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  2. Sept 15: Red Deer College Sweeps! OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 3 RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS 6 Links: RDC: Boxscore RDC: Twitter Red Deer Advocate: Game Story UofL: S&R One win was nice, but when followed by a convincing win like this, even if against the Hörny Ønes, is a big moment for the Kings and the ACAC. The Boxscore listed just 12 skaters and a goaltender for Lethbridge. OUT EAST OUA Sep 15 RMC 3 Queen's 1 : QU S&R UP NEXT Canada West: Sep 17 Calgary at Mount Royal Sep 18 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at Trinity Western (BCIHL) Sep 19 Lethbridge at Mount Royal Sep 20 Calgary at Alberta Sep 20 MacEwan (ACAC) at UBC Sep 20 Regina at Manitoba OUA: Sep 18 Concordia at UQTR Sep 19 Carleton at RMC Sep 19 Waterloo at Brock Sep 20 Laurentian at Lakehead Sep 20 Laurier v Western Ontario (at Lucan) Sep 20 Queen's at Ryerson Sep 20 Toronto at Carleton Interlocking: Sep 19 New Brunswick at York Sep 20 New Brunswick at York Sep 20 McGill at Saint Mary's AUS: Sep 16 Acadia v New Brunswick - cancelled Sep 17 Dalhousie at Acadia Sep 18 UPEI at Moncton Sep 18 St. FX at Saint Mary's Sep 20 Moncton at Acadia
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  4. Sept 14: Bisons Swept MANITOBA BISONS 1 CALGARY DINOSAURS 7 Links: UofC: S&R UofC: Twitter UofM: S&R Podcast: This Week in Bison Sports There are no details on this game anywhere, but it is hard to imagine that this was anything other than a whuppin'. Calgary is now 5-0-0 and Manitoba is 0-2-0. Next weekend the Bisons host Regina, so I'll see what the new line-up looks like for real.I have added a link to UMFM's podcast. The season debut had an interview with new goaltender Tyler Brown. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 4 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 0 Links: UofS: S&R UofA: Linescore* UofA: Twitter The U of A Twitter was updating scores. Shots were 31-20 in favour of the Monkeys. Alberta is now 4-0-0 and Sask is 1-1-0. Looking at the five scores from the weekend in Saskatown, it would seem that the Dinos and Monkeys are a cut above the Bisons and Banjolanders. Although, they have also played the most pre-season games and should be closer to their true form. We'll see. Alberta and Calgary play head-to-head next week to wrap up the pre-season. Oddly, Sask has no more games until the regular season starts. LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS 2 RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS 3 (in overtime)Links: RDC: S&R RDC: Twitter UofL: S&R UofL: Twitter Dubbed as the "Babcock Bowl" (Mike Babcock coached both sides at one time), the Kings have scored a major win for the ACAC by defeating the Hörny Ønes. I believe this to be their first win over a CW team. The period leads were 1-0 and 2-1 and the Kings held the shots lead, 32-20. The Kings are now 1-2-0 and this was the first game for Lethbridge. The rematch goes Sunday. SIMON FRASER CLAN > U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS > Links: UBC: S&R SFU: Website Was this game cancelled? UBC never did add it to their schedule (although Manitoba and Alberta were also missing games from their schedules until they were played). OUT EASTAUSSep 14 Dalhousie 3 Saint Mary's 2 (so) : AUS S&RSep 14 Moncton 1 St. F.X. 3 : BoxscoreOUASep 14 Laurentian 0 Nipissing 3 : LU S&R Sep 14 McGill 1 UQTR 6 : LeagueStatSep 14 Ontario Tech 1 Toronto 4 : LeagueStatSep 14 Ottawa 10 Windsor 2 : UofO S&RUP NEXTCanada West:Sep 15 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC)Sep 17 Calgary at Mount RoyalSep 18 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at Trinity Western (BCIHL)Sep 19 Lethbridge at Mount RoyalSep 20 Calgary at AlbertaSep 20 MacEwan (ACAC) at UBCSep 20 Regina at ManitobaOUA:Sep 15 Queen's v RMC (at Ganonoque)Sep 18 Concordia at UQTRSep 19 Carleton at RMCSep 19 Waterloo at BrockSep 20 Laurentian at LakeheadSep 20 Laurier v Western Ontario (at Lucan)Sep 20 Queen's at RyersonSep 20 Toronto at CarletonInterlocking:Sep 19 New Brunswick at YorkSep 20 New Brunswick at YorkSep 20 McGill at Saint Mary'sAUS:Sep 16 Acadia v New Brunswick (at Truro)Sep 17 Dalhousie at AcadiaSep 18 UPEI at MonctonSep 18 St. FX at Saint Mary'sSep 20 Moncton at Acadia
  5. Sept 13: Herd Lose Opener in Saskatown This is the pre-season's real kick-off weekend, with most teams seeing some action. The feature event is the Saskatown tournament. MANITOBA BISONS 1 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 Links: UofA: Linescore UofA: Twitter UofM: S&R The linescore posted by the UofA tells us that their goal-scorers were Nolan Volcan (2), Cole Sanford, Trevor Cox, Ben Carroll, and Lucas Nickles. The period scores were 1-0 and 3-1. Twitter tells that the shots were 34-16 in favour of the Monkeys. The Bisons are 7-8-1 against the Monkeys over the last 4 years, which is probably as good as anybody has done. The Apes are now 3-0-0 and this was the Bisons' first game. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD REGINA COUGARS 2 CALGARY DINOSAURS 6 Links: UofS: S&R UofR: S&R UofC: Twitter The Dinos are 4-0-0 now, and Regina falls to 0-2-0. The Bisons face the Dinos on Saturday. This was game 3 of the Saskatown event. TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS 3 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5 Links: UBC: S&R TWU: Game Story With Holy Trinity entering the CW next year, this year's game is a glimpse of things to come. TWU has a decent game story linked. UBC is now 1-3-1 in pre-season, and this was TWU's first game. The T-irds have now won all four exhibition games in their program histories. This was the opening of a 3-team round-robin including the Simon Fraser Clown for the “Captains' Cup”. OUT EAST AUS Sep 13 Moncton 4 UPEI 0 : AUS S&R OUA Sep 13 Guelph 4 Brock 1 : LeagueStat Sep 13 Laurier 3 Waterloo 2 (so) : Waterloo S&R Sep 13 Ottawa 1 Windsor 3 : WIndsor S&R Sep 13 Queen's 4 McGill 5 : LeagueStat Sep 13 York 2 Toronto 1 : LeagueStat UP NEXT Saskatoon Tournament: Sep 14 Calgary v Manitoba (3 pm) Sep 14 Alberta at Saskatchewan (7 pm) Other CW games: Sep 14 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) Sep 14 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at UBC Sep 15 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) Out East: Sep 14 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's Sep 14 McGill at UQTR Sep 14 Moncton at St. FX Sep 14 Ontario Tech at Toronto Sep 14 Ottawa at Windsor Sep 15 Queen's v RMC (at Ganonoque)
  6. Sept 12: Weekend Starts Early The Saskatoon tournament got off to an early start, and the first all-OUA game was held Thursday night as well. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD REGINA COUGARS 3 SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES 4 Links: UofS: S&R UofR: S&R No tweets, nor stories, on this one. The score was posted on both sites on Friday. It appears that nobody is using LeagueStat in the CW until the season starts. So rosters will remain a mystery, as will game details. Fortunately, the OUA has started making extensive use of LeagueStat, with Thursday's game and Friday's five games all covered. OUT EAST Sep 12 Ryerson 1 Ontario Tech 2 : LeagueStat WEEKEND SCHEDULE Saskatoon Tournament: 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) Out East: Sep 13 Guelph at Brock Sep 13 Laurier at Waterloo Sep 13 Moncton at UPEI Sep 13 Ottawa at Windsor Sep 13 Queen's at McGill Sep 13 York at Toronto Sep 14 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's Sep 14 McGill at UQTR Sep 14 Moncton at St. FX Sep 14 Ontario Tech at Toronto Sep 14 Ottawa at Windsor Sep 15 Queen's v RMC (at Ganonoque)
  7. Sept 10-11: Weekday Games OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD MOUNT ROYAL COUGARS 0 CALGARY DINOSAURS 3 Links: UofC: S&R : Twitter All I got is a tweet and the score on this one. The Dinos are now 3-0-0 in pre-season. This was the Bluegars' first game, and they now have the weekend off. OUT EAST MONTREAL CANADIENS ROOKIES 7 QUEBEC UNIVERSITY ALL-STARS 3 Links: Summary: LeagueStat : McGill Game Story: McGill This was originally dubbed as “Laval Rocket” and then was changed to “Montreal Canadiens Rookies” against the Quebec University All-Stars. The game was tied 1-1 after one and 3-3 after two. In the final period the aspiring pros dominated the shot clock (18-3) and scored four times to sail away with a win. WEEKEND SCHEDULE 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) Out East: Sep 12 Ryerson at Ontario Tech Sep 13 Guelph at Brock Sep 13 Laurier at Waterloo Sep 13 Moncton at UPEI Sep 13 Ottawa at Windsor Sep 13 Queen's at McGill Sep 13 York at Toronto Sep 14 Dalhousie at Saint Mary's Sep 14 McGill at UQTR Sep 14 Moncton at St. FX Sep 14 Ontario Tech at Toronto Sep 14 Ottawa at Windsor Sep 15 Queen's v RMC (at Ganonoque)
  8. Sept 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. Link: 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) Returnees: 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) Departures: 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. Link: 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. Link: UofS: Huskie hockey to host pair of exhibition tournaments
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  10. Late Results OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 6 Links: 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.
  11. Sept 7: Loads of New Recruits at Bison Intersquad Game BROWN 3 WHITE 1 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 W for White): 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 Comeback 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 27 Carter Doerksen 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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). Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL ➤ Virden: DALKE LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKING THE NEXT STEP WITH OIL CAPS ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects : MJHL : Fandom ➤ Steinbach: PISTONS ADD LABOSSIERE, PAISLEY, AND VAUTOUR AT MJHL TRADE DEADLINE ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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! Links: ➤ Career Stats: Elite Prospects ➤ VIU: Player Profile ➤ MMJHL: 2015-16 Stats ➤ The Hockey News: LAST CUT IS THE DEEPEST: THE JOURNEY OF AN OFT-CUT EMERGENCY BACKUP HOPEFUL ➤ First Row Collectibles: TRAVIS RIDGEN IS MAKING NOISE IN THE HOCKEY WORLD ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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. OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS > ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS > Links: Schedule/Results: UBC : UofA Linescore Twitter: UBC : Alberta This one has to be reported. CALGARY DINOSAURS 4 RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS 2 Links: 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. UP NEXT 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 10 Mount Royal at Calgary 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 10 Quebec All-Stars at Laval (AHL) 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)
  12. Sept 6: Domestic Exhibition Season Begins U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 2 ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS 3 in overtime Links: 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. RED DEER COLLEGE KINGS 0 CALGARY DINOSAURS 5 Links: 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! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sidearmsports.fanapp.ucalgary&hl=en
  13. Preview: 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) Links: ➤ 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: Goaltenders Matt Berlin* Brendan Burke Griffen Outhouse* Defencemen Ben Carroll Braydyn Chizen* Dawson Davidson* Jared Freadrich* Dalton Hamaliuk* Clayton Kirichenko Joel Lakusta* Sawyer Lange Ryan Rehill Forwards 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) Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ Alberta ➤ Calgary ➤ Lethbridge ➤ Manitoba ➤ Mount Royal ➤ Regina ➤ Saskatchewan ➤ UBC
  14. Sept 2: Waterloo Gets a Win; Lots of CW News OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD OUT EAST WATERLOO WARRIORS 4 EVZ ACADEMY 3 Links: 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 PATRIOTES 3 BORDEAUX BOXERS 4 UQTR PATRIOTES 2 DUCS D'ANGER 1 UQTR PATRIOTES 3 ANGLET HORMADI 2 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. Links: UQTR v Bordeaux: [Twitter] UQTR v Angers: [Twitter] UQTR v Hormadi: [Twitter] NEWS 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. Links: 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 Link: 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) Link: UofL: [Pronghorn Hockey unveils 12 member recruiting class]
  15. Sept 1: Another 0-3 Day OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD 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. WISCONSIN BADGERS 7 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 5 Links: 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) Defencemen 6 Shaun Dosanjh 7 Tanner Faith # 13 Kyle Becker 26 Joe Carvalho 29 Jerret Smith 40 Jonathan Smart * 43 Ryan Pouliot * Forwards 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 Goalies 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 OUT EAST OTTAWA GEEGEES 3 EISPIRATEN CRIMMITSCHAU 4 Links: 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 WARRIORS 1 EHC FREIBURG 2 Links: 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. NEXT UP 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
  16. Aug 30: USports Teams Go 0-3 OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD 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). WISCONSIN BADGERS 3 U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS 0 Links: 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): Defencemen 6 Shaun Dosanjh 13 Kyle Becker 26 Joe Carvalho 29 Jerret Smith 40 Jonathan Smart * 43 Ryan Pouliot * Forwards 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 Goalies 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. OUT EAST OTTAWA GEEGEES 3 DRESDNER EISLOWEN 5 Links: 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 WARRIORS 3 RITTNER BUAM 6 Links: 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. NEXT UP 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)
  17. Aug 29: The Puck Has Dropped OTTAWA GEEGEES 3 DEGGENDORFER SC 1 Links: ➤ 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. PREVIEW WISCONSIN BADGERS (2018-19: 14-18-5) U.B.C. THUNDERBIRDS (2018-19: 14-12-2) Links: ➤ 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. REMAINING WEEKEND SCHEDULE 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)
  18. Aug 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. Links: ➤ 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. Forwards: 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) Defense: Braydyn Chizen - Kelowna/Brandon (WHL) Dawson Davidson - Saskatoon (WHL) Jared Freadrich - Portland (WHL) Dalton Hamaliuk - Moose Jaw (WHL) Joel Lakusta _ Prince George (WHL) Goaltenders: 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. Links: ➤ 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! Links: ➤ 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. Forwards: Quinn Benjafield - Edmonton (WHL) Jake Kryski - Calgary (WHL) Brett Clayton - Tri-City/Regina (WHL) James Orban - Drayton Valley (AJHL) Dryden Michaud - Melfort (SJHL) Defence: 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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
  19. Aug 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). Links: > 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. Links: > 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. Links: > Team Website > Elite Prospects - NLB > Roster at Swiss Hockey News
  20. Aug 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 EXHIBITION GAMES Sep 20 Regina at Manitoba * Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba * Oct 05 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA) # Oct 07 Manitoba at Omaha (NCAA) # PLAYERS JOINING 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) PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES 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) # PLAYERS JOINING 2019-05-13 Noah Philp (F) Seattle (WHL) 2019-05-13 Ryan Jevne (F) Medicine Hat (WHL) PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES 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 # PLAYERS JOINING none PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES Sep 14 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) # Sep 15 Lethbridge at Red Deer College (ACAC) # PLAYERS JOINING 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) PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES Oct 05 Mount Royal at Minnesota State (NCAA) # Oct 06 Mount Royal at Minnesota (NCAA) # PLAYERS JOINING 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) PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES Sep 12 Regina at Saskatchewan * Sep 13 Regina v Calgary (at Saskatoon) * Sep 20 Regina at Manitoba * Sep 21 Regina at Manitoba * PLAYERS JOINING none PLAYERS LEAVING 2019-05-11 Zach McPhee (F) Trollhättans HC (Sweden Div 2) > Saskatchewan Team Schedule > Elite Prospects Sask Transfers EXHIBITION GAMES Sep 12 Regina at Saskatchewan # PLAYERS JOINING 2019-05-13 Justin Ball (F) Melfort (SJHL) 2019-06-26 Cody Spagrud (D) Battlefords (SJHL) PLAYERS LEAVING 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 EXHIBITION GAMES 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 * PLAYERS JOINING 2019-08-02 James Orban (F) Drayton Valley (AJHL) PLAYERS LEAVING 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) ANNOUNCEMENT 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.
  21. July 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
  22. July 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ UBC: Adam Rossignol inks pro deal with HK Budapest ➤ UBC: T-Birds to host Wisconsin Badgers for pair of exhibition contests new: old: 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. Links: ➤ 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?
  23. July 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ UBC: 2019-20 Schedule ➤ GMU: 2019-20 Schedule ➤ SFU: Captain’s Cup Game 1: SFU @ UBC – Sept 14th
  24. July 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 Schedule 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
  25. June 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 SINGLE EVENT PASS: $6.99 Links: ➤ Press release: CW rp@ UofM rp@ UofL
  26. June 27: Stovin to Scotland Confirmed Graduated Bison captain Brett Stovin is out kilt-shopping today. The Bisons officially announced his signing with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL. Dundee was 23-25-12 last season. Hopefully he'll do well over there. The Bisons toured the EIHL in 2017 and 2018, and went 4-3-1 overall. Links: ➤ UofM: Bisons alum Brett Stovin signs professional deal with Dundee Stars ➤ Dundee: Stovin Signs with Stars ➤ EIHL: Stovin latest addition to Stars ➤ UofM: Sign up for the Bisons Newsletter! Brandon Magee is off to join team-mate Jason Fram with Kunlun Red Star in the KHL. Magee only had two seasons with the Monkeys. He played in the ECHL in 2015-16 then had to red-shirt a year, during which he played for the Lacombe Generals in Senior AAA. Links: ➤ UofA: Brandon Magee signs pro deal with Kunlun Red Star The news from the Town of Bedrock has been slow. But now former coach George Kingston was awarded the Order of Hockey in Canada for 2019. He coached in the golden era of CW coaches which included Clare Drake (Alta.), Wayne Fleming (Man.), Dave King (Sask.), and Mike Babcock (Leth.). Check out his resume: Assistant with Lithuania's national men's team since 2013-14 Assistant with EC Salzburg (Austria) in 2012-13 Assistant with Mexico's national men's team from 2010-13 Worked with the Norwegian Ice Hockey Federation (men's, women's and sledge) from 2008-10 Assistant with the NHL's Florida Panthers from 2001-07 Assistant with the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2001 Head coach of Germany's national men's team from 1994-98 Head coach of Team Canada at the 1994 IIHF World Championship (gold medal) GM of Team Canada at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games (silver medal) Head coach of the NHL's San Jose Sharks from 1991-93 Head coach of Norway's national men's team and national junior team from 1989-91 Assistant with the NHL's Minnesota North Stars in 1988-89 Chairman of the 1988 men's Olympic hockey tournament Assistant with Team Canada at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games (fourth place) Assistant with Team Canada at the 1983 IIHF World Championship (bronze medal) Assistant with the NHL's Calgary Flames from 1980-82 Head coach of the University of Calgary men's hockey team (1968-76, 1978-83, 1984-88) Won the Canada West championship with Calgary (1974, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1988) Assistant with the University of Calgary men's hockey team in 1967-68 Links: ➤ UofC: Kingston receives the Order of Hockey in Canada The ACAC released their schedule and that means the MacEwan Griffins are putting together their farewell season in college hockey. Next year, they finally join the CW in hockey. They currently have five pre-season games scheduled. On September 13 and 14 they face SAIT (away and home), on September 20 and 21 they visit UBC, and on October 4 they are at NAIT in a cross-town derby. Since the CW starts on September 27 and 28, any additional games would likely be against ACAC teams. Or possibly TWU! Links: ➤ GMU: With memories of thrilling semifinal series fresh, Griffins will kick off last ACAC season against Kings
  27. June 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. Links: ➤ 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. Links: ➤ Sask: Chelios highlights 2019 Off the Leash Luncheon
  28. June 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: 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. Links: ➤ 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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