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  2. Thursday, August 24 Miami @ Philadelphia 7:00PM NFL Carolina @ Jacksonville 7:30PM Friday, August 25 New England @ Detroit 7:00PM Kansas City @ Seattle 8:00PM CBS Jim Nantz/Tony Romo Saturday, August 26 Buffalo @ Baltimore 7:00PM New York Jets @ New York Giants 7:00PM Arizona @ Atlanta 7:00PM Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh 7:30PM Cleveland @ Tampa Bay 7:30PM LA Chargers @ LA Rams 8:00PM CBS Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Houston @ New Orleans 8:00PM Oakland @ Dallas 8:00PM Green Bay @ Denver 9:00PM Sunday, August 27 Chicago @ Tennessee 1:00PM FOX Kevin Burkhardt/Charles Davis Cincinnati @ Washington 4:30PM FOX Joe Buck/Troy Aikman San Francisco @ Minnesota 8:00PM NBC Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth All times EDT All listed network games are national TV Only live NFL Network games listed NFL Network generally uses home team feed
  3. Aug 22: Around the horn round-up The Bisons still don't have a new roster page. But we do have their new banner logo. And The Manitoban has posted a tour story with comments from Brett Stovin. Saturday the Belfast Giants displayed their four different jerseys for this season. I am not a fan of the heavy advertised Euro-look. The Bisons also reposted the CW story on CanadaWest.tv. A hockey pass is $35.99 ($29.99 early bird) and other prices are stated in the story. The debut broadcast is an exhibition football game on Wednesday. Links: ¶ [UofM rp @CW Logo Story] ¶ [Manitoban: Tour Story] ¶ [CanadaWest.tv Story] The Hørny Ønes made it official with four new recruits, bringing their total announcements to six. The new players are: - Jeff Rayman - defence - Vancouver Giants (WHL) - Taylor Fisher - defence - Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) - Tyler Maltby - right wing - Sherwood Park (AJHL) - Jonny Hogue - goaltender - Odessa Jackalopes (NAHL) - Ty Edmonds - goaltender - Prince George Cougars (NAHL) Maltby had committed to Arizona State but that fell through for some reason. He scored a ton in Junior A, just over a PPG. They also continued their flood of new stories with word of a new assistant coach, Kevin Higo, who was the head coach of the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL. Links: ¶ [UofL Recruiting Story] ● [rp @CW] ¶ [UofL rp @CW Logo Story] ¶ [UofL Higo Story] Nate Fleming became the 5th T-ird to sign a pro deal. He is going to the Manchester Storm of the EIHL. Links: ¶ [UBC Story] The Bluegars have nothing at all on their website this off-season. But they have retweeted a few recruiting announcements. - Bradley Kennedy - forward - Weeks (MHL)/Halifax (QMJHL) - Mitchell Lipon - centre - Whitecourt (AJHL) - Kord Pankewicz - defence - Brooks (AJHL)/Lethbridge (WHL) All of them have split time between Major Junior and Junior A. Kennedy had been in the QMJHL until mid-way through last season. Lipon once played in the WHL but has been back in Junior A for 2½ years. Pankewicz had four seasons in the Dub before splitting last season between that and Junior A. Links: ¶ [Kennedy retweet] ¶ [Lipon retweet] ¶ [Pankewicz retweet] The Banjo Mutts tweeted their CW conference banner and issued a press release with their recruits. They landed more players than I thought they needed. Here are the newest fire hydrant-cleaners: - Taran Kozun - goaltender - Rosetown Red Wings (redshirt after minor league season with 4 teams) - Collin Shirley - left wing/centre - Kamloops Blazers (WHL) - Carter Folk - left wing - Victoria Royals (WHL) - Taylor Sanheim - forward - Penticton Vees (BCHL) - Jesse Shynkaruk - forward - Saskatoon Blades (WHL) - Alex Forsberg - left wing/centre - Victoria Royals (WHL) - MacKenzie Johnston - defenceman - Rosetown Red Wings (redshirt after MRU) Links: ¶ [UofS Story] The Banjo Cats previously announced the signing of a goaltender. They have now announced more signings. They must be purring with five additions from the Dub, much more than in recent seasons. – Michael Herringer - goaltender - Kelowna Rockets (WHL) – Troy Murray - defence - Kootenay Ice (WHL) – Zak Zborosky - forward - Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) – Ben Duperreault - forward - Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) – Jacob Cardiff - forward - Spokane Chiefs (WHL) Links: ¶ [UofR Story] ● [rp @CW]
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  5. Aug 19: A week away from 1st game, and CW gets new look The CW got a new logo, and a secondary abbreviation version. They even have different colour schemes for each team to use. I display the Bison colours here. MANITOBA BISONS (0-0-0, 0-0-0) BELFAST GIANTS (0-0-0, 0-0-0) Saturday, August 26th, 1:00 PM CDT @ The SSE Arena (Belfast, Northern Ireland) Sunday, August 27th, 10:00 AM CDT @ The SSE Arena (Belfast, Northern Ireland) The Herd opens the season in one week. They face the Belfast Giants on Sat Aug 26 and Sun Aug 27. There are a whole lot of links from the Irish. The Bison roster page is still on 2016-17. Links: ¶ Launch Day: [Giants' Story] ∞ [Facebook Event] ¶ Roster: [@Elite Prospects] ∞ [@Giants] ∞ [@UofM] ¶ Elite Prospects career stats: [Paul Deniset] ∞ [Kevin Saurette] ¶ Giants': [Facebook] ∞ [Twitter] ∞ [Wikipedia] The Giants have one of those free events for fans today. They are the EIHL's best franchise when it comes to putting fans in seats. So the Bisons should be in an AHL-type environment for the games. The team is also quite successful on the ice. Founded in 2000-01, they have won the championship (finishing 1st overall) four times, and the playoffs twice (this is considered secondary in British hockey). In the last 8 years they have been 1st twice and 2nd three times, including last year. The Giants have been successful because they identify with neither Irish nor British, nor Catholic nor Protestant. Sports teams over there usually do, which adds spice (and sometimes violence) to rivalries. Two former Bison stars played for the Giants in the past but are now retired: Kevin Saurette and Paul Deniset. Kevin Saurette was with the Bisons for 5 years starting in 2001-02 and finished his pro career in Belfast. He arrived there during the 2012-13 season and stayed for 2.5 years, finishing in 2014-15. His peak Bison season was 21-32-53 in 40 games (Elite Prospects included non-conference games in some stats) and his peak Giants' numbers were 31-34-65 in 52 games. Paul Deniset was a Bison for 4 years starting in 2002-03 during which he was usually lined up with Saurette. He had two stints in Belfast, 2008-09 and 2011-12. Hard to choose his best Bison season. Is 34-22-56 in 42 games better than 26-25-51 in 32 games? He was a dynamic goal-scorer for the Bisons no matter how you look at it. His numbers were also impressive in Belfast, peaking at 27-39-66 in 39 games. A smattering of Giants pictures shows they have a choice of colourful jerseys. And their fans seem to appreciate a tussle once in a while.
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  7. Thursday, August 17 Baltimore at Miami 7:00PM Buffalo at Philadelphia 7:00PM Tampa Bay at Jacksonville 8:00PM ESPN Sean McDonough/Jon Gruden Friday, August 18 Minnesota at Seattle 10:00PM NFL Saturday, August 19 Carolina at Tennessee 3:00PM NFL Kansas City at Cincinnati 7:00PM Indianapolis at Dallas 7:00PM NFL Green Bay at Washington 7:30PM New York Jets at Detroit 7:30PM New England at Houston 8:00PM Chicago at Arizona 10:00PM Denver at San Francisco 10:00PM NFL Los Angeles Rams at Oakland 10:00PM Sunday, August 20 Atlanta at Pittsburgh 4:00PM NFL New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers 8:00PM NFL Monday, August 21 New York Giants at Cleveland 8:00PM ESPN Sean McDonough/Jon Gruden All times EDT All listed network games are national TV Only live NFL Network games listed NFL Network generally uses home team feed
  8. He played for Canada in the '05 and '09 World Championships. If he became a US citizen prior to February of 2014 and got an IIHF international transfer card at that time he would be eligible to play for the US.
  9. Aug 6: Merasty to Wichita, and more Shaq Merasty has been signed by the Wichita Thunderof the ECHL. He was one of the leading scorers for the Bisons and although he has been out of junior for 5 seasons already, he still had one year left. (He played in the NCAA3, got 2nd team all-American honours, red-shirted, and then spent 3 years with the Bisons.) In 28 NCAA3 games he was 22-16-38. His peak season in the CW was 14-16-30 in 2015-16. Also, upcoming Bison opponent Edinburgh Capitals signed yet another Acadia alum, Dylan Anderson. That gives the Caps two former Cajuns and the Bisons one for that game coming up on August 29th. Links: ¶ [Merasty @Elite Prospects] ¶ [Findlay @Twitter] ¶ [Edinburgh @Twitter] ¶ [Edinburgh Story] No post would be complete without a UBC story. This one tells us that the T-irds previously-announced exhibition games against the Trinity Western Spartans and the **** Clown are part of a tournament sponsored by the Vancouver Giants called the "Captains Cup". Seems silly, since the games are so spread out, but if it generates some interest so be it. The BCIHL schedule is still stuck at 2016-17. Captains Cup Schedule Sep 15 SFU at UBC – 7 p.m. Sep 16 TWU at SFU – 7 p.m. Sep 30 TWU at UBC – 2 p.m. Links: ¶ [UBC Story] ¶ [UBC Schedule] ¶ [BCIHL Schedule] There has been nothing official from the Hørny Ønes in a long time. And there still has not been. Twitter tells us that Vancouver Giants' defenceman Jeff Rayman is going to Lethbridge. With 7 goals in 205 WHL games he is not being brought in to light up the scoreboard. They should find a 6'3" big guy in front of the net to be useful. Links: ¶ [Findlay @Twitter]
  10. The guys on AHL only contracts can play in the Olympics. The Milwaukee Admirals signed several players last year, since they could not get much help from Cincinnati! Some of those guys may end up in Norfolk this season, plus a few in Milwaukee. Three of those players came from Manchester.
  11. Maybe we will see Mike Fisher at the Olympics for Canada, or maybe the US, since he hasn't played internationally as far as I can tell. Since he is now "retired" from the NHL, he can do what he wants in 6 months.
  12. Aug 4: Slow News Is Some News The teams in the CW have not had much to say so far. UBC is the exception, albeit mostly with stories of players moving on lately. It is appropriate that Antilla the Hun is off to Hungary. T-ird grad Joe Antilla has signed with Hungarian team Alba Volán Székesfehérvár from the Austria-based EBEL. Bison coach Ryan Bonni played for that team back in 2008-09. That's a pretty good league. Links: ¶ [UBC Story] The Banjo Mutts announced their annual Off The Leash Luncheon will be held November 2nd and guest speaker will be Brendan Shanahan. No doubt Shanny has always wanted to spray a fire hydrant. Links: ¶ [U of S Story] The Bisons' British Tour is now only 3 weeks away. The tickets are fairly pricey. The Belfast Giants charge £25-£35 (C$41-C$58) for adults for two games, and for children its £14-£22 (C$23-C$36). Edinburgh Capitals are much cheaper, £5 for children and £10 for adults. Braehead's links for tickets are not up and running yet. But for their other exhibition games the range is £9-£27. So if I were on tour the tickets would cost me more than a season pass over here! In fact, AHL Moose tickets are cheaper. Links: ¶ [Belfast Giants Announcement] ¶ [Edinburgh Capitals - Ticket Page] ¶ [Braehead Facebook Event Page] ∞ [Braehead Fixtures] Lots of CW (and CIS) coaches have made it big and two, former Calgary Dinos' head coach Willie Desjardins and former Saskatchewan Huskies' head coach Dave King, were named to Hockey Canada's coaching staff for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Desjardins will be the head coach. Mike Babcock (Lethbridge) was at the helm in 2010 and 2014, and Dave King himself led the way in 1984, 1988, and 1992. Clare Drake (Alberta) was one three "head coaches" in 1980, along with Tom Watt and Lorne Davis. George Kingston (Calgary) and Wayne Fleming (Manitoba) have served as assistants. Links: ¶ [CWUAA Story]
  13. From: The Hockey Writers >> Other Leagues >> AHL
  14. HOF Weekend Thursday, August 3 Arizona @ Dallas 8:00PM NBC (Al Michaels or Mike Tirico)/Cris Collinsworth Preseason Week 1 Wednesday, August 9 Houston @ Carolina 7:30PM NFL Thursday, August 10 Atlanta @ Miami 7:00PM Minnesota @ Buffalo 7:00PM Washington @ Baltimore 7:30PM Jacksonville @ New England 7:30PM New Orleans @ Cleveland 8:00PM Philadelphia @ Green Bay 8:00PM Denver @ Chicago 8:00PM NFL Friday, August 11 Pittsburgh @ New York Giants 7:00PM NFL Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati 7:30PM San Francisco @ Kansas City 9:00PM NFL Saturday, August 12 Tennessee @ New York Jets 7:30PM Dallas @ Los Angeles Rams 9:00PM NFL Oakland @ Arizona 10:00PM Sunday, August 13 Detroit @ Indianapolis 1:30PM NFL Seattle @ Los Angeles Chargers 8:00PM NFL All times EDT All listed network games are national TV Only live NFL Network games listed NFL Network generally uses home team feed
  15. July 25: A T-ird wins gold Once again, the T-irds have more off-season news. Defenceman Kyle Becker helped Canada win gold at the Maccabiah Games, the "Jewish Olympics". There was a 5-team round-robin, where Canada went 4-0-0 to place 1st. In the final Canada beat USA 7-2 for gold. Russia beat Israel for bronze, and Germany placed 5th. There were almost 10,000 fans in the sold-out arena for the final game. Links: ¶ [UBC Story] ¶ [Games Standings]
  16. July 24: Lots of players are going pro. I found a cross-section of official and unofficial stories, dealing mostly with players moving on from the CWUAA. Three Monkeys are on their way to play for the Flames, the Guildford Flames that is. The former Apes are Rhett Rachinski, Brennan Yadlowski, and Jesse Craige. Craige had already gone pro a year ago and the others had no further eligibility left. Guildford is moving up from the EPHL where they enjoyed immense success, to the EIHL. Remember that the Bisons face three EIHL teams in the pre-season. Links: ¶ [U of A Story] The T-irds are losing their leading scorer from a year ago. Anthony Bardaro has signed with HC Asiago of the Alps Hockey League. He still had a year of eligibility left. The Alps league is Austria-based and is their 2nd tier league (behind the EBEL). The league also has the better teams from Slovenia and Italy. Links: ¶ [UBC Story] ¶ [CWUAA Story] Bedrock U has no story posted but there are links for a few departures, all of whom played just one season for the Dinos. Two back-up players are moving down the hockey ladder. Darcy DeRoose is going to the Red Deer College Kings and Mac Colasimone is off to the S.F.U. Clown. Meanwhile, Parker Bowles is going pro with the Tillburg Trappers, a Dutch team playing in the Oberliga, Germany's 3rd tier league. Bowles had 12 points in 12 games. Colasimone dressed in 7 games and had 2 goals and 1 assist. DeRoose had 1 goal and 2 assists in his 11 games. Links: ¶ [Tillburg Story on Bowles (in Dutch)] ¶ [SJHL Story on DeRoose] ¶ [SFU Story on Colasimone] Meanwhile, across town, the M.R.U. Bluegars will bid farewell to defenceman Emerson Hrynyk. He is off to the Dundee Stars of the EIHL. This former Dauphin King had a year of eligibility left. No word on whether Dundee has restaurants that serve perogies with haggis. Links: ¶ [Dundee Story] Amidst the stories of departures, I also see that the Regina Banjo Cats landed a goaltender. Michael Herringer has the unenviable task of facing the onslaught of shots in the Regina goal. He'll see more rubber than ... ah forget it. He's had some OK numbers, so Regina must be happy getting a recruit from the Dub. They need many more of those. Links: ¶ [Tweet from Kelowna] ¶ [Elite Prospects Page]
  17. I'm surprised the NHL and it's teams aren't making exemptions for younger players who won't get called up by the big club during the Olympics to go play, thinking it's better development for a few weeks of international play.
  18. July 20: UBC gets a goalie Goaltender Rylan Toth is going from one team of T-irds to another. He played for the Seattle T-irds of the WHL last year and will play for the UBC T-irds this year. He went to Seattle after two seasons with the Red Deer Rebels. He has played in the last two Memorial Cups. The numbers are kinda so-so, but UBC really needed a goaltender and should be quite happy. UBC is by far the leader in off-season news in the CW. Links: ¶ [UBC Toth Story] ¶ [Toth at Eliteprospects] The Bedrock Dinos have posted their schedule leaving the MRU Bluegars as the only laggard. Aug 26 Manitoba at Belfast (EIHL) Aug 27 Manitoba at Belfast (EIHL) Aug 29 Manitoba at Edinburgh (EIHL) Aug 31 Manitoba at Braehead (EIHL) Sep 08 Lethbridge at Calgary Sep 08 N.A.I.T. (ACAC) v Alberta (at Athabasca) Sep 09 Calgary at Lethbridge Sep 10 Alberta v Augustana (ACAC) (at Athabasca) Sep 14 Saskatchewan v Regina (at Ochapowace) Sep 15 Calgary at Regina Sep 15 Lethbridge at Western Ontario Sep 15 Manitoba v Saskatchewan (at Regina) Sep 15 Simon Fraser (BCIHL) at U.B.C. Sep 16 Lethbridge at Western Ontario Sep 16 Manitoba v Calgary (at Regina) Sep 21 Mount Royal at Calgary (Brick) Sep 22 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Lethbridge Sep 22 Regina at Manitoba (at Seven Oaks Arena) Sep 22 Queen's at U.B.C. Sep 22 Saskatchewan at Alberta (Brick) Sep 23 Calgary at Alberta (Brick) Sep 23 Queen's at U.B.C. Sep 23 Red Deer College (ACAC) at Lethbridge Sep 23 Regina at Manitoba Sep 23 Saskatchewan v Mount Royal (Brick at Edmonton) Sep 27 Calgary at Mount Royal Sep 29 Alberta at Minnesota State (NCAA) Sep 29 Calgary at SAIT (ACAC) Sep 30 Alberta at Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) Sep 30 Lethbridge at Colorado College (NCAA) Sep 30 Manitoba at North Dakota (NCAA) Sep 30 Regina at St. Cloud State (NCAA) Sep 30 Trinity Western (BCIHL) at U.B.C. Oct 01 Alberta at Minnesota (NCAA) Oct 01 Lethbridge at Denver (NCAA) Oct 01 Regina at Minnesota State (NCAA) Oct 02 Lethbridge at Air Force (NCAA) Oct 06 CWUAA regular season starts
  19. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/07/19/sports/ap-hko-ahl-olympics.html?smid=tw-share
  20. July 15: UBC signs another, CWUAA exhibition to date The T-irds have landed a groovy recruit, centre/right wing Austin Glover. He played 5 seasons in the WHL, split between Kelowna and Prince Albert, before a mid-season trade last year sent him to Red Deer. His combined stats last year were 22-36-58, by far his career high. Links: ¶ [UBC Glover Story] ¶ [Glover at Eliteprospects]
  21. As long as they don't have to take the bus, I think they'll be OK.
  22. The Admirals have a road trip at the end of February. They play 2 games in Winnipeg and 2 in Cedar Park. That is 4 games in 6 days and 3,700 miles of traveling. Ouch! I like seeing Hershey and WB/S this season. I hope to see Rochester in the future.
  23. The public areas of the arena are nicer than they were in 1981 or 1987. The seats have all been replaced, the downstairs lounge is nice, they have bands down there sometimes. The concourse is a little narrow, but that is a 1950 design. Since there are streets around the arena on three sides and another building on the fourth, you really can't change that! The arena in Rochester is similar in the original portion, but Milwaukee doesn't have a stage at one end. The Panther Arena is cozy and loud.
  24. Yes. When I moved to Milwaukee in 1981, the Admirals, Bucks and Marquette University played in MECCA (Milwaukee Exhibition Convention Center and Arena). The Bucks won the 1971 NBA title in MECCA, which seated just over 11,000 for basketball. The Bradley Center opened Oct 1, 1988 with the Wayne Gretzkyless Oilers versus the BlackHawks in an exhibition game. I still have the souvenir card that they gave out that night.
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  27. On my first pass at the League home openers announcement (thanks, adsfan), I missed this important detail: "The complete 2017-18 regular-season schedule will be unveiled on Tuesday, July 11, at 3 p.m. ET."
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