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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    [​IMG] Aug 16: AROUND THE CW

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    Even though the Bisons start play in just 5 days, there have been no updates on their team page. The schedule page needs to be updated for the Manchester game (Aug 21 instead of 22). The Regina game on Sep 21 has been scrubbed, so they are coming just for the one game on Sep 22.

    There are a few links from Manchester. The links include the Facebook Event page and a promo video. Those should also have updates, even if after the game for news and information. I'm not sure if there is an on-line radio link for play-by-play, through their linked radio partner or otherwise.

    The Storm have signed a promising young UK player, 19 year-old Adam Barnes. He seems to be a small forward, and hopefully he'll do well. Another Brit, and an Aussie, got NHL rookie camp invites this year.

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    The CUSN updated with another Tuesday Morning Skate this week, giving recruiting news from around all conferences. One point brought up was that the CW programs are not gettign as much WHL recruits as before, because the players seem to be taking the ECHL offers this year. Speculation is that December could be busier than usual with returning players claiming their scholarship packages.

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    First, UBC announced one more exhibition game, that being on Sep 22 against Holy Trinity, the defending BCIHL champions. This gives them 6 games in the three weeks before the regular season, two each against the CW, the ACAC, an the BCIHL. They are not facing NCAA teams it would seem.

    Second, their grad Neil Manning signed an AHL contract with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He had been playing in Italy.

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    In the Town of Bedrock the Dinos have announced their exhibition schedule:
    Sep 07 MacEwan (ACAC) at Calgary
    Sep 08 Calgary at MacEwan (ACAC)
    Sep 13 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 14 Calgary at Alberta
    Sep 19 Mount Royal at Calgary
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (at Humboldt)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan

    The newly announced games are the latter three. Sep 19 conflicts with the MRU schedule, where they claim to have a game scheduled in the USA!

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    The Evil Monkeys' schedule has not been updated but the ACAC schedule has added a game on Sep 23 between the Monkeys and the NAIT Ooks in the Athabasca tournament. I suspect a game will be added between the Monkeys and MacEwan to complete that event.

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    The UQTR Patriotes released their schedule, and it includes a trip to France from Aug 24-29 against opponents TBD, or "à déterminer" since those French have a different word for everything. I haven't been able to find out more about that.

    Links:
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Roster]
    ► [Manitoba Bisons Schedule]
    ► [Manchester Facebook Event]
    ► [Manchester Ticket Promo Video]
    ► [Manchester Radio]
    ► [Barnes returns home to sign for Storm]
    ► [Tuesday Morning Skate: August 14th, 2018]
    ► [Former T-Bird Neil Manning inks AHL contract]
    ► [UBC Team Schedule]
    ► [Calgary Team Schedule]
    ► [MRU Team Schedule]
    ► [ACAC Schedule]
    ► [UQTR Schedule]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 16: SUPPLEMENTARY UPDATE

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    Former Bison coach Barry Trotz is bringing the Stanley Cup to Dauphin! That's the only major trophy the Bisons have never won.

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    The Horny Ones have now released their exhibition schedule, leaving the Banjo Mutts as the only dilatory bunch. Here it is:

    Sep 07 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 08 Red Deer (ACAC) at Lethbridge
    Sep 21 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Sep 22 Lethbridge at Lakehead
    Oct 06 Lethbridge at Western Michigan (NCAA)
    Oct 07 Lethbridge at Ferris State (NCAA)
    Dec 29 Lethbridge at New Brunswick
    Dec 30 Lethbridge v Moncton (in Fredericton)

    All of these games were previously announced elsewhere except for the game against Moncton. It seems odd that they are not playing on Sept 14-15, when there are open events in Regina and Edmontown.

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    Time for a new logo at York. The old one was kind of busy. However, would it not make more sense for sports departments to put additional funds into programs rather than logos? Most of what I have seen in new logos have been good, but so were the old ones.

    Links:
    ► [Former Bison men's hockey coach Barry Trotz bringing Stanley Cup to Manitoba]
    ► [Lethbridge Team Schedule]
    ► [NEW ERA FOR YORK UNIVERSITY LIONS BEGINS WITH LOGO LAUNCH]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 18: BISONS ADD D-MAN FROM NIPAWIN

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    The Bisons are going to play their first exhibition game of the season in just three days. However, since school doesn't even start until they return from the overseas tour. So there is no roster page, nor an official team announcement of recruits. But other sources confirm one more blueliner.

    Carter Doerksen - Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) - D

    Whenever a Saskatchewanite moves to Manitoba the average IQ of both places decreases. Hopefully this young man's desire to improve his life by leaving behind moonshine, banjo music, and possum shanks in order to have electricity, indoor plumbing, and footwear in summer will show that he is ready for this step up the evolutionary ladder. If he marries a local girl who can civilize him we may see a young man really turn his life around.

    Doerksen was the captain of the Hawks, winners of the SJHL championship. He does not run up the offensive numbers, which suits me just fine. The Bisons need good-in-their-own end defencemen, and hopefully he fits the bill. He is smaller than the typical Bison recruit, at 5'10" and 187 lbs. He is the second Bison recruit from Nipawain, joining Thomas Lenchyshyn, a LW/D.

    Here's what the SJHL story says:

    The Hawks are sending quite a few players to other teams in USports, plus one to the BCIHL and two to the NCAA:
    - Brandan Arnold - to Mount Royal
    - Brett Harasymuk - to UOIT
    - Michael Grant - to Lethbridge
    - Tyler Adams - to Regina
    - Josh McDougall to Mercyhurst
    - Logan Casavant - to Trinity Western
    - Grant Baetsen - to Adrian College

    That's a lot of grads to move in one season.

    Links:
    ► [SJHL: Nipawin Hawks Commitments]
    ► [SJHL: Player Profile Story] : [Stats Page]
    ► [Carter Doerksen at Eliteprospects.com] : [at HockeyDB.com]


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    The Banjo Mutts became the last CW to release their exhibition schedule. Their games are:

    Sep 14 Saskatchewan at Regina
    Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (in Regina)
    Sep 22 Calgary at Saskatchewan
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    They will not leave the province of Saskatchewan. The few players who like toilet paper will have to wait for a road trip where they can stock up.

    All teams have now released schedules, although some alterations will no doubt be made. Here's what I suspect:

    - The Evil Monkeys have not announced anything for Sep 21-23, but they do appear on the ACAC schedule with a game against NAIT on Sep 23 in the Athabasca Tournament. I suspect they will add a game against MacEwan on Sep 21.

    - The Bedrock Dinos claim they play the Bluegars on Sep 19, but the Bluegars say they are playing Minnesota State that same day. I find it odd that an NCAA team would be allowed to play that day. So my guess is that the MRU schedule will be altered so that the Minnesota State game goes to Oct 5 or 6.

    - Manitoba's schedule does not list their opponents for the Regina tournament Sep 14-15. Since the Bisons face Sask on Sep 15, and since Regina plays Sask on Sep 14 and SAIT on Sep 15, my guess is that the Bisons will face the SAIT Condoms on Sep 14. Regina's trip to civilization will then consist of just the one game on Sep 22, due to the York tour.

    - The York tour deserves a mention. It is not yet on their website. But from the CW teams we have this:
    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 21 Calgary v York (in Humboldt)
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    Links:
    ► [Saskatchewan Schedule]
    ► [Saskatchewan Team Page]
    ► [York Schedule]
     
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    The 3-team pool system was rubbish and should be avoided at all costs. Other sports utilize an 8-team tournament format and, if hockey cannot accommodate 7 visiting teams, it would still have to stick with a knock-out format where losers can only play for bronze. This was done in the past when there were 5 conference winners allowed:

    Day 1:
    Game 1: 4 v 5
    Game 2: 2 v 3

    Day 2:
    Game 3: 1 v winner game 1
    Game 4: loser game 1 v loser game 2

    Day 3:
    Game 5: loser game 3 v winner game 4 (bronze game)
    Game 6: winner game 2 v winner game 3

    A 6-team tournament could result in a team playing 4 games but could be done in the existing footprint.

    Day 1:
    Game 1: 3 v 6
    Game 2: 4 v 5

    Day 2:
    Game 3: 2 v winner game 1
    Game 4: 1 v winner game 2

    Day 3:
    Game 5: loser game 3 v loser game 2
    Game 6: loser game 4 v loser game 1

    Day 4:
    Game 7: winner game 5 v winner game 6 (bronze game)
    Game 8: winner game 3 v winner game 4 (gold game)
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 19: TWO DAYS UNTIL PUCK DROP

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    On Tuesday the Bisons will start their exhibition schedule against the Manchester Storm. When I think of Manchester I think of the greatest continuous stretch of bands that one city has ever produced. Their hockey history is not quite so accomplished, so far anyhow.

    Although Tuesday's game will be Manchester's first of the season, there were 8 games this weekend, and 4 games last weekend. All of those games featured an EIHL team facing a team from elsewhere in Europe, execpt for a pair of games between Nottingham and Cardiff.

    The stories being generated are about ticket sales and meeting the players. Hopefully there will be more pre-game news and access to stats. Last year all of the EIHL teams had loads pf pictures but nothing on stats/rosters/summaries. Here's the links and a couple of videos.

    Links:
    ► [Manchester Storm Team Site]
    ► [Manchester Storm Twitter]
    ► [Manchester Storm - Facebook] : [- Event Page]
    ► [Elite Prospects - Manchester Storm]
    ► [EIHL Official Site]
    ► [EIHL - Manchester Storm Page]
    ► [EIHL: EIHL Preseason Gets Underway Saturday]
    ► [EIHL Pointsreak Site]


    Manchester videos:

    Joy Division: Shadow Play


    The Smiths: Ask


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    In other news, CUSN has an interview with Spiros Anastas, the recently-departed coach from Lethbridge.

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    Also, 3 out of 4 games on the UQTR tour of France are now known:
    Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens
    Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise
    Aug 29 U.Q.T.R. at TBA (France)

    The Jokers are hosting the tournament and they are a 2nd tier French team. The other two teams in the round-robin tournament are 1st tier French teams. Last time over there UQTR were in the Napoleon Cup, hosted by the Goths.

    Links:
    ► [Canadian University Sports Network - Interview - Spiros Anastas ]
    ► [HCCP Jokers - Summer Cup] : [Google Translate]
     
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    [​IMG] Preview: BISONS AT MANCHESTER

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    MANITOBA BISONS (2018: 16-10-2, 20-14-3, OHT35 #10)
    MANCHESTER STORM (2018: 35-16-5, EIHL 2nd)


    Aug 21 @ 1:30 CT at Altrincham Arena

    Live Links:
    • Video: [ManchesterStorm.tv] (all games)
    • Audio: none
    • Live stats: none

    Manitoba Links:
    • GoBisons: [Bison men's hockey in Europe for four exhibition games against U.K. opponents]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook]
    • Global TV: [Bisons men’s hockey team off to United Kingdom for team-building preseason tour]

    Manchester Links:
    • Team: [Team Site]
    • Social: [Twitter] ∞ [Facebook] ∞ [Facebook Event]

    Other Links:
    • [EIHL]


    The only new information is in the pre-game stories from GoBisons.ca an GlobalNews.ca. There is a live video link, which costs £10. I have not yet found live stats or audio.

    The Bisons are touring with just 5 veterans and 12 rookies. Thus far I have only heard about 8 recruits, which means there are four more. Also, they have fund-raised half the cost. Which may explain why some vets are waiting for September to play hockey. The veterans mentioned are Kamerin Nault, Brett Stovin, and Byron Spriggs.

    Manchester Tunes:

    Oasis: Wonderwall


    The Stone Roses: I Wanna Be Adored


     
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    [​IMG] Aug 21: BISONS LOSE OPENER

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    MANITOBA BISONS 3
    MANCHESTER STORM 4


    Links:
    Manchester: [Preview] : [Twitter]


    I can't find a summary, or a game story even. I did find one more preview story and the Twitter was updated. The Bisons were down 2-0 and 3-1 but rallied in the 3rd to tie the game. A late goal won it for the Storm. There were quite a few tussles as well. Newcomer Keaton Jameson was Bison Man-of-the-Match and will be wearing #15.

    Next up:
    Aug 23 Manitoba at Fife Flyers

    OTHER NEWS

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    The Banjo Cats had their official announcement of three WHL recruits:

    Conner Chaulk - Swift Current/Calgary - centre
    James Hilsendager - Kelowna - defence
    Brennan Riddle - LethbridgeVancouver - defence

    In a season where major junior recruits seem to be down, this is a decent haul for the Kittens.

    Link:
    ► [Trio of WHLers highlight men’s hockey recruiting class for 2018]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 23: BISONS HIT .500

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    MANITOBA BISONS 2
    FIFE FLYERS 1


    Links:

    Fife: [Team Site] : [Fixtures & Results]
    Social: [Twitter] : [Facebook]
    Video: [Live: 247.tv] : [YouTube]


    The Fife team site is full of news about recent signings (and there have been quite a few), however there were no preview stories, game stories, or stats. But they did have a live link (which I could not watch at work today), and their Twitter updates were thorough. There is a space on the "fixtures & results" page which might get filled in as you are reading. So I never put up a "preview" post for this one.

    Here's the Twitter summary (with tweets announcing "full strength" after a PK deleted):

    Next up:
    Aug 24 U.Q.T.R. at Gothiques d'Amiens (France)
    Aug 25 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 25 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise (France)

    MORE GAME LINKS

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    The Manchester Storm uploaded a game story on Tuesday's game which tells us that:
    - Thomas Lenchyshyn and Lucas Skrumeda each had two penalties, and Nick Zajac had one, amongst what seems to have been a lot of other pushing-and-shoving;
    - Byron Spriggs came on mid-way through the game for Dasan Sydora in goal;
    - newcomers Jeremy Leipsic, Devon Skoleski, and Keaton Jameson all scored for the Bisons;
    - Keaton Jameson was the Bison Man-of-the-Match.

    Link:
    ► [Preseason Match Report: University of Manitoba Bisons 3 – Manchester Storm 4]


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    Not sure which newcomer claimed the #24 jersey.

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    Lucas Skrumeda mixing it up.

    OTHER NEWS

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    York announced the details of their trip to Banjoland, a Remembrance Tour in honour of Mark Cross, a former Lion who passed away in the Humboldt crash. The schedule is:

    Sep 20 York v Regina (in Lumsden)
    Sep 21 York v Calgary (in Humboldt)
    Sep 23 York at Saskatchewan

    Also, Western Ontario added the pre-season games to their schedule:

    Sep 13 Laurier at Western Ontario
    Sep 15 Western Ontario at U.O.I.T.
    Sep 19 Brock at Western Ontario
    Sep 21 Waterloo at Western Ontario
    Sep 28 Laurentian at Western Ontario
    Sep 29 Queen's at Western Ontario

    Finally, the BCIHL released their 2018-19 regular season schedule.

    Links:
    ► [LIONS ANNOUNCE MARK CROSS HUMBOLDTSTRONG REMEMBRANCE TOUR]
    ► [UWO Schedule Page]
    ► [BCIHL Schedule Page]
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 24: UQTR LOSES OPENER

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    U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 2
    AMIENS GOTHIQUES 3


    Links:

    Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
    Facebook: [Jokers]
    EuroHockey.com: [Amiens/UQTR] : [Cergy/Angers]


    This was the afternoon game to open a 4-team round-robin tournament hosted by the Jokers de Cergy-Pontoise, who lost 6-1 to Ducs d'Angers. The Saturday and Sunday games have been switched from the original schedule.
     
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    [​IMG] Aug 25: BISONS BEATEN IN BELFAST

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    MANITOBA BISONS 1
    BELFAST GIANTS 6


    Links:
    Twitter: [Belfast] : [UofM] : [UofM Hockey]
    Tweets: [UofM] : [Adam McKendry]
    Belfast: [Team Site] : [Preview Story] : [Streaming]
    Video: [Facebook] : [Event] : [YouTube]


    The Belfast Twitter was not as thorough as Fife's, but had very many photos. The links may contain stories and videos by the time you read this post. Mackenzie Dwyer scored for the Bisons and Brett Stovin was man-of-the-match.

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    Next up:
    Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast Giants (EIHL)
    Aug 26 U.Q.T.R. at Ducs d'Angers (France)

    OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD

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    U.Q.T.R. PATRIOTES 1
    CERGY-PONTOISE JOKERS 0


    Links:

    Twitter (Google Translate): [UQTR] : [Jokers]
    Facebook: [Jokers]
    Tweets: [Anger/Amiens] : [Cergy/UQTR]
    Eurohockey.com: [Scoreboard]


    This followed a 3-2 win for Angers over Amiens in the afternoon game. Going into the final games on Sunday, Angers leads at 2-0-0, Amiens and UQTR are 1-1-0, and the host Jokers trail at 0-2-0. UQTR faces Angers in the afternoon and the Jokers take on Amiens in the nightcap.
     

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