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    2019-20 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread

    U-SPORTS/CIS BOOKMARKS

    The Bisons are off to a much faster start with recruiting news than last year, so time to start the 2019-20 thread! Hopefully last years health issues are behind me so I can keep on top of my favourite hobby this season.

    As usual, the opening post has the links needed to follow USports/CIS hockey. The next one will have the news.

    League Sites:
    USports Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
    Canada West Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats
    OUA Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results
    AUS Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
    ... sub-links : Schedule/Results
    ACAC Mens 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 - Tw - FB
    UBC Thunderbirds - Tw - FB

    AUS Team Sites:
    Acadia Axemen
    Dalhousie Tigers
    Moncton Aigles Bleus- Google Translate
    New Brunswick Reds - new link in 2019
    UPEI Panthers
    St. Francis-Xavier X-men
    Saint Marys 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
    Ontario Tech Ridgebacks
    Ottawa Geegees
    Queens Golden Gaels
    RMC Palladins - Team Site

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

    ACAC Team Sites:
    Augustana Vikings
    Briercrest Clippers
    Concordia Thunder
    MacEwan Griffins - joining the CW in 2020-21
    NAIT Ooks
    Portage Voyageurs
    Red Deer Kings
    SAIT Trojans

    BCIHL Team Sites:
    Eastern Washington Eagles - withdrew in 2018-19
    Selkirk Saints
    Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
    Trinity Western Spartans - joining the CW in 2020-21
    Vancouver Island Mariners
    Victoria Vikings

    Media Sites/Blogs:
    Canadian University Sports Network - stopped August 2018
    Breakin News N Crackin Brews (online radio)
    TSN CIS Page
    SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
    The Attacking Zone - stopped December 2016
    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 Mens Hockey - site down
    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 Mens Hockey Twitter (Manitoba unofficial)
    Game On Magazine

    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 2019-20
    USports/CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2019-20
    USports/CIS Standings - 2010 to 2020
    USports/CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2019
    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
    OHT35 2017-18
    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 2017-18
    Manitoba Bisons 2018-19
    2019-20 Exhibition Schedule
    2018-19 OHT35

    Note: The 2019-20 links may not yet be active on some sites.
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    May 12: Recruits, Renovations, and Expansion



    RECRUITS

    The Bisons have announced five recruits who, when combined with last year's red shirt and post-Christmas acquisitions, cover most of the team's pressing needs for the upcoming season. Of the eight players profiled, seven are from every corner of Sunny Manitoba. One more solid major junior goal-scorer would be nice! Here are the details:

    Brady Pouteau - D - Regina Pats (WHL)

    Pouteau fits what was once the prototype for a Bison recruit: A local boy (from Oak Bank, BTW) who went off to play in the WHL, wore a letter, and is coming back home to go to school. He is 6'3" and 203 lbs and plays some physical D. That was one big item on the Bison shopping list. He played five years in the Dub, in Regina, Lethbridge, and back to Regina for their Memorial Cup run. Of great local interest is that the Pats gave him the Rick Rypien Memorial Award. Rypien was the captain of the Pats and, though undrafted, was recruited to the Manitoba Moose where he established himself as a legit prospect and was offered a 2-way deal by the Vancouver Canucks. When the Jets were revived, he was signed by the team but unfortunately took his own life whilst suffering from depression before training camp.

    Links:
    ➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit Oak Bluff native Brady Pouteau for the 2019-20 season
    ➤ ChrisD.ca: Bisons Sign Former Regina Pats Defenceman Brady Pouteau
    ➤ Regina Leader-Post: Pats playing for pride on final weekend of season
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Brady Pouteau Career Stats





    Riley Lamb - G - Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

    Lamb, from Rivers, is coming home. He finished his WHL career with Swift Current, but started with Red Deer. He had two years with Red Deer (2016-17 and 2017-18) before heading to the SJHL in 2018-19 for his "overage" year. After stints in Weyburn and Yorkton, he was added by Swift Current for their late-season drive. His numbers are solid (just over .900 save % the last three years). After the departure of the three goaltenders the Herd has had in recent years (Byron Spriggs, Justin Paulic, and Dasan Sydora) they needed somebody to partner with last year's redshirt, Tyler Brown (also a WHL grad). I expect them to add a local recruit from the MJHL or even MMJHL to act as a #3.

    Links:
    ➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons add veteran goaltender Riley Lamb for the 2019-20 season
    ➤ WHL: Broncos clarify crease, sign overager Lamb to WHL Standard Player Agreement
    ➤ CHL: Rebels’ Riley Lamb named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (2018)
    ➤ Swift Current: Page of Video Links
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Lamb Career Stats





    Matthew Stanley - D - Swift Current Broncos (WHL), Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL)

    Stanley is from Balmoral and is another sizeable country boy on D, just what the Bisons need. In 2015-16 he started his career with Steinbach in the MJHL. He then spent three seasons in the WHL, from Swift Current to Lethbridge then back again. Last year was his "overage" year and Swift Current picked him up after Lethbridge let him go. He also had a cup-of-coffee with Jacksonville at the end of 2019. If only they had fighting in the CW! The Bisons have more than their share of capable pugilists.

    Links:
    ➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit WHL defenceman Matthew Stanley for the 2019-20 season
    ➤ YouTube: Matthew Stanley vs Tristyn DeRoose Mar 7, 2018
    ➤ Lethbridge: Hurricanes Waive Stanley
    ➤ Swift Current: Broncos welcome back pair of familiar faces
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Matthew Stanley Career Stats





    Tony Apetagon - F - Winnipeg Blues / OCN Blizzard (MJHL)

    Brian Harris - F - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) / Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

    The Bisons had a joint press release for these two MJHL forwards.

    Apetagon is a 6'2" forward from Norway House. It is tough to come up through the ranks up north. Distances are long and travel is rough. In 2016-17 he started with the OCN Storm (Junior B), then in 2017-18 he went to the OCN Blizzard (Junior A). Last year he was OCN's captain but was traded to the Blues late for their playoff run. He finished 3rd in league scoring (29-45-74 in 59 games) and was on the 1st all-star team. He was also OCN's captain.

    Harris is a 6' 1" forward from Wawanesa. He helped lead Swan within a game of their first-ever MJHL title. Last year he was 16-36-52 in 59 regular season games, and 4-11-15 in 17 playoff games. The linked YouTube video shows he can throw 'em like a good old Manitoba boy!

    Links:
    ➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit local talent in Tony Apetagon and Brian Harris for 2019-20 season
    ➤ ChrisD.ca: Bisons Stay Local in Latest Pair of Hockey Recruits
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Tony Apetagon Career Stats : Brian Harris Career Stats
    ➤ Winnipeg Blues: Apetagon's Player Card
    ➤ MJHL: Apetagon expected to boost the Blues’ scoring attack
    ➤ Swan Valley: Former Stampeder Brian Harris Found A Home In The WHL
    ➤ YouTube: Brian Harris vs Ty Ettinger Jan 9, 2018







    In addition to the five recruits, the Bisons have a redshirt and two post-Christmas recruits of note from 2018-19.

    Tyler Brown - G - Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

    Last year Brown was a redshirt after having surgery in the off-season. Reports at the time had him coming to the team in the new year, but that never happened.

    Links:
    ➤ Eliteprospects.com: Tyler Brown Career Stats
    ➤ WHL: Tyler Brown Player Page





    Ryan Carlson - D - Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets (NCAA) / Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)

    Carlson is a Minnesota boy but played three seasons for Steinbach in the MJHL from 2014-15 to 2016-17. He then played a season and a half down south before transferring at Christmas last year. He is 6'3" but not very physical. He does handle the puck well, though. He was one of those guys who was better than expected. He was on the NCAA Scholastic Honour (or Honor as they say) Roll!

    Links:
    ➤ Eliteprospects.com: Ryan Carlson
    ➤ MJHL: Former Pistons Defender Carlson Commits to University of Wisconsin Superior





    Colton Veloso - F - Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL)/Kootenay Ice (WHL)

    Veloso is a Winnipeg boy who left Steinbach and went far west to play for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL in 2015. He wound up his WHL career with the Kootenay Ice (now the Winnipeg Ice), where he scored 25 goals in 2017-18. He went to play for the Jacksonville Icemen at the end of the 2018 season and then in 2018-19 he played until Christmas. He then came to the Bisons so he could cash in his WHL scholarships. He posted stats of 2-5-7 in 12 games.

    Links:
    ➤ Eliteprospects.com: Colton Veloso
    ➤ Game On: Winnipeg's Colton Veloso to Attend Manitoba Moose Camp (2018)
    ➤ WHL: Player Page
    ➤ Steinbach: Former Pistons forwards sign in ECHL (2018)
    ➤ Jacksonville: Pair of Rookie Forwards Join Icemen







    RENOVATIONS

    The Winnipeg Ice of the WHL will play their first two seasons at the Wayne Fleming Arena whilst their new arena is being built about a 15-20 minute drive from the U of M. We knew that renovations would be coming but the place is in for a massive face-lift. Highlights are:

    - increased capacity from 1,400 to 1,600, with a balcony on the east side;
    - party lounges are being installed;
    - upgraded concessions;
    - VIP lounge;
    - video scoreboard;
    - miscellaneous improvements to the media area, glass, boards, safety netting, dressing rooms, etc.

    Here are some artist renderings:







    To orient yourself on the pictures, the seating is in a "C" shape, going behind both nets and on one side (the one with the penalty box). The nets are at the north and south ends and the seats are on the west side. The player benches are on the east side. The new loges are going on the east side.

    Links:
    ➤ WHL: 50 Below Sports + Entertainment announces upgrades to Wayne Fleming Arena
    ➤ ChrisD.ca: Winnipeg Ice Spending $1.2M on Upgrades to Wayne Fleming Arena
    ➤ Winnipeg Sun: FRIESEN: Ice pretty themselves up for Winnipeg debut
    ➤ CJOB/Global: Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, May 10




    EXPANSION

    Two new teams will be joining the CW in 2020-21. The Trinity Western Spartans will join from the BCIHL and the MacEwan Griffins will join from the ACAC.

    This will bring the CW up to 10 teams. However, the downside is that unless new schools join, the BCIHL will be down to four teams and the ACAC down to seven. So, seen globally, this would not improve the status of university/college hockey very much.


    However, there are rumours of significance coming from UQAM, of all places. They have never had a team before. They have a million dollar donation from the Molson's! Maybe the other UQ's can also have teams. UQTR has a new logo. Maybe UQAC can come back!

    TRINITY WESTERN

    Holy Trinity was a founding member of the BCIHL in 2005, operating a team known as the "Titans". In 2010-11 the hockey team was elevated to varsity status, and adopted the "Spartans" moniker, as used for their other varsity teams. They have finished first and won the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. They last an exhibition game to UBC 6-2 last September. Jeff Gamache (AD) had this to say in the link:

    “I could not be happier for (TWU men’s hockey head coach) Barret Kropf, as without his dedication to hockey in general at TWU and his leadership and ability to build a team of people around both our men’s and women’s programs, this day would not be possible. We can now say with great certainty that TWU will be home to the leading Christian hockey program in the world. I have no doubt we will have players from literally all over the globe who want to join Spartan hockey because it will provide elite hockey players a place to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a godly Christian leader. We understand how unique this opportunity is and we are excited to see many more young women and men use their God-given hockey talent on a team that loves each other and competes shoulder to shoulder in such a unique way within the hockey world.”
    I suspect that TWU will be able to recruit on a continent-wide basis, which might compensate for them being at a disadvantage against UBC and other CW schools due to their strict code of conduct.

    MACEWAN

    The Peter Griffins had a prolonged period of mediocrity in the ACAC (5 straight seasons of quarter-final eliminations preceded by 3 straight years out of the playoffs), however they have now won three titles in a row. In all three seasons they finished second to NAIT in the regular season before rallying in the playoffs. MacEwan has only just begun to add non-conference games with the CW to their schedule. This contrasts to NAIT, who have loads of games every year against CW and NCAA teams, both inside and outside Alberta. Last year they were hammered twice by the Bedrock Dinosaurs, 6-2 and 9-0.

    Links:
    ➤ CW: New sport applications approved for TWU, MacEwan, UFV
    ➤ TWU: SPARTANS JOIN CANADA WEST IN MEN’S & WOMEN’S HOCKEY
    ➤ UBC 6 TWU 2: SPARTANS LOSE TO UBC IN HARD-FOUGHT CAPTAINS CUP CONTEST (2018)
    ➤ MacEwan: MacEwan hockey programs accepted into Canada West conference, starting in 2020-21
    ➤ MacEwan: Three latest recruits - Gable, Miller and Harris - bring tons of championship, leadership experience
    ➤ MacEwan: Quickly back to work after third-straight title, Griffins add talented new recruits Taupert, Chalifoux
    ➤ UQAM: Towards the creation of a hockey team at UQAM
    ➤ Quartierlibre.ca (translated): One million dollars for hockey at UQAM




    The CW is getting a Hall of Fame!

    Links:
    ➤ CW: Canada West launches Hall of Fame
    ➤ UofM (rp): Canada West launches hall of fame

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    May 26: Where's the News?

    It has now been two weeks without news in the CW. The Bisons announced some recruits (per the last post) but no other team has an official announcement of recruits. So we need to look at news from other areas for now.



    One of UBC's assistants is leaving the nest. Kelvin Cech is leaving to coach the Winkler Flyers in the MJHL. Believe it or not, this is the only new news on a CW team page, other than the Bisons. Last year UBC was laying on the announcements.

    Links:
    ➤ UBC: Kelvin Cech joining the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers as new head coach





    Perhaps you saw the just-ended IIHF World Championship. For me, one game of interest was at the end of the round-robin when Great Britain beat France for 7th place and the right to return next year. There were two USports grads on the Team GB roster - Tim Billingsley (from the Cartoon Ravens) and Mike Hammond (from the Lakehead Thundermutts). Both played from 2011-12 to 2014-15.

    Links:
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Billingsley : Hammond : Team GB
    ➤ Ice Hockey UK: RUSSELL NAMES 25-MAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD





    The AUS is the first conference to release a schedule. The story doesn't say too much about it. I do not see it uploaded as yet to the USports site. (Although the way that site is run, that may not happen until January anyhow.)

    Links:
    ➤ AUS: 2019-20 AUS men's hockey schedule announced
    ➤ AUS: Schedule





    MacEwan's shift from the ACAC to the CW was already posted. However there is additional discussion of the topic our in Saudi Alberta. The story at the Red Deer Adviocate claims that the ACAC will be down to 9 men's and 4 women's teams after the move. Did I miss two new men's programs being added to the ACAC?

    Links:
    ➤ Red Deer Advocate: RDC set for new hockey reality with Griffins departing for USports
    ➤ Edmonton Sun: MacEwan University hockey programs heading to another level rp @ Sherwood Park News

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    June 3: TV passes & odds and ends



    The on-line product has been getting better but there is a steep price increase. All sports pass is $100. Early bird pricing exists and is now scaled in. Here's the price list:

    ALL-ACCESS PASS - includes playoffs
    Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $79.99
    Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $84.99
    Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $89.99
    Full price (Sept. 1) - $99.99

    SPORT PASS - for one of football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, regular season only
    Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $31.99
    Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $33.99
    Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $35.99
    Full price (Sept. 1) - $39.99

    SINGLE EVENT PASS: $6.99

    Links:
    ➤ Press release: CW rp@ UofM rp@ UofL




    There are more stories about the on-going renovations of the Wayne Fleming Arena on the UofM Campus and about previously announced recruits.

    The old scoreboard has been removed from centre ice as in this picture. The new one should be nice.



    The CW schedule has not been released. However, at the UND site we see that the Herd will have an exhibition game there on October 6th.

    Links:
    ➤ Winnipeg Sun: Paul Friesen: Ice pretty themselves up for Winnipeg debut
    ➤ The Manitoban: Jason Pchajek: Getting ready for opening day
    ➤ Chris D: Bisons Stay Local in Latest Pair of Hockey Recruits (re Apetagon & Harris)
    ➤ Chris D: Bisons Sign Former Regina Pats Defenceman Brady Pouteau
    ➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Sports briefs (re Pouteau)
    ➤ UND: Hockey Schedule

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    June 10: Odds & Ends



    The CW is going to be using AI to generate highlights this year. Here's what they claim:
    “REELY’s technology will allow our members to generate more highlights, and distribute them instantly, as we continue to put an increasing emphasis on shareable video content," said Evan Daum, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing for Canada West. "The automation of clipping will help our members engage more fans through social media, while enabling the conference to produce additional video content.”



    If you need a part-time job, the U of M is looking for game day staff. Details are in the links.




    Serge Lajoie is one ape headed for the Evil Monkeys' Wall of Fame. He won awards at every level:
    In his time as a defenceman, assistant coach and head coach with the perennial powerhouse U of A program, Lajoie won a combined four Canadian university national championships, one as a player, two as an assistant coach and one as a head coach.

    As a player, he also captured the Wilson Challenge Trophy as the U of A’s top male athlete, and the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the Canadian university men’s hockey player of the year. He also won two provincial college championships as head coach and two Coach of the Year awards.



    The BCIHL musings on the impact of Holy Trinity's shift to the CW in 2020-21 are in the linked story. They brought up that TWU may operate a varsity team in the CW and a club side in the BCIHL. Maybe UBC would follow suit!


    Links:
    ➤ CW: Canada West partners with REELY for AI-powered highlights
    ➤ UofM: Bison Sports hosting a Game Day Job Fair on June 11
    ➤ UofA: Serge Lajoie added to Sports Wall of Fame
    ➤ BCIHL: BCIHL statement on TWU's successful bid to join Canada West conference

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    June 10: Bisons Land a Hat-Trick of Forwards



    The Bisons announced the recruitment of three more players, all forwards who finished last season in the MJHL where they enjoyed all-star status.

    Bradly Goethals - C - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) / Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

    At 6'1" and only 170 lbs, I can't help but think that some bulking up would help Goethals find that next level. I am sure that he can locate many fine cooks in his home town of Île-des-Chęnes.

    He had just one full season in the WHL, where he scored 15 goals. The Blades replaced his overage spot with a defenceman early last year, so he came back to the MJHL, landing with Swan. In 50 games he went 34-45-79, which landed him on the first all-star team. He also racked up 12-13-25 in 17 playoff games.

    Links:
    ➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons add scoring punch for 2019-20 season with three MJHL recruits
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Bradly Goethals Career Stats
    ➤ MJHL: Bradly Goethals Stats
    ➤ Stampeders: Bradly Goethals Named RBC Player of the Month
    ➤ Stampeders: Bradly Goethals Named MLLC Player of the Month
    ➤ Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: Blades add veteran D-man Schuldhaus, part ways with forward Goethals
    ➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Stampeders have title in sight





    Josh Tripp - F - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)

    At 5'9" and 165 lbs. Tripp will not be adding a physical presence to the line-up. However, this Swan River boy edged Goethals (his team-mate) for the MJHL scoring title, 36-48-84 in 57 games. Both were on the league's first all-star team. He was also 11-10-21 in 21 playoff games.

    Links:
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Joshua Tripp Career Stats
    ➤ MJHL: Joshua Tripp Stats
    ➤ MJHL: Stamps’ Tripp hoping scoring crown pays off in playoffs
    ➤ Stampeders: Josh Tripp Named Finalist For CJHL MVP Award
    ➤ Windspeaker: Tripp racking up the points in his hometown
    ➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Local star wants to see Swan Valley Stampeders become a 'championship team'
    ➤ Game On: Josh Tripp Collects Major MJHL Player of the Year Award





    Chase Brakel - C - Cornell Big Red (NCAA) / Portage Terriers (MJHL)

    Brakel's three full seasons with the Terriers ended in 2017-18, when he was the team captain. He started last season at Cornell, but left after just six games. He was a deadline addition to the Terriers' playoff roster. In 21 regular season games, his scoreline was 9-11-20 and in 20 playoff games he was 11-17-28. His peak season was in 2016-17, where he racked up numbers of 34-46-80 in 58 games. Also, he was an MJHL second team all-star in 2017 and 2018.

    Links:
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Chase Brakel Career Stats
    ➤ MJHL: Chase Brakel Stats
    ➤ Graphic Leader: Already surging Terriers add to arsenal
    ➤ Portage Terriers: 20 Questions with Captain Chase Brakel
    ➤ Winnipeg Sun: Portage Terriers snare fourth MJHL title in five years
    ➤ Portage Online: Brakel Declares For Cornell







    Meanwhile, another Evil Monkey has turned pro. Jason Fram is off to the KHL to join Kunlun Red Star, based in China. He's been voted Canada's best USports defenceman in 2018 and 2019.

    Links:
    ➤ UofA: Jason Fram signs with Kunlun Red Star of the KHL

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    June 12: Schedule Is Out



    The schedule is out!

    Most teams had announcements, with their team highlights, as linked. The league schedule link still goes to 2018-19. The 2019-20 schedule link brings up an XLS document.

    One nice feature on the team schedules is a "history" link at which they post trivia and stats about the match-up going back to February 2008 (for Manitoba). This feature is on the Manitoba, Calgary, Sask, and UBC schedule pages.

    The exhibition games should now be announced by bits and drabs. Regina's story contained this tidbit:
    Warming Up
    The U of R currently has four non-conference games scheduled to tune up before the regular season kicks off late in September. Regina will play Saskatchewan and Calgary in Saskatoon before visiting the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of pre-season games the following weekend.
    The Bisons are not affected by the new WHL franchise. They have two Saturday night-Sunday afternoon series, two Friday night-Saturday night series, and three Friday night-Saturday afternoon series.

    Links:
    ➤ CW: story : XLS schedule
    ➤ Manitoba: story : schedule
    ➤ Alberta: story : schedule
    ➤ Calgary: schedule
    ➤ Lethbridge: nothing yet
    ➤ MRU: story
    ➤ Regina: story
    ➤ Sask: story : schedule
    ➤ UBC: story : schedule



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    June 25: Catch-Up Time



    The conference schedule has been out for two weeks. However, the CW site's schedule link still takes us to 2018-19. Regina has a full exhibition schedule posted, but nobody else does. Only Manitoba has posted any exhibition games, namely their home double-header against Regina on September 20-21.

    I popped in at the Wayne Fleming Arena last weekend. The seating area is locked as a "hard hat" area. However, the window on the door by the visiting team's corner entrance was not covered and I caught a mediocre glimpse inside. The wall behind the team benches was covered, there appeared to be new boards with new ads installed, and the sign said public skating was opening in July. My inference is that this is where the renos to the change rooms, press box, lounge, etc. will take place. I was unable to get a glimpse of the scoreboard. It looks pretty big when it's on the ground. The first photo was posted on June 14th and the second on June 20th.







    Last year there were reams of stories about players getting pro contracts, including several Bisons. The news has been slower this year. But at least Riley Guenther got a story from his alma matter, the University of British California. He's being joined by another former T-ird, Neil Manning. Both are defencemen. Manning's last season at UBC was 2015-16. He has since played in Europe, the AHL, and the ECHL.

    Links:
    ➤ UBC: Riley Guenther inks pro deal in France’s top league
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Guenther
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Neil Manning




    The Mutts have an annual fundraiser with an NHL guest speaker. This year it's Chris Chelios. The event is in November. Past speakers include Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Wendel Clark, Brett Hull, Jeremy Roenick, Paul Coffey and Chris Pronger.

    Links:
    ➤ Sask: Chelios highlights 2019 Off the Leash Luncheon

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    June 27: Stovin to Scotland Confirmed



    Graduated Bison captain Brett Stovin is out kilt-shopping today. The Bisons officially announced his signing with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL. Dundee was 23-25-12 last season. Hopefully he'll do well over there. The Bisons toured the EIHL in 2017 and 2018, and went 4-3-1 overall.



    Links:
    ➤ UofM: Bisons alum Brett Stovin signs professional deal with Dundee Stars
    ➤ Dundee: Stovin Signs with Stars
    ➤ EIHL: Stovin latest addition to Stars
    ➤ UofM: Sign up for the Bisons Newsletter!





    Brandon Magee is off to join team-mate Jason Fram with Kunlun Red Star in the KHL. Magee only had two seasons with the Monkeys. He played in the ECHL in 2015-16 then had to red-shirt a year, during which he played for the Lacombe Generals in Senior AAA.

    Links:
    ➤ UofA: Brandon Magee signs pro deal with Kunlun Red Star





    The news from the Town of Bedrock has been slow. But now former coach George Kingston was awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada for 2019. He coached in the golden era of CW coaches which included Clare Drake (Alta.), Wayne Fleming (Man.), Dave King (Sask.), and Mike Babcock (Leth.). Check out his resume:

    Assistant with Lithuania's national men's team since 2013-14
    Assistant with EC Salzburg (Austria) in 2012-13
    Assistant with Mexico's national men's team from 2010-13
    Worked with the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation (men's, women's and sledge) from 2008-10
    Assistant with the NHL's Florida Panthers from 2001-07
    Assistant with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2001
    Head coach of Germany's national men's team from 1994-98
    Head coach of Team Canada at the 1994 IIHF World Championship (gold medal)
    GM of Team Canada at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games (silver medal)
    Head coach of the NHL's San Jose Sharks from 1991-93
    Head coach of Norway's national men's team and national junior team from 1989-91
    Assistant with the NHL's Minnesota North Stars in 1988-89
    Chairman of the 1988 men's Olympic hockey tournament
    Assistant with Team Canada at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games (fourth place)
    Assistant with Team Canada at the 1983 IIHF World Championship (bronze medal)
    Assistant with the NHL's Calgary Flames from 1980-82
    Head coach of the University of Calgary men's hockey team (1968-76, 1978-83, 1984-88)
    Won the Canada West championship with Calgary (1974, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1988)
    Assistant with the University of Calgary men's hockey team in 1967-68

    Links:
    ➤ UofC: Kingston receives the Order of Hockey in Canada





    The ACAC released their schedule and that means the MacEwan Griffins are putting together their farewell season in college hockey. Next year, they finally join the CW in hockey. They currently have five pre-season games scheduled. On September 13 and 14 they face SAIT (away and home), on September 20 and 21 they visit UBC, and on October 4 they are at NAIT in a cross-town derby. Since the CW starts on September 27 and 28, any additional games would likely be against ACAC teams. Or possibly TWU!

    Links:
    ➤ GMU: With memories of thrilling semifinal series fresh, Griffins will kick off last ACAC season against Kings

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    June 30: Last Day for Tier 1 Early Bird



    Reminder that today is the last day for the lowest price on CanadaWest.tv subscriptions. I have signed up for the all-access pass.

    ALL-ACCESS PASS - includes playoffs
    Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $79.99
    Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $84.99
    Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $89.99
    Full price (Sept. 1) - $99.99

    SPORT PASS - for one of football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, regular season only
    Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $31.99
    Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $33.99
    Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $35.99
    Full price (Sept. 1) - $39.99

    SINGLE EVENT PASS: $6.99

    Links:
    ➤ Press release: CW rp@ UofM rp@ UofL

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    July 3: ACAC Announces More Games



    The ACAC conference schedule is thus far the best at adding pre-season games. I include their whole pre-season plus the individual schedules for the teams to have thus far posted theirs. Since last time, the games of note are regarding Portage College's trip to Castlegar, where they will face Selkirk College and Holy Trinity.

    Neither the BCIHL nor any individual teams have a 2019-20 schedule up. However The Clown have announced their two games in the 3rd annual Captain's Cup series against UBC and TWU.

    Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference
    Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
    Sep 14 NAIT at Augustana
    Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan
    Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
    Sep 20 MacEwan at UBC
    Sep 21 MacEwan at UBC
    Sep 27 Portage v Trinity Western @ Castlegar
    Sep 27 Augustana at NAIT
    Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia
    Sep 28 Portage v Selkirk College @ Castlegar
    Oct 04 MacEwan at NAIT
    Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana

    2019-20 Vikings Hockey Schedule
    Sep 14 NAIT at Augustana
    Sep 27 Augustana at NAIT
    Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia
    Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana

    Schedule
    Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
    Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia

    2019-20 MacEwan Griffins Men's Hockey Schedule
    Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
    Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan
    Sep 20 MacEwan at UBC
    Sep 21 MacEwan at UBC
    Oct 04 MacEwan at NAIT

    2019-20 Voyageurs Men's Ice Hockey Schedule
    Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
    Sep 27 Portage v Trinity Western @ Castlegar
    Sep 28 Portage v Selkirk College @ Castlegar

    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
    Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
    Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan
    Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana

    Captain's Cup Game 2: SFU vs TWU - Sept 18th - SFU Hockey
    Sep 14 Simon Fraser at UBC
    Sep 18 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western
    TBD Trinity Western v UBC

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    July 6: News from Manitoba, Alberta, and UBC



    Another photo of the renovations underway at the Wayne Fleming Arena has been tweeted by the Winnipeg Ice. The part behind the curtain is the part that will make the biggest difference. But I really like the new scoreboard. Can't wait to see it when it's done.



    Links:
    ➤ Winnipeg Ice Twitter: July 3rd





    Graeme Craig is leaving the Evil Monkeys to play for Manitoba next year! The Manitoba Moose of the AHL, that is. He played in the AHL and ECHL in 2014-15 and then in 2015-16 he played with the Bentley Generals whilst red-shirting. He has been an Ape for the past three seasons.

    Links:
    ➤ UofA: Graeme Craig signs pro contract with Manitoba Moose
    ➤ Elite Prospects: Graeme Craig Stats





    UBC has not added to their schedule their games against ACAC and BCIHL teams, which have been announced elsewhere. However, they have added a pair of home games on August 30th and September 1st against the Wisconsin Badgers. What makes these games unusual is that they are being played in British California, not the Excited States, and that they are being played more than a month before NCAA teams are "allowed" to play. In the past, many NCAA basketball teams have come north to play exhibition games. Now, hockey is getting into the act.

    Links:
    ➤ UBC: 2019-20 Schedule
    ➤ GMU: 2019-20 Schedule
    ➤ SFU: Captain’s Cup Game 1: SFU @ UBC – Sept 14th

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    July 15: More Renos



    I dropped in on the Wayne Fleming Arena on Sunday afternoon during public skating and took some pictures.


    The centre ice logo is added. The new boards are not yet installed in front of the player benches.


    The new scoreboard will have highlights to see! From the concourse it is basically at eye height.


    This shows the new boards and logo. The glass was also fogged up due to the high humidity.


    This is the major aspect of the renos in progress. This is a glimpse of the new row of seats being added on the east side of the building, above the player benches and below the press box. This picture shows the relative position of the scoreboard.


    This one is a different angle of the previous picture. It really shows the new "hallway" being built behind the big white curtain.

    Links:
    ➤ UofM: Video Tweet




    The T-irds have two new stories. One is about veteran Adam Rossignol turning pro in Europe, and the other is about the previously announced exhibition games against the Wisconsin Badger-Bobs.

    Links:
    ➤ UBC: Adam Rossignol inks pro deal with HK Budapest
    ➤ UBC: T-Birds to host Wisconsin Badgers for pair of exhibition contests


    new: old:

    The Selkirk College Saints of the BCIHL made a big to-do about a potential make-over. In the end, they somewhat altered their logo but the team name and colours stay the same.

    Links:
    ➤ Castlegar Source: Selkirk College Maintains Connection to Athletics History, Unveils New Logo
    ➤ My Kootenay Now: Selkirk Saints unveil refreshed logo
    ➤ Castlegar News: Poll: Should Selkirk College change the name of their sports teams?

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