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2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat May 24, 2008 10:46 pm

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MANITOBA BISONS 2008-09

The pro hockey season is winding down but then university game has been over for a while. Teams are gearing up for the 2008-09 season already.

The Bisons will retain most of their team. However, they are losing four players, each of whom has not yet used up all five years' eligibility. All four have concluded their degrees.

The first to go was Krister Toews, who signed an ATO to be a 3rd goaltender for the Manitoba Moose. [LINK] It was then announced that Chris Falloon, Rob Smith, and Nick Cowan were off to the pros. [LINK] Falloon (tied for the team scoring lead) and Smith (d-man, captain) are off to the Fischtown Pinguins in Germany. Cowan is going to Tulsa of the CHL.

Looking ahead, the team had 2 announcements this week. First, the coaching staff is all returning. [LINK] Head coach Don MacGillivray received an extension earlier.

More importantly, the team has a new goaltender. Gavin McHale, who backstopped the Portage Terriers to the MJHL title is signed. [LINK] He also has some WHL experience. In the nets, the Bisons should have 3rd year backups Justin Harris and Steve Christie returning as well.

Also, advance season tickets can be bought [HERE].

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Schedule announced

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat May 24, 2008 10:47 pm

CANADA WEST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

[CLICK HERE] for the Canada West men's hockey schedule. The schedule is not yet posted on the Bisons' site and in fact the link is not yet on the hockey page of the Canada West site, either. Maybe there will be changes.

Oddly, Manitoba has byes in two of the last four weeks. They open at Saskatchewan on September 26-27. Here are the home games:

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Fri     Oct 3      Lethbridge           Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Oct 4      Lethbridge           Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Oct 10     Saskatchewan         Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Oct 11     Saskatchewan         Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Nov 14     Alberta              Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Nov 15     Alberta              Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Nov 28     Regina               Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Nov 29     Regina               Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Jan 16     Regina               Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Jan 17     Regina               Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Jan 23     UBC                  Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Jan 24     UBC                  Manitoba         7:00
Fri     Feb 6      Calgary              Manitoba         7:00
Sat     Feb 7      Calgary              Manitoba         7:00
Mar 6 - 8         Canada West Quarter Finals
Mar 13 - 15       Canada West Semi-Finals
Mar 20 - 22       Canada West Final
Mar 26 - 29       CIS Championships at Lakehead U. 
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by gizmo fan 2 » Sat May 24, 2008 11:49 pm

Getting an early start this year, eh, Hollywood? :beer:

Speaking of early...I'm amazed that the first conference series is in September. :o

The Bears don't start till Oct 10-11...though I am happy that the banner-raising game will be vs Calgary. :D

Bit surprised that there are no home-and-homes this year, though :juggle: (ALB/CGY, CGY/LET, SSK/REG, etc.). Wonder why.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu May 29, 2008 8:46 pm

gizmo fan 2 wrote:Getting an early start this year, eh, Hollywood? :beer:

Speaking of early...I'm amazed that the first conference series is in September. :o

The Bears don't start till Oct 10-11...though I am happy that the banner-raising game will be vs Calgary. :D

Bit surprised that there are no home-and-homes this year, though :juggle: (ALB/CGY, CGY/LET, SSK/REG, etc.). Wonder why.
IIRC the schedule started the same weekend last year in order to compensate for the bye weeks. Also, I believe that sometimes the intra-provincial rivals sometimes swap home games so as to have a split weekend after the initial schedule is released.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by gizmo fan 2 » Fri May 30, 2008 4:21 pm

Hollywood2 wrote: IIRC the schedule started the same weekend last year in order to compensate for the bye weeks. Also, I believe that sometimes the intra-provincial rivals sometimes swap home games so as to have a split weekend after the initial schedule is released.
That would make sense, I suppose.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:29 am

NEW RECRUIT: NICK HOTSON

The link is [HERE].

He is a big right winger who formerly played for the Winnipeg Saints and then went on to the WHL, finishing off in Lethbridge.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:45 pm

TWO MORE NEW RECRUITS

The link is [HERE].

The players are Terrance Delaronde (LW) and Pierre-Paul Lamoureux (D), both 6' 1" WHL grads.

The Bison schedule [LINK] has now added their non-conference schedule. They again play at UND in a 3rd game in 3 nights after a weekend series, and again play Nebraska-Omaha in a similar arrangement. However, they will also play at Bemdiji in what would otherwise be a "bye" week.

I see that there is no mention of a Dauphin pre-season event this year so maybe that has been shelved. The exhibition season starts September 19th in Saskatown.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:41 am

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TWEETY-BIRDS SIGN SIX

The link to an OSC story is [HERE].

Theran Yeo (Prince Albert, SK) - Brandon Wheat Kings - D
John Flatters (Calgary) - Saskatoon Blades - D
Brandon Campos (Port Coquitlam) - Chilliwack Bruins - F
Clayton Bauer (Kelowna, BC) - Everett Silvertips' - F
Brennan Sonne (Maple Ridge, BC) - Edmonton Oil Kings - F
Keith Voytechek (Sherwood Park, AB) - Moose Jaw Warriors - F

UBC seems to get a pretty good crop (on paper) every year. Let's see if this group lives up to their billing.
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Post by gizmo fan 2 » Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:59 pm

Hollywood2 wrote:Image
TWEETY-BIRDS SIGN SIX

The link to an OSC story is [HERE].

Theran Yeo (Prince Albert, SK) - Brandon Wheat Kings - D
John Flatters (Calgary) - Saskatoon Blades - D
Brandon Campos (Port Coquitlam) - Chilliwack Bruins - F
Clayton Bauer (Kelowna, BC) - Everett Silvertips' - F
Brennan Sonne (Maple Ridge, BC) - Edmonton Oil Kings - F
Keith Voytechek (Sherwood Park, AB) - Moose Jaw Warriors - F

UBC seems to get a pretty good crop (on paper) every year. Let's see if this group lives up to their billing.
In the couple of O-Kings games I saw this year, Sonne wasn't bad - he's got some decent heart and a gritty playing style. Wonder how he'll transition to the university game.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:35 pm

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MANITOBA BISONS v MANITOBA MOOSE
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @ 7:30pm in Steinbach, Manitoba


[LINK]

The two teams also played there last season. The Bisons also announced that they will be playing the Regina Cougars and Saskatchewan Huskies in Waywayseecappo the weekend of September 12-14. The complete Bison schedule is [HERE].

The Bisons' home opener is October 3rd and 4th against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:30 pm

NEW RECRUIT: GREG BELLER FROM BCHL

The link is [HERE] and here's a portion of the story:
Vipers' Beller commits to U. of Manitoba Bisons

20-year old forward Greg Beller has committed to play next season with the University of Manitoba Bisons. Beller came to Vernon just before Christmas last season from Yale University. The New York Rangers draft pick scored 20 points in 23 regular season games and was a force in the playoffs.

The Vernon Vipers would like to congratulate Greg and wish him good luck next season.

With this latest commitment, every graduating Vipers player has secured an opportunity to play college or university hockey next season. This puts the season total of post secondary scholarships up to 11.
There is not a confirming story at the Bison site [LINK].
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:29 pm

NEW RECRUIT: A.J. SPILLER FROM PORTAGE TERRIERS

The link is [HERE] from the Portage Daily Graphic. Here's a portion of the story:
A.J. Spiller joins UofM Bisons

"We've just had camp this week, it's pretty exciting," Spiller said Monday. "I'll have to work hard to get into the lineup for sure."

The 21 year old led all Terriers defencemen in scoring in the 2007-08 season compiling nine goals and 36 assists. Spiller will have a familiar face behind the bench in Don MacGillivray. He mentored Spiller for two seasons as head coach of the Terriers before he was hired by the Bisons in 2006.
As with the last signing, there is not a confirming story at the Bison site [LINK].

The Bisons' exhibition season starts on Friday. A weekend 3-team round-robin is being held in Waywayseecappo.
Friday: Manitoba Bisons v Regina Cougars
Saturday: Regina Cougars v Saskatchewan Huskies
Sunday: Saskatchewan Huskies v Manitoba Bisons

I was hoping to see some sort of media coverage on training camp to see for sure who's back.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:27 pm

The first weekly release of the season has been put out by Canada West. The pdf format link is [HERE] and the who;le release is reproduced on the CIS site [HERE]. The release has lots of stats and schedules but not anything on rosters or recruits.
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Post by gizmo fan 2 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:00 pm

FYI...da Bears beat Concordia 12-2 on Tuesday night. 7 different players scored for Alberta (5 with 2 each and 2 with singles). Looking good so far.
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Re: 2008-09 Manitoba Bisons Hockey Thread

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:17 pm

HOCKEY SEASON ARRIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
... WITH VICTORY FOR HERD

September 12, 2008

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REGINA COUGARS 1
MANITOBA BISONS 4


There are no links for the game. But the Bison site schedule page [LINK] at least has the score. This was the opener of a 3-way series in Waywayseecappo which also includes the Saskatchewan Huskies.

The Bisons roster page has been updated [LINK]. There are 17 players returning. Those not returning from last year's roster are:
  • #1 Justin Harris G
    #2 Mickey McCrimmon D
    #6 Rob Smith D
    #8 Kyle Nichols D
    #15 Jared Walker F
    #16 Chris Falloon F
    #20 Colin Lafreniere F
    #22 Wade Davison F
    #23 Nick Cowan F
    #35 Krister Toews G
Some new players at camp who were not previously reported (in this thread at least) are:
  • Patrick Flynn D - from Birtle and the Phoenix Polarbears
    Adam Zacharias G - from St. Vital Victorias
    Ben Lobb G - from Pembina Valley Twisters
    Michael Falk F - from Winkler Flyers
    Tyler Mistelbacher - from Winnipeg Saints
It's too bad Justin Harris is not back. With Krister Toews graduating this year there was an opportunity in goal. However with Gavin McHale coming in there will be an MJHL grad around with returnee Steve Christie. I guess the two MMJHL goaltenders will be fighting for the #3 spot. It would be good to see an MMJHLer move on up the hockey totem pole.

At other positions, I had hoped Jared Walker would return. He arrived after Christmas from the ECHL when he had to decide between pro and his scholarship. He must be trying a pro comeback.

Elsewhere ...

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CALGARY DINOS 6
LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3


Canada West's stats have the same format as the AHL was using. [LINK]. It shows Calgary as having defeated Lethbridge 6-3 but had nothing on the Wayway tournament.
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