2018-19 Manitoba Bisons/USports

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  1. Hollywood3

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    [​IMG] July 23: BISONS ADD A GAME

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    The Bison schedule has been updated with an additional exhibition game on Sunday, October 7th in Omaha against the UNO Mavericks. That makes for a double-header that weekend, following a Saturday night game in Grand Forks against the UND Fighting Hawks. I do not see any space for more games for the Bisons this season, unless they add something in the Christmas/New Year's season.

    The updated Bison schedule is now like this:

    Aug 21 Manitoba at Manchester Storm (EIHL)
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers (EIHL)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Sep 14 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 15 Manitoba v TBD (in Regina)
    Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba (MTS Iceplex)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba
    Oct 06 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Manitoba at Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)

    Note that regular season games will be played September 28-29 in the Town of Bedrock against the Dinos.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons - Schedule]
    ► [UNO Team Site]
    ► [UND Schedule]


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    MRU now has the 2018-19 team schedule posted, but without exhibition games. From what other teams have posted, we have these three exhibition games:

    Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State (NCAA)

    The team also had the only recruiting announcement of the week, coming from the Okotoks Oilers' Twitter. Goaltender Riley Morris has been added to the lineup.

    Also, from the MRU site we have this announcement:

    Links:
    ► [MRU Cougars - Schedule] (regular season only)
    ► [Okotoks Oilers Tweet]
    ► [Higgins joins staff for U SPORTS Women's Hockey All-Star team]
     
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    [​IMG] July 27: A FEW LINKS TO END THE WEEK

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    The Bison website posted a story which contained nothing new and had errors.

    The story points out the Bison trip to the UK, which is accurate, and says they'll play in England and Northern Ireland, which is accurate, but omits their game in Scotland! No haggis for the author!

    It also says the team record was 17-14 last year. I don't know how they get that. The records were:
    Conference record: 16-10-2
    Non-conference record: 4-4-1
    Playoff record: 0-2-0
    Overall record: 20-16-3

    The story also has the regular season starting in Calgary on October 5th, when in fact it starts one week earlier on September 28th. Also, the team schedule has the opening tour game on August 22nd, but the Manchester Storm have it scheduled for August 21st.

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    There is one fewer Mutt in the doghouse. Defenceman MacKenzie Johnston is going back to the Rosetown Redwings after one season in Saskatown. He played for Mount Royal in 2014-15 and 2015-16, redshirted for a season (where he played for Rosetown), then went to Saskatchewan last year.

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    The Ottawa Gee-Gees have no schedule page on their site. They are the only team in USports which links to their conference site for their team schedule. That schedule has just one game (Sept 22 against St. F.X.), but their Twitter announced two games in the Big Lemon, against Ryerson on Sept 14 and Toronto on Sept 15.

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    Episode 9 of the on-line radio show of Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews is up, but I haven't heard it yet.

    Links:
    ► [Bison Men’s Hockey Team heading to the UK]
    ► [MacKenzie Johnston - Elite Prospects]
    ► [Rosetown Tweet]
    ► [Ottawa Gee-Gees Team Site]
    ► [Ottawa Team Schedule at OUA.ca]
    ► [Ottawa Twitter Announcement]
    ► [Breakin News 'N Crackin Brews: Ep. 9]
     
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    [​IMG] July 30: THE NEWS CONTINUES TO TRICKLE IN

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    There are a couple of links coming in now, from sources outside the CW. The Alberta Golden Bears and Manitoba Bisons remain the only CW teams with non-conference games on their schedule and no team has a 2018-19 roster page. The UBC Thunderbirds are the only team to have made official recruiting announcements.

    So what news is there?

    First, Bison pre-season opponent Belfast Giants have re-signed their captain, Blair Riley. He's a 32-year-old Canadian boy who peaked at the AHL before heading to Europe. This will be his 3rd season over there.

    Second, Red Deer College and the ACAC schedules have announced that the Red Deer Kings will visit the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sept 7-8. Other sources have the 'Horns off to Lakehead Sept 21-22, starting the regular season against UBC on Sept 28-29, then going to the States Oct 6-7 to wrap their non-conference season. That just leaves Sept 14-15 empty, and Edmonton and Regina appear to be hosting events that same weekend.

    Third, Monkey graduate Jamie Crooks is off to the EIHL. He will just miss the Bisons because he's playing for the Guildford Flames.

    Links:
    ► [ITV: Blair Riley returns to captain Belfast Giants]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blair Riley]
    ► [Red Deer College Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [Flames Add Offence with Crooks]
     
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    morning Holly great work this summer keeping us all up to date around USPORTS. thank you!
    news today that the U of Lethbridge Coach resigned to pursue other opportunities. Yikes to U of L, that is a little tight on the time lines don't you think!!
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 1: UBC SCHEDULING, PLAYER MOVEMENT IN BANJOLAND

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    Welcome to August!

    This is the month where the Bisons will start playing hockey again. Finally! No news from the Bisons, but there is some news from elsewhere.

    First, the UBC T-irds have updated their schedule to include exhibition games. However, they did not include the Sep 7-8 games announced by the Evil Monkeys to be played in Penticton. The announced games are:

    Sep 14 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 15 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) at U.B.C.
    Sep 21 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C.

    The Regina Cougars have a new recruit, but not announced by them. Keith Anderson's commitment was announced by the Battlefords North Stars on Twitter. The right winger previously played in the WHL where he had 1 goal and 5 assists in 46 games. In 43 games in the SJHL he was 18-20-38.

    Meanwhile, the doghouse continues to empty up the road in Saskatown. The Rosetown Redwings have landed another defenceman, Jordan Fransoo, from the Saskatchewan Huskies. He had used up 4 years of eligibility.

    Links:
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Battlefords North Stars Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Keith ANderson]
    ► [Rosetown Redwings Twitter]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Jordan Fransoo]
    ► [Allan Cup Hockey West]
     
  6. Hollywood3

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    [​IMG] Aug 3: THE HŎRNY ONES NEED A COACH

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    I wasn't expecting much in new news as we head into the long weekend, but instead there is shocking news from Lethbridge. The Hørny Ones are in the market for a new head coach because Spiros Anastas has tendered his resignation. Despite hosting the University Cup this year, the team is now having to find a new coach at the last minute. This might also explain the slow rumour mill on new acquisitions for the Hørny Ones.

    I have searched high and low but don't see where Anastas is going. Before Lethbridge, he was an assistant with Grand Rapids in the AHL.

    In four seasons since taking the helm from Greg Gatto, Anastas had a spotty record. They were in a prime position to make a playoff run last year but folded in sthe stretch to finish 7th yet again. Anastas has not devoted full time to the Horns. In his first two seasons, he also worked with South Korea and in the last two seasons he has helped out with Estonia, not to mention Alberta youth squads.

    Here's Anastas's record with Lethbridge:

    2015 05-23-0 10 8th
    2016 11-15-2 24 7th
    2017 11-14-3 25 7th
    2018 09-16-3 21 7th (got 2 points for Calgary forfeit)

    So was Anastas mailing it in this off-season? Does that explain the lack of recruits for the U-Cup host team? Or did he jump ship after failing to land some quality recruits he wanted? Did the UofL issue an ultimatum? Did the UofL try to convince him to stay? Or are they ticked off? Lots of questions and speculation.

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    Meanwhile, the Regina Cougars have added their pre-season games. The games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 S.A.I.T. (ACAC) at Regina
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba

    Since the Bisons are in Regina for the tournament on Sep 14-15, I infer that the Bisons will be facing S.A.I.T. on Sep 14 and Saskatchewan on Sep 15. Unless, of course, somebody like Lethbridge is also included in the tournament.

    The York game on Sep 20 is odd. What's happening for the previously announced Bison home game against Regina on Sep 21? The Banjo Cats likely won't be coming. Will York come instead? They have yet to announce a schedule.

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    The Belfast Giants announced two signings of AHLers, Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier. Baun was with the Toronto Marlies and Berauvillier was with the Manitoba Moose. Previously, Beauvillier played for the UNB Varsity Reds of the AUS.

    Also, Kendall McFaull (recruited from Sask) will be wearing #27 in honour of the late Troy Gasper, deceased in a vehicle collision.

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    Over at CUSN the Tuesday Morning Skate was delayed to Thursday. It runs down the recruiting news, including the blue-chip 6-pack of recruits at St. F.X. The only new part from a CW perspective is the news that Colton Bobyk will not be on his way to the Town of Bedrock. The Dinos announced him a year ago and he had to red-shirt last year.

    Links:
    ► [UofL: Anastas resigns as Pronghorns coach]
    ► [Victor Findlay's Tweet]
    ► [Wikia: Lethbridge Pronghorns Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects: Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Greg Gatto]
    ► [Regina Cougars Schedule]
    ► [Belfast Giants announce double signing as Kyle Baun and Francis Beauvillier agree deals]
    ► [Giants #27 Jersey To Be Worn In Memory Of Troy Gasper]
    ► [Thursday Morning Skate: August 2nd, 2018]
     
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    Thanks for your perspective on the U of L situation Holly. I can't imagine all the ramifications of a coach leaving in a UCUP hosting year?
    Surely he is going to have to explain that to someone!
    The team has an extensive ( and really expensive) non conference schedule planned? IMO way too many games at critical times with a weak team? The financial costs of those weekends, the bid and operating costs of hosting a 1 year bid in a one and done tournament had to be weighing heavily on a young Coach who has/had obvious plans to be upwardly mobile!
    Tough spot he leaves that program in!!
    See ya!???
     
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    I am sure there will be more to report on this after the long weekend.
     
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    The President of Lethbridge is Mike Mahon.
    He was Dean of PHYS. ED and REC at Alberta when the U of A hosted and won back-to-back in '05 and '06.
    For the life of me I can't figure ot why Lethbridge is hosting the 2019 U Cup.
    They haven't been legitimately competitive for over 20 years.
    Anastas quitting in the first week of August is only going to make it worse.
    The Pronghorns normally wold have 2 or 3 players that could play for and ALB/UNB/X or SASK.
    USports needs to make back to 6 teams with 2 pools that guarantees a host 2 home gates.
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 7: ANASTAS IS OFF TO SOUTH CAROLINA

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    Spiros Anastas is off to be the head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, farm team to the Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears. They had been coached by Ryan Warsofsky, who got an AHL job in Charlotte.

    No further word on a replacement for the Hørny Ones.

    Links:
    ► [SCS Press Release: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays’ next head coach will be Spiros Anastas]
    ► [Post & Courier: South Carolina Stingrays coach Ryan Warsofsky leaving for AHL’s Charlotte Checkers]
    ► [Live 5 News: Spiros Anastas Named Stingrays Head Coach]
    ► [ECHL.com: Anastas named Stingrays head coach]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 8: LISOWAY GOING PRO

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    Quintin Lisoway is leaving after two years to join former Bison teammate Shaq Merasty with the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.

    Since the Bisons are laden with forwards, this loss won't hurt too badly. His stats were Cy Young-like, 11 goals and 3 assists last year.

    So who all is coming back? This is the last thing we find out every year. No team has a 2018-19 roster page up yet. At Elite Prospects, the only returning player to be listed is defenceman Blake Heinrich. It is always great news to see returning defencemen, especially those from the WHL. With pre-season just two weeks away, my hope is that we'll see a Bison roster, or at least a tour roster, up soon.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Quintin Lisoway]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 9: HEINRICH ALSO GOING PRO

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    Just a day after Elite Prospects listed defenceman Blake Heinrich as a returning player, he was announced as a new recruit for the Rapid City Rush, aka Bison Alumni Squad. He just finished his 2nd season in 2017-18. The Bisons now have two defencemen gone from last year's squad with three recruits coming in (one of which is F/D). They now need a stay-at-home defenceman, preferably from the WHL, to round out the roster.

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    The Banjo Mutts uploaded their 2018-19 schedule, albeit without any pre-season games. They also had three stories, which are in the links. First, they have a pitch for season tickets for their brand new arena. Rumour has it the building will be Saskatown's 3rd with indoor plumbing! Second, Chris Pronger is the speaker for their Off the Leash Luncheon fundraiser. And third, four Mangy Mutts are off to Europe. Jordon Cooke (Gap in France), Connor Cox (Dundee in the EIHL), and Kendall McFaull and Josh Roach (both to Belfast in the EIHL) are no doubt thrilled to be leaving Sask.

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    The Bluegars added their pre-season games to the schedule. Here's what they have:

    Thu Sep 13 Calgary at Mount Royal
    Sat Sep 15 Mount Royal at Alberta
    Wed Sep 19 Mount Royal at Minnesota State
    Fri Sep 28 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Sat Sep 29 Mount Royal at Regina (regular season)
    Thu Oct 04 Mount Royal at St. Cloud State

    The game on Sep 13 is new, and completes the 3-team round-robin that weekend. Their games in the States were to be on Oct 6 and 7. Quite a strange twist to be going two separate trips, and to have a game NOT on the designated weekend.

    Links:
    ► [Elite Prospects - Blake Heinrich]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manitoba Bisons]
    ► [Rapid City Rush - Tweet]
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Exclusive Founders Club deal for season tickets in Merlis Belsher Place expires August 15]
    ► [Chris Pronger to headline 2018 Off the Leash Luncheon]
    ► [Four Huskies turn pro with degrees in hand]
    ► [Mount Royal Schedule]
     
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