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Aug 6: Merasty to Wichita, and more

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:54 am

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Shaq Merasty has been signed by the Wichita Thunderof the ECHL. He was one of the leading scorers for the Bisons and although he has been out of junior for 5 seasons already, he still had one year left. (He played in the NCAA3, got 2nd team all-American honours, red-shirted, and then spent 3 years with the Bisons.) In 28 NCAA3 games he was 22-16-38. His peak season in the CW was 14-16-30 in 2015-16.

Also, upcoming Bison opponent Edinburgh Capitals signed yet another Acadia alum, Dylan Anderson. That gives the Caps two former Cajuns and the Bisons one for that game coming up on August 29th.

Links:
¶ [Merasty @Elite Prospects]
¶ [Findlay @Twitter]
¶ [Edinburgh @Twitter]
¶ [Edinburgh Story]



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No post would be complete without a UBC story. This one tells us that the T-irds previously-announced exhibition games against the Trinity Western Spartans and the STFU Clown are part of a tournament sponsored by the Vancouver Giants called the "Captains Cup". Seems silly, since the games are so spread out, but if it generates some interest so be it. The BCIHL schedule is still stuck at 2016-17.

Captains Cup Schedule
Sep 15 SFU at UBC – 7 p.m.
Sep 16 TWU at SFU – 7 p.m.
Sep 30 TWU at UBC – 2 p.m.

Links:
¶ [UBC Story]
¶ [UBC Schedule]
¶ [BCIHL Schedule]



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There has been nothing official from the Hørny Ønes in a long time. And there still has not been. Twitter tells us that Vancouver Giants' defenceman Jeff Rayman is going to Lethbridge. With 7 goals in 205 WHL games he is not being brought in to light up the scoreboard. They should find a 6'3" big guy in front of the net to be useful.

Links:
¶ [Findlay @Twitter]
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Aug 19: A week away from 1st game, and CW gets a new look

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:46 am

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The CW got a new logo, and a secondary abbreviation version. They even have different colour schemes for each team to use. I display the Bison colours here.

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MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 0-0-0)
BELFAST GIANTS (0-0-0, 0-0-0)


Saturday, August 26th, 1:00 PM CDT @ The SSE Arena (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Sunday, August 27th, 10:00 AM CDT @ The SSE Arena (Belfast, Northern Ireland)


The Herd opens the season in one week. They face the Belfast Giants on Sat Aug 26 and Sun Aug 27. There are a whole lot of links from the Irish. The Bison roster page is still on 2016-17.

Links:
¶ Launch Day: [Giants' Story] ∞ [Facebook Event]
¶ Roster: [@Elite Prospects] ∞ [@Giants] ∞ [@UofM]
¶ Elite Prospects career stats: [Paul Deniset] ∞ [Kevin Saurette]
¶ Giants': [Facebook] ∞ [Twitter] ∞ [Wikipedia]


The Giants have one of those free events for fans today. They are the EIHL's best franchise when it comes to putting fans in seats. So the Bisons should be in an AHL-type environment for the games.

The team is also quite successful on the ice. Founded in 2000-01, they have won the championship (finishing 1st overall) four times, and the playoffs twice (this is considered secondary in British hockey). In the last 8 years they have been 1st twice and 2nd three times, including last year.

The Giants have been successful because they identify with neither Irish nor British, nor Catholic nor Protestant. Sports teams over there usually do, which adds spice (and sometimes violence) to rivalries.

Two former Bison stars played for the Giants in the past but are now retired: Kevin Saurette and Paul Deniset.

Kevin Saurette was with the Bisons for 5 years starting in 2001-02 and finished his pro career in Belfast. He arrived there during the 2012-13 season and stayed for 2.5 years, finishing in 2014-15. His peak Bison season was 21-32-53 in 40 games (Elite Prospects included non-conference games in some stats) and his peak Giants' numbers were 31-34-65 in 52 games.

Paul Deniset was a Bison for 4 years starting in 2002-03 during which he was usually lined up with Saurette. He had two stints in Belfast, 2008-09 and 2011-12. Hard to choose his best Bison season. Is 34-22-56 in 42 games better than 26-25-51 in 32 games? He was a dynamic goal-scorer for the Bisons no matter how you look at it. His numbers were also impressive in Belfast, peaking at 27-39-66 in 39 games.

A smattering of Giants pictures shows they have a choice of colourful jerseys. And their fans seem to appreciate a tussle once in a while.

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BUFFALO BILLS 21
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Aug 22: Around the horn round-up

Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:31 pm

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The Bisons still don't have a new roster page. But we do have their new banner logo. And The Manitoban has posted a tour story with comments from Brett Stovin. Saturday the Belfast Giants displayed their four different jerseys for this season. I am not a fan of the heavy advertised Euro-look.

The Bisons also reposted the CW story on CanadaWest.tv. A hockey pass is $35.99 ($29.99 early bird) and other prices are stated in the story. The debut broadcast is an exhibition football game on Wednesday.

Links:
¶ [UofM rp @CW Logo Story]
¶ [Manitoban: Tour Story]
¶ [CanadaWest.tv Story]


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The Hørny Ønes made it official with four new recruits, bringing their total announcements to six. The new players are:

- Jeff Rayman - defence - Vancouver Giants (WHL)
- Taylor Fisher - defence - Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)
- Tyler Maltby - right wing - Sherwood Park (AJHL)
- Jonny Hogue - goaltender - Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL)
- Ty Edmonds - goaltender - Prince George Cougars (NAHL)

Maltby had committed to Arizona State but that fell through for some reason. He scored a ton in Junior A, just over a PPG.

They also continued their flood of new stories with word of a new assistant coach, Kevin Higo, who was the head coach of the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL.

Links:
¶ [UofL Recruiting Story] ● [rp @CW]
¶ [UofL rp @CW Logo Story]
¶ [UofL Higo Story]


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Nate Fleming became the 5th T-ird to sign a pro deal. He is going to the Manchester Storm of the EIHL.

Links:
¶ [UBC Story]


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The Bluegars have nothing at all on their website this off-season. But they have retweeted a few recruiting announcements.

- Bradley Kennedy - forward - Weeks (MHL)/Halifax (QMJHL)
- Mitchell Lipon - centre - Whitecourt (AJHL)
- Kord Pankewicz - defence - Brooks (AJHL)/Lethbridge (WHL)

All of them have split time between Major Junior and Junior A. Kennedy had been in the QMJHL until mid-way through last season. Lipon once played in the WHL but has been back in Junior A for 2½ years. Pankewicz had four seasons in the Dub before splitting last season between that and Junior A.

Links:
¶ [Kennedy retweet]
¶ [Lipon retweet]
¶ [Pankewicz retweet]


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The Banjo Mutts tweeted their CW conference banner and issued a press release with their recruits. They landed more players than I thought they needed. Here are the newest fire hydrant-cleaners:

- Taran Kozun - goaltender - Rosetown Red Wings (redshirt after minor league season with 4 teams)
- Collin Shirley - left wing/centre - Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
- Carter Folk - left wing - Victoria Royals (WHL)
- Taylor Sanheim - forward - Penticton Vees (BCHL)
- Jesse Shynkaruk - forward - Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
- Alex Forsberg - left wing/centre - Victoria Royals (WHL)
- MacKenzie Johnston - defenceman - Rosetown Red Wings (redshirt after MRU)

Links:
¶ [UofS Story]


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The Banjo Cats previously announced the signing of a goaltender. They have now announced more signings. They must be purring with five additions from the Dub, much more than in recent seasons.

Michael Herringer - goaltender - Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Troy Murray - defence - Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Zak Zborosky - forward - Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Ben Duperreault - forward - Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Jacob Cardiff - forward - Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

Links:
¶ [UofR Story] ● [rp @CW]
August 8, 1961
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS 38
BUFFALO BILLS 21
The Tiger-Cats are the reigning champions of CFL/NFL football.

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