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    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
    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
    Manitoba Bisons 2015-16
    Manitoba Bisons 2016-17
    Manitoba Bisons 2018-19
    2018-19 Exhibition Schedule
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    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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    Just a heads up. Eastern Washington will not be playing in the BCIHL next season. They decided to fold their BCIHL team into their ACHA DII team and just play there. Too bad. Having an international team made the BCIHL pretty unique amongst North American college leagues, and along with UVic they were one of only two teams in BCIHL with an on-campus rink.

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    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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    June 24: BISON ROSTER NOTES

    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pcal226 View Post
    Just a heads up. Eastern Washington will not be playing in the BCIHL next season. They decided to fold their BCIHL team into their ACHA DII team and just play there. Too bad. Having an international team made the BCIHL pretty unique amongst North American college leagues, and along with UVic they were one of only two teams in BCIHL with an on-campus rink.
    That's disappointing. There are several potential replacement teams within BC, though, like UNBC, TRU, UFV, UBCO, and a host of colleges in PacWest.

    Also, their website is still announcing commitments of new recruits. Maybe just a rumour?
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July 3: News Dabbles



    No sooner did I post about the Braehead Clan, and now they no longer exist! They have been transformed into the Glasgow Clan. The logo is slightly different, but the bold purple colours remain.

    Links:
    ► [Glasgow Clan - still at braeheadclan.com]
    ► [EIHL: Glasgow Clan]
    ► [BBC: Braehead become Glasgow Clan ahead of Elite League season]
    ► [Sun: WHAT THE PUCK? Braehead Clan announce name change to Glasgow Clan ahead of new Elite League ice hockey season]
    ► [Wikipedia]
    ► [The National: Braehead Clan name change 'a gamble' says club chief]
    ► [Elite Prospects]





    Victor Findlay has a new Tuesday Morning Skate, after taking a week off. A nice round-up of everything happening in USports hockey. Read it!

    Of note, the Brock Badgers have 12 recruits. That's as much as I can remember any team having.

    In the CW, he has a review of the batch of Bison recruits and adds a few blurbs from around the league:
    - Calgary got Cal Babych, son of former Jet Dave Babych (WHL and BCHL);
    - Regina got Brennan Riddle (WHL);
    - Saskatchewan got goaltender Travis Child and defenceman Evan Fiala (both WHL);
    - UBC also got a goaltender, Patrick Dea (WHL).

    Links:
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: July 3rd, 2018]





    Former Evil Monkey Derek Ryan has signed a contract with the Calgary Flames, a 3-year deal worth $9.4 million. It never hurts to see a CIS/USports grad get a big contract.

    Links:
    ► [Former Bear Derek Ryan signs contract with Calgary Flames]
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    July 4: MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS



    Before I get going here, I can point out that the links in the OP have been updated for 2018-19. Some of those are blank, or have a lot of zeros, but at least the links are now current and ready to roll.

    The Elite Prospects site is revamped and is nice to work at. I have links to their USports page, and the USports Transactions page as well. The latter has the most up-to-date recruiting announcements.

    The news from the CW is that the Calgary Dinos have signed Brad Schoonbaert from the Steinbach Pistons. He was the #2 scorer in the MJHL a year ago.



    The rumours of the demise of the Eastern Washingtion Eagles from the BCIHL were first spread at the International Hockey Forums. However, the press release eluded me, and EWU continued to be on the BCIHL website, and kept making recruiting announcements. Well, I now found the story. EWU used to have their first team in the BCIHL and a second club team in the ACHA. Now they will just be in the ACHA.

    This leaves the BCIHL with just five teams, with hopes of adding more. There are many candidates. Thompson Rivers, Fraser Valley, and Northern B.C. used to be in the league. There are also a lot of colleges in the PacWest (CCAA) who could be in the market as well.



    Shaq Merasty, former Manitoba Bison and Portage Terrier, has signed a deal with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. He has tremendous potential. Hopefully, he will get his game to fit together.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - USports]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Transactions]
    ► [BCIHL announces withdrawal of Eastern Washington University for 2018/19]
    ► [Merasty inks new deal with Rush]

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    July 5: SLOW NEWS DAY



    The HØrny Önes knew that captain Mitch Maxwell would not be returning to help them host the U-Cup this year, since he burned 5 seasons of eligibility. He joined the Utah Grizlies after the CW season was over, and has now signed a contract there for 2018-19



    The Bluegars have no news, but Victor Findlay's Twitter says d-man Tyson Helgesen (Spokane - WHL) will play for MRU this year. They had a disappointing recruiting class last year (especially in comparison to their cross-town rivals), so this would rank as a very positive story for them.



    The link on the Banjo Mutts tells us about Roach and McFaull heading to Belfast, as previously reported in this thread. The new news is that goaltender Jordon Cooke is headed to Gap, in France. No doubt they will sport trendy and tasteful uniforms.



    Once upon a time, Alberta and UBC played for the Hamber Trophy, even before UBC joined the former WCIAU. Well, the Evil Monkeys have one pre-season series noted in their schedule now, and that's a trip to British California to face the T-irds! In recent years UBC have prepared for the season without facing any CW teams.

    Links:
    ► [UofL Tweet]
    ► [Findlay's MRU Tweet]
    ► [CJME: U of S men’s hockey stars to play pro in N. Ireland]
    ► [Alberta Schedule]

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    July 6: UBC GETS A GOALIE



    The T-irds have made it official - They have a commitment from goaltender Patrick Dea. He played for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, after having played several seasons for the Edmonton Oil Kings. In 47 games he was 22-14-0, 3.17 GAA, and .913 S%.

    Will he be a good replacement for Matt Hewitt? Last year, Hewitt was 12-5-1, 2.85 GAA, .920 S%. That was well above the performance of his back-up, the returning Rylan Toth, who was 2-7-0, 3.79 GAA, .882 S%. Time will tell.

    Links:
    ► [Patrick Dea enters UBC’s net]
    ► [Patrick Dea - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Patrick Dea - IHDB]
    ► [LeagueStat - UBC Goaltending]
    ► [LeagueStat - Matt Hewitt (career)]
    ► [LeagueStat - Rylan Toth (career)]

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    July 9: LOOKING AT THE PRE-SEASON



    The news has slowed down, and is likely to pick up when the CW teams get together with the WHL to announce commitments. The one thing I am looking for now is confirmation of the pre-season schedules. Here's what the CW has right now:

    Aug 22 Manitoba at Glasgow Clan (EIHL)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)

    Sep 07 Alberta at U.B.C.
    Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
    Sep 08 Alberta at U.B.C.
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)

    Sep 14 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 15 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)

    Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba (MTS Iceplex)
    Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

    Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
    Oct 06 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
    Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)

    Manitoba and Alberta are thus far the only CW teams with exhibitions on their team schedules. And Alberta just added their UBC weekend.

    The regular season starts Sept 28-29, and is then followed by a conference bye week to accommodate the NCAA weekend. If I were to guess how the teams will fill-in-the-blanks, this is what I surmise:

    1. Regina always hosts multiple teams, in a quasi-tournament format. Since Regina and Manitoba play the following weekend in Manitoba, they usually don't face each other in Regina. My suspicion is that two or three other teams will join in on Sept 14-15 and the likely candidates are Saskatchewan, Calgary, and Lethbridge.

    2. The weekend after Regina generally features the Brick Invitational in Edmonton. Accordingly I look for Alberta, Mount Royal, Calgary and at least one other CW or ACAC team to be there on Sept 21-22.

    3. The ACAC schedule was my source of information for the match-up between MacEwan and Calgary. MacEwan has won the ACAC the last two seasons, and are members of the CW in other sports. They usually don't participate in interlocking games with the CW, however. This is a positive development IMO.

    4. Alberta's CW teams will likely be adding a fair number of games against ACAC teams. In recent years Alberta has started the season early against UA-Augustana, and Lethbridge has faced Red Deer. NAIT and SAIT are frequently opponents as well. Since Mount Royal left the ACAC for the CW they have avoided (or been avoided by) ACAC teams. It's about time for that to change.

    5. UBC has hosted Ontario teams the last two years, but this year it is Alberta headed to the left coast. My guess is that UBC will follow with games against BCIHL teams again. I hope they play Trinity Western because they are CW members in other sports and won the BCIHL title last year. They could also be at the Brick Invitational.

    6. A southern Alberta team usually heads down for a Colorado triple-header weekend against Air Force, Colorado College, and Denver. The early sources for such games are usually the NCAA links (see below). I see that Colorado College is off to Alaska that weekend, however. Denver does not play until Nov 2nd, and Air Force's schedule is on 2017-18.

    7. Mount Royal is not likely traveling to Minnesota for just one game, so I suspect at least one more game to be added there. Otherwise, it looks like a light year for NCAA games.

    8. I suspect that lots of teams will not play at all Sept 7-8, but everybody will play on Sept 14-15 and Sept 21-22.

    Links:
    ► [Alberta Schedule]
    ► [Manitoba Schedule]
    ► [Calgary Schedule]
    ► [Lethbridge Schedule]
    ► [Mount Royal Schedule]
    ► [Regina Schedule]
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [UBC Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [USCHO NCAA Schedule]
    ► [CHN NCAA Schedule]




    After the Braehead Clan became the Glasgow Clan, they have been active with YouTube clips. I have the links!

    Links:
    ► [The Clan YouTube Channel]
    ► [We are the Glasgow Clan!]
    ► [Glasgow Clan Rebrand]

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July 18: UK TOUR: BACKGROUND ON MANCHESTER STORM



    The Bisons will start their exhibition schedule in the home of more top-notch bands than any city in the world. When you think of Manchester you think of the Buzzcocks, Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, Oasis, and The Stone Roses. And if that isn't enough there's always James, Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, and The Charlatans. I could post a video link for a classic Manchester tune every day until the game!

    There are/were a lot of USports/CIS grads on the Storm roster. Shane Bakker (C) and Matt Stanisz (D) were with Carleton (Bakker from 2008-09 to 2012-13 and Stanisz from 2011-12 to 2014-15). Felix-Antoine Poulin (D) was with St. Thomas from 2011-12 through 2014-15. Linden Springer (D) was with Lakehead in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Former Bison Taylor Dickin also played for the Storm in 2016-17, but split last year between the Dundee Stars (EIHL) and Birmingham Bulls (SPHL).

    Hockey in Manchester has been up and down, going back and forth between Britain's first and second tier leagues, and rotating between the Storm and Phoenix franchises. At one time, they drew a crowd of over 17,000 to a game, then had to fold a couple years later. Seems expense management is the problem. They now play in a small rink of 2,400 capacity, called the Altrincham Ice Dome.


    Altrincham Ice Dome - current home holds 2,400.


    Manchester Arena - over 17,000 fans at this game.

    Links:
    ► [Manchester Storm Team Site]
    ► [Wikipedia]
    ► [Facebook] : [Event]
    ► [Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects]
    ► [Manchester Storm EIHL Stats Page]
    ► [YouTube Channel]
    ► [Highlights; Manchester v Fife (2018)]
    ► [Highlights; Manchester v Fife (2016)]
    ► [Manchester Hockey History]




    CUSN had another Tuesday Morning Skate this week. It goes over the recruiting announcements previously reported.

    In other news, Ian McNulty has finally escaped Regina and is off to the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL.

    Links:
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: July 17th, 2018]
    ► [Ian McNulty - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Elite Prospects - USports Transactions]

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    July 23: BISONS ADD A GAME



    The Bison schedule has been updated with an additional exhibition game on Sunday, October 7th in Omaha against the UNO Mavericks. That makes for a double-header that weekend, following a Saturday night game in Grand Forks against the UND Fighting Hawks. I do not see any space for more games for the Bisons this season, unless they add something in the Christmas/New Year's season.

    The updated Bison schedule is now like this:

    Aug 21 Manitoba at Manchester Storm (EIHL)
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers (EIHL)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Sep 14 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 15 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba (MTS Iceplex)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba
    Oct 06 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Manitoba at Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)

    Note that regular season games will be played September 28-29 in the Town of Bedrock against the Dinos.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons - Schedule]
    ► [UNO Team Site]
    ► [UND Schedule]




    MRU now has the 2018-19 team schedule posted, but without exhibition games. From what other teams have posted, we have these three exhibition games:

    Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State (NCAA)

    The team also had the only recruiting announcement of the week, coming from the Okotoks Oilers' Twitter. Goaltender Riley Morris has been added to the lineup.

    Also, from the MRU site we have this announcement:

    Mount Royal's men's hockey Director of Hockey Operations, Nathan Higgins, was named as the Equipment Manager for the U SPORTS Women's Hockey All-Star team. The team is set to attend Hockey Canada's Summer Showcase in Calgary, Aug. 2-11.
    Links:
    ► [MRU Cougars - Schedule] (regular season only)
    ► [Okotoks Oilers Tweet]
    ► [Higgins joins staff for U SPORTS Women's Hockey All-Star team]

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    July 27: A FEW LINKS TO END THE WEEK



    The Bison website posted a story which contained nothing new and had errors.

    The story points out the Bison trip to the UK, which is accurate, and says they'll play in England and Northern Ireland, which is accurate, but omits their game in Scotland! No haggis for the author!

    It also says the team record was 17-14 last year. I don't know how they get that. The records were:
    Conference record: 16-10-2
    Non-conference record: 4-4-1
    Playoff record: 0-2-0
    Overall record: 20-16-3

    The story also has the regular season starting in Calgary on October 5th, when in fact it starts one week earlier on September 28th. Also, the team schedule has the opening tour game on August 22nd, but the Manchester Storm have it scheduled for August 21st.



    There is one fewer Mutt in the doghouse. Defenceman MacKenzie Johnston is going back to the Rosetown Redwings after one season in Saskatown. He played for Mount Royal in 2014-15 and 2015-16, redshirted for a season (where he played for Rosetown), then went to Saskatchewan last year.



    The Ottawa Gee-Gees have no schedule page on their site. They are the only team in USports which links to their conference site for their team schedule. That schedule has just one game (Sept 22 against St. F.X.), but their Twitter announced two games in the Big Lemon, against Ryerson on Sept 14 and Toronto on Sept 15.



    Episode 9 of the on-line radio show of Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews is up, but I haven't heard it yet.

    Links:
    ► [Bison Men’s Hockey Team heading to the UK]
    ► [MacKenzie Johnston - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Rosetown Tweet]
    ► [Ottawa Gee-Gees Team Site]
    ► [Ottawa Team Schedule at OUA.ca]
    ► [Ottawa Twitter Announcement]
    ► [Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews: Ep. 9]

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    July 30: THE NEWS CONTINUES TO TRICKLE IN



    There are a couple of links coming in now, from sources outside the CW. The Alberta Golden Bears and Manitoba Bisons remain the only CW teams with non-conference games on their schedule and no team has a 2018-19 roster page. The UBC Thunderbirds are the only team to have made official recruiting announcements.

    So what news is there?

    First, Bison pre-season opponent Belfast Giants have re-signed their captain, Blair Riley. He's a 32-year-old Canadian boy who peaked at the AHL before heading to Europe. This will be his 3rd season over there.

    Second, Red Deer College and the ACAC schedules have announced that the Red Deer Kings will visit the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sept 7-8. Other sources have the 'Horns off to Lakehead Sept 21-22, starting the regular season against UBC on Sept 28-29, then going to the States Oct 6-7 to wrap their non-conference season. That just leaves Sept 14-15 empty, and Edmonton and Regina appear to be hosting events that same weekend.

    Third, Monkey graduate Jamie Crooks is off to the EIHL. He will just miss the Bisons because he's playing for the Guildford Flames.

    Links:
    ► [ITV: Blair Riley returns to captain Belfast Giants]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blair Riley]
    ► [Red Deer College Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [Flames Add Offence with Crooks]

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    Aug 1: UBC SCHEDULING, PLAYER MOVEMENT IN BANJOLAND



    Welcome to August!

    This is the month where the Bisons will start playing hockey again. Finally! No news from the Bisons, but there is some news from elsewhere.

    First, the UBC T-irds have updated their schedule to include exhibition games. However, they did not include the Sep 7-8 games announced by the Evil Monkeys to be played in Penticton. The announced games are:

    Sep 14 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 15 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 21 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.

    The Regina Cougars have a new recruit, but not announced by them. Keith Anderson's commitment was announced by the Battlefords North Stars on Twitter. The right winger previously played in the WHL where he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 46 games. In 43 games in the SJHL he was 18-20-38.

    Meanwhile, the doghouse continues to empty up the road in Saskatown. The Rosetown Redwings have landed another defenceman, Jordan Fransoo, from the Saskatchewan Huskies. He had used up 4 years of eligibility.

    Links:
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Battlefords North Stars Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Keith ANderson]
    ► [Rosetown Redwings Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Jordan Fransoo]
    ► [Allan Cup Hockey West]

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    Aug 3: THE HŎRNY ONES NEED A COACH



    I wasn't expecting much in new news as we head into the long weekend, but instead there is shocking news from Lethbridge. The Hørny Ones are in the market for a new head coach because Spiros Anastas has tendered his resignation. Despite hosting the University Cup this year, the team is now having to find a new coach at the last minute. This might also explain the slow rumour mill on new acquisitions for the Hørny Ones.

    I have searched high and low but don't see where Anastas is going. Before Lethbridge, he was an assistant with Grand Rapids in the AHL.

    In four seasons since taking the helm from Greg Gatto, Anastas had a spotty record. They were in a prime position to make a playoff run last year but folded in sthe stretch to finish 7th yet again. Anastas has not devoted full time to the Horns. In his first two seasons, he also worked with South Korea and in the last two seasons he has helped out with Estonia, not to mention Alberta youth squads.

    Here's Anastas's record with Lethbridge:

    2015 05-23-0 10 8th
    2016 11-15-2 24 7th
    2017 11-14-3 25 7th
    2018 09-16-3 21 7th (got 2 points for Calgary forfeit)

    So was Anastas mailing it in this off-season? Does that explain the lack of recruits for the U-Cup host team? Or did he jump ship after failing to land some quality recruits he wanted? Did the UofL issue an ultimatum? Did the UofL try to convince him to stay? Or are they ticked off? Lots of questions and speculation.



    Meanwhile, the Regina Cougars have added their pre-season games. The games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Regina
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

    Since the Bisons are in Regina for the tournament on Sep 14-15, I infer that the Bisons will be facing S.A.I.T. on Sep 14 and Saskatchewan on Sep 15. Unless, of course, somebody like Lethbridge is also included in the tournament.

    The York game on Sep 20 is odd. What's happening for the previously announced Bison home game against Regina on Sep 21? The Banjo Cats likely won't be coming. Will York come instead? They have yet to announce a schedule.



    The Belfast Giants announced two signings of AHLers, Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier. Baun was with the Toronto Marlies and Berauvillier was with the Manitoba Moose. Previously, Beauvillier played for the UNB Varsity Reds of the AUS.

    Also, Kendall McFaull (recruited from Sask) will be wearing #27 in honour of the late Troy Gasper, deceased in a vehicle collision.



    Over at CUSN the Tuesday Morning Skate was delayed to Thursday. It runs down the recruiting news, including the blue-chip 6-pack of recruits at St. F.X. The only new part from a CW perspective is the news that Colton Bobyk will not be on his way to the Town of Bedrock. The Dinos announced him a year ago and he had to red-shirt last year.

    Links:
    ► [UofL: Anastas resigns as Pronghorns coach]
    ► [Victor Findlay's Tweet]
    ► [Wikia: Lethbridge Pronghorns Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects: Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Greg Gatto]
    ► [Regina Cougars Schedule]
    ► [Belfast Giants announce double signing as Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier agree deals]
    ► [Giants #27 Jersey To Be Worn In Memory Of Troy Gasper]
    ► [Thursday Morning Skate: August 2nd, 2018]

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    Aug 7: ANASTAS IS OFF TO SOUTH CAROLINA



    Spiros Anastas is off to be the head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, farm team to the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears. They had been coached by Ryan Warsofsky, who got an AHL job in Charlotte.

    No further word on a replacement for the Hørny Ones.

    Links:
    ► [SCS Press Release: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays’ next head coach will be Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays coach Ryan Warsofsky leaving for AHL’s Charlotte Checkers]
    ► [Live 5 News: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [ECHL.com: Anastas named Stingrays head coach]

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    Aug 8: LISOWAY GOING PRO



    Quintin Lisoway is leaving after two years to join former Bison teammate Shaq Merasty with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.

    Since the Bisons are laden with forwards, this loss won't hurt too badly. His stats were Cy Young-like, 11 goals and 3 assists last year.

    So who all is coming back? This is the last thing we find out every year. No team has a 2018-19 roster page up yet. At Elite Prospects, the only returning player to be listed is defenceman Blake Heinrich. It is always great news to see returning defencemen, especially those from the WHL. With pre-season just two weeks away, my hope is that we'll see a Bison roster, or at least a tour roster, up soon.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Quintin Lisoway]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]

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    Aug 9: HEINRICH ALSO GOING PRO



    Just a day after Elite Prospects listed defenceman Blake Heinrich as a returning player, he was announced as a new recruit for the Rapid City Rush, aka Bison Alumni Squad. He just finished his 2nd season in 2017-18. The Bisons now have two defencemen gone from last year's squad with three recruits coming in (one of which is F/D). They now need a stay-at-home defenceman, preferably from the WHL, to round out the roster.



    The Banjo Mutts uploaded their 2018-19 schedule, albeit without any pre-season games. They also had three stories, which are in the links. First, they have a pitch for season tickets for their brand new arena. Rumour has it the building will be Saskatown's 3rd with indoor plumbing! Second, Chris Pronger is the speaker for their Off the Leash Luncheon fundraiser. And third, four Mangy Mutts are off to Europe. Jordon Cooke (Gap in France), Connor Cox (Dundee in the EIHL), and Kendall McFaull and Josh Roach (both to Belfast in the EIHL) are no doubt thrilled to be leaving Sask.



    The Bluegars added their pre-season games to the schedule. Here's what they have:

    Thu Sep 13 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Sat Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Wed Sep 19 Mount Royal at Minnesota State
    Fri Sep 28 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Sat Sep 29 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Thu Oct 04 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State

    The game on Sep 13 is new, and completes the 3-team round-robin that weekend. Their games in the States were to be on Oct 6 and 7. Quite a strange twist to be going two separate trips, and to have a game NOT on the designated weekend.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blake Heinrich]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Exclusive Founders Club deal for season tickets in Merlis Belsher Place expires August 15]
    ► [Chris Pronger to headline 2018 Off the Leash Luncheon]
    ► [Four Huskies turn pro with degrees in hand]
    ► [Mount Royal Schedule]

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    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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    Aug 16: AROUND THE CW



    Even though the Bisons start play in just 5 days, there have been no updates on their team page. The schedule page needs to be updated for the Manchester game (Aug 21 instead of 22). The Regina game on Sep 21 has been scrubbed, so they are coming just for the one game on Sep 22.

    There are a few links from Manchester. The links include the Facebook Event page and a promo video. Those should also have updates, even if after the game for news and information. I'm not sure if there is an on-line radio link for play-by-play, through their linked radio partner or otherwise.

    The Storm have signed a promising young UK player, 19 year-old Adam Barnes. He seems to be a small forward, and hopefully he'll do well. Another Brit, and an Aussie, got NHL rookie camp invites this year.



    The CUSN updated with another Tuesday Morning Skate this week, giving recruiting news from around all conferences. One point brought up was that the CW programs are not gettign as much WHL recruits as before, because the players seem to be taking the ECHL offers this year. Speculation is that December could be busier than usual with returning players claiming their scholarship packages.



    First, UBC announced one more exhibition game, that being on Sep 22 against Holy Trinity, the defending BCIHL champions. This gives them 6 games in the three weeks before the regular season, two each against the CW, the ACAC, an the BCIHL. They are not facing NCAA teams it would seem.

    Second, their grad Neil Manning signed an AHL contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He had been playing in Italy.



    In the Town of Bedrock the Dinos have announced their exhibition schedule:
    Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
    Sep 13 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 14 Calgary at Alberta
    Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (at Humboldt)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan

    The newly announced games are the latter three. Sep 19 conflicts with the MRU schedule, where they claim to have a game scheduled in the USA!



    The Evil Monkeys' schedule has not been updated but the ACAC schedule has added a game on Sep 23 between the Monkeys and the NAIT Ooks in the Athabasca tournament. I suspect a game will be added between the Monkeys and MacEwan to complete that event.



    The UQTR Patriotes released their schedule, and it includes a trip to France from Aug 24-29 against opponents TBD, or "à déterminer" since those French have a different word for everything. I haven't been able to find out more about that.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Schedule]
    ► [Manchester Facebook Event]
    ► [Manchester Ticket Promo Video]
    ► [Manchester Radio]
    ► [Barnes returns home to sign for Storm]
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 14th, 2018]
    ► [Former T-Bird Neil Manning inks AHL contract]
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Calgary Team Schedule]
    ► [MRU Team Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [UQTR Schedule]

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    Aug 16: SUPPLEMENTARY UPDATE



    Former Bison coach Barry Trotz is bringing the Stanley Cup to Dauphin! That's the only major trophy the Bisons have never won.



    The Horny Ones have now released their exhibition schedule, leaving the Banjo Mutts as the only dilatory bunch. Here it is:

    Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)
    Dec 29 Lethbridge at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 Lethbridge v Moncton (in Fredericton)

    All of these games were previously announced elsewhere except for the game against Moncton. It seems odd that they are not playing on Sept 14-15, when there are open events in Regina and Edmontown.



    Time for a new logo at York. The old one was kind of busy. However, would it not make more sense for sports departments to put additional funds into programs rather than logos? Most of what I have seen in new logos have been good, but so were the old ones.

    Links:
    ► [Former Bison men's hockey coach Barry Trotz bringing Stanley Cup to Manitoba]
    ► [Lethbridge Team Schedule]
    ► [NEW ERA FOR YORK UNIVERSITY LIONS BEGINS WITH LOGO LAUNCH]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post



    The UQTR Patriotes released their schedule, and it includes a trip to France from Aug 24-29 against opponents TBD, or "à déterminer" since those French have a different word for everything. I haven't been able to find out more about that.
    UQTR Patriotes will be playing the Summer Cup in Cergy on Aug 24-26, facing Amiens Gothiques, Angers Ducs (both Ligue Magnus) and Cergy-Pontoise Jokers (Division 1)

    http://www.lesjokers.net/D1/646/la-s...arque-%21.html

    I didn't find anything about a game on 29th...

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    Aug 18: BISONS ADD D-MAN FROM NIPAWIN



    The Bisons are going to play their first exhibition game of the season in just three days. However, since school doesn't even start until they return from the overseas tour. So there is no roster page, nor an official team announcement of recruits. But other sources confirm one more blueliner.

    Carter Doerksen - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - D

    Whenever a Saskatchewanite moves to Manitoba the average IQ of both places decreases. Hopefully this young man's desire to improve his life by leaving behind moonshine, banjo music, and possum shanks in order to have electricity, indoor plumbing, and footwear in summer will show that he is ready for this step up the evolutionary ladder. If he marries a local girl who can civilize him we may see a young man really turn his life around.

    Doerksen was the captain of the Hawks, winners of the SJHL championship. He does not run up the offensive numbers, which suits me just fine. The Bisons need good-in-their-own end defencemen, and hopefully he fits the bill. He is smaller than the typical Bison recruit, at 5'10" and 187 lbs. He is the second Bison recruit from Nipawain, joining Thomas Lenchyshyn, a LW/D.

    Here's what the SJHL story says:

    Carter Doerksen, the Hawks Captain for the past 2 years secured a commitment from the Universtiy of Manitoba and they are getting arguably the best leader the Hawks have ever seen. His bone crunching hits and selfless play will be tough to replace along with his whatever it takes to win attitude. Carter is leaving Nipawin with the Hawks all time games played in playoffs record.

    Thomas Lenchyshyn will also be attending the University of Manitoba. “Lench” will take his abrasive on ice play along with his ability to make the highlight reel play with him to the U of M. A true competitor Thomas’ community service and infectious smile will be missed within the community and locker room.
    The Hawks are sending quite a few players to other teams in USports, plus one to the BCIHL and two to the NCAA:
    - Brandan Arnold - to Mount Royal
    - Brett Harasymuk - to UOIT
    - Michael Grant - to Lethbridge
    - Tyler Adams - to Regina
    - Josh McDougall to Mercyhurst
    - Logan Casavant - to Trinity Western
    - Grant Baetsen - to Adrian College

    That's a lot of grads to move in one season.

    Links:
    ► [SJHL: Nipawin Hawks Commitments]
    ► [SJHL: Player Profile Story] : [Stats Page]
    ► [Carter Doerksen at Eliteprospects.com] : [at HockeyDB.com]






    The Banjo Mutts became the last CW to release their exhibition schedule. Their games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    They will not leave the province of Saskatchewan. The few players who like toilet paper will have to wait for a road trip where they can stock up.

    All teams have now released schedules, although some alterations will no doubt be made. Here's what I suspect:

    - The Evil Monkeys have not announced anything for Sep 21-23, but they do appear on the ACAC schedule with a game against NAIT on Sep 23 in the Athabasca Tournament. I suspect they will add a game against MacEwan on Sep 21.

    - The Bedrock Dinos claim they play the Bluegars on Sep 19, but the Bluegars say they are playing Minnesota State that same day. I find it odd that an NCAA team would be allowed to play that day. So my guess is that the MRU schedule will be altered so that the Minnesota State game goes to Oct 5 or 6.

    - Manitoba's schedule does not list their opponents for the Regina tournament Sep 14-15. Since the Bisons face Sask on Sep 15, and since Regina plays Sask on Sep 14 and SAIT on Sep 15, my guess is that the Bisons will face the SAIT Condoms on Sep 14. Regina's trip to civilization will then consist of just the one game on Sep 22, due to the York tour.

    - The York tour deserves a mention. It is not yet on their website. But from the CW teams we have this:
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    Links:
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Saskatchewan Team Page]
    ► [York Schedule]



    Quote Originally Posted by Ciremya View Post
    UQTR Patriotes will be playing the Summer Cup in Cergy on Aug 24-26, facing Amiens Gothiques, Angers Ducs (both Ligue Magnus) and Cergy-Pontoise Jokers (Division 1)

    http://www.lesjokers.net/D1/646/la-s...arque-%21.html

    I didn't find anything about a game on 29th...
    Good!

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    Aug 19: TWO DAYS UNTIL PUCK DROP



    On Tuesday the Bisons will start their exhibition schedule against the Manchester Storm. When I think of Manchester I think of the greatest continuous stretch of bands that one city has ever produced. Their hockey history is not quite so accomplished, so far anyhow.

    Although Tuesday's game will be Manchester's first of the season, there were 8 games this weekend, and 4 games last weekend. All of those games featured an EIHL team facing a team from elsewhere in Europe, execpt for a pair of games between Nottingham and Cardiff.

    The stories being generated are about ticket sales and meeting the players. Hopefully there will be more pre-game news and access to stats. Last year all of the EIHL teams had loads pf pictures but nothing on stats/rosters/summaries. Here's the links and a couple of videos.

    Links:
    ► [Manchester Storm Team Site]
    ► [Manchester Storm Twitter]
    ► [Manchester Storm - Facebook] : [- Event Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manchester Storm]
    ► [EIHL Official Site]
    ► [EIHL - Manchester Storm Page]
    ► [EIHL: EIHL Preseason Gets Underway Saturday]
    ► [EIHL Pointsreak Site]


    Manchester videos:

    Joy Division: Shadow Play
    https://youtu.be/juD4ayBbHdY

    The Smiths: Ask
    https://youtu.be/zoo9Vu1a9bU




    In other news, CUSN has an interview with Spiros Anastas, the recently-departed coach from Lethbridge.



    Also, 3 out of 4 games on the UQTR tour of France are now known:
    Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens
    Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise
    Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)

    The Jokers are hosting the tournament and they are a 2nd tier French team. The other two teams in the round-robin tournament are 1st tier French teams. Last time over there UQTR were in the Napoleon Cup, hosted by the Goths.

    Links:
    ► [Canadian University Sports Network - Interview - Spiros Anastas ]
    ► [HCCP Jokers - Summer Cup] : [Google Translate]

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    Preview: BISONS AT MANCHESTER


    MANITOBA BISONS (2018: 16-10-2, 20-14-3, OHT35 #10)
    MANCHESTER STORM (2018: 35-16-5, EIHL 2nd)


    Aug 21 @ 1:30 CT at Altrincham Arena [/COLOR][/I]

    Live Links:

    • Video: [ManchesterStorm.tv] (all games)
    • Audio: none
    • Live stats: none

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Bison men's hockey in Europe for four exhibition games against U.K. opponents]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • Global TV: [Bisons men’s hockey team off to United Kingdom for team-building preseason tour]

    Manchester Links:
    • Team: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Facebook Event]

    Other Links:
    • [EIHL]


    The only new information is in the pre-game stories from GoBisons.ca an GlobalNews.ca. There is a live video link, which costs £10. I have not yet found live stats or audio.

    The Bisons are touring with just 5 veterans and 12 rookies. Thus far I have only heard about 8 recruits, which means there are four more. Also, they have fund-raised half the cost. Which may explain why some vets are waiting for September to play hockey. The veterans mentioned are Kamerin Nault, Brett Stovin, and Byron Spriggs.

    Manchester Tunes:

    Oasis: Wonderwall
    https://youtu.be/bx1Bh8ZvH84

    The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored
    https://youtu.be/4D2qcbu26gs


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    Aug 21: BISONS LOSE OPENER


    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    MANCHESTER STORM 4


    Links:

    Manchester: [Preview] : [Twitter]


    I can't find a summary, or a game story even. I did find one more preview story and the Twitter was updated. The Bisons were down 2-0 and 3-1 but rallied in the 3rd to tie the game. A late goal won it for the Storm. There were quite a few tussles as well. Newcomer Keaton Jameson was Bison Man-of-the-Match and will be wearing #15.

    Next up:
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers

    OTHER NEWS



    The Banjo Cats had their official announcement of three WHL recruits:

    Conner Chaulk - Swift Current/Calgary - centre
    James Hilsendager - Kelowna - defence
    Brennan Riddle - LethbridgeVancouver - defence

    In a season where major junior recruits seem to be down, this is a decent haul for the Kittens.

    Link:

    ► [Trio of WHLers highlight men’s hockey recruiting class for 2018]

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    Aug 23: BISONS HIT .500


    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    FIFE FLYERS 1


    Links:

    Fife: [Team Site] : [Fixtures & Results]
    Social: [Twitter] : [Facebook]
    Video: [Live: 247.tv] : [YouTube]


    The Fife team site is full of news about recent signings (and there have been quite a few), however there were no preview stories, game stories, or stats. But they did have a live link (which I could not watch at work today), and their Twitter updates were thorough. There is a space on the "fixtures & results" page which might get filled in as you are reading. So I never put up a "preview" post for this one.

    Here's the Twitter summary (with tweets announcing "full strength" after a PK deleted):

    FIFE FLYERS MOM | #50 Shane Owen
    MANITOBA BISONS MOM | #34 Dasan Sydora
    FINAL SCORE | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) @umbisons 2
    Shane Owen goes to the bench @ 59:44
    BISONS 2ND GOAL | 27 from 21 @ 59:44
    FIFE PENALTY | Adamsen 2 mins hooking @ 47:03
    FIFE PENALTY | Grigors 2 mins hooking @ 41:01
    Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 3rd period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers
    Man of the Match, sponsored by @StyxKirkcaldy, voting returns on 8th September in our first competitive game of the season. In the meantime feel free to send us your thoughts for both teams during preseason. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers
    SHOTS ON GOAL 2ND | Owen (Fife) 21 Sydora 4, Spriggs 2 (Manitoba)
    END 2ND | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) @umbisons 1 #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers
    Bisons netminder change. Byron Spriggs replaces Dasan Sydora @ 29:56
    FIFE PENALTY | Crowder 2 mins hooking @ 26:14
    Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 2nd period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers
    SHOTS ON GOAL | Owen (Fife) 6 Sydora (Manitoba) 13
    END 1ST | Fife Flyers 1 (Crowder) University of Manitoba Bisons 1
    BISONS PENALTY | 4 2 mins goaltender interference @ 18:13
    BISONS PENALTY | 26 2 mins cross checking @ 15:50
    BISONS 1ST GOAL | 23 from 28 & 8 @ 14:29
    Goal 1 Bison
    FIFE 1ST GOAL | Crowder from Stoflet & Bloodof @ 7:29 PP
    GOOOOOOALLL 1
    FIFE PENALTY | Gauthier 2 mins holding @ 7:15
    BISON PENALTY | 27 2 mins delay of game @ 6:33
    BISON PENALTY | 12 2 mins tripping@ 5:47
    BISON PENALTY | 24 2 mins interference @ 3:33
    BISON PENALTY | 12 2 mins slashing @ 0:44
    Fife Flyers vs University of Manitoba Bisons - 1st period underway. #WeAreFife #BringTheNoise #PeskyFlyers
    Next up:
    Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens (France)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise (France)

    MORE GAME LINKS



    The Manchester Storm uploaded a game story on Tuesday's game which tells us that:
    - Thomas Lenchyshyn and Lucas Skrumeda each had two penalties, and Nick Zajac had one, amongst what seems to have been a lot of other pushing-and-shoving;
    - Byron Spriggs came on mid-way through the game for Dasan Sydora in goal;
    - newcomers Jeremy Leipsic, Devon Skoleski, and Keaton Jameson all scored for the Bisons;
    - Keaton Jameson was the Bison Man-of-the-Match.

    Link:
    ► [Preseason Match Report: University of Manitoba Bisons 3 – Manchester Storm 4]



    Not sure which newcomer claimed the #24 jersey.


    Lucas Skrumeda mixing it up.

    OTHER NEWS



    York announced the details of their trip to Banjoland, a Remembrance Tour in honour of Mark Cross, a former Lion who passed away in the Humboldt crash. The schedule is:

    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 21 York v Calgary (in Humboldt)
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    Also, Western Ontario added the pre-season games to their schedule:

    Sep 13 Laurier at Western Ontario
    Sep 15 Western Ontario at U.O.I.T.
    Sep 19 Brock at Western Ontario
    Sep 21 Waterloo at Western Ontario
    Sep 28 Laurentian at Western Ontario
    Sep 29 Queen's at Western Ontario

    Finally, the BCIHL released their 2018-19 regular season schedule.

    Links:
    ► [LIONS ANNOUNCE MARK CROSS HUMBOLDTSTRONG REMEMBRANCE TOUR]
    ► [UWO Schedule Page]
    ► [BCIHL Schedule Page]

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    Aug 24: UQTR LOSES OPENER



    U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 2
    AMIENS GOTHIQUES 3


    Links:

    Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
    Facebook: [Jokers]
    EuroHockey.com: [Amiens/UQTR] : [Cergy/Angers]


    This was the afternoon game to open a 4-team round-robin tournament hosted by the Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise, who lost 6-1 to Ducs d'Angers. The Saturday and Sunday games have been switched from the original schedule.

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    Aug 25: BISONS BEATEN IN BELFAST



    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    BELFAST GIANTS 6


    Links:
    Twitter: [Belfast] : [UofM] : [UofM Hockey]
    Tweets: [UofM] : [Adam McKendry]
    Belfast: [Team Site] : [Preview Story] : [Streaming]
    Video: [Facebook] : [Event] : [YouTube]


    The Belfast Twitter was not as thorough as Fife's, but had very many photos. The links may contain stories and videos by the time you read this post. Mackenzie Dwyer scored for the Bisons and Brett Stovin was man-of-the-match.









    Next up:
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD



    U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 1
    CERGY-PONTOISE JOKERS 0


    Links:

    Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
    Facebook: [Jokers]
    Tweets: [Anger/Amiens] : [Cergy/UQTR]
    Eurohockey.com: [Scoreboard]


    This followed a 3-2 win for Angers over Amiens in the afternoon game. Going into the final games on Sunday, Angers leads at 2-0-0, Amiens and UQTR are 1-1-0, and the host Jokers trail at 0-2-0. UQTR faces Angers in the afternoon and the Jokers take on Amiens in the nightcap.

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    Aug 26: BISONS DROP TOUR FINALE



    MANITOBA BISONS 4
    BELFAST GIANTS 5


    Links:
    Twitter: [Belfast] : [UofM] : [UofM Hockey]
    Tweets: [Belfast Sunday Highlights]
    EIHL Game Stories: [Saturday] : [Sunday]
    Video: [Facebook - Sunday] : [Facebook - Saturday] : [YouTube]


    The Bisons finished their UK tour with a sub-standard 1-3-0 record. However, with just 17 players on the trip, and loads of rookies amongst those, perhaps nothing better could be expected. Goal scorers were Liam Bilton, Brett Stovin, and then a pair by Kamerin Nault. Dasan Sydora was in goal. The 17 Bisons on tour will now come home to practice with the 10-15 others trying out for the team. Hopefully the training camp roster will soon be posted.







    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD



    U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 0
    ANGERS LES DUCS 2


    Links:
    Tweets (Google Translate): [UQTR/Angers] : [Amiens/Cergy]
    Facebook: [Jokers]


    This was the afternoon game, and the win assured Angers of the tournament title. In the finale, the host Jokers won for the first time, 4-3 in a shoot-out over Amiens. Amiens finished 2nd, UQTR 3rd, and the Jokers were 4th.

    NEXT UP

    Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)
    Aug 31 to Sep 02 - no games

    Sep 07 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
    Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
    Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Alberta v U.B.C. (in Penticton)
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
    Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge

    FOR THE BISONS:

    Sep 14 Manitoba v S.A.I.T. (in Regina)
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

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    Aug 28: SCHEDULE UPDATES

    No new schedules from CW, or even USports. But there are games from the ACAC and BCIHL which affect the CW.

    http://www.acac.ab.ca/sports/mice/2018-19/schedule-all

    There are quite a few new additions to the ACAC schedule. The games affecting the CW were previously announced with the exception of the latest addition for the Evil Monkeys, and their trip to Athabasca. Here's the whole deal:

    Sep 07 MacEwan at Calgary
    Sep 07 Red Deer College at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Red Deer College at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan

    Sep 11 MacEwan/N.A.I.T. v Edmonton Oilers Rookies
    Sep 12 Portage College at Augustana
    Sep 14 Portage College at Concordia Edmonton
    Sep 14 Briercrest College at Minot State
    Sep 14 N.A.I.T. at U.B.C.
    Sep 15 N.A.I.T. at U.B.C.

    Sep 15 Briercrest College at Minot State
    Sep 15 Concordia Edmonton at Portage College
    Sep 21 Williston State at Briercrest College
    Sep 21 Augustana v Alberta @ Athabasca
    Sep 21 Red Deer College at S.A.I.T.
    Sep 22 Williston State at Briercrest College
    Sep 22 S.A.I.T. at Red Deer College
    Sep 22 MacEwan v N.A.I.T. @ Athabasca
    Sep 23 Augustana v MacEwan @ Calling Lake
    Sep 23 Alberta v N.A.I.T. @ Athabasca
    Sep 26 Red Deer College at Lacombe Generals
    Sep 28 Augustana v Red Deer College @ Lacombe
    Sep 28 MacEwan at Concordia Edmonton
    Sep 28 Portage College at Briercrest College
    Sep 29 Portage College at Briercrest College
    Sep 29 N.A.I.T. at MacEwan
    Sep 29 Augustana v Stony Plain Eagles @ Lacombe
    Sep 30 Concordia Edmonton at N.A.I.T.

    NOTE: S.A.I.T. is also in the Regina tournament Sep 14-15.

    The BCIHL schedule has no pre-season games listed, but two team schedules are up. Those contain no new games involving USports teams:

    http://www.gospartans.ca/sports/mice/2018-19/schedule

    Sep 15 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western (Captains Cup)
    Sep 22 Trinity Western at U.B.C. (Captains Cup)
    Sep 29 Trinity Western at Victoria

    https://www.vikeshockey.com/news/schedule/

    Sep 21 Victoria at Trinity Western

    Hmmm, those schedules don't exactly jibe.

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    Aug 30: SOME LATE NEWS AS WE HEAD INTO LABOUR DAY



    Is this a recruiting announcement? Or nothing more than a back-to-school notice?

    Drea Esposito - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - D

    The links say Esposito "retired" to cash in his scholarship and go to the U of M. So will he be on the team? He is a 6'4" 190 lbs. d-man. In two WHL seasons he has just the one goal, so D must be his thing. He doesn't turn 19 until January, and had an overage season he could have used.

    Links:
    ► [Dub Network: Leslie and Esposito join Popowich in retirement; Hodson signs with Victoria]
    ► [Calgary Hitmen on Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects: Drea Esposito]






    The Horny Ones appeared to be in trouble when their coach quit at the last minute. But it looks like they caught a break by signing Murray Nystrom. He coached the Brock Badgers (OUA) for 18 years and even got them to the U-Cup in 2008. Once could say he's an upgrade from Spiros Anastas.

    Links:
    ► [CW: Former Brock coach Nystrom set to lead Pronghorns]
    ► [Lethbridge News Now: Experienced bench boss Murray Nystrom tapped to lead Pronghorns men’s hockey team]




    The CUSN had a new Tuesday Morning Skate this week, with news around all four conferences. Included was a take on this week's Bison news.

    There were also announcements from UBC and Lakehead this week.

    UBC landed Quentin Greenwood, a winger from the Old Grizzlys of the AJHL.

    In Thunder Bay, the assistant coaches were announced to be Andrew Fernandez, Jason Firth, and Murray Magill.

    Links:
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 27th, 2018]
    ► [UBC: ‘Birds add two-way forward Quentin Greenwood]
    ► [NNL: Thunderwolves Hockey – Wilkins announces coaching staff]

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    Sept 5: LIMITED ROSTER NEWS



    The roster pages throughout the league are stuck on 2017-18. By now we should have learned of any recruits of significance. Usually, news travels when a player has left to sign a pro contract. However, players who have departed for other reasons are not known until we see roster pages.

    The Bison site has a WHL recruiting story. They have recruited goaltender Tyler Brown from the WHL, but he is in rehab and won't start the season. The other links are for team roster pages which are sure to be updated now that players should have reported to classes.

    Links:
    ► [WHL powers CW: Sirant eyes Manitoban talent to take Bisons to next level]
    ► [Alberta Roster]
    ► [Calgary Roster]
    ► [Lethbridge Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Roster]
    ► [Mount Royal Roster]
    ► [Regina Roster]
    ► [Saskatchewan Roster]
    ► [UBC Roster]




    In scheduling news:

    - The BCIHL has added an exhibition game component to the schedule, which includes just 6 games.
    Sep 15 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western
    Sep 15 Victoria at Vancouver Island
    Sep 21 Simon Fraser at U.B.C.
    Sep 22 Trinity Western at U.B.C.
    Sep 28 Simon Fraser at Anchorage (NCAA)
    Sep 28 Simon Fraser at Fairbanks (NCAA) (?)

    - That oddity on the MRU Schedule which has them going to the States on two separate weekends would seem to be (as suspected) in error. Minnesota State says their game with MRU is on Oct 6th.

    - Brock has their schedule in 2018-19 at long last, but it is missing the pre-season. That leaves Concordia and Nipissing battling for Laggard-of-the-Year.

    Links:
    ► [BCIHL Schedule]
    ► [Minnesota State Schedule]
    ► [Brock Schedule]

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