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Default 2018-19 Manitoba Bisons/USports Thread


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 - 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 - Team Site
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
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
SportsNet CIS Page - SNU
The Attacking Zone
Winnipeg Hockey Talk
Boxscore News - CIS Hockey Page
Independent Sports News
Hockey Scene - AUS
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
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

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 - 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
2018-19 Exhibition Schedule
2018-19 OHT35

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Default CW Schedule Released Today


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?


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


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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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.
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Default June 24: BISON ROSTER NEWS

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.)

► [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.

► [Mitch Dyck at eliteprospects.com]
► [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.

► [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.

► [Channing Bresciani at eliteprospects.com]

► [CBR Brave - Powered By esportsdesk.com]

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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.

► [Tuesday Morning Skate Offseason Week 1: March, 29th 2018 | Canadian University Sports Network]
► [Tyler Brown at eliteprospects.com]
► [WHL Network]

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Default June 26: FROM THE UK

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:


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.

► [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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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.

► [Mackenzie Dwyer at eliteprospects.com]
► [20 Questions with Mackenzie Dwyer]
► [Dwyer to Join Leipsic at U of M] & [rp @ MJHL]

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Default 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:

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)

► [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

► [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.

► [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.

► [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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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.

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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.

► [Devon Skoleski at eliteprospects.com]
► [MJHL Player Page]
► [Skoleski commits to Bisons]

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