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2015-16 Mantoba Bisons/CIS Thread

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 5:42 pm
by Hollywood2

The Bisons and the entire Canada West have been slow on spring news so far. The Bisons have not announced any recruits, however the MJHL has announced two recruits. I will put that in post #2.

The traditional post #1 has all the bookmarks you need to follow CIS hockey. I will update this post throughout the season. URLs often change.

League Sites:
CIS 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

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

Media Sites/Blogs:
SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
Canadian University Press
Manitoba Hockey News
Winnipeg Hockey Talk
Independent Sports News
Hockey Scene - AUS (McGill)
Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page

Online video/audio: - Stretch Internet link - UBC radio
Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games - occasional Bison games
SSN Canada

Canada West stats and data:
CW LeagueStats - Standings
CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule
CW LeagueStats - Rosters
CW LeagueStats - Skaters' Stats
CW LeagueStats - Goalies' Stats
CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules

Elite Prospects : CIS Page - individual player stats on everybody
Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects
Old Bison Site - Schedule/Results - with links to stories and summaries from 2004-05 to 2007-08
CIS Stats and Rosters - 2004-05 to 2008-09 links dead
CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2013-14
CIS Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09 links dead
CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2013-14
CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09 links dead
CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2014
AUS Schedule/Results - 2012-13 to 2014-15
AUS Archive
OUA LeagueStat
ACAC LeagueStat
Bob Adams' Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
Wikia - University Cup - 1963-present
Wikia - Canada West - 1972-73 - present
Wikia - GPAC - 1972-73 - 1984-85
Wikia - WIAA - 1962-63 - 1971-72
Wikia - WCIAU - 1918-19 - 1961-62
Wikia - OUA/OUAA - 1971-72 - present
Wikia - QUAA - 1971-72 - 1986-87
Wikia - OSLC - 1949-50 - 1970-71 (Ottawa St. Lawrence Conference)
Wikia - OIAA - 1964-65 - 1970-71 (Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
Wikia - QOAA - 1953-54 - 1970-71 (Quebec-Ontario Athletic Association)
Wikia - CIAU - 1902-03 - 1952-53 (CIAU Central)
Wikia - AUS/AUAA/AIAA/MIAA - 1920-present

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
St. Thomas Tommies

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

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

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

Old threads:
OHT34 2009-10
OHT34 2010-11
OHT34 2011-12
OHT35 2012-13
OHT36 2013-14
OHT36 2014-15
CIS Playoff Formats
Manitoba Bisons 2007-08
Manitoba Bisons 2008-09
Manitoba Bisons 2009-10
Manitoba Bisons 2010-11
Manitoba Bisons 2011-12
Manitoba Bisons 2012-13
Manitoba Bisons 2013-14
Manitoba Bisons 2014-15

May 25: Time For A New Thread

Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 7:00 pm
by Hollywood2
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Although the Stanley Cup playoffs are still going strong, it is summertime in the world of CIS hockey. There has been a steady stream of commitments announced out east, but next to nothing in the CW. In fact, nothing official from anybody so far.

In the upcoming weeks we will hear of new recruits. My usual caveats are: You also have to verify who is eligible to return but has nevertheless left school. And sometimes a graduated player decides to re-enrol and play another year. So before we know which teams are better than last year, and which are worse than last year, we need all information before us.

Nevertheless, in the CW we have to assume that the dominating defending national champions from Saudi Alberta will be tough to beat. They should lose many players. However they will no doubt scoop up a collection of WHL grads to replace departing players.

The usual main challengers are Manitoba, Calgary, and Saskatchewan. All three will need to recruit well to challenge Alberta.

Developing programs in MRU and UBC will have to show that they can sustain what they did in 2014-15. Regina has been treading water for several seasons now. Lethbridge has a long way to go before they could enter the Christmas break within striking distance of a playoff berth.

In any event, through the MJHL website I caught word that two more Winnipeg Blues would be joining the Herd.

Liam Bilton - F - Winnipeg (MJHL)

- Rarely do you see a recruit who once played high school hockey. Bilton played for St. Paul's and had a brief playoff stint with the Twins in the MMJHL after high school season was over in his grad year. He then went on to play 3 seasons for the Blues. He has steadily improved, to the point of being a point-per-game player. At 6'4" and 198 lbs., he would seem to be a lanky kid who needs to fill out a bit.

[MJHL Story]
[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[Winnipeg Blues Profile]

Brett Brooks - LW/C - Winnipeg (MJHL), Moose Jaw (WHL)

- Brooks was the captain of the Blues in 2014-15, which should make him fit in with the host of current Bisons who wore letters in junior hockey. At 6' and 192 lbs. he is a mid-size player. He went from midget to the WHL and then returned home while still midget-eligible in 2012-13. He only scored 4 goals for the Blues that year, but has steadily improved to 23-39-62 in 58 games in 2014-15.

[MJHL Story]
[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[Moose Jaw Warriors Profile]

Other Bison News

Graduate Taylor Dickin has signed to play for the Edinburgh Capitals in the EIHL. Earlier, Darren Bestland signed for the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL, where Ian Duval signed on mid-season.
Links: [Edinburgh Press Release] : [Wichita Press Release]

While no league schedule is expected any time soon, UND has announced that they will host the Bisons on Saturday, October 3rd.
Link: [UND Schedule]

I wonder if the Bisons v Moose series will continue. They have played 6 times and the Moose won 4 and the Bisons won 2.


On June 15th the Monkeys will have a banquet where one and all will share a few bananas with legendary coach Clare Drake. Also, they will visit the new NCAA Div I team at Arizona State on December 4th and 5th.
Links: [U of A Story] : [ASU Schedule]

Three key Dinos have left the Town of Bedrock to pursue pro careers, including their two main goaltenders. Kris Lazaruk signed a deal to start for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. Jacob DeSerres and defenceman Kodie Curran signed ATo deals with the San Antonio Ramoage of the AHL.
Link: [U of C Story]

MRU has issued an on-line version of their Summit program which promotes university hockey.
Link: [MRU Story]

With Mike Babcock in the news, there has been some attention being paid to his days coaching the Horny Ones to a University Cup. That team was in danger of folding then went 19-7-2. That was 21 years ago. At least the program still exists.
Link: [Our Windsor Story]

Bisons to Face Thunderwolves

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:47 pm
by Hollywood2
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The Lakehead Thunderwolves have announced that they will be hosting the Manitoba Bisons on the weekend of September 25-26 for a pair of games. It is about time that these teams meet up. The Bisons used to travel to Thunder Bay for a Christmas tournament or two game series every year.

Here is Lakehead's schedule:

Fri, Sep 25 7:00 VS MANITOBA BISONS*
Sat, Sep 26 7:00 VS MANITOBA BISONS*

Sun, Oct 4 6:00 at Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs*

Fri, Oct 16 7:00 at UQTR Patriotes
Sat, Oct 17 4:00 at UQTR Patriotes


Fri, Oct 30 7:00 at McGill Redmen
Sat, Oct 31 5:00 at McGill Redmen


Thu, Nov 12 7:00 at Western Ontario Mustangs
Fri, Nov 13 7:00 at Western Ontario Mustangs

Fri, Nov 20 7:30 at Windsor Lancers
Sat, Nov 21 7:30 at Windsor Lancers


Fri, Dec 4 7:15 at Brock Badgers
Sat, Dec 5 7:00 at York Lions

Tue, Dec 29 7:00 VS GUELPH GRYPHONS*
Wed, Dec 30 7:00 VS GUELPH GRYPHONS*


Fri, Jan 15 7:00 VS RYERSON RAMS
Sat, Jan 16 7:00 VS RYERSON RAMS

Fri, Jan 22 7:15 at Brock Badgers
Sat, Jan 23 7:00 at York Lions


Fri, Feb 5 7:30 at Guelph Gryphons
Sat, Feb 6 7:30 at Guelph Gryphons


Link: [L.U. Story]

June 15: The New Schedule Is Here!

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:57 pm
by Hollywood2

The Canada West schedule was released today (June 15). It starts a bit later than usual, leaving more room for non-conference games. Here is Manitoba's schedule:

Fri. 25 Manitoba at Lakehead 7:00 EDT (Exh)
Sat. 26 Manitoba at Lakehead 7:00 EDT (Exh)

Sat. 3 Manitoba at North Dakota 7:07 PM CDT (Exh)
Fri. 9 Regina at Manitoba 7:00 PM CDT
Sat. 10 Regina at Manitoba 1:00 PM CDT
Fri. 16 Manitoba at Mount Royal 7:00 PM MDT
Sat. 17 Manitoba at Mount Royal 3:00 PM MDT
Sat. 24 UBC at Manitoba 7:30 PM CDT
Sun. 25 UBC at Manitoba 1:00 PM CDT
Fri. 30 Manitoba at Calgary 7:00 PM MDT
Sat. 31 Manitoba at Calgary 6:00 PM MDT

Fri. 6 Manitoba at Alberta 7:00 PM MST
Sat. 7 Manitoba at Alberta 6:00 PM MST
Fri. 13 Lethbridge at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 14 Lethbridge at Manitoba 1:00 PM CST
Fri. 20 Saskatchewan at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 21 Saskatchewan at Manitoba 4:00 PM CST
Thu. 26 Manitoba at Regina 7:00 PM CST
Fri. 27 Manitoba at Regina 7:00 PM CST

Fri. 8 Alberta at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 9 Alberta at Manitoba 4:00 PM CST
Fri. 15 Mount Royal at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 16 Mount Royal at Manitoba 1:00 PM CST
Fri. 22 Manitoba at Lethbridge 7:00 PM MST
Sat. 23 Manitoba at Lethbridge 1:00 PM MST
Fri. 29 Manitoba at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 30 Manitoba at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST

Fri. 5 Calgary at Manitoba 7:00 PM CST
Sat. 6 Calgary at Manitoba 1:00 PM CST
Fri. 12 Manitoba at UBC 7:00 PM PST
Sat. 13 Manitoba at UBC 7:00 PM PST

The Bisons will have their road trips against last year's top 3 opponents done by early November. If they can survive that they'll be set. If not, they could be behind the 8-ball early.

The schedule has not been updated at I hope they get some home exhibitions this year, preferably against somebody from outside the CW just to add some variety. The Saturday games are all afternoons. I generally don't like that. However, my son plays a lot of Saturday nights so I guess this may all work out.

[UND Schedule]
[CW Schedule]
[CW Story - by Evan Daum

There is a smattering of news about NCAA exhibition games. Here is what I have so far:

Oct. 3 Alberta at St. Cloud State
Oct. 4 TBA at Minnesota State
Oct. 4 Lakehead at Minnesota-Duluth

[USCHO Scheduling Links]
[MSU Schedule]
[UMD Schedule]
[SCSU Schedule]


Justin Hamonic - D - Tri-City (WHL)
- This is still a rumoured acquisition. He is a defensive defenceman and was team captain for his last 2 of 4 seasons in Tri-City. He had 3 regular season goals and 2 playoff goals in those 4 seasons. At 6'4" and 209 lbs. He should be the latest in a long line of proficient Manitoba defencemen. He also went to the Alaska Aces after the end of the season on an ATO.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[Tr-City Profile] : [WHL Profile]

June 17: The Rumour Mill

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:26 pm
by Hollywood2

The Bisons have one new recruit confrmed with a link and 4 more rumoured recruits, as noted by some of Hollywood's faithful followers.

Jonah Wasylak - LW - Steinbach (MJHL)
- At 6'3" and 210 lbs Wasylak will add some typical Manitoba size to the wing. He also chipped in 15 goals in 60 games at the MJHL level. He can also throw 'em. Check out the You Tube video. Pistons' fans liked this guy. His commitment was announced at the MJHL site.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[MJHL Press Release] : [Steibach Online]
[You Tube fight video]

The rumoured recruits include 3 with WHL experience and one transfer from the NCAA.

Adam Henry - D - Lethbridge/Seattle/Saskatoon/Portland (WHL)
- He would be yet another Winnipeg boy coming home to play defence. Henry has an offensive up-side. He had 11 goals in 67 games, plus 5 more in 17 playoff games. He also once wore an "A" in Seattle before being dealt to Saskatoon.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[WHL Profile] : [Shnarped Profile]

Brett Stovin - RW - Saskatoon (WHL)/Missouri (ECHL)
- The Bison shopping list was headed by the recruitment of a forward who could score. Stovin had 29 goals in the Dub last year and then 5 more in 8 games in an end-of-season stint in the ECHL. While in Saskatoon he took a few courses at the U of S, where he no doubt was happy to escape.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[WHL Profile] : [Interlake Today]
[You Tube fight video]

Jordyn Boyd - LW - Everett/Kootenay (WHL)/Saints/Portage (MJHL)
- Boyd is the younger brother of former NHLer Dustin Boyd. He returned home from the Dub to win a national title with the Portage Terriers. He had 30 goals in 50 games in the MJ, and another 6 goals in 12 playoff games. Dustin was born in Winnipeg but Jordyn suffered the humiliation of being born in Regina. The family then had the good sense to return to Manitoba for Jordyn's minor hockey. Phew.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[WHL Profile] : [Terrier Profile]
[You Tube fight video]

Hudson Friesen - LW - Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)/Selkirk (MJHL)
- This Selkirk Steeler grad is coming back after 2 seasons way up north in Alaska. The new CIS rules mean he does not have to red-shirt for a season. In his last 2 seasons at Selkirk he scored 61 goals in 116 games. At the UAA he never had much ice time, which could be his reason for leaving.

[Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
[UAA Profile] : [Manitoba Hockey News]


One always has to remember that not everybody who is eligible to return will do so, for a variety of reasons. I would expect a 3rd goaltender to be recruited and there is usually also a late addition. Anyhow, here are the returnees along with additions and deletions.


Eligible to return:
1 Byron Spriggs
34 Deven Dubyk


Eligible to return:
2 Channing Bresciani
3 Josh Elmes
5 Lee Christensen
6 Luke Paulsen
9 Rene Hunter
12 Brock Sutherland
28 Kyle Rous

* Justin Hamonic
* Adam Henry

Graduate from 2014-15:
22 Darren Bestland


Eligible to return:
10 Brett Dudar
15 Chad Robinson
16 Jesse Paradis
17 Warren Callis
18 Dylan Kelly
23 Joel Schreyer
24 Justin Augert
25 Shaquille Merasty
27 Jordan DePape
29 Dustin Bruyere
- Colin Mospanchuk

* Brett Brooks
* Liam Bilton
* Brett Stovin
* Jordyn Boyd
* Jonah Wasylak
* Hudson Friesen

Graduates from 2014-15:
8 Jory Coates
20 Aaron Lewadniuk
21 Taylor Dickin

[LeagueStat Team Stats 2014-15]


- The H0rny Ones have added 12 new players. That would be a major turnover for the league's cellar-dwellers. They got 7 players with WHL experience, 2 NCAA transfers, and 3 were Junior A-only. The players are:

Sam McKechnie * 5'10" 180 lbs*Right Wing *Airdrie, AB * Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Blake Orban * 6'1" 199 lbs*Defence *Calgary, AB * Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Jay Merkley * 5'11" 195 lbs * Centre * Calgary, AB * Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Dalton Sward * 6'1" 185 lbs * Centre* Abbotsford, BC * Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Tyler Hansen * 6'3" 202 lbs * Defense * Magrath, AB * Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Kyle Moore * 6'4" 205 lbs * Forward * Red Deer, AB * Olds Grizzlys (AJHL)
Colton Sheen * 5'9" 184 lbs *Forward * Calgary, AB * Olds Grizzlys (AJHL)
Austin Kernahan * 6'4" 225 lbs * Forward * Calgary, AB * Olds Grizzlys (AJHL)
Dustin Fostvelt * 6'0" 185 lbs * Defense * Edmonton, AB * R.I.T (NCAA)
Robert Lindores * 6'1" 216 lbs * Right Wing * Port Alberni, BC * Northern Michagan (NCAA)/ UBC (CIS)
Bryson Gore * 5'11" 183lbs * Centre * Milo, AB * Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
Brett Roulston * 6'0" 197 lbs * Right Wing * Whitehorse, YT * Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)

[U of L Story]

- Outside of Lethbridge there have been no official announcements from any CW team. In fact, only UBC, Regina, and Calgary issued stories in their spin on the schedule release. Alberta's only story is on Derek Ryan signing with the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe it is almost time for my pre-season rant about teams publicizing themselves.

[UBC Story]
[Regina Story]
[Calgary Story]
[Alberta Story]

- The BCIHL has a commitments page. Every college/university league should have one of these. The list of jammed with mostly Junior A and B players, mostly from the coast.

[BCIHL 2915-16 Player Commitments]

June 23:Website Update

Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:49 am
by Hollywood2
- There have been no recruiting announcements over the last week. However, some teams have posted schedules, and Lethbridge and Regina have included pre-season games. Calgary, Manitoba and UBC have regular season only. Alberta and Mount Royal are stuck in 2014-15. And Sask doesn't even have a website (just a splash page with a football ad). Here is what we know:

Sept 4: Lethbridge at Portage College
Sept 5: Lethbridge at Portage College
Sept 11: Red Deer College at Lethbridge
Sept 12: Red Deer College at Lethbridge
Sept 18: Lethbridge at Calgary
Sept 18: Manitoba v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sept 19: Calgary at Lethbridge
Sept 19: Saskatchewan v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sept 20: Briercrest v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sept 25: Manitoba at Lakehead
Sept 25: Regina at Calgary
Sept 26: Manitoba at Lakehead
Sept 26: Regina at Calgary
Oct 3: Manitoba at North Dakota
Oct 3: Alberta at St. Cloud State
Oct 3: Lethbridge at Western Michigan
Oct 4: Lethbridge at Ferris State

[Manitoba Schedule]
[UBC Schedule]
[Regina Schedule]
[Calgary Schedule]
[Lethbridge Schedule]
[Sask non-site]

About Ochapowace

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:07 pm
by Hollywood2

When the Bisons head out to play Regina in Ochapowace, they will end up in a new arena built after the old one burned down in 2011. This place is between Brandon and Regina just off the Trans Canada Highway. It currently hosts a Junior B team.

[Arena Site]
[Photo Album]
[Greenfell Sun Story]
[Treaty 4 News]

Sad News

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:58 pm
by Hollywood2
Sad News

The Mutts have tweeted out that Cody Smuk has passed away. He was announced as ill last year.

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UBC Exhibition Games

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:17 pm
by Hollywood2

UBC has now added their exhibition games to their schedule. Manitoba and Calgary have regular season games only. Mount Royal still has the 2014-15 schedule. Alberta has no schedule link. Saskatchewan's site is under development and remains just a splash page with a football schedule and off-site links.

UBC will face just one team from the CIS, namely the two-time defending champion Alberta Evil Monkeys. However they will meet them 3 times. Additionally, they will face the Simon Fraser Clown (of the BCIHL) and the NAIT Ooks (of the ACAC) to open and close their pre-season. UBC usually has some games against NCAA teams, but not this year.

Here's the schedule:

Sep 10 Simon Fraser at UBC
Sep 12 Alberta v UBC (at Kamloops)
Sep 13 Alberta v UBC (at Kamloops)
Sep 26 UBC at Alberta
Sep 27 UBC at NAIT

[UBC Schedule]

Monkeys Need New Organ Grinder

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:41 pm
by Hollywood2

Ian Herbers has left the Monkeys to go across town to be an assistant with the Greasers. The challenge of turning McDavid into a hockey player could not be resisted. No word on a new coach.

[Sportsnet Story]
[Edmoton Journal Story]
[Gateway Story]

One more exhibition game

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:45 am
by Hollywood2
-The Bemidji State Beavers' schedule has been updated so as to include a game against the Manitoba Bisons on Sunday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. The Bison exhibition schedule is not yet on their web site but here is what can be gleaned from elsewhere:

Sep 18 Manitoba v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sep 25 Manitoba at Lakehead (OUA)
Sep 26 Manitoba at Lakehead (OUA)
Oct 03 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
Oct 04 Manitoba at Bemidji State (NCAA)

[Bemidji Schedule Page]

1965 Team

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:15 am
by Hollywood2

The 1965 Bisons won the University Cup and held their 50th anniversary get-together on July 10-11. The picture comes from The Free Press. It was also announced that they are getting into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

[Free Press Story]

The official team site has yet to report the foregoing, or confirm any recruits. However, the Winkler Flyers have announced that goaltender Dasan Sydora has committed. Here's his blurb:

Dasan Sydora - G - Winkler (MJHL) / LaRonge (SJHL)
- The Bisons have two goaltenders eligible to return (Byron Spriggs and Deven Dubyk) and always need a 3rd. He should be able to challenge for playing time but like all MJHL recruits needs to face the prospect of a year spent mostly in the stands. He does have soime good numbers and won a scholarship. He is originally from Alberta.

Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
Commitment stories: [Winkler Flyers] : [PVO]
Scholarship stories: [MJHL] : [Pembina Today]
YouTube: [LaRonge] : [2013-14] : [2014-15]


Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:38 am
by Hollywood2

This is the year of the non-updates in Bison hockey. The last story posted at was the one about the Allan Cup. The exhibition schedule has yet to be added. From other sites, this is what I have compiled:
Sep 18 Manitoba v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sep 19 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sep 25 Manitoba at Lakehead (OUA)
Sep 26 Manitoba at Lakehead (OUA)
Oct 03 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
Oct 04 Manitoba at Bemidji State (NCAA)

I would think the team will have games on Sept 11-12 as well, and hopefully home games. If so the opponent would have to be Saskatchewan, MRU, or a team outside of the CW since everybody else is spoken for.

None of the recruits reported from other sources have been confirmed at The roster page lists 2014-15 and that often does not change until exhibition play begins.

In other news:

- CanadaWest.TV will cover more games this year. However the games will not be free. One coukd subscribe for everything or for just one sport.

- After coaches from Alberta and UBC took off, new hires became necessary. Alberta signed Serge Lajoie from NAIT and UBC signed Adam Shell from RMC.

- UfO has signed Patrick Grandmaitre to coach when the team returns in 2016-17. He comes over from the RSEQ CEGEP league. Jacques Martin will be an advisor to the program.

[ Announcement]
[U of A re Lajoie]
[CIS re Shell]
[uO re Grandmaitre : [Ottaw Sun] : [CBC]

Sept 3: Exhbition Schedule Confirmed

Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:30 am
by Hollywood2

The Bisons have confirmed that the 6 exhibition games previously reported on other sites will constitute their complete pre-season schedule. For the second consecutive season they will not have a home exhibition game.

The only CWUAA team to not post a pre-season schedule is the Saskatchewan Banjo-Mutts. Unless they are playing a non-CIS team somewhere, this will be the CWUAA pre-season schedule:

Sep 03 Alberta at Augustana (ACAC)
Sep 04 Portage (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 05 Portage (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 10 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
Sep 11 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 11 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 12 Alberta v UBC (at Kamloops)
Sep 12 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 13 Alberta v UBC (at Kamloops)
Sep 16 Alberta at Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Sep 16 Calgary Flames (NHL) at Calgary
Sep 18 Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
Sep 18 Lethbridge v Briercrest (at TBA)
Sep 18 Manitoba v Regina (at Ochapowace)
Sep 19 SAIT (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 19 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sep 19 NAIT (ACAC) at Mount Royal
Sep 19 Saskatchewan at Regina
Sep 20 Briercrest (ACAC) at Regina
Sep 20 NAIT (ACAC) at Mount Royal
Sep 25 Manitoba at Lakehead
Sep 25 Regina at Calgary
Sep 25 Saskatchewan at NAIT (ACAC)
Sep 25 UBC at Alberta
Sep 26 Manitoba at Lakehead
Sep 26 Regina at Calgary
Sep 26 Saskatchewan at Alberta
Oct 02 Mount Royal at Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)
Oct 03 Alberta at St. Cloud State (NCAA)
Oct 03 Calgary at Colorado College (NCAA)
Oct 03 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
Oct 03 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
Oct 03 Mount Royal at Alaska Fairbanks (NCAA)
Oct 03 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at Providence (NCAA)
Oct 04 Alberta at Minnesota State (NCAA)
Oct 04 Calgary at Denver (NCAA)
Oct 04 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)
Oct 04 Manitoba at Bemidji State (NCAA)
Oct 04 Mount Royal at Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA)
Oct 05 Calgary at Air Force (NCAA)

[Bison Schedule/Results Page]

As we await an updated roster page, and an official announcement on recruits, the unconfirmed rumour is that the Bisons have yet another recruit in goal:

Justin Paulic - G - Victoria/ Moose Jaw (WHL)
- Deven Dubyk is evidently headed east and Paulic is his replacement. Paulic is a Thompson boy and was traded from Moose Jaw to Victoria to end his WHL career. He is also a New York Rangers' draft. On paper, the goaltending has been upgraded with Spriggs returning and two new recruits.

Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia]
Other links: [WHL Network] : [NY Rangers] : [] : [The Hockey Writers]

There have also been a few releases from around the league:

- The Evil Monkeys announced their annual game against the Baby Greasers on September 16th. This year the Edmontonites have gone goofy over some guy they drafted and this game will be played at the Big Arena. The Apes are over .500 in this long-standing series.

[U of A Announcement]

- In the Town of Bedrock they, too, are making a new tradition of NHL v CIS exhibition games. The game will also go on September 16th. The squad also announced their very large recruiting class:

Mitch Cook • 6'0" 205 Ibs. • Forward • Drumheller (AJHL)
Kolton Dixon • 6' 181 lbs • Defence • Saskatoon (WHL)
Coda Gordon • 6' 195 lbs • Forward • Swift Current (WHL)
Curtis Honey • 6' 174 lbs • Goalie • Brandon (WHL)
Chase McMurphy • 6'1" 195 lbs • Forward • Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
Steven Stanford • 6'1" 195 lbs • Goalie • UBC (CWAA)
Ryan Suchorab • 6'1" 190 lbs • Defence • Drumheller (AJHL)
Caylen Walls • 6' 200 lbs • Defence • Vermont (NCAA)
Nick Walters • 6'2" 205 lbs • Defence • Lethbridge (WHL)
Mike Winther • 6' 200 lbs • Forward • Lethbridge (WHL)

While not a bad group, they have to replace two starting goaltenders and some other good players as well. The question here will be about chemistry.

[U of C re recruits]
[U of C re Flames]

- The H0rny Ones had two announcements. In one they announced even more recruits. The three new names bring their total recruitment class to 15 players. Jeesh. Lots of eligible returnees either abandoned ship or were given a swift kick out the door. Also, new recruit Evan Wardley will be attending the Pittsburgh Penguins' camp. So maybe he won't be playing for the Horns anyhow. Here are new recruits:

Evan Wardley * 6'3" 218 lbs * Defence * Seattle (WHL)
Zane Jones * 6'3" 210 lbs * Left Wing * Vancouver/ Lethbridge (WHL)
Mitch Makin * 6'3" 185 lbs * Right Wing * Alberni Valley (BCHL)

[U of L re recruits]
[U of L re Wardley]

The Puck Has Dropped

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:30 am
by Hollywood2

September 3, 2014

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:. [U of A Preview] : [U of A Twitter]

The Evil Monkeys avenged last year's surprise loss to their rural cousins from UA-Augustana. Despite outshooting them by a mile or two, the Apes lost 6-0. They also had an early loss to UBC, but rebounded nicely for the regular season. There are no links to a summary or game story as I post. The score came from Twitter:
@GBHKY get goals from Crooks, Kieser, Legault and Derko in a 4-1 win over @UofA_AugVikings #BattleofUAlberta

Sep 04 Portage (ACAC) at Lethbridge
Sep 04 Carleton at EC Peiting (Germany)
Sep 05 Portage (ACAC) at Lethbridge

Sep 07 Carleton at Ritten Sport (Italy)
Sep 08 Carleton at EC Kitzbuhel (Austria)
Sep 10 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
Sep 10 Concordia at McGill
Sep 11 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 11 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge