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    Although the Stanley Cup playoffs are still going strong, it is summertime in the world of CIS hockey. There has been a steady stream of commitments announced out east, but next to nothing in the CW. In fact, nothing official from anybody so far. In the upcoming weeks we will hear of new recruits. My usual caveats are: You also have to verify who is eligible to return but has nevertheless left school. And sometimes a graduated player decides to re-enrol and play another year. So before we know which teams are better than last year, and which are worse than last year, we need all information before us. Nevertheless, in the CW we have to assume that the dominating defending national champions from Saudi Alberta will be tough to beat. They should lose many players. However they will no doubt scoop up a collection of WHL grads to replace departing players. The usual main challengers are Manitoba, Calgary, and Saskatchewan. All three will need to recruit well to challenge Alberta. Developing programs in MRU and UBC will have to show that they can sustain what they did in 2014-15. Regina has been treading water for several seasons now. Lethbridge has a long way to go before they could enter the Christmas break within striking distance of a playoff berth. In any event, through the MJHL website I caught word that two more Winnipeg Blues would be joining the Herd. Liam Bilton - F - Winnipeg (MJHL) - Rarely do you see a recruit who once played high school hockey. Bilton played for St. Paul's and had a brief playoff stint with the Twins in the MMJHL after high school season was over in his grad year. He then went on to play 3 seasons for the Blues. He has steadily improved, to the point of being a point-per-game player. At 6'4" and 198 lbs., he would seem to be a lanky kid who needs to fill out a bit. Links: [MJHL Story] [Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia] [Winnipeg Blues Profile] Brett Brooks - LW/C - Winnipeg (MJHL), Moose Jaw (WHL) - Brooks was the captain of the Blues in 2014-15, which should make him fit in with the host of current Bisons who wore letters in junior hockey. At 6' and 192 lbs. he is a mid-size player. He went from midget to the WHL and then returned home while still midget-eligible in 2012-13. He only scored 4 goals for the Blues that year, but has steadily improved to 23-39-62 in 58 games in 2014-15. Links: [MJHL Story] [Elite Prospects] : [IHDB] : [Wikia] [Moose Jaw Warriors Profile] Other Bison News Graduate Taylor Dickin has signed to play for the Edinburgh Capitals in the EIHL. Earlier, Darren Bestland signed for the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL, where Ian Duval signed on mid-season. Links: [Edinburgh Press Release] : [Wichita Press Release] While no league schedule is expected any time soon, UND has announced that they will host the Bisons on Saturday, October 3rd. Link: [UND Schedule] I wonder if the Bisons v Moose series will continue. They have played 6 times and the Moose won 4 and the Bisons won 2. OTHER NEWS On June 15th the Monkeys will have a banquet where one and all will share a few bananas with legendary coach Clare Drake. Also, they will visit the new NCAA Div I team at Arizona State on December 4th and 5th. Links: [U of A Story] : [ASU Schedule] Three key Dinos have left the Town of Bedrock to pursue pro careers, including their two main goaltenders. Kris Lazaruk signed a deal to start for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. Jacob DeSerres and defenceman Kodie Curran signed ATo deals with the San Antonio Ramoage of the AHL. Link: [U of C Story] MRU has issued an on-line version of their Summit program which promotes university hockey. Link: [MRU Story] With Mike Babcock in the news, there has been some attention being paid to his days coaching the Horny Ones to a University Cup. That team was in danger of folding then went 19-7-2. That was 21 years ago. At least the program still exists. Link: [Our Windsor Story]