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Default 2016-17 Manitoba Bisons/CIS Thread


The Bisons got an early recruiting announcement in, so time for a new thread for 2016-17. Here is post #1, which has all the bookmarks you need to follow CIS hockey. Links will be updated when new schedules etc. are released. And sometimes URLs change or sites vanish. So here is the first of a double post.

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
... sublinks: Schedule : History
... 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
St. Thomas Tommies - folded after 2015-16 season

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
Keyano Huskies - folded after 2015-16 season
MacEwan Griffins
Portage Voyageurs
Red Deer Kings
SAIT Trojans

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

Media Sites/Blogs:
SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
The Attacking Zone
Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page
Winnipeg Hockey Talk
Independent Sports News
Hockey Scene - AUS
RedmenHockey.com (McGill)
Horns Hockey Alumni (Lethbridge)
Golden Bears Hockey Alumni (Alberta)

Online video/audio:
CanadaWest.tv - Stretch Internet link
CITR.ca - UBC radio
Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games
UMFM.com - 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 - 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
CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2016-17
CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2016-17
CIS Standings - 2010 to 2016
CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2016
AUS Archive
OUA LeagueStat
ACAC LeagueStat
Bob Adams' Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
Wikia - University Cup - 1963-present
Wikia - Canada West - 1972-73 - present
Wikia - GPAC - 1972-73 - 1984-85
Wikia - WIAA - 1962-63 - 1971-72
Wikia - WCIAU - 1918-19 - 1961-62
Wikia - OUA/OUAA - 1971-72 - present
Wikia - QUAA - 1971-72 - 1986-87
Wikia - OSLC - 1949-50 - 1970-71 (Ottawa St. Lawrence Conference)
Wikia - OIAA - 1958-59 - 1970-71 (Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
Wikia - QOAA - 1953-54 - 1970-71 (Quebec-Ontario Athletic Association)
Wikia - CIAU - 1902-03 - 1952-53 (CIAU Central)
Wikia - AUS/AUAA/AIAA/MIAA - 1920-present
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
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
CIS Playoff Formats

2016-17 Exhibition Schedule

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Default Recruiting begins!

It is now next year. The Bisons' first recruiting news comes about a month earlier than it did last year. The first three recruits seem of a high enough calibre. However, last year's team had just 7 defencemen and once injuries struck the team was short-staffed for many games. Therefore, my view is that it will be the calibre of blue line recruits which will tell us what level of team to expect. Note that ALL of the 2015-16 roster is eligible to return. So even one good defenceman may be enough.

[U of M Announcement]

Nick Zajac - LW/C - Saskatoon (WHL)

- Zajac hales from Headingley and has good bloodlines. He is coming off a 20-goal season in the Dub, where he was captain of the Blades. He is listed as 5'10" and 180 lbs. Maybe he could catch on playing the wing with Shaq Merasty, or if they concentrate their top 3 on one line, he could even centre his own line.

Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB]
Profiles: [WHL Profile]
Stories: [Star-Phoenix]
Global TV: [Sept 2015] : [Mar 2016]

Quintin Lisoway - C/LW - Brandon (WHL), Steinbach (MJHL), Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

- Lisoway is from Neepawa and started out with the Natives in the MJHL. He then went to the Wheaties in the Dub, and went back and forth from there to Steinbach. In 2015-16 he had stints with Steinbach and Brandon, before settling in with Acadie-Bathurst in the Q to finish his junior career. He is 5'10" and 194 lbs. He was able to score well in the MJHL, with 18 goals in 27 games. In the Q and the Dub he seemed to be thought of us a useful player but not a high goal-scorer.

Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB] : [Wikia]
Profiles: [Wheat Kings] : [QMJHL]
Stories: [MyWestoba]

Kamerin Nault - F - Winnipeg (MJHL)

- Nault is a Winnipegger who started with Garden City in high school hockey before going to the Blues for four seasons. He is coming off 37 goals in 54 games. At 6'2" he weighs only 160 lbs. I guess he could use a good buffet and some weight training from the Bison training staff.

Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB] : [Wikia]
Profiles: [Blues]
Stories: [MJHL] : [MyToba] : [Free Press]

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Default Assistant Coach

The Bisons have not announced any new commitments from players, but they have added an assistant coach. Ryan Bonni, former coach at River East in the MMJHL and a former NHLer, joined the staff. Returnng assistants are Steve Christie, Tyler Dittmer, Riley Dudar, and Devin Himpe.

GoBisons.ca: [Press Release]

Hopefully there will soon be more announcements about recruits and schedules throghout the CIS.
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Default Bisons Sign Another


- Laurencelle fits the Bison profile in many ways - a local boy who headed west to play major junior, wore a letter, and is coming home for his university. Of note, after a slow start to hs major junior career he is coming off seasons of 23 and 28 goals. This past season he also scored 4 goals in 9 playoff games. Unless the Bisons lose all their best returnees, they should have an incredible group of forwards. But with only 7 defencemen on last year's roster, they now need some blueline signings. He also had scraps with current Jets Adam Lowry and Nic Petan. At 5'10" and 17 years old the Lowry fight was a mismatch. See the links!

UofM: [U of M Announcement] : [Everett Herald]
Stats: [Elite Prospects] : [Hockey DB]
Stories: [Everett Herald] : [NHL.com]
Profiles: [WHL Profile]
Global TV: [June 2016]
Videos: [Syd the Kid] : [Lowry fight] : [Petan fight]

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Default New Schedule

The new Bison schedule has been released and includes a complete list of 9 exhibition games against teams from 4 different leagues. Here is the exhibition schedule:

Fri Sep 09 Jamestown at Manitoba 7:30 pm
Sat Sep 10 Jamestown at Manitoba 7:30 pm
Fri Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary at Regina 8:00 pm
Sat Sep 17 Manitoba v Saskatchewan at Regina 1:00 pm
Fri Sep 23 Regina at Manitoba 7:00 pm
Sat Sep 24 Regina at Manitoba 1:00 pm
Wed Oct 05 Manitoba at Manitoba Moose time TBA
Fri Oct 07 Manitoba at Lakehead 6:00 pm
Sat Oct 08 Manitoba at Lakehead 6:00 pm

The regular season home opener weekend is October 14th and 15th against the Mount Royal Cougars, Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 1:00. The trend to Saturday afternoon games continues with 4 of their 7 series featuring a Saturday matinee following a Friday night game. The other 3 series will see two games at 7:00 and one moved back to 7:30.

Across the CW, Lethbridge is the only team without a schedule story, and Regina was the only other team to post their exhibition games. UBC and Saskatchewan will start the season a week earier than the rest.

:. [CW Announcement]
:. [U of M announcement]
:. [CW Schedule/Results Page]
:. [U of M Schedule] : [Printer Friendly]
:. [Alberta] : [Calgary] : [MRU]
:. [Regina (w ex)] : [Sask] : [UBC]

Who are the Jamestown Jimmies? They are a brand new team operating in ACHA division 1. The Bisons demolished the Iowa State Cyclones of the ACHA on November 27-28, 2009 by scores of 8-3 and 10-2. Those games were such mis-matches I actually feared for the safety of Iowa State. Jamestown has recruited from the KIJHL (Junior B) and SIJHL (Junior A). Their [Facebook Page] has recruiting announcements.

In other sports, Jamestown plays in the Northstar Athletic Association (NSAA) but may switch to the US version of the GPAC. Both are conferences in the NAIA. Of note, the Winnipeg Wesmen baseball team also plays in the NSAA. I have hoped that the ACHA independent team at Minot State and the NJCAA teams in Williston State and Dakota-Bottineau would be used as opponents for a revived MCAC which would include the Winnipeg Wesmen and Brandon Bobcats, but that may be a pipedream.

I find the renewal of the Battle of the Herds to be interesting. The game will be played at the MTS Iceplex. This will be the 7th game between the teams. The past results are:
September 2002: Moose 7 Bisons 3
September 29, 2005: Bisons 3 Moose 1
October 4, 2005: Moose 6 Bisons 4
September 26, 2007: Moose 7 Bisons 1
September 30, 2008: Bisons 6, Moose 2
September 29, 2010: Moose 2, Bisons 1
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Default ACAC Down a Team

First, we bade farewell to the STU Pids of the AUS. Now, it is so long to the short-lived Keystone Huskies program from the ACAC. The school is based in Fort McMurray, Alberta and has suffered from declining enrolment and the fire.

Keystone showed progress. The team operated for just 4 seasons and finished 7th, 8th, 6th, and 3rd.

The ACAC is now back down to 8 teams for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

:. [ACAC Story]
:. [Fort McMurray Today]
:. [Team Site]
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Former Bison and current Capital head coach Barry Trotz was rewarded with the NHL's Jack Adams award for Coach of the Year! He last coached the Herd in 1988 before going to the AHL and then Nashville.

:. [GoBisons.ca Story]

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Default Add UND, delete Moose

:. [U of M Schedule] : [Printer Friendly]
:. [UND Schedule]

The Bisons v Moose game on October 5 has been deleted on the Bison schedule, however an away game at UND has been added for October 1st. The game is confirmed at the UND site as per the link.
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Default Around the CW

:. [UBC July 7] : [UBC July 19]
:. [U of L July 12]

There are no new schedule announcements nor any news from the Bisons. However, UBC had two recruiting announcements and Lethbridge had one. The links are loaded with pictures, stats, and even videos.

On July 7th, UBC announced that defenceman Jerrett Smith was leaving one team of Thunderbirds for another. He captained Seattle's WHL team last year. Then on July 19th they added three more WHL grads, namely Tanner Faith (defence - Moose Jaw), Carter Popoff (forward - Vancouver), and Joseph Carvahlo (defence - Prince George).

Meanwhile, on July 12 the HÝrny Ones made a mass announcement. They may want to dovert some school funds to the purchase of an abacus.
After overhauling the roster prior to last season, the Pronghorn men's hockey team announced its 2016-17 recruiting class today with the addition of eight players; five forwards, three defencemen, and one goaltender.
They should have recruited this guy:

Here are the names from the story:

Russ Maxwell - forward - 2 years off on a mission - former Lethbridge/Seattle WHL
Garrett Hughson - goaltender - Spokane WHL
Cory Millette - forward - Lethbridge WHL
Ryan Chynoweth - left wing - Lloydminster AJHL (several AJHL and WHL tams)
Torrin White - forward - Langley BCHL (Moose Jaw WHL)
Connor Sanvido - right wing - STU AUS (several WHL teams)
Ayrton Nikkel - defence - Allen ECHL (several BCHL and WHL teams)
Clint Filbrandt - defence - Drumheller AJHL

Both teams have what appears to be a good set of recruits. However, one always needs to ask who is returning from last year's roster. That is a lot of new names for Lethrbidge after a major shake-up last year.
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Default Brian Burke Talking at Sask

The Butt Sniffers are holding a banquet on November 3rd and the speakers will be Brad May and Brian Burke. Burke will likely tell them to play with pugnacity, bellicosity, and truculence. They won't know what he's talking about. So they will go outside, pee on the building, and bark at May.

Still no pre-season schedule for the Mutts, nor the procrastinators at Alberta, Calgary, MRU, and UBC.

:. [U of S Story]
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