● [Alberta Schedule] (not updated)
    ● [Calgary Schedule] (regular season only)
    ● [Lethbridge Schedule] (2017-18)
    ● [MRU Schedule] (2017-18)
    ● [Regina Schedule] (regular season only)
    ● [Saskatchewan Schedule] (2017-18)
    ● [UBC Schedule] (2017-18)
    ● Alta: [Ian Herbers returning to coach Golden Bears Hockey]
    ● Alta: [Bears join Thunderbirds, Canucks and Jets for Young Stars Classic]
    ● Alta: [Bears hockey alumnus Derek Ryan captures IIHF bronze]
    ● Alta: [Clare Drake celebration of life to be webcast on Canada West TV]
    ● Alta: [Canada West final rematch kicks off 2018-19 men's hockey season]
    ● Cal: [Puck drops on CW season on Sept. 28]
    ● Leth: [Pronghorn Family mourns the passing of former captain Hirsche]
    ● Leth: [Laplante’s gift to propel Pronghorn men’s hockey program]
    ● MRU: [Lanigan signs ATO with Komets]
    ● MRU: [Hockey seasons open with Battle of the Cougars]
    ● Reg: [Cougars’ 2018-19 Canada West schedule unveiled]
    ● Sask: [Huskie hockey season tickets launched]
    ● Sask: [Schedules released for first season in Merlis Belsher Place]
    ● UBC: [Former T-Bird Anthony Bardaro named Alps Hockey League MVP]
    ● UBC: [‘Birds join Canucks, Jets and Golden Bears for 2018 Young Stars Classic]
    ● UBC: [Canada West unveils 2018-19 men’s and women’s hockey schedules]
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    Default June 27: Miscellaneous Tidbits



    In the off-season, teams update their schedule page at different times and in different measures. Some teams are in 2017-18, some have 2018-19 with regular season only, and only Manitoba has added the pre-season. Here's the summary of where we stand:

    Links:
    Alberta (no update)
    Calgary (regular season only)
    Lethbridge (regular season only)
    Manitoba (updated)
    MRU (2017-18)
    Regina (regular season only)
    Saskatchewan (2017-18)
    UBC (regular season only)




    Link:
    ► [Canada West TV launches 2018-19 season passes]


    I know that the argument for payments will rage on, but IMO the conference has tried making TV coverage better and steps are being made. Hopefully, there will be more free on-line radio coverage available. Sometimes that's all I want when watching HNIC, or another game on CWTV.

    Last year I bought the hockey package, but this year I'm thinking of getting the all-inclusive at early bird prices. There isn't football on Shaw any more, so I might get some value from that aspect of things. Here's the prices:

    All-Access pass - includes playoffs and non-conference
    Early bird price: $67.99
    Full price beginning Aug. 25: $89.99

    Regular season SCHOOL pass
    Early bird price: $36.99
    Full price beginning Aug. 25: $44.99

    Regular season SPORT pass
    Early bird price: $29.99
    Full price beginning Aug. 25: $35.99

    Single event pass
    Regular price: $6.99

    2018-19 post-season packaging and pricing
    TBA



    Link:
    ► [Mike Babcock: The art of being all in]


    The USports site has a rarity - an actual story is posted! A pretty good one on Mike Babcock, former defenceman for McGill.





    Links:
    ► [McDonald retires; Wilkins named Thunderwolves' head coach]
    ► [rp @ OUA.ca]
    ► [Team Schedule]


    Head coach Bill McDonald has retired. He has coached several Thunder Bay teams, including the Thunder Bay Twins (in 1986) and the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks and Senators of the Colonial and United Leagues. He has been with Lakehead since 2013. His replacement is assistant coach Andrew Wilkins. Lots of his coaching past was in Manitoba-based competitions back in the day.

    Their schedule includes non-conference games, all at home but one:
    Fri Sep 21 vs Lethbridge Pronghorns
    Sat Sep 22 vs Lethbridge Pronghorns
    Fri Sep 28 vs Nipissing Lakers
    Sat Sep 29 vs Nipissing Lakers
    Sat Oct 06 at Bemidji State Beavers
    Fri Dec 28 vs Laurentian Voyageurs
    Sat Dec 29 vs Laurentian Voyageurs

    They seem dedicated to ensuring annual games against their northern Ontario brethren from Nipissing and Laurentian.



    Links:
    ► [Pronghorn Athletics releases full conference schedule for 2018-19 season]
    ► [U of M Ticket Prices]


    Everybody else had their schedule announcements when the hockey schedule came out. Lethbridge did an all-sport announcement. I see that an all-sport pass is $100. By comparison, Manitoba's is just $60, or $90 to include football. I better get the all-access CWTV pass, just to avoid accusations of being a tight-wad.
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    Default June 28: SCHEDULING QUESTION MARK



    There is a discrepancy about the scheduling of the season-opening series between UBC and Lethbridge. The CW and Lethbridge schedules both say the games are Sept 28-29. However the UBC schedule says the games will be Oct 5-6.

    Since Oct 5-6 is a "conference bye" to accommodate NCAA play, it would make sense for the teams to push back their opening if they are not participating in such games. So this is something to look for in future updates.

    Links:
    Canada West Schedule
    Lethbridge
    UBC
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    Default June 24: UMFM EXPANDING RADIO COVERAGE

    UMFM will have all Bison hockey men's and women's home games on their 2nd stream, if not on the 1st stream and 101.5 itself. And they will also be the audio for CanadaWest.TV broadcasts. We can now renew subscriptions, by the way.

    I quote:
    Starting this season, the UMFM broadcasts will be simulcast over the Canada West TV broadcasts! There will be some modifications, but all the graphic overlays and information present on Canada West TV will also be discussed on the radio broadcast. In its most basic of explanations, Canada West TV and UMFM will have the exact same broadcast going out over the respective mediums. This way, listeners on both mediums will get the knowledgeable information and reporting that UMFM provides on the radio broadcasts that was previously unavailable on the Canada West TV broadcasts. As you probably know, UMFM does a lot of work in getting stories about the players last season to ensure high-quality broadcasts, and the feedback received by Bisons Sports suggested that this was missing on the Canada West TV broadcasts.
    Link:
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    Default June 24: BISON ROSTER NEWS

    Although not confirmed on the team webpage, Elite Prospects has sourced out confirmation of three Junior A acquisitions.

    Jeremey Leipsic - Portage Terriers (MJHL) - LW

    At 5'8", Leipsic may not be a prototypical Bison. However, a player capable of winning a scoring title is an eye-opener. In 2017 he led the MJHL (33-67-100) and in 2018 as assistant captain he was 28-53-81. In 2017 he was runner-up in the selection for top forward in all Canadian Junior A hockey. Generally there is a season of adjustment from Junior A, especially for goalscorers. He will also be the 3rd Bison with a brother in the NHL. (Brendan Leipsic of the Vancouver Canucks is his sibling.)

    Links:
    ► [Jeremey Leipsic at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [20 Questions with Jeremey Leipsic]
    ► [Terriers’ Leipsic runner-up for CJHL Top Forward]


    Mitch Dyck - Winkler Flyers (MJHL) - D

    The Bisons were short-staffed on the blue line last year so any announcement of a new defenceman makes me happy. Here we have 6'4", 220 lbs of solid southern Manitoba country boy. He was a 2nd team MJHL all-star. I'll take it. His dad played for the Bisons under coach Barry Trotz.

    Links:
    ► [Mitch Dyck at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [MITCH DYCK AWARDED RBC JUNIOR A SCHOLARSHIP – APRIL 24]
    ► [Flyer’s Mitch Dyck Commits to University of Manitoba]
    ► [Dyck Joins U of M Bisons]


    Thomas Lenchyshyn - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - LW/D

    Now here's a player who has been around. When he came out of midget he had one game in the Dub with Lethbridge and then played for 5 different teams in the MJHL. Midway through the 2017 season he landed in Nipawin, where he finished his junior career as assistant captain and with a provincial title. He is much better known for toughness than finesse. His best offensive season in juniors was 5 goals, and he had 215 pims last year. The links have two unique stories. First, the Hawks were scheduled to play the Humboldt Broncos the night of the fateful crash. Also, his brother Jack played for Steinbach (MJHL champs) and they faced each other in the Anavet Cup.

    Links:
    ► [Thomas Lenchyshyn at eliteprospects.com]
    ► "[A Nightmare You Couldn't Wake Up From"]
    ► ["You Guys Got To Go Win It For Us Now" - Steinbachonline.com]
    ► [Sibling rivalry: Steinbach brothers face off on opposing teams in battle for ANAVET Cup | CBC News]


    Meanwhile, Channing Bresciani, a graduated defenceman from last year's squad, has been signed by CBR Brave of the Australian Ice Hockey League. Goaltender Matt Hewitt from UBC is also on the squad. The seasons are opposite down under so they are well underway in a new season. In 10 games Bresciani has 2 goals and 16 assists.

    Links:
    ► [Channing Bresciani at eliteprospects.com]

    ► [CBR Brave - Powered By esportsdesk.com]

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    Default June 25: THE RUMOURED GOALTENDER

    It's usually the recruits from the WHL who create off-season interest. Thus far, nothing much in that regard around the CW, and just one rumour around Manitoba.

    Tyler Brown - Saskatoon Blades (WHL) - G

    The rumours of a new blue-chip goaltender prospect have been around since reported at [CUSN] at the end of March. The Bisons have had the same set of 3 goaltenders for 3 years now. I'm not sure if Byron Spriggs is returning. If so, great. If not, a new recruit is a must. Brown is a Winnipeg boy who pursued a major junior career in Regina before a mid-season deal sent him to Saskatown. So I have a photo in each jersey.

    Last year, Brown was 19-17, .889 S%, 3.44 GAA, and the Blades missed the playoffs. In past seasons his playoff numbers were better, i.e. .915 save percentage.

    The other potential goaltenders are Justin Paulic and Dasan Sydora. At one time Paulic and Spriggs both spent stretches as starter. However, last year Paulic seldom dressed. Sydora is a reasonable #3. I look forward to seeing the roster page in August.

    Links:
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate Offseason Week 1: March, 29th 2018 | Canadian University Sports Network]
    ► [Tyler Brown at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [WHL Network]





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    Default June 25: OFF ICE NEWS RE MATT ALFARO

    Not sure what this is about, but it involves Matt Alfaro of the Calgary Dinos.

    Lethbridge Hurricanes Twitter

    Calgary Dinos Twitter
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    Default June 26: FROM THE U.K.

    The Belfast Giants have a press release for their series against the Bisons. The online release also has video highlights of the 2nd game from a year ago.

    The Giants once had the Boston Bruins over for an exhibition game, and here are those videos:

    https://youtu.be/S_pZpYWSAz4
    https://youtu.be/GjzKrBQcjW8
    https://youtu.be/S_hxzsqNKVk

    One team the Bisons will not be facing is the Edinburgh Capitals. Their EIHL team folded, although they will continue to operate a team in the SNL, a lower league. Their site has a linked story from the EIHL press release.

    The Capitals were in last place a year ago and were last in 4 of the last 5 years, and 2nd from last the other. Another local team (Murrayfield Racers) also acquired the lease on their arena. The Racers applied for but were denied membership in the EIHL. Must be a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on there.

    As a result, there exists room for another game for the Bisons. There are two other Scottish teams in the EIHL, the Dundee Stars and the Fife Flyers. The Flyers have been around a long time and returned to the UK big leagues the same year the Jets returned to the NHL.

    Links:
    ► [Giants Take On Manitoba Bisons In August Double Header — BelfastGiants.com]
    ► [Edinburgh Capitals]
    ► [Edinburgh Capitals - Wikipedia]
    ► [THE EIHL | Elite Ice Hockey League - Pointstreak Sites]
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    Default June 26: ANOTHER TERRIER JOINS THE BISONS

    Mackenzie Dwyer - Portage Terriers (MJHL) - Everett Silvertips (WHL) - D

    Another defenceman! Good. One year the Bisons finished first when forced to dress 7 to 9 d-men almost every game due to injuries. The reverse would have been impossible.

    And Dwyer has some credentials. He bounced between the MJHL and WHL, so he'll have some scholarship money to cash in. He's a Winnipeg boy returning home, as is fairly common. At 6'3' and 194 lbs he will have the size the Bisons need. He also wore an "A" for Portage. In his last two seasons in Portage he was getting close to point-per-game as well.

    Links:
    ► [Mackenzie Dwyer at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [20 Questions with Mackenzie Dwyer]
    ► [Dwyer to Join Leipsic at U of M] & [rp @ MJHL]






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    Default June 29: Bisons Sign Another Blue

    Devon Skoleski - Winnipeg Blues(MJHL) - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) - RW

    The Bisons have another decent forward on the way. Devon Skoleski split last season (his overage season) between P.A. and the Blues, after having spent two seasons with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. He is a smaller (5'11" 161 lbs) winger from St. Adolphe, Manitoba. In the WHL he had 70 points in 169 games, but in 17 MJHL games he was 12-13-25.

    Links:
    ► [Devon Skoleski at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [MJHL Player Page]
    ► [Skoleski commits to Bisons]




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    Default June 30: BISONS SIGN A STAMPEDER

    Keaton Jameson - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) - F

    I stumbled upon notice of this signing via Twitter. Jameson was the Swan Valley captain last year. He is 6', 190 lbs. and is a Brandon native.

    Along with fellow Bison recruit Jeremey Leipsic, Jameson was one of three nominees for the MJHL's Frank McKinnon Memorial Trophy, awarded for hockey ability and sportsmanship. He was apparently a popular player. In the linked story from the Star & Times, coach/GM Taurean White said this:
    I can’t say enough good things about him – he’s a special young man. He’s very driven and was committed to this program.
    On the numbers front, Jameson's numbers through three MJHL seasons have been trending upwards. He's gone from 7 points in 2016, to 44 points in 2017, and then 70 points (22 G 48 A) in 59 games in 2018.

    Links:
    ► [UofM Tweet] : [Player's Tweet]
    ► [Keaton Jameson at eliteprospects.com]
    ► [MJHL Player Page] : [Swan Valley Player Page]
    ► [YouTube Highlight Video]
    ► [GX104: Stampeders’ Jameson and Osadick among 2018 MJHL League Awards Nominees]
    ► [Star & Times: White Busy Despite Hockey Season’s End]




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    Default July 1: U.K. TOUR: BELFAST SIGNED TWO HUSKIES



    In their upcoming tour of the U.K., the Bisons will play twice against the Belfast Giants. Ironically, two new recruits for the Giants this season are graduated Banjo Mutts: Kendall McFaull and Josh Roach. Both played their full five seasons for the Mangy Ones.

    McFaull (defenceman) is 26 years old and in 2010 was drafted in the sixth round by the Atlanta Thrashers.

    Roach (forward) is 25 years old and last year was a CW all-star. In 27 games he had 13 goals and 24 assists. He previously played three seasons for the Humboldt Broncos (from 2009-10 through 2011-12).

    Returning to coach the Giants is former Manitoba Moose Adam Keefe. He was kind of a useless player but found his niche in Belfast. He was a popular player over there and so they kept him on as a coach.

    The links include a couple of news stories, plus Giants' pages at various web sites. So those can be checked periodically for updates as the series draws closer.

    Links:
    ► [Belfast Giants] : [Kendall McFaull] : [Josh Roach] : [Adam Keefe]
    ► [Belfast Live] : [Belfast Giants announce signings of Josh Roach and Kendall McFaull]
    ► [Wikipedia] : [Twitter] : [Facebook]
    ► [YouTube]
    ► [Elite Prospects] : [PointStreak]
    ► [SSE Arena] : [Eurohockey.com]
    ► [Rosetown's Kendall McFaull Signed with Belfast Giants on One Year Contract]
    ► [Dog Watch: Josh Roach]



    Kendall McFaull - Putting away his banjo in order to move to Belfast.


    Josh Roach - Also giving up the moonshine of Saskatown.


    The fancy digs in Belfast sure are a step up from The Rutherdump!
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    Default July 2: TAKING A PEEK AT THE ROSTER



    As we have now celebrated our country's birthday, summer feels like it is in full swing. And with a large batch of recruiting announcements (albeit from unofficial sources) coming last week, it is worthwhile to look at how the roster is shaping up for 2018-19. As I always say, you never know how good of a recruiting class you have until you know who is returning.

    Here's the summary:

    Goal (4)

    Eligible to return:
    1 Justin Paulic
    34 Dasan Sydora
    35 Byron Spriggs

    Recruits:
    - Tyler Brown

    Graduates:
    none

    Outlook:
    It is unusual for a team to have the same three goaltenders for three seasons in a row. But that's what happened to the Bisons last year. The news of Brown being recruited was good news, just to ensure that new blood was coming if nothing else. So who's leaving? Spriggs finished his 4th year and was the starter. However, he was not listed as a graduate at the senior game (see link and photo). Paulic and Sydora are coming off their 3rd seasons. At one time, Paulic was challenging Spriggs for #1 but seldom dressed last year. Sydora is well acquainted with the role of a #3 goaltender. So this is a wait-and-see scenario.

    Defence (9)

    Eligible to return:
    2 Adam Henry
    3 Sean Christensen
    9 Austin Douglas
    11 Victor Sharonov
    16 Blake Heinrich
    25 Lukas Skrumeda

    Recruits:
    - Mitch Dyck
    - Mackenzie Dwyer
    - Thomas Lenchyshyn (D/F)

    Graduates:
    4 Channing Bresciani

    Outlook:
    The team had some good performances on the blueline, but the shortage of numbers was a problem. Rene Hunter vanished after the pre-season, Sharonov never dressed for a regular season game, and Douglas was a mid-season recruit. As a result, captain Stovin had to shift from the forwards to the defence for several games. If even one of the three newcomers pans out, they should be improved this year.

    Forwards (17)

    Eligible to return:
    8 Liam Bilton
    12 Nick Zajac
    13 Remi Laurencelle
    14 Kamerin Nault
    15 Shawn Bowles
    18 Michael St. Croix
    19 Calvin Spencer
    20 Geordie Keane
    21 Brett Brooks
    22 Brad Bowles
    26 Quintin Lisoway
    27 Zach Franko
    28 Brett Stovin
    29 Jonah Wasylak

    Recruits:
    - Jeremey Leipsic
    - Devon Skoleski
    - Keaton Jameson

    Graduates:
    17 Warren Callis
    23 Joel Schreyer
    24 Justin Augert

    Outlook:
    The Bisons had lots of forwards last year. The players they are losing were 8th, 16th, and 17th in team scoring. The new recruits look to be at least on-par with the graduates. Also, last year Wasylak was injured in the pre-season and never dressed for a regular season game. His return would therefore be like getting a new recruit.

    The wild-card is always the extent of improvement of Junior A graduates. They face a steeper learning curve than Major Junior grads. Last year Nault wound up as a key player on a great first line (with St. Croix and Franko), yet two years ago he was a frequent healthy scratch. Maybe the Bowles brothers are candidates to play that role this year.

    The key could be the second line. Last year Stovin kept switching from defence to forward, Laurencelle missed half the games, and Zajac never settled in with stable line-mates. Those three could be the best second line in the CW. All three have been at or close to a point-per-game in past seasons.


    2017-18 Graduates: Bresciani - Schreyer - Augert - Callis

    Links:
    ►[No. 10 Bisons sweep Lethbridge in weekend series in men's hockey]
    ►[2017-18 Men's Ice Hockey Roster]
    ►[Team Stats @LeagueStat]
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    Default July 2: U.K. TOUR: LOOKING AT THE BRAEHEAD CLAN



    After a glimpse of the Belfast Giants, I should also take a look at the Braehead Clan. The Bisons will start their tour against the Scots, based in Glasgow, on August 22nd.

    Two years ago the owner of the franchise was rumoured to be seeking a KHL franchise. Those rumours have cooled, and the club is trying to develop into at least a UK-level contender. Last season they just missed the playoffs, finishing 9th in what was a 12-team league. (The Edinburgh Capitals folded, leaving 11 teams this year.)

    They play at the Braehead Arena, which holds 4,000 for hockey and is reminiscent of a WHL arena. It seems to be part of a nicely designed entertainment zone, as illustrated in the photos. The building also hosts Disney on Ice, concerts, and the like.

    EIHL teams have a fair amount of turnover, and import lots of players. Right now, the team has 15 players signed, and announcements of new signings should keep apace until the game is held. Unlike Belfast, I don't yet see anybody with a CIS/USports connection.

    In April the team announced a four-game pre-season schedule against a selection of international opponents. This Bison game adds to that international flavour. Here's the other teams they will play:
    Aug 18 Fischtown Pinguins (Germany)
    Aug 19 Dresden Eislowen (Germany)
    AUg 25 Lyon Lions (France)
    Aug 26 Stavanger Oilers (Norway)

    The various links will have new stories as the season approaches, and the team seems to have pretty good local coverage.

    Links:
    ► [Braehead Clan] : [Roster]
    ► [EIHL] :[EIHL: Braehead Clan]
    ► [Braehead Clan Official Supporters Club]
    ► [Evening Times] : [Braehead Clan announce four-game summer series in Glasgow this August]
    ► [Wikipedia] : [Twitter] : 0[Facebook]
    ► [YouTube]
    ► [Elite Prospects] : [PointStreak]
    ► [Eurohockey.com]



    The Braehead Arena and vicinity at night.


    An interior view of the Braehead Arena.


    The purple uniforms are clearly a very colourful look.
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    Default

    I suspect there might be something in the works for over the December break for the Huskies. I have heard it stated many times that there will be a big event to open Merlis Belsher Place. My assumption would be that the Huskies are bringing back the Chill Out Tournament. I might be completely off base, but that is what my gut would say. In doing so, I suspect you might see a NCAA or even an International team (they had Austria's national team for Chill Out '95. Do you know any historical sites for results? I have been trying to track down that score between Austria and the Huskies for years) at the tournament.

    Either that or they are hosting some sort of World Juniors exhibition game between two non-Canadian teams, but I don't see that as being the grand opening event. The Dawgs are supposed to move into their beautiful new arena in January. I am not totally sure which rink is going to be ready for October, but the Midget AAA Contacts and the Female Midget AAA Stars are moving in from Harold Latrace Arena too. The article about their move said they were ensured that the building would be ready to go for their season which usually gets underway in the middle of October.

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    Default July 10: U.B.C. RECRUITS ANOTHER FROM THE W.H.L.



    The T-irds announced a commitment from Maxwell James, from the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. He's a big winger with low scoring numbers. However, this is a team perennially short of size and toughness. If he shores up those problems, he'll be a welcome addition.

    Also, the UBC schedule is now consistent with Lethbridge's and the league's, in that their opening series is shown as Sept 28-29 instead of Oct 5-6.

    Links:
    ► [Maxwell James joins the Blue & Gold]
    ► [Maxwell James - Elite Prospects]
    ► [UBC Schedule]
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    Default July 12: BISON RECRUITS FROM MJHL



    The MJHL website has a linked story on their connections to the Bison recruiting class. No new names were disclosed. Coach Mike Sirant is quoted as claiming that 60% of the roster once played in the MJHL. Seems correct, albeit many of those also played WHL. The story goes over past Bisons as well, and points out that Kevin Saurette, a one time CW all-star, is now the MJHL's Director of Operations.

    This quote has some new information of interest:

    [Keaton] Jameson joined several Bisons for weekly on-ice sessions last week and is excited for the upcoming season.

    “I think it’s going to be a good change of pace for me. I’m looking forward to it,” he added.

    Bisons training camp will take place early this year (begins Aug. 13) because the team will be heading to Europe Aug. 19 to play exhibition games against professional teams in the British Elite League. The Bisons will return on Aug. 29 and will play in exhibition games mid-September before getting their regular season underway late September.
    Links:
    ► [Strong Bond Continues with the University of Manitoba Bisons and the MJHL]
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    Default July 13: SCHEDULING CHANGES, AND BIG RECRUITS ON THE COAST



    Bison Zach Franko was on the CUSN's radio show "Breakin News 'n Crackin Brews". Amongst the topics was an update to the UK tour. Instead of facing the Glasgow Clan, they will instead face the Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers. And Franko will not be making the trip because he is taking summer courses.

    I dug up some links (see below). The game in Manchester will be on August 21st. Manchester had a team called the "Storm" from 1995 to 2003, and then a team called the "Phoenix" from 2003 to 2017. Their teams were back and forth between Britain's top and 2nd tier leagues as those changed over time. The Storm were back in the EIHL in 2015-16 and improved each year so that they were 35-16-5 last year.

    The Fife Flyers will host the Bisons on August 23rd as part of their 80th anniversary festivities. They have operated since 1938 and are Britain's oldest hockey team. The returned to the top tier EIHL the same year as the Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL, 2011. The team has steadily been on the rise, going from last in 2011 to mid-table in 2017-18.



    The T-irds landed two big names, both forwards.

    Steven Hodges last played for San Antonio and Portland in th AHL and Cincinatti and Manchester in the ECHL. He was a 3rd round draft pick for the Florida Panthers. He has not played since 2015-16, and had three 20+ goal seasons in the WHL with the Victoria Royals.

    Colton Kehler comes from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL. He's coming off a 30+ goal season in the WHL, after two seasons of 17 and 18.



    The UPEI Panthers and McGill Redmen have both added their exhibition games to their posted schedules:

    Sep 14 Moncton at U.P.E.I.
    Sep 22 Dalhousie at U.P.E.I.

    Sep 14 New Brunswick at McGill
    Sep 15 New Brunswick at McGill
    Sep 26 McGill at U.Q.T.R.
    Sep 28 R.M.C. at McGill

    Links:
    ► [Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews: Ep. 8]
    ► ManchesterStorm.com: [#4Nations – Welcome to University of Manitoba Bisons!]
    ► [Manchester Storm EIHL Stats Page]
    ► FifeFlyers.co.uk: [Fife Flyers Add Manitoba to Preseason Schedule]
    ► [Fife Flyers EIHL Stats Page]
    ► [Steven Hodges, Colton Kehler join the T-Birds]
    ► [UPEI Schedule]
    ► [McGill Schedule]
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    Default July 15: UK TOUR: BACKGROUND ON FIFE FLYERS



    With the schedule changes on the Bison UK Tour, I posted a few links last week. Now it's time to give some more background on the newly announced Bison opponents, starting with the Fife Flyers.

    As mentioned, they are celebrating 80 years of operation this year and are the UK's oldest franchise. They also returned to the upper echelons of UK hockey in 2011, the same season as the Winnipeg Jets returned to the NHL.

    Also, two former Jets, Doug Smail and Laurie Boschman, also played for the Flyers. In almost 2 seasons (1993-94 and 1994-95) Smail had 82 goals and 89 assists in 56 games before being dealt to Cardiff. Meanwhile, Boschman played just 7 games in 1994-95 and scored 9 goals and 9 assists. In those seasons, the Flyers were in the BHL, a forerunner league to the new and improved EIHL.

    You might think Smail dominated the league. But he was second on his team in scoring, and 8th in the league. British legend Tony Hand won the scoring title with 72 goals and 150 assists in 44 games. On the Flyers, Mark Morrison had 78 goals and 77 assists. (He played 10 games over two seasons with the Rangers.) Current EIHL stats numbers are no longer so gawdy. The scoring leader last year had 83 points in 56 games.

    This is also their arena's 80th season. It is used for all hockey, curling, and ice skating in the area. I saw pictures of the ice and it has curling houses painted onto it. There are some interesting vintage photos out there. One I liked is the one of their old clock (below). Anybody remember the old Chicago Stadium?

    British hockey is a hodge-podge of different competitions. Although the Flyers were mid-pack a year ago (7th of 12 teams, 33-21-2 record), they did win the "Gardiner Conference", in which the Scottish teams played. They also consider the "champion" to be the best team over the regular season. The Flyers came on in the less-prestigious playoffs and finished 4th in the final tournament where they end with something like the Frozen Four or Memorial Cup.

    I also found some video highlights of past games between the Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers.





    Links:
    ► [Fife Flyers Team Site]
    ► [Wikipedia]
    ► [Facebook]
    ► [Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects]
    ► [Fife Flyers EIHL Stats Page]
    ► [YouTube Channel]
    ► [Highlights; Manchester v Fife (2018)]
    ► [Highlights; Manchester v Fife (2016)]
    ► [Doug Smail - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Laurie Boschman - Elite Prospects]
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    Default Aug 12: ROSTER LINKS



    We should be getting roster pages uploaded as the next phase in the off-season as players officially re-enroll. Thus far, no CW team has a 2018-19 roster page. I have the links to roster pages here for future reference.

    Links:
    ► [Alberta Roster]
    ► [Calgary Roster]
    ► [Lethbridge Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Roster]
    ► [Mount Royal Roster]
    ► [Regina Roster]
    ► [Saskatchewan Roster]
    ► [UBC Roster]
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    Default Jan 5: MONKEYS EDGE BISONS IN OVERTIME


    MANITOBA BISONS 4
    ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 5

    (in overtime)

    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [Report]
    CW Hockey Tech: [Summary] : [Report] : [Text]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW] : [Coach's View] : [UofM]
    Stories: [UofA] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofM]

    After being dominated on Friday night, the Bisons were able to bounce back with a solid performance that would have been enough for two points against most teams in Usports.

    Liam Bilton was back in the line-up, meaning that the Bisons were only short one body.

    The Evil Monkeys held leads of 2-0 and 4-2, but both times the Bisons battled back to tie the game. Here’s the quick summary:
    1. AB Sanford, (8) (Kieser, Rehill), 14:13
    2. AB Legault, (2) (Kirichenko, Owre), 2:39
    2. MAN Franko, (6) , 3:07
    2. MAN Wasylak, (3) (Leipsic, Jameson), 7:14 (PP)
    3. AB Philp, (10) (Magee, Pawlenchuk), 1:50
    3. AB Magee, (5) (Craig, Pawlenchuk), 3:17
    3. MAN Leipsic, (5) (Henry, Dwyer), 16:27
    3. MAN Henry, (3) (Bilton, Brooks), 19:59
    OT1. AB Philp, (11) (Carroll), 3:23

    Byron Spriggs took the loss, with 30 saves on 35 shots, and Kenny Cameron stopped 23 of 27 shots for the win.

    Next weekend the Bisons will host the MRU Bluegars next Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00.

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD


    SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0
    CALGARY DINOSAURS 3


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofC] : [rp @CW] : [rp @UofS*]
    Friday (late): [rp @ UofS]

    The Mutts had a hard time generating offence again. All they managed was 19 shots ibn being shutout by Matthew Greenfield. In their net, Taran Kozun stopped 26 of 29 to take the loss. Dane Gibson had his 6th and 7th of the season for Bedrock U.


    U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 1
    MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 6


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [MRU] : [rp @CW] : [UBC]
    Friday (late): [rp @UBC]

    The T-irds’ hot start is well in the rear-view mirror now. Their only goal was mid-way through the 3rd period when trailing 5-0. Riley Morris got the win (with 25 saves) and Patrick Dea got the loss (with 24 saves).


    REGINA COUGARS 1
    LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 6


    Links:

    LeagueStat: [Summary] : [CWHT Summary]
    Boxscores: [US/CIS] : [CW]
    Stories: [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]
    Friday (late): [UofL] : [rp @CW] : [UofR]

    The Hørny Ønes picked up a convincing sweep on the weekend. Amazingly, they were outshot 47-41. Justin Valentino had 2 goals and 2 assists to lead the Lethbridge offence. Garret Hughson had 46 saves for the win, and Dawson MacAuley had 35 saves on 41 shots for the loss.

    OUT EAST


    Atlantic
    Jan 05 Acadia 3 New Brunswick 4
    Jan 05 Saint Mary's 9 U.P.E.I. 2
    Jan 05 Dalhousie 0 Moncton 3


    Ontario
    Jan 05 Carleton 6 R.M.C. 1
    Jan 05 Brock 3 York 4
    Jan 05 Toronto 0 Western Ontario 3
    Jan 05 U.Q.T.R. 5 McGill 7
    Jan 05 Waterloo 5 Lakehead 3
    Jan 05 Windsor 2 Laurier 1 (ot)
    Jan 05 Guelph 6 Ryerson 2
    Jan 05 U.O.I.T. 5 Queen's 1

    Links:
    • [US/CIS S&R]
    • [OUA LS]
    • [AUS S&R]


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    Ontario
    Jan 06 Concordia R.M.C.
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