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    2017-18 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread


    Usually a recruiting announcement tells me it is time to switch into next year mode. This year, it is a story. So, as has become the usual, here is the comprehensive list of bookmarks for U-Sports (U Sports? USports? US?) hockey.

    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
    Selkirk Saints
    Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
    Trinity Western Spartans
    Vancouver Island Mariners
    Victoria Vikings

    Media Sites/Blogs:
    Canadian University Sports Network
    SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
    TSN CIS Page
    The Attacking Zone
    Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk
    Independent Sports News
    Hockey Scene - AUS
    Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni (McGill)
    Horns Hockey Alumni (Lethbridge)
    Golden Bears Hockey Alumni (Alberta)

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

    Canada West stats and data:
    CW LeagueStats - Standings
    CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule - New Format
    CW LeagueStats - Rosters
    CW LeagueStats - Skaters' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Goalies' Stats
    CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules
    CW LeagueStats - Season Schedule - links to summaries

    Elite Prospects : CIS Page - individual player stats on everybody
    Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects
    USports/CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2017-18
    USports/CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2017-18
    USports/CIS Standings - 2010 to 2018
    USports/CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2017
    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 - 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
    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

    2017-18 Exhibition Schedule
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    New TV deal!

    There are no new recruiting announcements, which usually kick off a new thread. However, there is one significant announcement. is switching to Yare Media for their on-line broadcasts. I will be able to watch on TV via Chromecast!

    • [CWUAA Announcement]
    • [U of M Announcement]

    Meanwhile, former Moose defenceman Sven Butenschon has dropped the "interim" tag and is UBC's head coach.

    • [CWUAA Link]
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    Off-Season Stories

    Most teams in the CW have a story posted this off-season, and here's a summary, other than the previously posted stories on the new TV deal and Butenschon getting a contract at UBC.

    Sask's plans to replace with long-condemned Rutherdump with a new facility appear to be well underway. The rumour mill states that this will be Saskatown's 3rd building with indoor plumbing.

    Link: [U of S Story]

    The MRU Bluegars will be going through a transition this coming season. Two stalwarts, Cam Maclise and Matt Brown, have signed pro deals with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL.

    Link: [MRU Story]

    The Hørny Ønes have two significant announcements, one an arrival and the other a departure. Their captain, conference all-star defenceman, and 3rd leading scorer, Tim Campbell has signed in France. He will be replaced by Kamloops Blazer defenceman Dallas Valentine. Tough shoes to fill, but still a quality recruit for a building program.

    ¶ [U of L Story on Campbell]
    ¶ [U of L Story on Valentine]

    Elgin Pearce left the Bedrock Dinos to join Bison goaltender Byron Spriggs with the Manitoba Moose (AHL). Twenty goals in 28 games will earn a guy a shot. He still has a year left and previously played in the ECHL. He was on an ATO so, like Spriggs, could still play in the CWUAA.

    Link: [U of C Story]

    The Evil Monkeys had some dubious goaltending last year and have lined up some competition in the crease with Moose Jaw Warrior goalie Zach Sawchenko.

    Link: [U of A Story]
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    Exhibition Schedule

    The Bisons have no story posted as I write but they do have games in their schedule link.

    They open in Northern Ireland and Scotland with one game TBA. Here's the latest European Tour Schedule:

    Sat August 26, 2017 - Belfast Giants
    Sun August 27, 2017 - Belfast Giants
    Wed August 30, 2017 - TBD
    Thu August 31, 2017 - Braehead Clan

    And in North America the usual hodge-podge:

    Fri September 15, 2017 - Saskatchewan Huskies (at Regina)
    Sat September 16, 2017 - Calgary Dinos (at Regina)
    Fri September 22, 2017 - Regina Cougars (at Seven Oaks Arena)
    Sat September 23, 2017 - Regina Cougars (at Wayne Fleming Arena)
    Sat September 30, 2017 - at University of North Dakota
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    June 1: News Around the CW

    Welcome to June! Two teams have new official announcements. Here's the skinny.

    Former MRU Bluegar Cam Maclise is having success in the ECHL playoffs. He scored the tieing and insurance goals in the Colorado Eagles' decisive semi-final win over the Toledo Walleyes.

    ¶ [MRU Story]

    The UBC T-irds have announced two signings. One is centre Matt Revel, who played for the Saskatoon Blades, Kamloops Blazers, and Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. His best years were in Kamloops. His peak season was 2015-16 when he scored 23 goals in 66 games. Also signed was right winger Graham Millar. He played for Saskatoon Blades, Everett Silvertips, and Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL. His peak season was 15 goals in 70 games with Everett in 2015-16.

    ¶ [UBC Revel Story]
    ¶ [Revel at Eliteprospects]
    ¶ [UBC Millar Story]
    ¶ [Millar at Eliteprospects]

    Thus far recruiting announcements across the CW have been slower than in most years. I expect official news to pick up now that it is June. And, of course, exhibition schedules should be coming out hot and heavy.
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    June 9: Fab 4 Bison Recruits

    The first announcement of the recruiting season is out and the Herd has three forwards and one defenceman coming aboard, all with major junior (or higher) experience.

    [U of M Announcement]

    Michael St. Croix - C - Greenville (ECHL)
    - St. Croix was a redshirt last year so this announcement was a formality. He's a Winnipeg boy coming home to play. His peak numbers in junior were impressive (45-60-105 in 2011-12 with the Edmonton Oil Kings). He was a 4th round draft choice of the New York Rangers and has spent the last three years in the ECHL and AHL.

    Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB] : [Wikipedia] : [NHL]
    Profiles: [Dobber]
    Stories: [Hockey News (2011)] : [Hockey's Future]

    Zach Franko - LW - Acadia (AUS)
    - Franko is a former youth hockey team-mate of St. Croix's. He was better than a PPG player with the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL (peaking at 24-48-72 in 2012-13). In two years at Acadia he had 53 points in 55 games (21-32-53). Throw a right-winger in there and the Bisons will add one very strong line. He is also a former Blue.

    Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB] : [Wikia]
    Profiles: [Acadia] : [WHL Fans]
    Video: [YouTube]

    Calvin Spencer - RW - Swift Current/Vancouver (WHL)
    - Spencer is a rugged right winger and half-brother of Jet Dustin Byfuglien. Maybe he could ride shot-gun for St. Croix and Franko. He is from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. He doesn't have the big numbers but check out the YouTube hockey fights! He also played 3 games on an ATO with Tulsa of the ECHL.

    Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB]
    Video: [YouTube] : []

    Lucas Skrumeda - D - Everett (WHL)
    - Skrumeda is another Winnipegger coming home. He played for the Blues and then went to Everett in the WHL. I always like it when they get some defencemen from the major junior ranks.

    Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB] : [Wikia]
    Profiles: [Everett]
    Videos: [] : [Vimeo]
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    June 16: UBC signs 2 more

    In a slow news week in the CW, it took the UBC T-irds to prevent the shut-out.

    The newest T-irds are forwards Tyler Sandhu and Thomas Foster. Both are WHL grads. Last year Sandhu was captain of the Tri-City Americans and his offensive numbers (23-60-83) were all career highs. Foster was dealt to Moose Jaw mid-season after spending his junior career with the Vancouver Giants. His career high was also last season (21-27-48).

    ¶ [UBC Sandu Story]
    ¶ [Sandhu at Eliteprospects]
    ¶ [UBC Foster Story]
    ¶ [Foster at Eliteprospects]

    I expect the CW schedule to be released next week, which should then be followed by a raft of exhibition schedule announcements.
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    June 19: Bison Schedule Released

    The Bisons released their regular season [Schedule] today, without a covering story. The CW site is still at 2016-17. Here it is (all times CT):

    Sat Oct 07 7:00 UBC
    Sun Oct 08 1:00 UBC
    Fri Oct 13 8:00 @ Alberta
    Sat Oct 14 6:00 @ Alberta
    Fri Oct 20 7:00 Saskatchewan
    Sat Oct 21 6:00 Saskatchewan
    Fri Oct 27 7:00 Mount Royal
    Sat Oct 28 7:30 Mount Royal
    Fri Nov 10 7:00 @ Regina
    Sat Nov 11 3:00 @ Regina
    Fri Nov 17 8:00 @ Lethbridge
    Sat Nov 18 2:00 @ Lethbridge
    Fri Nov 24 7:00 Calgary
    Sat Nov 25 1:00 Calgary
    Fri Dec 01 9:00 @ UBC
    Sat Dec 02 4:00 @ UBC
    Fri Jan 05 7:00 Alberta
    Sat Jan 06 6:00 Alberta
    Fri Jan 12 7:00 @ Saskatchewan
    Sat Jan 13 7:00 @ Saskatchewan
    Fri Jan 19 8:00 @ Mount Royal
    Sat Jan 20 4:00 @ Mount Royal
    Fri Jan 26 7:00 Regina
    Sat Jan 27 1:00 Regina
    Fri Feb 02 7:00 Lethbridge
    Sat Feb 03 1:00 Lethbridge
    Fri Feb 09 8:00 @ Calgary
    Sat Feb 10 3:00 @ Calgary

    I don't know why they have a "conference bye". It also comes right before back-to-back away weekends, meaning no home games for 4 weeks.

    Those Monkeys and Mutts series in first 3 weeks will tell whether the team is a contender.
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    June 20: Full CW Schedule Is Here

    ¶ [CW Schedule]
    ¶ [U of M Story]
    ¶ [Calgary Schedule] (regular season only)
    ¶ [Regina Schedule] (regular season and exhibition)
    ¶ [Saskatchewan Schedule] (regular season and exhibition)
    ¶ [Saskatchewan Story]

    The whole thang is out. I have not seen a cover story but after the Bisons jumped the gun yesterday, the CW has their schedule ready for clicking. A lot of home-and-home on the weekend of October 6-8. I don't think UBC and Manitoba will have a home-and-home series any time soon. The countdown is on!

    Fri Oct 06
    Lethbridge at Calgary 7:00 PM MDT
    Mount Royal at Alberta 7:00 PM MDT
    Saskatchewan at Regina 7:00 PM CST

    Sat Oct 07
    UBC at Manitoba 7:00 PM CDT
    Alberta at Mount Royal 6:00 PM MDT
    Regina at Saskatchewan 7:00 PM CST
    Calgary at Lethbridge 7:00 PM MDT

    Sun Oct 08
    UBC at Manitoba 1:00 PM CDT
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    June 23: Lots of Stories and Schedules

    ¶ [CW Schedule]
    ¶ [Alberta Story]
    ¶ [Alberta Schedule] (regular season and exhibition)
    ¶ [Calgary Story]
    ¶ [Regina Story]
    ¶ [UBC Story]
    ¶ [UBC Schedule] (regular season and exhibition)

    Most teams have now issued a complete schedule and a cover story. The only hold-outs are Lethbridge and MRU. Calgary has not released a pre-season schedule.

    The new stuff from this week is that Alberta and UBC have now released pre-season schedules.

    Sep 08 NAIT (ACAC) v Alberta (at Athabasca)
    Sep 10 Alberta v Augustana (ACAC) (at Athabasca)
    Sep 22 Saskatchewan at Alberta
    Sep 23 Calgary at Alberta
    Sep 29 Alberta at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Sep 30 Alberta at Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)

    Sep 15 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
    Sep 22 Queen's (OUA) at UBC
    Sep 23 Queen's (OUA) at UBC
    Sep 30 Trinity Western (BCIHL) at UBC
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    July 1: Tour Schedule Completed

    The Bisons have completed the schedule for their pre-season tour to Northern Ireland and Scotland. The 3rd game has been shifted to Aug 29th and they will face the Edinburgh Capitals at the Murrayfield Ice Rink. The revised schedule is as follows:

    Sat Aug 26 at Belfast Giants
    Sun Aug 27 at Belfast Giants
    Tue Aug 29 at Edinburgh Capitals
    Thu Aug 31 at Braehead Clan

    There were no other schedule announcements in the CWUAA.

    ¶ [U of M Schedule]
    ¶ [Belfast Giants Site]
    ¶ [Attendance Story @IIHF] ∞ [@Giants]
    ¶ [Adam Keefe @eliteprospects]
    ¶ [Edinburgh Capitals]
    ¶ [Mike Cazzola Story] ∞ [@eliteprospects]
    ¶ [Braehead Clan]

    I looked through the Bison opponents' team sites and there are a few factors of interest.

    First, the Belfast Giants are one of Europe's Top 100 teams in crowd support. In 2016-17 they were 70th in European attendance, and first in the EIHL, with an average crowd of 4,603 per game. The EIHL as a whole ranks 7th in Europe, at 2,842 per game. That's first amongst hockey's little countries. The details are in the links.

    Second, former Manitoba Moose useless forward Adam Keefe is the Giants' coach. What I remember about Keefe is that he would get in a useless fight with some other non-fighter at a time when there was no apparent reason for it. Then he'd give his hair a flick in a "Pantene moment" when separated by the linesmen. He was definitely not AHL-calibre. He must have somehow picked up some hockey knowledge along the way.

    And third, former Acadia Axeman Mike Cazzola has been signed by the Edinburgh Capitals. He averaged more than a point per game with Acadia (130 in 107 games). Last season he scored 30 goals in the ECHL.

    The Hockey Hall of Fame announcement this year had a CIS component, affecting three CW teams. Clare Drake, former UBC T-ird player and Alberta Evil Monkey coach, was inducted along with Danielle Goyette, Bedrock Dinos women's coach and national team player.

    ¶ [U of A Story]
    ¶ [CWUAA Story] ∞ [@ USports]
    ¶ [UBC Story] ∞ [UBC 1948-50 Story]

    Drake played for UBC when they played an independent schedule in 1948-50. That team was inducted into the BC Hall of Fame. The linked story talks of their trips to the States and their annual Hamber Cup series with Alberta.

    1949-50 UBC Thunderbirds

    Former Monkey Derek Ryan has re-signed with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

    ¶ [U of A Story]
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    July 8: Stories at UofM and UBC

    ¶ [UofM Story] has a small story confirming the British Tour which was already posted on the team schedule. The only new information is that they are still fundraising for it. They also start a mini-camp in mid-August.

    ¶ [UBC Story]
    ¶ [Kunlun Red Star KHL Page]
    ¶ [Kunlun Wikipedia] ∞ [Elite Prospects] ∞ [Eurohockey]
    ¶ [Sportsnet: Keenan Hired]
    ¶ [CBC: Kunlun Women's Team in CWHL]
    ¶ [Brandon Yip @Wikipedia]
    ¶ [Zach Yuen @EliteProspects]

    UBC has posted a story about the departure of centre Luke Lockhart and goaltender Derek Dun. They are on their way to play for Kunlun Red Star, a Beijing based team in the KHL.

    Lockhart was a decent forward with one year of eligibility remaining. He was 9-9-18 last year, 4th in team scoring. He scored exactly 9 goals per season in each of his four seasons with the T-irds. He is one of the many small forwards UBC tends to attract (5-11, 183).

    Dun played just one season for UBC. He managed to wrestle the starting job away from Matt Hewitt after they both went 50-50 most of the way. His stats were 7-4, .910, 2.87. He is also quite small (5-11, 171).

    Both players are of partial Chinese descent. With China hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics they will no doubt be looking for any decent player they can claim. The Kunlun team was designed in part to cultivate national team players. There was only one player listed on the team as coming from China, but several others who might just qualify. Two names that jumped out at me were Brandon Yip, who had a cup of coffee with the Colorado Avalanche a while back, and Zach Yuen, a one-time Winnipeg Jets' draft pick who has toiled all over the place.

    The Kunlun team started play in 2016-17 and made the KHL playoffs, losing the opening round 4 games to 1. The advent of the team was attended by Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

    Former Toronto Varsity Blues coach Mike Keenan has been hired to coach the team. He has a Stanley Cup and a Gagarin Cup on his coaching resume. One of his jobs is to get regular ice time for 5 Chinese players.

    Also, the same Kunlun organization has a women's team based in Shenzhen, which is near Hong Kong. That team is joining the CWHL this year.

    How will this impact UBC? Hewitt has one year of eligibility left, but I don't know if he plans a return. His numbers in 2015-16 were quite good (6-6, .920, 2.53) but otherwise have ranged from so-so to bad (5-9, .885, 3.53 last year). Up front, their top 6 forwards included a 5th year and two 4th year players last year. So they may need a boat-load of recruits.
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    July 15: UBC signs another, CWUAA exhibition to date

    The T-irds have landed a groovy recruit, centre/right wing Austin Glover. He played 5 seasons in the WHL, split between Kelowna and Prince Albert, before a mid-season trade last year sent him to Red Deer. His combined stats last year were 22-36-58, by far his career high.

    ¶ [UBC Glover Story]
    ¶ [Glover at Eliteprospects]
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    July 20: UBC gets a goalie

    Goaltender Rylan Toth is going from one team of T-irds to another. He played for the Seattle T-irds of the WHL last year and will play for the UBC T-irds this year. He went to Seattle after two seasons with the Red Deer Rebels. He has played in the last two Memorial Cups. The numbers are kinda so-so, but UBC really needed a goaltender and should be quite happy. UBC is by far the leader in off-season news in the CW.

    ¶ [UBC Toth Story]
    ¶ [Toth at Eliteprospects]

    The Bedrock Dinos have posted their schedule leaving the MRU Bluegars as the only laggard.

    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast (EIHL)
    Aug 27 Manitoba at Belfast (EIHL)
    Aug 29 Manitoba at Edinburgh (EIHL)
    Aug 31 Manitoba at Braehead (EIHL)

    Sep 08 Lethbridge at Calgary
    Sep 08 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) v Alberta (at Athabasca)
    Sep 09 Calgary at Lethbridge
    Sep 10 Alberta v Augustana (ACAC) (at Athabasca)

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan v Regina (at Ochapowace)
    Sep 15 Calgary at Regina
    Sep 15 Lethbridge at Western Ontario
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
    Sep 15 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
    Sep 16 Lethbridge at Western Ontario
    Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary (at Regina)

    Sep 21 Mount Royal at Calgary (Brick)
    Sep 22 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba (at Seven Oaks Arena)
    Sep 22 Queen's at U.B.C.
    Sep 22 Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick)
    Sep 23 Calgary at Alberta (Brick)
    Sep 23 Queen's at U.B.C.
    Sep 23 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 23 Regina at Manitoba
    Sep 23 Saskatchewan v Mount Royal (Brick at Edmonton)

    Sep 27 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Sep 29 Alberta at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Sep 29 Calgary at SAIT (ACAC)
    Sep 30 Alberta at Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
    Sep 30 Lethbridge at Colorado College (NCAA)
    Sep 30 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
    Sep 30 Regina at St. Cloud State (NCAA)
    Sep 30 Trinity Western (BCIHL) at U.B.C.
    Oct 01 Alberta at Minnesota (NCAA)
    Oct 01 Lethbridge at Denver (NCAA)
    Oct 01 Regina at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Oct 02 Lethbridge at Air Force (NCAA)

    Oct 06 CWUAA regular season starts

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    July 24: Lots of players are going pro.

    I found a cross-section of official and unofficial stories, dealing mostly with players moving on from the CWUAA.

    Three Monkeys are on their way to play for the Flames, the Guildford Flames that is. The former Apes are Rhett Rachinski, Brennan Yadlowski, and Jesse Craige. Craige had already gone pro a year ago and the others had no further eligibility left. Guildford is moving up from the EPHL where they enjoyed immense success, to the EIHL. Remember that the Bisons face three EIHL teams in the pre-season.

    ¶ [U of A Story]

    The T-irds are losing their leading scorer from a year ago. Anthony Bardaro has signed with HC Asiago of the Alps Hockey League. He still had a year of eligibility left. The Alps league is Austria-based and is their 2nd tier league (behind the EBEL). The league also has the better teams from Slovenia and Italy.

    ¶ [UBC Story]
    ¶ [CWUAA Story]

    Bedrock U has no story posted but there are links for a few departures, all of whom played just one season for the Dinos. Two back-up players are moving down the hockey ladder. Darcy DeRoose is going to the Red Deer College Kings and Mac Colasimone is off to the S.F.U. Clown. Meanwhile, Parker Bowles is going pro with the Tillburg Trappers, a Dutch team playing in the Oberliga, Germany's 3rd tier league. Bowles had 12 points in 12 games. Colasimone dressed in 7 games and had 2 goals and 1 assist. DeRoose had 1 goal and 2 assists in his 11 games.

    ¶ [Tillburg Story on Bowles (in Dutch)]
    ¶ [SJHL Story on DeRoose]
    ¶ [SFU Story on Colasimone]

    Meanwhile, across town, the M.R.U. Bluegars will bid farewell to defenceman Emerson Hrynyk. He is off to the Dundee Stars of the EIHL. This former Dauphin King had a year of eligibility left. No word on whether Dundee has restaurants that serve perogies with haggis.

    ¶ [Dundee Story]

    Amidst the stories of departures, I also see that the Regina Banjo Cats landed a goaltender. Michael Herringer has the unenviable task of facing the onslaught of shots in the Regina goal. He'll see more rubber than ... ah forget it. He's had some OK numbers, so Regina must be happy getting a recruit from the Dub. They need many more of those.

    ¶ [Tweet from Kelowna]
    ¶ [Elite Prospects Page]

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    July 25: A T-ird wins gold

    Once again, the T-irds have more off-season news. Defenceman Kyle Becker helped Canada win gold at the Maccabiah Games, the "Jewish Olympics". There was a 5-team round-robin, where Canada went 4-0-0 to place 1st. In the final Canada beat USA 7-2 for gold. Russia beat Israel for bronze, and Germany placed 5th. There were almost 10,000 fans in the sold-out arena for the final game.

    ¶ [UBC Story]
    ¶ [Games Standings]

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    Aug 4: Slow News Is Some News

    The teams in the CW have not had much to say so far. UBC is the exception, albeit mostly with stories of players moving on lately.

    It is appropriate that Antilla the Hun is off to Hungary. T-ird grad Joe Antilla has signed with Hungarian team Alba Volán Székesfehérvár from the Austria-based EBEL. Bison coach Ryan Bonni played for that team back in 2008-09. That's a pretty good league.

    ¶ [UBC Story]

    The Banjo Mutts announced their annual Off The Leash Luncheon will be held November 2nd and guest speaker will be Brendan Shanahan. No doubt Shanny has always wanted to spray a fire hydrant.

    ¶ [U of S Story]

    The Bisons' British Tour is now only 3 weeks away. The tickets are fairly pricey. The Belfast Giants charge £25-£35 (C$41-C$58) for adults for two games, and for children its £14-£22 (C$23-C$36). Edinburgh Capitals are much cheaper, £5 for children and £10 for adults. Braehead's links for tickets are not up and running yet. But for their other exhibition games the range is £9-£27. So if I were on tour the tickets would cost me more than a season pass over here! In fact, AHL Moose tickets are cheaper.

    ¶ [Belfast Giants Announcement]
    ¶ [Edinburgh Capitals - Ticket Page]
    ¶ [Braehead Facebook Event Page] ∞ [Braehead Fixtures]

    Lots of CW (and CIS) coaches have made it big and two, former Calgary Dinos' head coach Willie Desjardins and former Saskatchewan Huskies' head coach Dave King, were named to Hockey Canada's coaching staff for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Desjardins will be the head coach. Mike Babcock (Lethbridge) was at the helm in 2010 and 2014, and Dave King himself led the way in 1984, 1988, and 1992. Clare Drake (Alberta) was one three "head coaches" in 1980, along with Tom Watt and Lorne Davis. George Kingston (Calgary) and Wayne Fleming (Manitoba) have served as assistants.

    ¶ [CWUAA Story]

  18. #18

    Aug 6: Merasty to Wichita, and more

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

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

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

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

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

    ¶ [UBC Story]
    ¶ [UBC Schedule]
    ¶ [BCIHL Schedule]

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

    ¶ [Findlay @Twitter]

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