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The thread disappeared, so here's a re-start. Hope this site rebounds.


The Bison schedule page has been updated and the big surprise is that the Toronto Blahs will leave the Big Lemon for a trip to the U of M. Here is the full pre-season schedule:
Aug. 26 Bison Hockey European Tour TBA
Sep. 13 v Calgary at Regina tournament
Sep. 14 v Alberta at Regina tournament
Sep. 20 v Regina (2:00pm at Max Bell)
Sep. 21 v Regina (2:00pm at Max Bell)
Sep. 28 v Toronto (7:00pm at Max Bell)
Sep. 29 v Toronto (1:00pm at Max Bell)
Oct. 6 @ North Dakota (7:07pm at Grand Forks)

There is no information out there about this year's Euro tour. I thought it was going to be next year, actually.

The UND game follows the Bison home-opener weekend against the Evil Monkeys. I just wonder why the Bisons wouldn't have shifted the Alberta series to the bye week (November 1-2) like UBC and Lethbridge did.

The Bison schedule is quite peculiar. The Regina exhibition series starts on Friday afternoon. Ugh. That home series is then followed by three more home weekends, including the best series of the season, i.e. the ones against the Primates and the Mangy Mutts.

Links:
|> [Bison Schedule Page]
|> [USCHO Schedule - NCAA Exhibition Games]



In the Town of Bedrock they had a press release announcing their recruiting class. Here's the list:
Tyler Moir • 6'1" 205 Ibs. • Forward • Waterloo (OUA)/Wheeling (ECHL)
Daniel Gibb • 6'3" 218 Ibs. • Defence • Prince George (WHL)
Davis Vandane • 6'4" 215 Ibs. • Defence • Prince Albert (WHL)
Danny Gayle • 6'1" 185 Ibs. • Left Wing • West Kelowna (BCHL)
Brett Printz • 6'2" 201 Ibs. • Forward • Grande Prairie (AJHL)
Drydn Dow • 5'9" 170 Ibs. • Defence • Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Chris Collins • 6'0" 185 Ibs. • Centre • Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Chance Lund • 6'5" 223 Ibs. • Left Wing • Swift Current (WHL)

Links:
|> [U of C Press Release]



Across the Town of Bedrock the New Kittens on the Block appear to have a recruit. They have not made an announcement, but the West Kelowna Warriors have announced that defenseman Brett Zarazun is off to greener pastures.

Links:
|> [West Kelowna Warriors Press Release]



The STU Pids announced their new coach, Patrick Powers. Good luck! He formerly played for the Pids. Anything about 8th in the 8 team AUS would be a great success for the new coach.

Links:
|> [STUTommies.com Story]
|> [Hockey Scene Story]



The St. F-X Jeremies and the SMUchies are going to make a joint bid for the 2015 and 2016 U-Cups. The CIS distributes tournament bids in two year blocks now. After Banjoland hosts in 2014 it is time for the tournament to move on. All things being equal, 15-16 should be OUA years. But so far there are no bids from Ontariariaro.

The quirky part of this is that Dalhousie an SMU are the Halifax schools. So how did the Jeremies get in?

Bid proposals must be submitted by Sept. 20th.

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|> [Chronicle-Herald Story]
|> [NG News Story]
 

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UBC Announces Schedule


There is no news in Bisonland. However, out in British California the Tweety-Birds have updated their schedule. Their only exhibitions are the Alaska double-header (previously announced through the NCAA) and now they will also play the Simon Fraser Clown on September 27 (at UBC) and September 28 (at Burnaby).

So, will the Clown's goaltender make the 40-50 saves necessary to make one of these games close?

Links:
|> [UBC Schedule]



The H0rny Ones have yet to make an announcement. But the Dauphin Kings have said that Guillaume Naud, a Franco-Ukrainian!, is off to Lethbridge. He had 88 points in 60 regular season games and 24 points in 18 playoff games. While absolutely nobody can translate gaudy Junior A numbers into CW numbers, he should be a welcome addition to the offensively-challenged `Horns.

Links:
|> [Dauphin Press Release]
|> [MJHL Press Release]
 

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July 28: Euro Tour Taking Shape


The Bisons have not thus far made an announcement regarding their European tour. However the first details have trickled out of Europe. Beware that my links use "Google Translate" so when read it often sounds a little funny. (Still, getting a free on-line translation is still pretty nice.)

The Hockey Time site at the links has a "translate" button and I used that to find that the Bisons start with a tournament in Collabo, Northern Italy. The first round goes on August 31st and the Bisons play Bremerhaven in the 1st game, with SV Renon Ritten Sport facing HC Neumarkt Egna Wild Goose in the 2nd game. On September 1st the losers play for 3rd place in the opener and the winners play for the title in the nightcap.

HC Neumarkt Egna are from Northern Italy, where they speak predominantly German. Hence the cities there often have two names. They play in the Inter-National League (INL), which is based in Austria and has teams from surrounding countries.

SV Renon Ritten Sport are also from Northern Italy and hosted a tournament won by the Bisons in 2011. They play in the Italian Serie A, which is now down to 5 teams. Other teams (like frequent champion HC Bolzano) have been allowed to leave for other leagues, whilst others have either folded or moved someplace where I cannot locate them.

Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven are not specifically listed in the Hockey Time link. They only refer to the opponent as "Bremerhaven" and as a "Ger4", i.e. 4th tier German team. However, the only listing I have for a Bremerhaven team is the Fischtown Pinguins, who play in the German DEL 2nd division. The Bisons defeated them (and Ritten) back in 2011. So this team is not confirmed as yet.

I hope to get much more on this trip as the week unfolds.

Links:
|> [Hockey Time - Exhibition Schedule for several Italian and other teams]
|> [Hockey Time - Ritten Story]
|> [HC Neumarkt Egna Wild Goose Team Website (translated)]
|> [Eurhockey.com on INL] : [and on HC Neumarkt Egna]
|> [SV Renon Ritten Sport Team Website (translated)]
|> [Eurhockey.com on Italian Serie A] : [and on SV Renon Ritten Sport]
|> [Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven Team Website (translated)]
|> [Eurohockey.com on DEL2] : [and on Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven]



The Tweety-Birds have announced that Wheat King grad Nick Buonassisi has committed to them. He is a small forward coming off a 14 goal season last year.

Links:
|> [UBC Story]



The Mangy Ones announced that Mike Bossy and Brian Trottier are coming to speak at their luncheon. So long as they use words they'll go over great. Heck, Sask would be happy if they (like the locals) stood up and howled then drank from the toilet.

Links:
|> [U of S Story]
 

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July 31: Euro News, and more


Although there is still nothing on the U of M Site, I have found a few pertinent stories on the team and their tour opponents.

First up, rookie of the year James Henry is not returning to school and instead will play for the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL. So no Euro tour for him.

Meanwhile, Italy's top league has undergone a name change and is now to be known as "Elite A". As "Series A" last year it had 10 teams, Bolzano jumped to an Austrian league. And a few days ago only five teams were listed at Eurohockey.com. Well the deadline to come up with cash was July 30th at noon, and 8 teams answered the bell.

There was also off-ice drama in Germany. The second tier league was suing the governing body over various issues. In the end that has been settled and it will continue under the name "DEL2". There was no doubt that the 12 teams would be participating. What was at issue is whether they would still use the name. It appears all is well now.

So we should now be getting more news about team exhibition schedules. Most (3 of 5) Bison opponents in 2011 were from DEL2.

The Ritten team has signed some Canadian talent. Levi Nelson once played for Swift Current in the WHL and then played in the AHL (mostly for Providence), ECHL, and Germany. Matt Siddall was a 2004 Atlanta Thrashers draft pick and has since made stops throughout the minors and Europe, including the Fife Flyers when they returned to Britain's top league in 2011. Since 2006, they have also employed Dalhousie grad Dan Tudin. He played for Ottawa in the OHL before he went on to Dal, then bounced around the minors. He is now also eligible for Italy's national team.

Ritten is also re-acquiring another Italian national team veteran, Luca Ansoldi. This will be his 3rd stint with Ritten. The team has yet to confirm the signing in their website.

Links:
:. [ECHL Story on Henry]
:. [SportNews.bz Story on Elite A] :. [(translated)]
:. [EisHockey-24.de Story on DEL2] :. [(translated)]
:. [Ritten Sport Story on Nelson] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
:. [Ritten Sport Story on Siddall] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
:. [Ritten Sport Story on Tudin] :. [(translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]
:. [SportNews.bz Story on Ansoldi (translated)] :. [Elite Prospects Stats]



Trinity Western (BCIHL) had two players on an AIA team which toured Latvia. The players were Brad Bakken and Josh Stephenson. They were joined by coaches Barret Kropf and Chris Wiens. I recall Athletes-in-Action having some good basketball teams many years ago.

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|> [BCIHL Story]
 

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Aug 1: Bisons to face Star Bulls


I have looked high and low through the websites of the DEL2 teams. Most, but not all, have exhibition schedules posted. One such team is the Rosenheim Star Bulls, and the Bisons will open against them on Tuesday, August 27th.

The Bisons also started their 2011 tour with a game against Rosenheim before going into a tournament in Ritten. The Bisons won 5-4 in a shoot-out, after making a comeback from a 1-4 deficit.

There are not any players of note on the Bulls' roster. They have four imports, one each from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Canada. The Canadian is Tyler McNeely. He is a BC boy who graduated from Northeastern (NCAA) before embarking on an AHL/ECHL career. Last season he played mostly for the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) where he scored 13 goals and 31 assists in 41 games. Hr also had 8 points in 27 games with Lake Erie (AHL).

Meanwhile, only Manitoba, Alberta, Regina, and UBC have their pre-season schedules up. And nobody has a new roster page.

Links:
:. [Rosenheim Team Website] :. [(translated)]
:. [Elite Prospects on McNeely]
:. [Post on 2011 game]
 

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Aug. 5: Hodge Podge of Euro News


Hockey news is always down to a trickle on the August long weekend, and this year is no exception. But a few stories have popped up, mostly about off-ice matters.

The Bison all-sport pass stays at $60 for adults and $30 for students. However, the pass does NOT include football this year. Those tickets are $15/$8 per game due to the new campus stadium.

There are no new stories on the CW or CIS sites. However, the CIS site has replaced the 2012-13 schedule and standings links with 2013-14 links. Neither site has a composite schedule with exhibition games.

As for following the Bisons whilst on tour, I have links for Eurohockey.com's exhibition game schedule and a pre-season standings page. Thus far they list the Aug. 31st game, but not the Aug. 27th game nor any others. The link may be a source for future updates.

Links:
:. [Bison Tickets]
:. [CIS schedule] :. [CIS standings]
:. [Eurockey.com schedule page] :. [Standings page]



Hockey-News.info has a story on the Neumarkt Egna Wild Geese. I have a link for the translation as well. They start training in mid-August and their first game will be against Ritten in the semi-final opposite the Bisons. The story also has their pre-season schedule and ticket information. If you can afford the airfare. You could watch the Gooses for only €150!

Another Bison opponent, the Rosenheim Star Bulls, are featured at EisHockeyNews.de. They have signed Shawn Weller, an AHL/ECHL vet. He scored 12 goals in 67 games for the Manitoba Moose in 2010-11. The Jets also signed him to AHL deals with the St. John's Ice Caps for 41 games in 2011-12 and for 3 games in 2012-13.

After the settlement of law suits affecting German pro hockey, there were rumours that some DEL2 teams were being denied licences. This appears to be BS. All sides are accounted for.

Links:
:. [Hockey-News.info story on Neumarkt] :. [(translated)]
:. [Eishockeynews.de story on Rosenheim] :. [(translated)]
:. [Shawn Weller at Elte Prospects]
:. [Eishockeynews.de story on licencing] :. [(translated)]
 

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Aug. 6: Chris Mason signs with Bisons' Foe


Goaltender Chris Mason, from the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets, has signed with Ritten Sport. The Bisons and Ritten will play one another if they win the semi-finals of the tournament in Collalbo, Italy on August 31st. Ritten is quite excited about the signing, especially since Mason once played for Canada in the worlds. Mason played for Nashville in the NHL last season.

Links:
:. [Team Press Release] :. [translated]
:. [reposted at SportNews.bz] :. [translated]

 

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Aug. 8: News from points west ...

Still nothing new from the Herd. But, there have been some announcements from the western wing of the CW.


The Evil Monkeys will once again face the Edmontown Greasers (rookie squad). It is good to see them bring back this fixture. I would like to see the Bisons face the Jets' rookies.
The history of the Golden Bears vs. the Edmonton Oilers’ rookies game goes back to 1988, and was a yearly tradition for over 20 years. The teams last met in 2009 when the Bears skated to a 4-3 victory, which bumped their record against the Oilers’ rookies to 12-10.
Links:
:. [U of A Story]



The Extinct Ones became the latest team to post their exhibition games on their schedule page. Here's the sked:

Sept. 6 Calgary v Alberta (at Banff)
Sept. 7 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
Sept. 13 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sept. 14 Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Regina)
Sept. 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
Sept. 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sept. 21 Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Edmonton)
Sept. 27 Alberta at Calgary
Sept. 28 Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)

Links:
:. [U of C Schedule Page]



The Tweety-Birds announced another recruit, Anthony Bardaro. He had 25 goals for the Prince Albert Raiders last year.

Links:
:. [UBC Story]
 

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Updated Canada West Non-Conference Schedule

The CW site includes only the conference games. These are the non-conference/exhibition games posted thus far. However, Sask, Mount Royal, and Lethbridge have yet to post their non-conference/exhibition games.

Code:
Tue Aug 27   Manitoba at Rosenheim
Sat Aug 31   Manitoba v Bremerhaven (at Collalbo)
Sun Sept 1   Manitoba v Ritten or Neumarkt (at Collalbo)
Wed Sept 4   Alberta at Augustana (ACAC)
Fri Sept 6   Alberta at Calgary
Sat Sept 7   Alberta at Calgary
Fri Sept 13  Alberta v Lethbridge (at Regina)
Fri Sept 13  Saskatchewan at Regina 
Fri Sept 13  Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sat Sept 14  Alberta v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sat Sept 14  Lethbridge at Regina 
Sat Sept 14  Saskatchewan v Calgary (at Regina)
Sun Sept 15  Alberta at Regina
Sun Sept 15  Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
Thu Sept 19  Mount Royal at Calgary
Fri Sept 20  Regina at Manitoba 
Fri Sept 20  Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
Sat Sept 21  Regina at Manitoba 
Sat Sept 21  Calgary v Saskatchewan (Brick Invitational)
Sat Sept 21  Mount Royal at Alberta (Brick Invitational)
Fri Sept 27  Alberta at Calgary
Fri Sept 27  Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC 
Sat Sept 28  Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)
Sat Sept 28  UBC at Simon Fraser (BCIHL) 
Sat Sept 28  Toronto at Manitoba
Sun Sept 29  Toronto at Manitoba
Fri Nov 1    Alberta at Lakehead
Sat Nov 2    Alberta at Lakehead
Fri Jan 3    Alberta at NAIT (ACAC)
Sat Jan 4    NAIT (ACAC) at Alberta
 

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Aug. 12: Battle of Bedrock Announced


There will be one more NHL-CIS match-up this pre-season. In the Town of Bedrock the Phlegms will do battle with the Dinos. These teams also faced each other in 2011. So on September 9 it will be Phlegms @ U of C and on September 10 it will be Greasers @ U of A. Now it is time for the Jets to face the Bisons.

BTW, these two games have been added to the CW composite schedule, but no other exhibition games have been.

Links:
:. [U of C Story] :. [CW story re Calgary and Alberta]
:. [CW Composite Schedule]
 

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Aug. 15: Bisons to face Klostersee


On a day when the CW webmaster went nuts, one more Bison opponent on the European vacation has been disclosed. The Bisons will face EHC Klostersee on August 29th. They are in the Oberliga, the 3rd tier of German hockey. The Bisons' other German opponents (now and in 2011) have come from the DEL2 (the 2nd tier of German hockey).

The schedule also has the Bisons opening their tour on August 26th instead of 27th (as per the Rosenheim site and pretty much every European link). We'll see if this is corrected.

In other notes, the CW composite says the Bisons will face UND at Fargo. Not sure why that would be. Three games in three days, and they would have to spend a couple more hours on the highway. Are they hoping that Fargo fans will confuse them for a new NDSU Bison team?

There are a pile of other new games added, none of which have shown up on team sites as yet. Lethbridge, Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal have diddly squat on the pre-season.

Links:
:. [CW Composite Schedule]
:. [Eurohockey.com - Oberliga] :. [Eurohockey.com - Klostersee]
:. [EHC Klostersee Team Site]


2013-14 CWUAA Exhibition Games

Aug. 26 Manitoba at Rosenheim (Ger2)
Aug. 29 Manitoba at EHC Klostersee (Ger3)
Aug. 31 Manitoba v EHC Fischtown (Ger2) (at Ritten)
Sept. 1 Manitoba v Ritten or Neumarkt (at Ritten)
Sept. 4 Alberta at Augustana (ACAC)
Sept. 6 Calgary v Alberta (at Banff)
Sept. 7 Alberta v Calgary (at Banff)
Sept. 9 Calgary Flames Rookies at Calgary
Sept. 10 Edmonton Oilers Rookies at Alberta
Sept. 10 Regina at Weyburn (SJHL)
Sept. 13 Saskatchewan at Regina
Sept. 13 Lethbridge v Alberta (at Regina)
Sept. 13 Calgary v Manitoba (at Regina)
Sept. 14 Lethbridge at Regina
Sept. 14 Manitoba v Alberta (at Regina)
Sept. 14 Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Regina)
Sept. 15 Alberta at Regina
Sept. 15 Calgary v Lethbridge (at Regina)
Sept. 18 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sept. 20 Saskatchewan at Alberta
Sept. 21 Regina at Manitoba
Sept. 21 Calgary v Saskatchewan (at Edmonton)
Sept. 21 Mount Royal at Alberta
Sept. 27 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
Sept. 27 Alberta at Calgary
Sept. 27 Lethbridge at Mount Royal
Sept. 28 Calgary v Alberta (at St. Albert)
Sept. 28 UBC at Simon Fraser (BCIHL)
Sept. 28 Toronto (OUA) at Manitoba
Sept. 29 Toronto (OUA) at Manitoba
Oct. 4 UBC at Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)
Oct. 5 UBC at Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA)
Oct. 5 Lethbridge at Minnesota (NCAA)
Oct. 6 Lethbridge at Minnesota St.-Mankato
Oct. 6 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA) (at Fargo)
Nov. 1 Alberta at Lakehead (OUA)
Nov. 2 Alberta at Lakehead (OUA)
Jan. 3 North Dakota (NCAA) v UBC (at Burnaby)
Jan. 3 Alberta at NAIT (ACAC)
Jan. 4 Princeton (NCAA) v UBC (at Burnaby)
Jan. 4 NAIT (ACAC) at Alberta
 

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Aug. 17: Bison Euro-foes Have Started


The teams the Bisons are facing (or may be facing in the tournament) during their European tour have started playing and have made more signings.

The schedule links for most teams still do not have exhibition games posted yet. But two opponents have a list from the Sportforen.de message board, which seems to have it all for German teams.

Links:
:. [Sportforen]



Starbulls Rosenheim 3
EC Villacher SV 4

(in shoot-out)

When the Starbulls face the Bisons, it will be their 4th game of the season. Villacher is a good team from the EBEL, Austria's top league with a few teams from other countries. Their remaining games are:

Aug 18 v Villacher SV (A)
Aug 23 v HC Bozen/Bolzano (H)
Aug 27 v Manitoba Bisons (H)
Aug 30 v Sterzing Broncos (H)
Sept 01 v Sterzing Broncos (A)
Sept 06 v HC Pustertal (A)
Sept 08 v HC Pustertal (H)

Bozen/Bolzano is an Italian side that has moved to the EBEL effective this year. Sterzing and Pusteral are in the Italian Elite A.

Links:
:. Rosenheim Site: [Schedule] :. [Summary] :. [Roster]
:. [Eis Hockey News Story] :. [Translated]



Fischtown Pinguins 6
Hannover Scorpions 1


The Scorpions are in the Oberliga, which is the 3rd tier of German hockey. Their game with the Bisons will be their 4th as well. Here is the schedule:

Aug 23 v Esbjerg Elite Ishockey (A)
Aug 25 v Hannover Scorpions (A)
Aug 31 v Manitoba Bisons (tournament in Ritten)
Sept 1 3rd place match or final v HC Neumarkt/Egna or Ritten/Renon
Sept 6 v Odense Bulldogs (SWB-Cup in Bremerhaven)
Sept 7 3rd place match or final in Bremerhaven

Esbjergand Odense are Danish teams.

Links:
:. [Fischtown Game Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Eis Hockey 24 Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Eis Hockey Magazin Story] :. [Translated]



While Ritten/Renon Sport has yet to announce a full schedule and has yet to play a game, they have announced yet another big signing. Eric Johansson, born in Edmonton but with dual Swedish citizenship, has signed. He is a vet, having played in the AHL for 3 seasons ended in 2005. Since then he has played mostly in Sweden. Ritten seems determined to boost themselves to a higher level.

Links:
:. [Ritten Story] :. [Translated]
:. [SportsNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Elite Prospects Page]



The Neumarkt/Egna Wild Geese do not have the splashy announcements of the other Bison opponents. But there was a story about them signing a young Slovak, Matej Direr, who just been out of junior for a year.

Links:
:. [SportsNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]
 

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Aug. 18: Conference Recruiting News


The only CW team to have a new official announcement about recruits is the University of British California. They have announced that goaltender Jordan White is not coming back but the replacement is former Regina Pat Matt Hewitt. White was doing very well in his 3rd and 4th years at UBC after being kind of mediocre in years 1 and 2. I am sure that they would rather have him back for a 5th year. Still, UBC needs a steady flow of WHL recruits into their program if they want to sit with the cool kids instead of being perpetually seated at the little school table.

Links:
:. [UBC Story]
:. [Hewitt at Elite Prospects]



The Evil Monkeys have made their 2nd annual announcement that open tryouts will be held. They have stated that prospective players must have played "Midget AAA or higher".

Links:
:. [U of A Story]



There were a few transactions affecting CW teams listed at Elite Prospects, none of which were accompanied by team announcements. Could be that since these guys are not from the WHL they are just getting tryouts.

Nevertheless, here's the list:

Miguel Pereira - Listed as going from Grenoble to Regina, although he played for the Weyburn Red Wings last year. Looks like he changed his mind. Why would he want to leave Grenoble for Regina?

Derek Huisman - He is a forward from the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL now headed to the New Kittens on the Block. He has been about a point per game Junior A player the last two years.

Myles Hovdebo - He is a goaltender listed as having transferred from Selkirk College (BCIHL) to the Bedrock Dinos. Selkirk also lost one other goaltender, but have recruited three new ones as well. He is not listed as having ever actually played at Selkirk. He spent the last 3 years with the Laronge Icewolves. Although Dustin Butler is gone, the Dinos still have Jacob DeSerres (arguably their #1 by the end of the year) and Kris Lazaruk (who never played last year) eligible to return.

Links:
:. [Elite Prospects CIS transfers page]
:. [Pereira at Elite Prospects]
:. [Huisman at Elite Prospects]
:. [Hovdebo at Elite Prospects]
:. [Selkirk College at Elite Prospects]
 

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Aug. 19: Italian News, Rosenheim Loses


Starbulls Rosenheim 1
EC Villacher SV 3


The Starbulls lost the rematch to their Austrian foes. The shots on goal are not shown in the summary and it is hard to glean from a translated story just what the game was like. Shawn Weller had an assist.

Rosenheim will now play HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes (Italian team new to the EBEL) on Friday before facing the Bisons on August 27th.

Links:
:. [Game Story at Rosenheim24.de] :. [Translated]
:. [Summary] :. [Translated]



I have also pieced together the changes in Italian hockey. I have linked stories from the meetings they held. Their top league is to now be called Elite.A and there is no automatic promotion/relegation system. Teams can move up if they meet arena, sponsorship, and other criteria. Most of the 2nd tier teams are either moving to the INL (such as Neumarkt/Egna) or otherwise restructuring. One (Sterzing/Vipetano) is moving back to Elite.A. Last season (as "Serie A") they had 10 teams. HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes have moved to the Austrian EBEL. HC Alleghe Civette lost sponsorship and are moving down a league. I have no idea what has happened to Aquile Friuli Venezia Giulia. So, 10 - 3 = 7. Then you add Sterzing/Vipetano and they are back to 8. One team they thought they may lose to the KHL is Hockey Milano Rossoblu. Although they are not listed at Eurohockey.com, their own website claims they are set for the Elite.A this year. The other five returnees are Asiago Hockey, HC Valpellice, Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina, SHC Fassa, and HC Val Pusteria/Pustertal.

Could the KHL succeed in "non-traditional" hockey markets like Milan? Well, the NHL has tried Phoenix, Atlanta, etc. so what the heck! BTW, Andrew Raycroft and Angelo Esposito play for Milan.

Links:
:. [LIHG Planning Story] :. [Translated]
:. [LIHG League Format Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Alleghe Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Milano Story] :. [Translated]



Ritten/Renon Sport have released a full roster page, and an interview with Chris Mason. Sounds like he and his wife wanted to spend some time in Italy before he retires. He had previously played in Norway.

Links:
:. [Ritten Roster Announced] :. [Translated]
:. [Ritten Mason Interview] :. [Translated]
 

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Aug. 23: News and Scores


The Bisons' site has uploaded a story on the tour. It confirms the information previously posted in this thread and has a quote from the coach. The site does not yet have a training camp roster, but camp has started.

Links:
:. [U of M Story]



Starbulls Rosenheim 2
HC Bozen/Bolzano Foxes 1


Tyler McNeely scored both goals for Rosenheim and Shawn Weller had two assists. So their imports are clearly the players to watch. The Bisons will likely counter with a choice defence combo when the two sides clash on Tuesday. Rosenheim is now 1-1-1 in pre-season, and the Bisons are their next opponent. The Foxes are an Italian team in the debut season in the Austria-based EBEL.

Links:
:. [Preview Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Summary] :. [Translated]
:. [SportNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]



Fischtown Pinguins 1
Esbjerg Elite Ishockey 0

(in shoot-out)

The Bisons could be facing a solid D next Friday when they face the Waddling Ones. Esbjerg (a Danish team) must have a strong goaltender. I like how some translations come out:
Although the Seestädter were able to record 19/6 Shots on goal in their favor, it simply was not possible to accommodate the black hard rubber disc in the case of Ervin Mustukovs well defended. After Sergei Stas and Tyler Ellington after a personal dispute in the 27th Minutes were sent out to the showers, the hosts came into the game a little better, but now Brett Jaeger could also provide proof of his class. Nachem until the second half has the game became increasingly incoherent, penguin coach Mike Stewart was happy to re-instructed to send his men on the ice again in the last scene of the game.
So, there you go! The Pingies will face the Hanover Scorpions on Sunday before facing the Bisons next Saturday.

Links:
:. [Fischtown Story] :. [Translated]



No news from Ritten/Renon Sport, but they have a poster/program cover for the tournament.

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Elite Prospects has a CIS recruit page which, while not complete, is worth a periodic check-in. The H0rny Ones have landed goaltender Alex Sirard from Selkirk College of the BCIHL. Their source was the player's Twitter! And Lakehead picked up goaltender Justin McDonald from the OCN Blizzard.

Links:
:. [Elite Prospects CIS Confirmed Transfers]
:. Re Sirard: [Elite Prospects] :. [Twitter]
:. Re McDonald: [Elite Prospects] :. [Lakehead Story]
 

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Aug. 25: Scores and an Arena Breakdown


My son was anxious to give his brand new hockey equipment a trial run and we found out about public ice being available at the Max Bell. Only problem is that high temperatures and humidity forced closure for the afternoon. Ironic, considering what happened to EHC Klostersee ...


EHC Klostersee's home arena in Grafing has sprung a leak from a valve in the ice machine, putting the facility out of commission for about a week. So the Bison game on Thursday is shifting to another venue. The options are Bad Tolz and Erding. All of these places are east of Munich and west of Rosenheim. This is their pre-disaster pre-season schedule:

Aug. 29 in Grafing v Manitoba Bisons
Sept. 1 at EC Peiting
Sept. 6 at TEV Miesbach
Sept. 8 in Grafing v EC Peiting
Sept. 13 in Grafing v Erding Gladiators
Sept. 15 in Grafing v TEV Miesbach
Sept. 20 at Erding Gladiators
Sept. 22 (opponents to be confirmed)

Links:
:. [EHCK Announcement] :. [Translation]
:. [Eishockey News Story] :. [Translation]
:. [EHCK Pre-season Schedule] :. [Translation]



SC Riessersee 3
Ritten/Renon Sport 1


This was the season opener for Ritten. They are hosting the Bisons in their tournament next weekend. Former Jet Chris Mason was tending the goal for the first two periods during which the Germans mounted a 3-0 lead. Two of those goals came on a 5 minute major. At least that's what I picked up from the translations. Riessersee is from the DEL2.

The remainder of Ritten's pre-season looks like this:

Aug. 31 Ritten Sport v Neumarkt/Egna Wild Geese (INL)
Sept. 1 Ritten Sport v Fischtown (DEL2) or Manitoba Bisons
Sept. 3 Ritten Sport v Dartmouth (NCAA)
Sept. 7 Ritten Sport v SC Riessersee (DEL2)
Sept. 13 Ritten Sport v Bad Tölz (OBL)
Sept. 15 Bad Tölz (OBL) v Ritten Sport

Too bad the Bisons couldn't have played Dartmouth so as to add a 5th game.



Links:
:. [Ritten Story] :. [Translated]
:. [SportNews.bz Story] :. [Translated]
:. [HockeyTime.net Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Ritten Pre-Season]



Starbulls Rosenheim 8
Deggendorfer Fire 1


This game was not part of Rosenheim's previously announced schedule. Deggendorfer is from the Oberliga, Germany's 3rd tier league. By the early results it would appear that there is quite a difference between the Oberliga and the DEL2. Tyler McNeely and Shawn Weller each scored again for the Starbulls. Rosenheim is now 2-1-1 and their next game is Tuesday against the Bisons.

Links:
:. [Team Summary]
:. [Eurohockey Summary]



Fischtown Pinguins 7
Hannover Scorpions 1


Fischtown won beat Hannover, another Oberliga team, for the 2nd time this year. The Pinguins are now 3-0-0 in the pre-season. Next up for them is the Ritten tournament, and a Saturday game against the Manitoba Bisons.

Links:
:. [Fischtown Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Eishockey Magazin Story] :. [Translated]
:. [Eurohockey Summary]
 

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Aug. 27: Rosenheim 7 Manitoba 1



MANITOBA BISONS 1
ROSENHEIM STARBULLS 7


The Bisons started their European vacation on a sour note. The first thing to jump out at me was that the Bisons had a very weak line-up dressed. From last year's starters in the playoffs, they had only one defenceman and 5 forwards dressed. I do not know if they had some injuries or if loads of guys failed to make the trip, or just droped out. IAE, the Bisons dressed only 16 skaters, when European rules allow 20. And one of those dressed was Bison assistant coach Riley Dudar!

I followed along at the Pointstreak link, which is very much like LeagueStat. There were two jersey numbers listed as "New Player". One turned out to be Dudar and the other was Pierre Landry, an unannounced newcomer on defence. He has transferred from Briercrest and previously played for the Wayway Wolverines in the MJHL. Here was the line-up (the line combos were not given):

GOAL:
1 Joe Caligiuri - 34 Deven Dubyk - 35 Joey Rewucki

DEFENCE:
12 Brock Sutherland - 24 Travis Bobbee
5 Lee Christensen - 6 Luke Paulsen
3 Pierre Landry

FORWARDS:
20 Aaron Lewadniuk - 19 Ian DuVal - 21 Taylor Dickin
18 Dylan Kelly - 25 Paul Ciarelli - 16 Jesse Paradis
15 Craig Scott - 10 Brendan Rowinski - 17 Austin Lauder
22 Riley Dudar - 28 Reid MacLeod

MIA:
22 Darren Bestland - 2 Dane Crowley
3 Eric Mestery - 4 Jeremy Schappert
6 Brodie Melnychuk
29 Luke Cain - #? Jordan Depape - 26 Blair Macaulay

The players listed under "MIA" are eligible to return. Depape is the only new recruit in that list. What are the rest doing?

Other than Landry, other unannounced newcomers to suit up were Joey Rewucki (goaltender from the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL) and Reid MacLeod (forward from Sacred Heart of the NCAA who red-shirted and played for the Stonewall Flyers last year).

Travis Bobbee started the scoring after 5 minutes, but that was it for the Bisons. Each goaltender played a period, Caligiuri started and was succeeded by Dubyk and Rewucki.

None of the summaries include shots on goal, so it is hard to glean just what kind of a game it was. The score was only 2-1 after 36 minutes of play. Then two quick 2nd period goals by the Starbulls gave them a stranglehold.

These teams started the 2011 tour as well. Rosenheim also had a 4-1 lead after two periods that night, only to lose in a shootout.

The Bisons' next game is Thursday against EHC Klostersee. Rosenheim will not play until Friday against the Sterzing Broncos.

A special guest at the game was Karl Friesen, goaltender and formerly of the West Kildonan North Stars and St. Boniface Mohawks. He also played 12 seasons for Rosenheim and for the German (or West German) national team in 6 world championships and 3 Olympic games (1984, 1988, and 1992). He also had a cup of coffee with the New Jersey Devils (pre-Brodeur).



Links:
:. [Team Preview Story] :. [Translation]
:. [Team Story] :. [Translation]
:. [Hockeyweb.de Story] :. [Translation]
:. [Pointstreak Summary/Stats]
:. [Eurohockey Summary]
:. [Rosenheim Summary/Stats] :. [Translation]
:. [Rosenheim Story re Deggendorf] :. [Translation]
:. Elite Prospects Links: [Karl Friesen] :. [Pierre Landry]
:. [Reid Macleod] :. [Joey Rewucki] :. [Riley Dudar]
 

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Aug. 28: Bison Practice


So I popped in at the Max Bell to take my son skating and instead of public skating there was "Bison Men's Practice" on the board. Since it was so hot outside we wanted to check out the ice and, indeed, there was a Bison men's hockey practice, featuring 2 goaltenders and 9 skaters. That explains the short-staffed squad in Europe. I could not identify everybody. But Blair Macaulay and Dane Crowley had numbers on their helmets making them identifiable. I also thought I saw alumni Chris Benias out there. How many short guys with a #17 helmet are out there? There should be plenty of competition for spots when the two camps come together.
 

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Aug. 29: Bisons 5 Klostersee 2



MANITOBA BISONS 5
EHC KLOSTERSEE GRAFING 2


Links:
:. [Team Preview Story] :. [Translation]
:. [Bison Schedule Page]


According to the Klostersee website, the last word on the game was cancelled due to an ice plant problem. However, on the Bison site they have the score without any link to a story or summary. A web search revealed nothing. Klostersee is on Pointsreak for regular season only. So I am unable to say what the Bisons did and if they remain short-staffed.
 
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