MANITOBA BISONS 2013-14
The Bisons got an early start to the recruiting announcements. Three forwards have been announced, two of whom were redshirts in 2012-13 (Aaron Lewadniuk, a centre, and Taylor Dickin, a left winger) and one was a late-season recruit (Jordan DePape, a right winger). That could be a complete forward line.
Lewadniuk's recruitment was announced in last year's pre-season. He is a former Winkler Flyer who finished his junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2009-10. In his final year of junior he racked up 37 goals and 49 assists for 86 points in 65 games. He then turned pro and had two seasons in the ECHL. After 17 goals in his rookie season his numbers tailed off as he played only 48 games with two different teams. As a redshirt he played senior hockey for the Carman Beavers of the SEMHL where he scored 15 goals and 30 assists in 20 games.
Dickin was also a redshirt in 2012-13. He graduated from junior hockey as a Selkirk Steeler following the 2009-10 season, with 40 goals and 52 assists in 62 games. He then went to the University of North Dakota for two seasons where he seldom played. So he came home, redshirted last year, and is now ready to go.
DePape had his junior career cut short with a shoulder injury. He seemed to be well on his way up the WHL pecking order. In 2009-10 he divided his season between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Kamloops Blazers. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 57 games. In 2010-11 he improved, with 21 goals and 27 assists in 54 games. However, he then played only 31 games spread over the next two injury-plagued seasons.
Also, former Bison captain Mike Hellyer was voted the rookie of the year in the Central Hockey League. He played for the Quad City Mallards.
|> [DePape announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
|> [Lewadniuk announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
|> [Dickin announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
|> [Hellyer announcement] : [Elite Prospects Page]
The UBC Thunderbirds men's signed forward Greg Fraser and defenceman Wes Vannieuwenhuizen. Fraser is currently playing for the Nanaimo Clippers in the Western Canada Cup. Vannieuwenhuizen played for the Vancouver Giants.
Dinos goaltender Dustin Butler dressed as backup for the Vancouver Canucks in a game against the Calgary Flames. He has used up his CIS eligibility.
|> [UBC announcement]
|> [Calgary's Butler Story]
The CW has announced that the UBCO Heat now have full member status and that the MacEwan University Griffons (formerly MacEwan College) now have probationary status.
Once a school has probationary status it can be taken as "just a matter of time" before they get full status. So the CW now has 17 schools. Debate rages as to whether this is too many. I suspect that in basketball at least there may be a need for two levels. But football has just 6, hockey 8, and most of those with volleyball teams are legitimate national contenders.
From the press release:
The UBC Okanagan Heat were originally granted probationary status at a vote held in May 2010 and began participation with Canada West in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball in September 2011 and will be adding soccer in time for the 2014-15 season. For the MacEwan University Griffins, league play will begin in September 2014 in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country.
UBCO do not have a hockey team, even in the BCIHL. FWIW, I would sooner see places like this get into the BCIHL and develop that as a second tier college/university league, alongside the ACAC. That way hockey's u-brand gets a boost, and the CW level of play is not diluted.
Will MacEwan one day aspire to leave the ACAC for the CW in hockey? On the one hand, it would give the Evil Monkeys a cross-town rival. But MacEwan has never been one of the ACAC's powerhouse teams. When Mount Royal College morphed into Mount Royal University and moved from the ACAC to the CW they at least had a hockey team with a track record of success at the ACAC level. They are coming off consecutive 6th place finishes, and those were an improvement over the 8th place finishes which preceded. The Alberta hockey market is crowded with 4 CW teams and (with Red Deer coming back) 9 ACAC teams (albeit Briercrest is located in Saskatchewan).
On balance, I would much prefer that MacEwan stay put (in hockey, that is). If they could consistently challenge NAIT and SAIT and be a good pre-season opponent that would be good enough for me.
|> [CW announcement re UBCO and MacEwan]
|> [Edmonton Journal]
|> [ACAC LeagueStat Standings]
CIS/SPORTSNET TV DEAL
First, Rogers' acquisition of The Score was just confirmed a couple weeks ago. Therefore, Sportsnet and The Score will gradually become more of a combo deal.
Here's the gist of the deal:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Sportsnet announced Wednesday a six-year agreement for the multiplatform rights to an all-encompassing portfolio of university sports across television, online and mobile.
The agreement, which begins this season and runs through the 2018-19 academic year, features expanded coverage of men’s and women’s CIS sport, headlined by the Vanier Cup and also including the following marquee events: Football national semifinals (Mitchell Bowl and Uteck Bowl), women’s and men’s hockey championships, women’s and men’s basketball championships, and much more.
Sportsnet’s The Score will be one of the main hubs of CIS coverage, continuing its strong tradition of broadcasting university sports and amateur athletics, which began in 2002. Coverage for the 2013-14 season features 13 events, beginning with football this fall. Broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.
What will this mean to men's hockey? My hope is that there will be increased coverage of the regional championships, and maybe even regular season play. Could a Saturday afternoon game of the week on The Score happen?
If this were to happen, there would be demand for format changes. It is hard to sell rights to game 3 of a series which may well end with game 2. The Score showed the OUA basketball final four. IMO, if u-hockey wants to make a dent they need to be able to sell similar events from all regions. The CW already has a "final four" format tournament in basketball and volleyball. IMO, hockey will have to follow suit if it wants enhanced TV coverage.
And what about the on-line and mobile options mentioned in the press release? Could those somehow be dovetailed with the CW and AUS on-line video services? And could it pull together the various services used in Ontario and Quebec?
|> [CIS announcement] : reposted at [CW Site] and [U of M Site]
|> [Yahoo Story]
Bookmark this post for the links you will need to follow CIS hockey. I will update this post throughout the season.
CIS Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
Canada West Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
OUA Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
AUS Men's Hockey Site - Tw - FB
ACAC Men's Hockey Site
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
Canadian University Press
Hockey Scene - AUS
CITR.ca - UBC radio
Rock 94 FM - Lakehead away games
UMFM.com - occasional Bison games
Canada West stats and data:
CW LeagueStats - Standings
CW LeagueStats - Daily Schedule
CW LeagueStats - Rosters
CW LeagueStats - Skaters' Stats
CW LeagueStats - Goalies' Stats
CW LeagueStats - Team Schedules
Elite Prospects : CIS Page - individual player stats on everybody
Internet Hockey Data Base (IHDB) : CWUAA Page - like Elite Prospects
Old Bison Site - Schedule/Results - with links to stories and summaries from 2004-05 to 2007-08
CIS Stats and Rosters - 2004-05 to 2008-09
CIS Stats - 2009-10 to 2012-13
CIS Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09
CIS Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2012-13
CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2004-05 to 2008-09
CIS Playoff Schedule/Results - 2009-10 to 2011-12
AUS Schedule/Results - now has only 2012-13 season
Bob Adams' Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
Wikia - University Cup - 1963-2012
Wikia - Canada West - 1973-2012
Wikia - GPAC - 1973-1985
Wikia - WIAA - 1963-1972
Wikia - WCIAU - 1919-1962
Wikia - OUA/QOAA - 1903-2012
Wikia - QUAA - 1972-1987
Wikia - OSLC - 1951-1971 (Ottawa St. Lawrence Conference)
Wikia - AUS - 1920-2012
AUS Team Sites:
Moncton Aigles Bleus- Google Translate
New Brunswick Varsity Reds
St. Francis-Xavier X-men
Saint Mary's Huskies
St. Thomas Tommies
OUA-West Team Sites:
Laurier Golden Hawks
Toronto Varsity Blues
Waterloo Warriors - Tw - FB
Western Ontario Mustangs
OUA-East Team Sites:
Queen's Golden Gaels
RSEQ (OUA-East) Team Sites:
ACAC Team Sites:
Red Deer Kings
BCIHL Team Sites:
Eastern Washington Eagles
Simon Fraser Clan - Tw
Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
Trinity Western Spartans