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The Bisons are off to a much faster start with recruiting news than last year, so time to start the 2019-20 thread! Hopefully last years health issues are behind me so I can keep on top of my favourite hobby this season.


As usual, the opening post has the links needed to follow USports/CIS hockey. The next one will have the news.


League Sites:
USports Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
Canada West Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats
OUA Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
... sub-links : Schedule/Results
AUS Mens Hockey Site - Tw - FB
... sub-links : Schedule/Results
ACAC Mens 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 Marys 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
Queens 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 - joining the CW in 2020-21
Portage Voyageurs
Red Deer Kings
SAIT Trojans


BCIHL Team Sites:
Eastern Washington Eagles - withdrew in 2018-19
Selkirk Saints
Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
Trinity Western Spartans - joining the CW in 2020-21
Vancouver Island Mariners
Victoria Vikings


Media Sites/Blogs:
Canadian University Sports Network
Breakin News N Crackin Brews (online radio)
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 Mens 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 Mens 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 2019-20
USports/CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2019-20
USports/CIS Standings - 2010 to 2020
USports/CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2010 to 2019
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
Manitoba Bisons 2018-19
2018-19 Exhibition Schedule
2018-19 OHT35


Note: The 2019-20 links may not yet be active on some sites.

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May 12: Recruits, Renovations, and Expansion





The Bisons have announced five recruits who, when combined with last year's red shirt and post-Christmas acquisitions, cover most of the team's pressing needs for the upcoming season. Of the eight players profiled, seven are from every corner of Sunny Manitoba. One more solid major junior goal-scorer would be nice! Here are the details:


Brady Pouteau - D - Regina Pats (WHL)

Pouteau fits what was once the prototype for a Bison recruit: A local boy (from Oak Bank, BTW) who went off to play in the WHL, wore a letter, and is coming back home to go to school. He is 6'3" and 203 lbs and plays some physical D. That was one big item on the Bison shopping list. He played five years in the Dub, in Regina, Lethbridge, and back to Regina for their Memorial Cup run. Of great local interest is that the Pats gave him the Rick Rypien Memorial Award. Rypien was the captain of the Pats and, though undrafted, was recruited to the Manitoba Moose where he established himself as a legit prospect and was offered a 2-way deal by the Vancouver Canucks. When the Jets were revived, he was signed by the team but unfortunately took his own life whilst suffering from depression before training camp.


➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit Oak Bluff native Brady Pouteau for the 2019-20 season
➤ ChrisD.ca: Bisons Sign Former Regina Pats Defenceman Brady Pouteau
➤ Regina Leader-Post: Pats playing for pride on final weekend of season
➤ Elite Prospects: Brady Pouteau Career Stats



Riley Lamb - G - Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Lamb, from Rivers, is coming home. He finished his WHL career with Swift Current, but started with Red Deer. He had two years with Red Deer (2016-17 and 2017-18) before heading to the SJHL in 2018-19 for his "overage" year. After stints in Weyburn and Yorkton, he was added by Swift Current for their late-season drive. His numbers are solid (just over .900 save % the last three years). After the departure of the three goaltenders the Herd has had in recent years (Byron Spriggs, Justin Paulic, and Dasan Sydora) they needed somebody to partner with last year's redshirt, Tyler Brown (also a WHL grad). I expect them to add a local recruit from the MJHL or even MMJHL to act as a #3.


➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons add veteran goaltender Riley Lamb for the 2019-20 season
➤ WHL: Broncos clarify crease, sign overager Lamb to WHL Standard Player Agreement
➤ CHL: Rebels’ Riley Lamb named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (2018)
➤ Swift Current: Page of Video Links
➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Lamb Career Stats



Matthew Stanley - D - Swift Current Broncos (WHL), Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL)

Stanley is from Balmoral and is another sizeable country boy on D, just what the Bisons need. In 2015-16 he started his career with Steinbach in the MJHL. He then spent three seasons in the WHL, from Swift Current to Lethbridge then back again. Last year was his "overage" year and Swift Current picked him up after Lethbridge let him go. He also had a cup-of-coffee with Jacksonville at the end of 2019. If only they had fighting in the CW! The Bisons have more than their share of capable pugilists.


➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit WHL defenceman Matthew Stanley for the 2019-20 season
➤ YouTube: Matthew Stanley vs Tristyn DeRoose Mar 7, 2018
➤ Lethbridge: Hurricanes Waive Stanley
➤ Swift Current: Broncos welcome back pair of familiar faces
➤ Elite Prospects: Matthew Stanley Career Stats



Tony Apetagon - F - Winnipeg Blues / OCN Blizzard (MJHL)

Brian Harris - F - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) / Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)


The Bisons had a joint press release for these two MJHL forwards.


Apetagon is a 6'2" forward from Norway House. It is tough to come up through the ranks up north. Distances are long and travel is rough. In 2016-17 he started with the OCN Storm (Junior B), then in 2017-18 he went to the OCN Blizzard (Junior A). Last year he was OCN's captain but was traded to the Blues late for their playoff run. He finished 3rd in league scoring (29-45-74 in 59 games) and was on the 1st all-star team. He was also

OCN's captain.


Harris is a 6' 1" forward from Wawanesa. He helped lead Swan within a game of their first-ever MJHL title. Last year he was 16-36-52 in 59 regular season games, and 4-11-15 in 17 playoff games. The linked YouTube video shows he can throw 'em like a good old Manitoba boy!


➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons recruit local talent in Tony Apetagon and Brian Harris for 2019-20 season
➤ ChrisD.ca: Bisons Stay Local in Latest Pair of Hockey Recruits
➤ Elite Prospects: Tony Apetagon Career Stats : Brian Harris Career Stats
➤ Winnipeg Blues: Apetagon's Player Card
➤ MJHL: Apetagon expected to boost the Blues’ scoring attack
➤ Swan Valley: Former Stampeder Brian Harris Found A Home In The WHL
➤ YouTube: Brian Harris vs Ty Ettinger Jan 9, 2018





In addition to the five recruits, the Bisons have a redshirt and two post-Christmas recruits of note from 2018-19.


Tyler Brown - G - Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

Last year Brown was a redshirt after having surgery in the off-season. Reports at the time had him coming to the team in the new year, but that never happened.


➤ Eliteprospects.com: Tyler Brown Career Stats
➤ WHL: Tyler Brown Player Page



Ryan Carlson - D - Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets (NCAA) / Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)

Carlson is a Minnesota boy but played three seasons for Steinbach in the MJHL from 2014-15 to 2016-17. He then played a season and a half down south before transferring at Christmas last year. He is 6'3" but not very physical. He does handle the puck well, though. He was one of those guys who was better than expected. He was on the NCAA Scholastic Honour (or Honor as they say) Roll!


➤ Eliteprospects.com: Ryan Carlson
➤ MJHL: Former Pistons Defender Carlson Commits to University of Wisconsin Superior



Colton Veloso - F - Jacksonville Icemen (ECHL)/Kootenay Ice (WHL)

Veloso is a Winnipeg boy who left Steinbach and went far west to play for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL in 2015. He wound up his WHL career with the Kootenay Ice (now the Winnipeg Ice), where he scored 25 goals in 2017-18. He went to play for the Jacksonville Icemen at the end of the 2018 season and then in 2018-19 he played until Christmas. He then came to the Bisons so he could cash in his WHL scholarships. He posted stats of 2-5-7 in 12 games.


➤ Eliteprospects.com: Colton Veloso
➤ Game On: Winnipeg's Colton Veloso to Attend Manitoba Moose Camp (2018)
➤ WHL: Player Page
➤ Steinbach: Former Pistons forwards sign in ECHL (2018)
➤ Jacksonville: Pair of Rookie Forwards Join Icemen







The Winnipeg Ice of the WHL will play their first two seasons at the Wayne Fleming Arena whilst their new arena is being built about a 15-20 minute drive from the U of M. We knew that renovations would be coming but the place is in for a massive face-lift. Highlights are:

- increased capacity from 1,400 to 1,600, with a balcony on the east side;
- party lounges are being installed;
- upgraded concessions;
- VIP lounge;
- video scoreboard;
- miscellaneous improvements to the media area, glass, boards, safety netting, dressing rooms, etc.


Here are some artist renderings:








To orient yourself on the pictures, the seating is in a "C" shape, going behind both nets and on one side (the one with the penalty box). The nets are at the north and south ends and the seats are on the west side. The player benches are on the east side. The new loges are going on the east side.


➤ WHL: 50 Below Sports + Entertainment announces upgrades to Wayne Fleming Arena
➤ ChrisD.ca: Winnipeg Ice Spending $1.2M on Upgrades to Wayne Fleming Arena
➤ Winnipeg Sun: FRIESEN: Ice pretty themselves up for Winnipeg debut
➤ CJOB/Global: Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, May 10








Two new teams will be joining the CW in 2020-21. The Trinity Western Spartans will join from the BCIHL and the MacEwan Griffins will join from the ACAC.


This will bring the CW up to 10 teams. However, the downside is that unless new schools join, the BCIHL will be down to four teams and the ACAC down to seven. So, seen globally, this would not improve the status of university/college hockey very much.




However, there are rumours of significance coming from UQAM, of all places. They have never had a team before. They have a million dollar donation from the Molson's! Maybe the other UQ's can also have teams. UQTR has a new logo. Maybe UQAC can come back!




Holy Trinity was a founding member of the BCIHL in 2005, operating a team known as the "Titans". In 2010-11 the hockey team was elevated to varsity status, and adopted the "Spartans" moniker, as used for their other varsity teams. They have finished first and won the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. They last an exhibition game to UBC 6-2 last September. Jeff Gamache (AD) had this to say in the link:

“I could not be happier for (TWU men’s hockey head coach) Barret Kropf, as without his dedication to hockey in general at TWU and his leadership and ability to build a team of people around both our men’s and women’s programs, this day would not be possible. We can now say with great certainty that TWU will be home to the leading Christian hockey program in the world. I have no doubt we will have players from literally all over the globe who want to join Spartan hockey because it will provide elite hockey players a place to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a godly Christian leader. We understand how unique this opportunity is and we are excited to see many more young women and men use their God-given hockey talent on a team that loves each other and competes shoulder to shoulder in such a unique way within the hockey world.”


I suspect that TWU will be able to recruit on a continent-wide basis, which might compensate for them being at a disadvantage against UBC and other CW schools due to their strict code of conduct.




The Peter Griffins had a prolonged period of mediocrity in the ACAC (5 straight seasons of quarter-final eliminations preceded by 3 straight years out of the playoffs), however they have now won three titles in a row. In all three seasons they finished second to NAIT in the regular season before rallying in the playoffs. MacEwan has only just begun to add non-conference games with the CW to their schedule. This contrasts to NAIT, who have loads of games every year against CW and NCAA teams, both inside and outside Alberta. Last year they were hammered twice by the Bedrock Dinosaurs, 6-2 and 9-0.


➤ CW: New sport applications approved for TWU, MacEwan, UFV
➤ MacEwan: MacEwan hockey programs accepted into Canada West conference, starting in 2020-21
➤ MacEwan: Three latest recruits - Gable, Miller and Harris - bring tons of championship, leadership experience
➤ MacEwan: Quickly back to work after third-straight title, Griffins add talented new recruits Taupert, Chalifoux
➤ UQAM: Towards the creation of a hockey team at UQAM
➤ Quartierlibre.ca (translated): One million dollars for hockey at UQAM




The CW is getting a Hall of Fame!


➤ CW: Canada West launches Hall of Fame
➤ UofM (rp): Canada West launches hall of fame

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icon1.gifMay 26: Where's the News?


It has now been two weeks without news in the CW. The Bisons announced some recruits (per the last post) but no other team has an official announcement of recruits. So we need to look at news from other areas for now.




One of UBC's assistants is leaving the nest. Kelvin Cech is leaving to coach the Winkler Flyers in the MJHL. Believe it or not, this is the only new news on a CW team page, other than the Bisons. Last year UBC was laying on the announcements.


➤ UBC: Kelvin Cech joining the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers as new head coach



Perhaps you saw the just-ended IIHF World Championship. For me, one game of interest was at the end of the round-robin when Great Britain beat France for 7th place and the right to return next year. There were two USports grads on the Team GB roster - Tim Billingsley (from the Cartoon Ravens) and Mike Hammond (from the Lakehead Thundermutts). Both played from 2011-12 to 2014-15.


➤ Elite Prospects: Billingsley : Hammond : Team GB


The AUS is the first conference to release a schedule. The story doesn't say too much about it. I do not see it uploaded as yet to the USports site. (Although the way that site is run, that may not happen until January anyhow.)


➤ AUS: 2019-20 AUS men's hockey schedule announced
➤ AUS: Schedule


MacEwan's shift from the ACAC to the CW was already posted. However there is additional discussion of the topic our in Saudi Alberta. The story at the Red Deer Advocate claims that the ACAC will be down to 9 men's and 4 women's teams after the move. Did I miss two new men's programs being added to the ACAC?


➤ Red Deer Advocate: RDC set for new hockey reality with Griffins departing for USports
➤ Edmonton Sun: MacEwan University hockey programs heading to another level rp @ Sherwood Park News

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icon1.gifJune 3: TV passes & odds and ends




The on-line product has been getting better but there is a steep price increase. All sports pass is $100. Early bird pricing exists and is now scaled in. Here's the price list:


ALL-ACCESS PASS - includes playoffs
  Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $79.99
  Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $84.99
  Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $89.99
  Full price (Sept. 1) - $99.99


SPORT PASS - for one of football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, regular season only
  Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $31.99
  Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $33.99
  Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $35.99
  Full price (Sept. 1) - $39.99




➤ Press release: CW rp@ UofM rp@ UofL




There are more stories about the on-going renovations of the Wayne Fleming Arena on the UofM Campus and about previously announced recruits.

The old scoreboard has been removed from centre ice as in this picture. The new one should be nice.


The CW schedule has not been released. However, at the UND site we see that the Herd will have an exhibition game there on October 6th.


➤ Winnipeg Sun: Paul Friesen: Ice pretty themselves up for Winnipeg debut
➤ The Manitoban: Jason Pchajek: Getting ready for opening day
➤ Chris D: Bisons Stay Local in Latest Pair of Hockey Recruits (re Apetagon & Harris)
➤ Chris D: Bisons Sign Former Regina Pats Defenceman Brady Pouteau
➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Sports briefs (re Pouteau)
➤ UND: Hockey Schedule 

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icon1.gifJune 10: Odds & Ends


The CW is going to be using AI to generate highlights this year. Here's what they claim:

“REELY’s technology will allow our members to generate more highlights, and distribute them instantly, as we continue to put an increasing emphasis on shareable video content," said Evan Daum, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing for Canada West. "The automation of clipping will help our members engage more fans through social media, while enabling the conference to produce additional video content.”


If you need a part-time job, the U of M is looking for game day staff. Details are in the links.


Serge Lajoie is one ape headed for the Evil Monkeys' Wall of Fame. He won awards at every level:

In his time as a defenceman, assistant coach and head coach with the perennial powerhouse U of A program, Lajoie won a combined four Canadian university national championships, one as a player, two as an assistant coach and one as a head coach.

As a player, he also captured the Wilson Challenge Trophy as the U of A’s top male athlete, and the Senator Joseph A. Sullivan Trophy as the Canadian university men’s hockey player of the year. He also won two provincial college championships as head coach and two Coach of the Year awards.


The BCIHL musings on the impact of Holy Trinity's shift to the CW in 2020-21 are in the linked story. They brought up that TWU may operate a varsity team in the CW and a club side in the BCIHL. Maybe UBC would follow suit!

➤ CW: Canada West partners with REELY for AI-powered highlights
➤ UofM: Bison Sports hosting a Game Day Job Fair on June 11
➤ UofA: Serge Lajoie added to Sports Wall of Fame
➤ BCIHL: BCIHL statement on TWU's successful bid to join Canada West conference

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icon1.gifJune 10: Bisons Land a Hat-Trick of Forwards




The Bisons announced the recruitment of three more players, all forwards who finished last season in the MJHL where they enjoyed all-star status.


Bradly Goethals - C - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) / Saskatoon Blades (WHL)


At 6'1" and only 170 lbs, I can't help but think that some bulking up would help Goethals find that next level. I am sure that he can locate many fine cooks in his home town of Île-des-Chênes.


He had just one full season in the WHL, where he scored 15 goals. The Blades replaced his overage spot with a defenceman early last year, so he came back to the MJHL, landing with Swan. In 50 games he went 34-45-79, which landed him on the first all-star team. He also racked up 12-13-25 in 17 playoff games.


➤ GoBisons.ca: Bisons add scoring punch for 2019-20 season with three MJHL recruits
➤ Elite Prospects: Bradly Goethals Career Stats
➤ MJHL: Bradly Goethals Stats
➤ Stampeders: Bradly Goethals Named RBC Player of the Month
➤ Stampeders: Bradly Goethals Named MLLC Player of the Month
➤ Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: Blades add veteran D-man Schuldhaus, part ways with forward Goethals
➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Stampeders have title in sight



Josh Tripp - F - Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL)


At 5'9" and 165 lbs. Tripp will not be adding a physical presence to the line-up. However, this Swan River boy edged Goethals (his team-mate) for the MJHL scoring title, 36-48-84 in 57 games. Both were on the league's first all-star team. He was also 11-10-21 in 21 playoff games.


➤ Elite Prospects: Joshua Tripp Career Stats
➤ MJHL: Joshua Tripp Stats
➤ MJHL: Stamps’ Tripp hoping scoring crown pays off in playoffs
➤ Stampeders: Josh Tripp Named Finalist For CJHL MVP Award
➤ Windspeaker: Tripp racking up the points in his hometown
➤ Winnipeg Free Press: Local star wants to see Swan Valley Stampeders become a 'championship team'
➤ Game On: Josh Tripp Collects Major MJHL Player of the Year Award



Chase Brakel - C - Cornell Big Red (NCAA) / Portage Terriers (MJHL)


Brakel's three full seasons with the Terriers ended in 2017-18, when he was the team captain. He started last season at Cornell, but left after just six games. He was a deadline addition to the Terriers' playoff roster. In 21 regular season games, his scoreline was 9-11-20 and in 20 playoff games he was 11-17-28. His peak season was in 2016-17, where he racked up numbers of 34-46-80 in 58 games. Also, he was an MJHL second team all-star in 2017 and 2018.


➤ Elite Prospects: Chase Brakel Career Stats
➤ MJHL: Chase Brakel Stats
➤ Graphic Leader: Already surging Terriers add to arsenal
➤ Portage Terriers: 20 Questions with Captain Chase Brakel
➤ Winnipeg Sun: Portage Terriers snare fourth MJHL title in five years
➤ Portage Online: Brakel Declares For Cornell





Meanwhile, another Evil Monkey has turned pro. Jason Fram is off to the KHL to join Kunlun Red Star, based in China. He's been voted Canada's best USports defenceman in 2018 and 2019.


➤ UofA: Jason Fram signs with Kunlun Red Star of the KHL

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DefaultJune 12: Schedule Is Out




The schedule is out!


Most teams had announcements, with their team highlights, as linked. The league schedule link still goes to 2018-19. The 2019-20 schedule link brings up an XLS document.


One nice feature on the team schedules is a "history" link at which they post trivia and stats about the match-up going back to February 2008 (for Manitoba). This feature is on the Manitoba, Calgary, Sask, and UBC schedule pages.

The exhibition games should now be announced by bits and drabs. Regina's story contained this tidbit:


Warming Up

The U of R currently has four non-conference games scheduled to tune up before the regular season kicks off late in September. Regina will play Saskatchewan and Calgary in Saskatoon before visiting the Manitoba Bisons for a pair of pre-season games the following weekend.


The Bisons are not affected by the new WHL franchise. They have two Saturday night-Sunday afternoon series, two Friday night-Saturday night series, and three Friday night-Saturday afternoon series.


➤ CW: story : XLS schedule
➤ Manitoba: story : schedule
➤ Alberta: story : schedule
➤ Calgary: schedule
➤ Lethbridge: nothing yet
➤ MRU: story
➤ Regina: story
➤ Sask: story : schedule
➤ UBC: story : schedule




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icon1.gifJune 25: Catch-Up Time




The conference schedule has been out for two weeks. However, the CW site's schedule link still takes us to 2018-19. Regina has a full exhibition schedule posted, but nobody else does. Only Manitoba has posted any exhibition games, namely their home double-header against Regina on September 20-21.


I popped in at the Wayne Fleming Arena last weekend. The seating area is locked as a "hard hat" area. However, the window on the door by the visiting team's corner entrance was not covered and I caught a mediocre glimpse inside. The wall behind the team benches was covered, there appeared to be new boards with new ads installed, and the sign said public skating was opening in July. My inference is that this is where the renos to the change rooms, press box, lounge, etc. will take place. I was unable to get a glimpse of the scoreboard. It looks pretty big when it's on the ground. The first photo was posted on June 14th and the second on June 20th.








Last year there were reams of stories about players getting pro contracts, including several Bisons. The news has been slower this year. But at least Riley Guenther got a story from his alma matter, the University of British California. He's being joined by another former T-ird, Neil Manning. Both are defencemen. Manning's last season at UBC was 2015-16. He has since played in Europe, the AHL, and the ECHL.


➤ UBC: Riley Guenther inks pro deal in France’s top league
➤ Elite Prospects: Riley Guenther
➤ Elite Prospects: Neil Manning




The Mutts have an annual fundraiser with an NHL guest speaker. This year it's Chris Chelios. The event is in November. Past speakers include Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Wendel Clark, Brett Hull, Jeremy Roenick, Paul Coffey and Chris Pronger.

➤ Sask: Chelios highlights 2019 Off the Leash Luncheon

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icon1.gifJune 30: Last Day for Tier 1 Early Bird




Reminder that today is the last day for the lowest price on CanadaWest.tv subscriptions. I have signed up for the all-access pass.


ALL-ACCESS PASS - includes playoffs
  Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $79.99
  Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $84.99
  Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $89.99
  Full price (Sept. 1) - $99.99


SPORT PASS - for one of football, soccer, hockey, volleyball, or basketball, regular season only
  Tier 1 (June 3-30) - $31.99
  Tier 2 (July 1-31) - $33.99
  Tier 3 (August 1-31) - $35.99
  Full price (Sept. 1) - $39.99




➤ Press release: CW rp@ UofM rp@ UofL

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icon1.gifJuly 3: ACAC Announces More Games




The ACAC conference schedule is thus far the best at adding pre-season games. I include their whole pre-season plus the individual schedules for the teams to have thus far posted theirs. Since last time, the games of note are regarding Portage College's trip to Castlegar, where they will face Selkirk College and Holy Trinity.

Neither the BCIHL nor any individual teams have a 2019-20 schedule up. However The Clown have announced their two games in the 3rd annual Captain's Cup series against UBC and TWU.


Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference
Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
Sep 14 NAIT at Augustana
Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan    
Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
Sep 20 MacEwan at UBC   
Sep 21 MacEwan at UBC   
Sep 27 Portage v Trinity Western @ Castlegar
Sep 27 Augustana at NAIT   
Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia
Sep 28 Portage v Selkirk College @ Castlegar
Oct 04 MacEwan at NAIT
Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana


2019-20 Vikings Hockey Schedule
Sep 14 NAIT at Augustana
Sep 27 Augustana at NAIT   
Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia
Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana


Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
Sep 28 Augustana at Concordia


2019-20 MacEwan Griffins Men's Hockey Schedule
Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan    
Sep 20 MacEwan at UBC   
Sep 21 MacEwan at UBC   
Oct 04 MacEwan at NAIT


2019-20 Voyageurs Men's Ice Hockey Schedule
Sep 14 Concordia at Portage
Sep 27 Portage v Trinity Western @ Castlegar
Sep 28 Portage v Selkirk College @ Castlegar


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Sep 13 MacEwan at SAIT
Sep 14 SAIT at MacEwan    
Oct 04 SAIT at Augustana


Captain's Cup Game 2: SFU vs TWU - Sept 18th - SFU Hockey
Sep 14 Simon Fraser at UBC
Sep 18 Simon Fraser at Trinity Western
TBD Trinity Western v UBC

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icon1.gifJuly 6: News from Manitoba, Alberta, and UBC



Another photo of the renovations underway at the Wayne Fleming Arena has been tweeted by the Winnipeg Ice. The part behind the curtain is the part that will make the biggest difference. But I really like the new scoreboard. Can't wait to see it when it's done.




➤ Winnipeg Ice Twitter: July 3rd



Graeme Craig is leaving the Evil Monkeys to play for Manitoba next year! The Manitoba Moose of the AHL, that is. He played in the AHL and ECHL in 2014-15 and then in 2015-16 he played with the Bentley Generals whilst red-shirting. He has been an Ape for the past three seasons.


➤ UofA: Graeme Craig signs pro contract with Manitoba Moose
➤ Elite Prospects: Graeme Craig Stats



UBC has not added to their schedule their games against ACAC and BCIHL teams, which have been announced elsewhere. However, they have added a pair of home games on August 30th and September 1st against the Wisconsin Badgers. What makes these games unusual is that they are being played in British California, not the Excited States, and that they are being played more than a month before NCAA teams are "allowed" to play. In the past, many NCAA basketball teams have come north to play exhibition games. Now, hockey is getting into the act.


➤ UBC: 2019-20 Schedule
➤ GMU: 2019-20 Schedule
➤ SFU: Captain’s Cup Game 1: SFU @ UBC – Sept 14th

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icon1.gifJuly 15: More Renos




I dropped in on the Wayne Fleming Arena on Sunday afternoon during public skating and took some pictures.


The centre ice logo is added. The new boards are not yet installed in front of the player benches.


The new scoreboard will have highlights to see! From the concourse it is basically at eye height.


This shows the new boards and logo. The glass was also fogged up due to the high humidity.


This is the major aspect of the renos in progress. This is a glimpse of the new row of seats being added on the east side of the building, above the player benches and below the press box. This picture shows the relative position of the scoreboard.


This one is a different angle of the previous picture. It really shows the new "hallway" being built behind the big white curtain.


➤ UofM: Video Tweet




The T-irds have two new stories. One is about veteran Adam Rossignol turning pro in Europe, and the other is about the previously announced exhibition games against the Wisconsin Badger-Bobs.


➤ UBC: Adam Rossignol inks pro deal with HK Budapest
➤ UBC: T-Birds to host Wisconsin Badgers for pair of exhibition contests


BCIHL-2017-50x50.jpg new: Selkirk-College-2019-white-50x50.jpg old: Selkirk-white-50x50.jpg


The Selkirk College Saints of the BCIHL made a big to-do about a potential make-over. In the end, they somewhat altered their logo but the team name and colours stay the same.


➤ Castlegar Source: Selkirk College Maintains Connection to Athletics History, Unveils New Logo
➤ My Kootenay Now: Selkirk Saints unveil refreshed logo
➤ Castlegar News: Poll: Should Selkirk College change the name of their sports teams?

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icon1.gifJuly 20: CW Recruit Summary


The Elite Prospects USports Page has a link to each team's page, and each team's page contains an updated list of transactions. Here are the screen shots. Click the team name to go to their page.


Alberta Golden Bears




Calgary Dinosaurs




Lethbridge Pronghorns




Manitoba Bisons




Mount Royal Cougars




Regina Cougars




Saskatchewan Huskies




UBC Thunderbirds



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icon1.gifAug 4: Recruitment & Scheduling Recap


Around the CW news has been sparse. There is usually a team or two to start around Labour Day which exhibitions, with a mass join-in to follow. However, the only team to have posted what is likely to be their full pre-season is Regina, with Manitoba, Alberta, and UBC having what appears to be a partial schedule. Calgary, MRU, Saskatchewan, and Lethbridge have only posted regular season schedules.


As for roster news, the Bisons are the only team with substantial official announcements.


Going team-by-team, here's how it looks:


Note: Games marked * are confirmed on the team schedule page and games marked # are confirmed elsewhere.


> Manitoba Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Manitoba Transfers


Sep 20 Regina at Manitoba *
Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba *
Oct 05 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA) #
Oct 07 Manitoba at Omaha (NCAA) #


2019-04-13 Brady Pouteau (D) Regina (WHL)
2019-04-19 Riley Lamb (G) Swift Current (WHL)
2019-05-02 Matt Stanley (D) Swift Current (WHL)
2019-05-07 Tony Apetagon (F) Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
2019-05-07 Brian Harris (F) Swan Valley (MJHL)/Edmonton (WHL)
2019-06-10 Bradly Goethals (F) Swan Valley (MJHL)/Saskatoon (WHL)
2019-06-11 Joshua Tripp (F) Swan Valley (MJHL)


2019-01-24 Kamerin Nault (F) Greenville (ECHL)
2019-02-13 Zach Franko (F) Idaho (ECHL)
2019-02-18 Liam Bilton (F) Orlando (ECHL)
2019-03-15 Byron Spriggs (G) Texas (AHL)
2019-03-22 Byron Spriggs (G) Manitoba (AHL)
2019-06-21 Brett Stovin (F) Dundee (EIHL)


> Alberta Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Alberta Transfers


Sep 06 UBC at Alberta *
Sep 07 UBC at Alberta *
Sep 20 Calgary at Alberta *
Oct 05 Alberta at Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) #
Oct 06 Alberta at St. Cloud State (NCAA) #


2019-05-13 Noah Philp (F) Seattle (WHL)
2019-05-13 Ryan Jevne (F) Medicine Hat (WHL)


2019-03-19 Luke Philp (F) Calgary (NHL)
2019-03-20 Stephane Legault (F)    South Carolina (ECHL)
2019-03-26 Zach Sawchenko (G) San Jose (AHL)
2019-04-03 Graeme Craig (D) Manitoba (AHL)
2019-05-31 Jason Fram (D) Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
2019-06-28 Brandon Magee (F) Kunlun Red Star (KHL)


> Calgary Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Calgary Transfers


Sep 06 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Calgary #
Sep 07 Calgary at Red Deer College (ACAC) #
Sep 13 Regina v Calgary (at Saskatoon) #
Sep 20 Calgary at Alberta #




2019-03-02 Matt Greenfield (G) Springfield (AHL)
2019-05-04 Dylan Busenius (D) Fehérvár AV19 (EBEL - Hungary)
2019-05-12 Cain Franson (F) Amiens (France)


> Lethbridge Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Lethbridge Transfers


Sep 14 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) #
Sep 15 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) #


2019-05-14 Kyle Gordon (F) Okotoks (AJHL)
2019-05-22 Josh Borynec (F) Melville (SJHL)
2019-05-22 Michael Clarke (F) Humboldt (SJHL)
2019-05-22 Josh Patrician (D) Humboldt (SJHL)
2019-05-22 Owen Guenter (F) Humboldt (SJHL)
2019-06-10 Jared Janke (F) Campbellton (MJAHL)
2019-07-07 Nik Amundrud (G) Rosetown (SJHL)


2019-04-09 Blake Orbán (D) MAC Újbuda (Slovakia)
2019-05-24 Justin Valentino (F)    Briançon (France)
2019-05-28 Clint Filbrandt (D) DEAC (Erste Liga - Hungary)
2019-06-01 Garret Hughson (G) Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák ((Erste Liga - Hungary)
2019-07-14 Logan Mick (F) Åmåls SK (Sweden Div 2)
2019-07-23 Artsiom Kalashnikov (F) Muik (Finland Div 2)


> Mount Royal Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Mount Royal Transfers


Oct 05 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA) #
Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota (NCAA) #


2019-02-05 Nicholas Sicoly (F) Aberdeen (NAHL)
2019-05-08 Nolan Yaremko (F) Tri-City (WHL)
2019-05-14 Kurtis Chapman (G) Victoria (BCJHL)
2019-05-19 Riley Shamray (D) Dauphin (MJHL)


2019-06-17 Grant Baker (D) Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák (Erste Liga - Hungary)
2019-07-12 Colton Kroeker (F) Dundee (EIHL - UK)


> Regina Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Regina Transfers


Sep 12 Regina at Saskatchewan *
Sep 13 Regina v Calgary (at Saskatoon) *
Sep 20 Regina at Manitoba *
Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba *




2019-05-11 Zach McPhee (F) Trollhättans HC (Sweden Div 2)


> Saskatchewan Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects Sask Transfers


Sep 12 Regina at Saskatchewan #


2019-05-13 Justin Ball (F) Melfort (SJHL)
2019-06-26 Cody Spagrud (D) Battlefords (SJHL)


2019-05-03 Parker Thomas (F) Melbourne Mustangs (AIHL - Oz)
2019-07-20 Jesse Forsberg (D) Belfast (EIHL - UK)


> UBC Team Schedule
> Elite Prospects UBC Transfers
> UBC: Nate Fleming returns home behind T-Birds’ bench


Aug 30 Wisconsin (NCAA) at UBC *
Sep 01 Wisconsin (NCAA) at UBC *
Sep 06 UBC at Alberta #
Sep 07 UBC at Alberta #
Sep 13 Trinity Western (BCIHL) v UBC *
Sep 14 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC #
Sep 20 MacEwan (ACAC) at UBC *
Sep 21 MacEwan (ACAC) at UBC *


2019-08-02 James Orban (F) Drayton Valley (AJHL)


2019-02-26 Michael Stenerson (F) Fort Wayne (ECHL)
2019-06-13 Riley Guenther (D) Angers (France)
2019-07-07 Adam Rossignol (F) HK Budapest (Erst Liga - Hungary)
2019-07-30 Chase Clayton (F) EV Weiden (Germany 3)

The links include an announcement that a former T-ird, Nate Fleming, is returning to UBC to be an assistant coach.


Note: My expectation is that not all teams will want games on the weekend of September 7th, but all teams will want games on the weekends of September 14th and 21st, with the regular season starting September 27th. I infer that a mass weekend of games involving multiple teams will be in Saskatoon on the weekend of September 14th and another such schedule will be put together for Edmonton on September 21st.

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icon1.gifAug 10: Waterloo Warriors Trip to the Alps




This year the Bisons are not crossing the Atlantic to start the season. But the Waterloo Warriors are making a trek. I don't remember them doing so before.


The Warriors have qualified for the University Cup four times: 1974 (where the won gold), 1991, 1996, and 2013. They have finished 10th (and last) in the OUA in each of the last two seasons. However, their 25 points in 28 games was not such a bad record. The OUA West is tightly packed, so they were just 6 points removed from 3rd place.


They will play teams from Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, all in the German-speaking Alps extended region.


On August 30th they face Rittner Buam. The Bisons have played them on two prior trips when they were known as Ritten (or Renon) Sport. (Ritten is the city name in German, Renon is the city name in Italian.)


They are now in the Alps Hockey League, which has Austria's 2nd Tier teams and Slovenia's and Italy's top tier teams. Last season they were 5th out of 17 teams. They also won the Italian title.


This year's roster has a UNB grad (Randy Gazzola) and a Dalhousie grad (Dan Tudin).


> Team Website
> Sofascore Scoreboard
> YouTube Channel
> Elite Prospects - Randy Gazzola
> Elite Prospects - Dan Tudin
> Elite Prospects - Alps Hockey League


On September 1st they will face EHC Freiburg from the DEL2 (German 2nd Tier). Freiburg finished 13th out of 14 teams last year. They are unofficially called the "Wolves".


Many of the Bisons' opponents from this league have moved either up or down a league in the intervening years. I know that the leading teams from this league are tough opponents for USports teams.


Keeping the AUS theme going, former X-Man Nick Pageau plays for the Wolves.


> Team Website
> Elite Prospects - DEL2
> Elite Prospects - Nick Pageau


The tour ends on September 2nd with a 3rd game in 4 days against the EVZ Academy from Zug, Switzerland. They play in the Swiss 2nd Tier, called "NLB". They placed 8th out of 11 teams a year ago. The team is very young, with just only one player outside the 18-21 age group. Waterloo should fall mostly within the 20-23 age group.


> Team Website
> Elite Prospects - NLB
> Roster at Swiss Hockey News

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icon1.gifAug 24: Announcements Around the CW




There have been no announcements of new recruits for the Bisons since a flurry of activity in the spring. There has been a follow-up story on Brett Stovin's journey to Scotland. He was also contacted by teams in Italy, Poland, France, and elsewhere in the U.K.




➤ UofM: Versatile Stovin ready to begin pro hockey career in Scotland



The Evil Monkeys have added a zoo-full of banana-eating, armpit-scratching, vine-swinging recruits from the WHL. With 14 new players, there must be a load of departures. There just won't be enough bananas to go around.


Chad Butcher - Medicine Hat (WHL-2017), Wichita/Allen (ECHL)
Matt Fonteyne - Everett (WHL-2018), San Jose (AHL)
Ryan Jevne - Medicine Hat (WHL)
Josh Paterson - Saskatoon/Portland (WHL)
Noah Philp - Seattle (WHL)
Luc Smith - Kamloops/Spokane (WHL)
Nolan Volcan - Seattle (WHL)


Braydyn Chizen - Kelowna/Brandon (WHL)
Dawson Davidson - Saskatoon (WHL)
Jared Freadrich - Portland (WHL)
Dalton Hamaliuk - Moose Jaw (WHL)
Joel Lakusta _ Prince George (WHL)


Matt Berlin - Kootenay (WHL-2018), Sherwood (AJHL)
Griffen Outhouse - Victoria (WHL)


This is a record large recruit class for the Apes. The previous high was 12. The linked story has career stats for each player. There were two players from British California and one from Sask, the rest being Alberta boys. So no recruits left for Calgary, MRU, and Lethbridge I guess.


➤ UofA: Bears Hockey announces record-breaking recruit class


Still nothing from Banjoland about recruits, but they do have a story on Dave Hardy being appointed the chief athletics officer (CAO). Whoop-dee-doo!


➤ UofS: Huskie Athletics announce chief athletics officer



The T-irds' 8 recruits would normally be quite an announcement. But coming in the shadow of the Evil Monkeys' announcements makes this not get the coverage it deserves.


Quinn Benjafield - Edmonton (WHL)
Jake Kryski - Calgary (WHL)
Brett Clayton - Tri-City/Regina (WHL)
James Orban - Drayton Valley (AJHL)
Dryden Michaud - Melfort (SJHL)


Ryan Pouliot - Swift Current/Vancouver (WHL), Powell River (BCHL)
Jonathan Smart - Kootenay (WHL, Penticton (BCHL)
Jarret Tyszka - Seattle (WHL) - in January


The story talks about departures, but does not list them. Therefore its hard to tell if UBC is taking a step forward, or a step backward.


➤ UBC: Kryski, Benjafield, Tyszka highlight 2019 men’s hockey recruiting class



Ottawa's schedule for their German tour is at the bottom of their team schedule:

Aug 29 Ottawa at Deggendorfer SC
Aug 30 Ottawa at Dresdner Eislowen
Sep 01 Ottawa at Eispiraten Crimmitschau


All of Ottawa's opponents played in the DEL2 last year, Germany's 2nd tier league.


Deggendorfer SC (aka "The Fire") finished 14th and last. So this year they are relegated to the Oberliga, the 3rd tier league.


Meanwhile, Dresdner Eislöwen (Ice Lions) finished 9th of 14 and lost in the semi-finals. They have Nick Huard from the Guelph Gryphons in their line-up.


Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Ice Pirates) finished 10th and were knocked out in the quarter-finals. They have no USports grads.


Unlike their opponents, the Gee-Gees were better in the regular season (22-2-4) than in the playoffs (3-2). It was their 3rd season back and they shocked USports fans by finishing 1st in the OUA East, 7 points ahead of Carleton in their division and 5 points ahead of Ryerson (western pennant winner) in the conference. However, they lost to Queen's in the eastern semi-final, two games to one.


➤ Ottawa: Team Schedule
➤ Elite Prospects: DEL2 (Germany 2)
➤ Elite Prospects: Oberliga (Germany 3)
➤ Elite Prospects: Deggendorfer SC
➤ Google translate: Deggendorfer Team Site
➤ Elite Prospects: Dresdner Eislowen
➤ Google translate: Dresdner Team Site
➤ Elite Prospects: Nick Huard
➤ Elite Prospects: Eispiraten Crimmitschau
➤ Google translate: Crimmitschau Team Site

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DefaultAug 29: The Puck Has Dropped




➤ Ottawa: Twitter
➤ Deggendorfer: Game Story (translated)

This was an expected result, since Deggendorfer is a 3rd tier German team. I did not see stats or line-ups posted anywhere.





WISCONSIN BADGERS (2018-19: 14-18-5)
U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (2018-19: 14-12-2)


➤ UBC: ‘Birds prepare for historic clash with star studded Wisconsin Badgers
➤ Leaguestat: Daily Schedule (live updates)
➤ UofW: Quick Six: Wisconsin at British Columbia
➤ CHN: Wisconsin Page
➤ Facebook: Wisconsin Hockey Page


The roster pages are not updated at the UBC site nor at any of the CW sites. However, UBC may well be doing live updates at LeagueStat, just check the link. The Wisconsin series preview says they will be live streaming on Facebook. The last time UBC hosted NCAA teams they defeated both UND and Princeton.




Aug 30 Ottawa at Dresdner Eislowen (Germany 2)
Aug 30 Waterloo at Rittner Baum (Italy)
Aug 30 Wisconsin (NCAA) at UBC
Sep 01 Ottawa at Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany 2)
Sep 01 Waterloo at EHC Freiburg (Germany 2)
Sep 01 Wisconsin (NCAA) at UBC
Sep 02 Waterloo at EVZ Academy (Switzerland 2)

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icon1.gifAug 30: USports Teams Go 0-3


The Bisons have yet to start the season, and won't for two weeks, but we do have a fairly busy Friday night out-of-town scoreboard from the night that the CW football season kicked off (with the Bisons soundly thrashing the Banjo Mutts).


LeagueStat: [Summary] : [UBC Stats Page
Stories: [UBC] : [UofW (with video)]
This was a solid win for the Badger Bobs, outscoring the T-irds 1-0 in each period. Final shots were 38-26 in favour of Wisconsin. There were a total of 64 penalty minutes dealt (34 to Wisconsin). Returning goaltender Rylan Toth took the loss for UBC. Wisconsin had 27 names on the line-up sheet posted at LeagueStat.


Since neither UBC nor any other CW team has a 2019-20 roster posted, the LeagueStat summary is a guideline (* indicates a rookie):


6 Shaun Dosanjh
13 Kyle Becker
26 Joe Carvalho
29 Jerret Smith
40 Jonathan Smart *
43 Ryan Pouliot *


9 Dryden Michaud *
10 Matt Revel
14 Jake Kryski *
16 Murphy Stratton *
17 Austin Vetterl
19 Tyler Sandhu
20 Austin Glover
21 Quentin Greenwood
22 Quinn Benjafield *
37 Brett Clayton *
42 Carter Popoff
44 Maxwell James  


34 Rylan Toth
39 Ben Maquignaz


Announced Recruits Not Dressed
Jarret Tyszka (D)
James Orban (F)


Announced Departures
8 Riley Guenther
15 Adam Rossignol
22 Chase Clayton
23 Raymond Grewal
33 Michael Stenerson


Departed or Not Dressed
2 Devin Fafard
7 Tanner Faith
11 Steven Hodges
25 Colton Kehler
27 Josh Connolly
47 Patrick Dea


The only rookie dressed but not previously announced was Murphy Stratton, a California lad listed as committed to UND for 2020-21. I suspect that another goaltender has also been recruited.



Ottawa: [Twitter] : [Schedule/Results]
Dresdner: [Translated Game Story

The Germans enjoyed period leads of 3-1 and 5-1, so it seems to have been a coast-to-victory scenario. The story says the teams had to do laps to aleviate fog. The joys of hockey in the summer heat! Dresdner plays in DEL2, the 2nd tier of German hockey.



Waterloo: [Tour Preview] : [Schedule/Results]
Rittner: [Translated Game Story

This was Waterloo's opener of a 3-game trip through the Alps. They appear to have suffered a decisive loss to the German-speaking Italians. Period leads were 2-0 and 5-2. Future opponents could get even tougher for the Warriors.


Sep 01 Ottawa at Eispiraten Crimmitschau (Germany 2)
Sep 01 Waterloo at EHC Freiburg (Germany 2)
Sep 01 Wisconsin (NCAA) at UBC
Sep 02 Waterloo at EVZ Academy (Switzerland 2)

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icon1.gifSept 1: Another 0-3 Day

With the Bisons not in action, we once again continue with a limited schedule opening weekend. It's looking like the OUA is in-between the level of the DEL2 and Oberliga and UBC is a touch beneath the Badger Bobs.



LeagueStat: [Summary] : [UBC Stats Page
Stories: [UBC] : [UofW (with video)]
This series ended in wild fashion. Wisconsin built a 5-0 lead early in the 2nd period, before UBC stormed back to make it 5-4 in the 3rd period. The last goal was an empty-netter.Matt Revel and newcomer Jeff Kryski each scored twice for the T-irds. Habs' draft Cole Caulfield had a hatrick for the Badger Bobs.


UBC starting goaltender (wrongly listed as Wisconsin's Daniel Lebedeff) allowed four goals on 15 1st period shots. UBC then put in a new goaltender (wrongly listed as Wisconsin's Jack Berry) who stopped 16 of 18 shots.

Jack Berry started for Wisconsin and stopped all 5 shots he faced in the 1st period. Johan Blomquist then finished, and stopped 15 of 20 shots.


So who played goal for UBC? Likely Ben Maquignaz, who was also on the line-up listings, and another mystery goaltender. (* denotes a rookie, # denotes a line-up change from Friday's game)


6 Shaun Dosanjh
7 Tanner Faith #
13 Kyle Becker
26 Joe Carvalho
29 Jerret Smith
40 Jonathan Smart *
43 Ryan Pouliot *


10 Matt Revel
14 Jake Kryski *
16 Murphy Stratton *
17 Austin Vetterl
19 Tyler Sandhu
20 Austin Glover
21 Quentin Greenwood
22 Quinn Benjafield *
37 Brett Clayton *
42 Carter Popoff
44 Maxwell James  


39 Ben Maquignaz


Announced Recruits Not Dressed
Jarret Tyszka (D)
James Orban (F)


Announced Departures
8 Riley Guenther
15 Adam Rossignol
22 Chase Clayton
23 Raymond Grewal
33 Michael Stenerson


Departed or Not Dressed
2 Devin Fafard
9 Dryden Michaud *#
11 Steven Hodges
25 Colton Kehler
27 Josh Connolly
34 Rylan Toth #
47 Patrick Dea






Ottawa: [Twitter] : [Schedule/Results]
Crimmitschau: [Translated Game Story

The Ice Pirates held period leads of 2-0 and 3-2, and there was a scrap early in the 2nd period. Ottawa thus ends their tour with a 1-2-0 record, the win coming over an Oberliga (3rd tier) team and two losses against DEL2 (2nd tier) teams.



Waterloo: [Twitter] : [Schedule/Results]
Freiburg: [Twitter

The home side has not posted a game story for this one, but their Twitter feed was updated dozens of times throughout the game. The Warriors are now 0-2-0 on the tour, with the finale in Switzerland on Labour Day.


Sep 02 Waterloo at EVZ Academy (Switzerland 2)
Sep 06 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Calgary
Sep 06 UBC at Alberta
Sep 07 Calgary at Red Deer College (ACAC)
Sep 07 UBC at Alberta

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icon1.gifSept 2: Waterloo Gets a Win; Lots of CW News







Waterloo: [Twitter] : [Schedule/Results]
EVZ: [Twitter]  

I could not find a game story for this one, so Twitter it is. The shootout win prevents the Warriors from meeting their Waterloo, so to speak. They finish 1-2-0 on the Euro adventure.








UQTR had a trip to France without anything on their site about it. Good thing for Twitter. They won a 4-team tournament with a 2-1-0 record.

UQTR v Bordeaux: [Twitter]
UQTR v Angers: [Twitter]
UQTR v Hormadi: [Twitter]  







CanadaWest.tv has lined up a name sponsor, namely Co-op! For those out east, Co-op food stores and gas bars are everywhere on the prairies.

Manitoba: [Co-op named presenting sponsor of Canada West TV]
Regina: [Co-op named presenting sponsor of Canada West TV]



The Bluegars finally announced their pre-season games. It includes one addition not previously announced, the game on Sept 19th.

Sep 10 Mount Royal at Calgary
Sep 17 Calgary at Mount Royal
Sep 19 Lethbridge at Mount Royal
Sep 21 Mount Royal at Lethbridge

MRU: [Schedule/Results]



The Hørny Ønes have a 12-man recruiting class. This is the year of mega-sized rookie crops across USports. I think the Monkeys out-recruited them again.

Luke Coleman - LW - Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Michael Clarke - F - Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
Owen Guenter - F - Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
Kyle Gordon - F - Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Daniel Gatenby - D - Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)
Josh Patrician - D - Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
Mackenzie Mindus - F - Grand Falls Rapids (MHL)
Jared Janke - C - Campbellton Tigers (MHL)
George King - F - Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (9 teams in 4 years!)
Josh Borynec - C - Melville Millionaries (SJHL)
Jack Burgart - G - Bemidji State University (NCAA)
Nik Amundrud - G - Rosetown Red Wings (ACHW) (in WHL 2015 and 2016)

UofL: [Pronghorn Hockey unveils 12 member recruiting class]

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icon1.gifPreview: Sept 6-7: Western Exhibitions Only


U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (2018-19: 14-12-2; 2019-20: 0-2-0) 
ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS (2018-19: 24-3-1) 

➤ HockeyTech Stats: UBC : Alberta
➤ Schedule/Results: UBC : Alberta
➤ Leaguestat: Daily Schedule (live updates on Friday)
➤ Twitter: UBC : Alberta

Neither side has a preview story on their websites as I post. However, the website stats page (by HockeyTech) has a stats list for both teams, as linked. Here's what the Monkeys look like:


Matt Berlin*
Brendan Burke
Griffen Outhouse*


Ben Carroll
Braydyn Chizen*
Dawson Davidson*
Jared Freadrich*
Dalton Hamaliuk*
Clayton Kirichenko
Joel Lakusta*
Sawyer Lange
Ryan Rehill


Tyson Baillie
Chad Butcher*
Taylor Cooper
Trevor Cox
Jayden Hart
Ryan Jevne*
Cole Linaker
Curtis Miske
Lucas Nickles
Steven Owre
Josh Paterson*
Grayson Pawlenchuk
Noah Philp
Cole Sanford
Luc Smith*
Tyler Soy
Nolan Volcan*

Departed Players
Kenny Cameron G
Zach Sawchenko G
Nick Charif D
Graeme Craig D
Jason Fram D
Wil Tomchuk D
Tanner Clarkson F
Riley Kieser F
McConnell Kimmett F
Stephane Legault F
Brandon Magee F


Friday night's game is at the Clare Drake Arena and Saturday's is in St. Albert. So far, the Leaguestat live updates is just for Friday's game.


RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS (2018-19 ACAC: 19-7-1-1)
CALGARY DINOSAURS (2018-19: 18-7-3) 

➤ Schedule/Results: Calgary : Red Deer
➤ Twitter: Calgary : Red Deer

This is a home-and-home series, playing in the Town of Bedrock Friday and in Dead Rear on Saturday. There are no preview stories and neither team has a roster page going for 2019-20. Red Deer is on the ascent in the ACAC. They will also play Lethbridge this pre-season, as has become custom.


It is time to start the lookout for 2019-20 roster pages. Here are the CW links, all of which list 2018-19 as I post.


Mount Royal

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icon1.gifSept 6: Domestic Exhibition Season Begins


in overtime

Summaries: HockeyTech : LeagueStat
UBC: S&R : Twitter
Alberta: Linescore : Twitter


This marks the first game of the pre-season between two CW teams, and for that matter the first battle of USports teams. So it is appropriate that the game went into overtime.


There are no game stories posted, but the stats were downloaded to the HockeyTech and LeagueStat sources, as per the links. Highlights are:
- Brendan Burke got the win, with 22 saves on 24 shots
- Rylan Toth got the loss, with 23 saves on 26 shots
- The game was tied 1-1 after one, and 2-2 after two.
- Ryan Rehill scored the game winner in just over a minute of OT.
- UBC dressed just 19 players. Has the injury bug struck already?
- Alberta's backup goaltender was Jamond Cardinal. His last stats come from AA Midget in 2015-16.


Saturday night's rematch in St. Albert is generating some promotion. Tickets are $15! I don't believe that live stats nor a summary will be uploaded to LeagueStat or HockeyTech.



Schedule/Results: Calgary : Red Deer
Twitter: Calgary : Red Deer


Thus far there are no game stories nor anything on Twitter. Without the stats there isn't much to say. The scoreline is pretty much what I expected. Saturday's rematch is in Red Deer.


I see that the Dinos have an app!

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icon1.gifSept 7: Loads of New Recruits at Bison Intersquad Game





The Bisons haven't done this in a while. For me, it was a chance to see the line-up and the renovations underway at the Wayne Fleming Arena. The new balcony is pretty much done. It is still partitioned off and wet paint signs are around.


Here's the line-up synopsis (jersey number indicated and B for Brown and G for Gold):


Unannounced Recruits
1B Jeremy Link G
6B Dylan Thiessen F
15B Ben Dalke F
5W Liam Schioler D
8W Connor Barley F
13W Nico Labossiere F
19W Nate Halvorsen F
34W Travis Ridgen G


Announced Recruits
5B Matthew Stanley D
18B Brady Goethals F
21W Brian Harris F
23W Tony Apetagon F
27W Brady Pouteau D
30W Riley Lamb G


Announced Recruit/Not Dressed
-- Joshua Tripp


Returnees Dressed
2B Adam Henry D
3B Sean Christensen D
11B Ryan Carlson D
12B Keaton Jameson F
24B Jeremey Leipsic F
35B Tyler Brown G
10W Devon Skoleski F
17W Colton Veloso F
24W Matt LeBlanc F
25W Lukas Skrumeda D
29W Jonah Wasylak F


16B Geordie Keane F


Guest Players
20B Zach Franko F
21B Liam Bilton F
4W Bryce Litke D


Announced Departures
4 Kamerin Nault F
8 Liam Bilton F
9 Zach Franko F
28 Byron Spriggs G
35 Brett Stovin F


Announced Graduates
1 Justin Paulic G
12 Nick Zajac F
21 Brett Brooks F
34 Dasan Sydora G


Departed or Not Dressed
5 Brandon Paradoski D
11 Mitchell Dyck D
14 Thomas Freeman F
16 Dawson Martin F
18 Garrett Armour F
23 Mackenzie Dwyer D
24 Thomas Lenchyshyn D


The game was just two periods, and each goaltender got a period. No goals were scored on Jeremy Link, Tyler Brown and Riley Lamb each surrendered one, and Travis Ridgen gave up two.


There was no PA for goals, and a couple were hard for me to tell from the other end of the ice, but I believe that the Brown goals were by Henry, Leipsic, and Christensen while Labossiere scored for the White.


Each side had two goaltenders and four defencemen. The Brown had 8 forwards, and White had 9. Here's the background on the EIGHT unannounced recuits who suited up in this one:


Jeremy Link - G – Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)

Link is a Winnipeg native coming off four MJHL seasons, split between the Neepawa Natives and Winnipeg Blues. His stats line was excellent last year (26-16-0, 2.48 GAA, .931 S%). He led the league in save percentage.

➤ Career Stats: ELite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom
➤ Twitter videos: Jan 15th : Feb 1st : Feb 4th


A picture with stats!

Dylan Thiessen - C/LW – Mercyhurst Lakers (NCAA)

Although transferring from Mercyhurst, Thiessen is another Winnipeg boy. He played four seasons with the Virden Oil Capitals, and had 64 goals, 93 assists for 157 points in 216 games. He only played four games for Mercyhurst last year. Many Bison recruits had better numbers, but Thiessen has drawn a lot of accolades in his own right. He wore the “C” in Virden and last year he had a perfect 4.0 GPA to be AHA Student Athlete-of-the-Year. He only played 5 games  but I am sure with that GPA he'll figure out how to get more ice time this year. The linked stories point out things like his coach's favourable views of the team captain, getting a scholarship to the same NCAA school as his sister, and his reflections on the impact of the Humboldt crash.

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom
➤ MJHL: Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month
➤ Empire Advance: Oil Caps Player Profile: Dylan Thiessen
➤ CBC: Winnipeg hockey siblings score full hockey scholarships to same U.S. university : Manitoba hockey teams coming to terms with deadly Sask. bus crash
➤ All-Academic: Mercyhurst Profile : Former MJHL Players Named to Div I All-Academic Team : Atlantic Hockey
➤ YouTube video: Jan 28, 2016


Ben Dalke - RW – Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL)

After Thiessen left the Oil Capitals, Dalke stepped up to be the team captain. He was tied for 10th in MJHL scoring last year (22-33-55 in 60 games).


➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL
➤ Empire Advance: Dalke starts final season with Oil Caps
➤ Twitter video: Oct 14th, 2018



Liam Schioler - D – Regina Pats (WHL)


Now here's a Bison prototype: Winnipeg boy, 6'3”, 192 lbs., went away to play in the WHL, wore a letter (an “A”), and is coming home. He had committed to Queen's last February but has clearly come to his senses. Apparently, he was going to enrol in commerce. Just so happens that Manitoba's commerce faculty is second to none! Combined with the unexpected return of 5th year Sean Christensen, the Herd now has 7 quality veterans or WHL rookies on the blueline. He won't be expected to generate offence, but should help alleviate last year's havoc in front of the net. Also, the Pats used him up front when the injury bug hit the forward ranks last year.


➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ Regina Leader-Post: Pats' Schioler going from Queen City to Queen's University : rp @ Goderich Signal Star
➤ Regina Leader-Post: Pats' Liam Schioler positioned for success
➤ Videos: YouTube : Twitter
➤ WHL: Pats name Leschyshyn captain, Henry and Schioler to serve as alternates
➤ CKOM: Pats’ Schioler expects a ‘tough’ weekend
➤ Canada.com: Fond farewell for Pats' vets




Connor Barley - LW – Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)


In addition to his career with the Steelers, Barley has had two cups of coffee in the WHL, one with Kootenay and one win Portland. Those didn't pan out so he spent all of last season with Selkirk. He finished 8th in MJHL scoring (31-26-57), and was 10th in 2017-18 with better numbers (35-32-67). He's a St. Andrew's native, so the Steelers were more-or-less his hometown team.

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom
➤ Cranbrook Townsman: Another day, another WHL debut as Barley joins Ice
➤ WHL: Portland Winter Hawks Profile
➤ MJHL: Selkirk Steelers Profile : Q&A


MJHL player of the month last November.

Nico Labossiere - LW – Selkirk & Steinbach (MJHL), St. Vital (MMJHL)


This is a player with a lot of Junior A mileage. He started with Winkler, then went to Selkirk, stopped off with St. Vital (MMJHL), and then finished last year with Steinbach. His rights had been dealt to Waywayseecappo but I guess he chose to play in the MMJHL instead over the pre-Christmas-New Year's period. In any event, he played just 33 games combined. His point totals were not too bad (6-22-28). In 2017-18 he played the full season with Selkirk and in 60 games was 22-42-64, good for 14th in the league. He's a small forward at 5'9”, and the Bisons have a few of those now.

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom
➤ MMJHL: St. Vital Stats  


Nate Halvorsen - RW – Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)

We have here a Winnipeg native and graduate of four seasons with the Selkirk Steelers, the last two of which he was better than a point-per-game (25-34-59 in 2017-18 and 34-29-63 in 2018-19). He was 4th in MJHL scoring, behind fellow recruits Josh Tripp, Bradly Goethals, and Tony Apetagon.

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom
➤ Selkirk: Player Profile
➤ Game On: MJHL Player of the Month Announced


Travis Ridgen - G – VIU Mariners (BCIHL)

Trav4Oilers is an interesting character. He is a Winnipeg native who played Junior B in the KJHL with Lundar and Arborg before heading out to Vancouver Island University last year. He only played one game last year and gave up 8 goals. I suspect he is a name they can call upon in the event of injury to one of the other three goaltenders. He wrote a story about himself in The Hockey News. The link is behind a pay wall. His official resume misses several teams from whom he was cut. So if he's cut by the Bisons, I think he'll take it in stride. Already this year he has a tryout with the Birmingham Bulls of the SPHL. He is a minor celebrity in social media. He was hired by First Row Collectibles to sign autographs at Canadian Wrestling's Elite "Legends of Wrestling & Sports Convention 2". He was involved in a KJHL fight against Peguis, as shown in the picture below!

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects
➤ VIU: Player Profile
➤ MMJHL: 2015-16 Stats
➤ Washed Up Goalie Blog: Behind the Mask with trav4oilers
➤ Social Media: Twitter : Facebook : YouTube

Bryce Litke - D – Watertown Wolves (FHL)

He was a “guest player”, along with alumni Liam Bilton and Zach Franko. He's off to play in the Federal League. He was needed to give each side 4 defencemen. He formerly played for St. Boniface in the MMJHL, and Minnesota in the SIJHL. Last year he played Division 3 in Sweden.

➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects

Put it all together and the Bisons have strength and depth on defence and in goal. They lack experience and reliable forwards. They have three 5th years players, no 4th year players, and two 3rd year defencemen. The only veteran forward is Jonah Wasylak. Therefore, the question is whether the team can score enough goals. Returning second year forwards with potential are Veloso, Jameson, Leipsic, and Skoleski. From the MJHL they have the top four scorers, and 7 of the top 14. If enough young forwards can adapt to university hockey, they could be a difficult playoff opponent.




Schedule/Results: UBC : UofA Linescore
Twitter: UBC : Alberta


This one has to be reported.



Schedule/Results: Calgary : Red Deer
Twitter: Calgary : Red Deer
Red Deer Advocate: Kings humbled in preseason mini-series with U of C Dinos


There was a fair amount of detail in the Red Deer game story. Bedrock outshot Red Deer 50-15! So, the score was a bit deceptive.



Saskatoon Tournament:
Sep 12 Regina at Saskatchewan
Sep 13 Manitoba v Alberta (3 pm)
Sep 13 Calgary v Regina (7 pm)
Sep 14 Calgary v Manitoba (3 pm)
Sep 14 Alberta at Saskatchewan (7 pm)


Other CW games:
Sep 13 Trinity Western (BCIHL) v UBC
Sep 14 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC)
Sep 14 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC
Sep 15 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC)


AUS games:
Sep 13 Moncton at UPEI
Sep 14 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's
Sep 14 Moncton at St. FX


OUA games:
Sep 12 Ryerson at Ontario Tech
Sep 13 Guelph at Brock
Sep 13 Laurier at Waterloo
Sep 13 Ottawa at Windsor
Sep 13 Queen's at McGill
Sep 13 York at Toronto
Sep 14 McGill at UQTR
Sep 14 Ontario Tech at Toronto
Sep 14 Ottawa at Windsor
Sep 15 Queen's v RMC (at Ganonoque)

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Late Results







Schedule/Results: UBC : UofA Linescore
Twitter: UBC : Alberta


The UBC schedule/results page added the score and Alberta has now posted a linescore. Their goals were scored by Noah Philp, Tyler Soy, Ryan Jevne, Steven Owre, Cole Sanford, and Trevor Cox. Neither Twitter feed has anything else.

So the T-irds are now 0-3-1 and the Evil Monkeys 2-0-0 on the season.

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icon1.gifSept 11: News Round-up


I was looking around to see if 2019-20 rosters were popping up, and one was (from the Town of Bedrock). Also, some news was posted by Manitoba and Saskatchewan.




The retirement of Coleen Dufresne has prompted a Wall of Recognition to be installed. No word on who will be recognized in it.



UofM: Best of the Bisons captured in new Wall of Recognition






The Dinosaurs are the first team in the CW to update their "roster" link with their 2019-20 line-up. Here's the breakdown:


New recruits:
31 Brodan Salmond - G - Moose Jaw (WHL)
34 Adam Marcoux - G - Trail (BCHL)
41 Sahvan Khaira - D - Everett (WHL)
44 Dallas Hines - D - Vancouver (WHL)
11 Kaden Elder - F - Calgary (WHL)
39 Lane Zablocki - F - Vernon (BCHL)
43 Jordan Xavier - F - Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA)


1 Matt Greenfield G
2 Jake Kearley D - UNLV (ACHA)
3 Ryan Gagnon D
5 Jordan Henderson D
7 TJ Brown D - Quinnipiac (NCAA)
9 Graham Black F
10 Robbie Fisher F - Laurier (OUA)
15 Tim Vanstone F
16 Matt Alfaro F
17 Coda Gordon F
21 Logan Fisher F
22 Mitch Cook F
23 Ryan Graham F
24 Luke Harrison F
26 Bradley Schoonbaert F
27 Chris Rauckman F - UPEI (AUS)
28 Josh Uhrich F
29 James Shearer D
30 Tyler Gutenberg G
42 Dane Gibson F - Maine (NCAA)


4 Drew Weich D
11 Cal Babych F
12 Cain Franson F
18 Regan Nagy F
19 Riley Sheen F
33 Jared Hauf D
33 Jordan Papirny G
44 Dylan Busenius D


One thing that jumped out on the Dinos' roster page was the number of transfers they have been accumulating. The five returnees and one newcomer have their former school noted on the roster above.


This is a pretty good recruiting class, however the Dinos are losing a lot of their veteran core. I would expect them to be similar in calibre to what they have been in recent seasons.


UofC: Roster Page




The Mutts have posted a story on their men's and women's tournaments. Not much new information (unless you are going there and want tickets) but it does seem that they are promoting the events. It also seems that this will be the one and only weekend of exhibition games for them.


UofS: Huskie hockey to host pair of exhibition tournaments

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