2021-22 Manitoba Bisons/CW Hockey

June 25, 2021


The CW schedule came out this week so season prep is under way. So here's the links. I might add some of the former segments later.

League Sites:
USports Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : Playoffs : U-Cup
Canada West Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats
OUA Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results
AUS Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results
ACAC Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results : CCAA History : ACAC Hockey
... sub-links : Schedule

Canada West Team Sites:
Alberta Golden Bears
Calgary Dinos
Lethbridge Pronghorns - withdrew in 2020-21
MacEwan Griffins
Manitoba Bisons
Mount Royal Cougars
Regina Cougars
Saskatchewan Huskies
Trinity Western Spartans
UBC Thunderbirds

AUS Team Sites:
Acadia Axemen
Dalhousie Tigers
Moncton Aigles Bleus - Google Translate
New Brunswick Reds - new link in 2019
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
Western Ontario Mustangs
Windsor Lancers
York Lions

OUA-East Team Sites:
Carleton Ravens
Laurentian Voyageurs - withdrew in 2021-22
Nipissing Lakers
Ontario Tech Ridgebacks
Ottawa Geegees
Queens Golden Gaels
RMC Palladins - Team Site

RSEQ (OUA-East) Team Sites:
Concordia Stingers
McGill Redbirds
UQTR Patriotes - Google Translate

ACAC Team Sites:
Augustana Vikings
Briercrest Clippers
Concordia Thunder
Portage Voyageurs
Red Deer Kings
SAIT Trojans

BCIHL Team Sites:
Fraser Valley Brigade - starting in 2022-23
Okanagan Lakers
Selkirk Saints - withdrew in 2021-22
Simon Fraser Clan
Thompson Okanagan Pioneers - starting in 2022-23
Vancouver Island Mariners
Victoria Vikings

Online video/audio:
CanadaWest.tv - YareTV link
UMFM.com - Bison home games

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/Fandom - ACAC
Wikia/Fandom - BCIHL
Wikia - North American Championship
Wikia - Universiade
Atlantic Canadian Hockey History

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June 25: The New Schedule Is Here! The New Schedule Is Here!

Canada West released the 2021-22 schedule on Wednesday. There is a format twist this year. Remember: Lethbridge is gone and MacEwan and TWU are added. Each team will play 20 games in weekend double-headers. There will be 16 games (2 against each team) followed by a further 4 games on a regional basis. In British California, UBC and TWU play those 4 games against one another (big plus for the T-irds). In Alberta, they play their cross-town rival twice (i.e. MRU v Calgary and Mac v Alberta) and one game each against the teams from the opposite city. Manitoba, Regina, and Sask play one another twice each. The playoffs are the same as always, i.e. 1st and 2nd get byes, 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th in the quarter-finals.

The Bisons start on October 15th in the Town of Bedrock to face the Dinos. They will have just 5 home double-headers (all Friday night/Saturday afternoon):
Oct 22-23 v UBC
Oct 29-30 v Saskatchewan
Nov 19-20 v MRU
Jan 14-15 v MacEwan
Feb 4-5 v Regina

So we won't see Holy Trinity, Calgary, or Alberta live and in person here in Friendly Manitoba.

Next phase is the outlook for non-conference games across the CW and USports as a whole. I would suspect limited travel for now, but one never knows.

➤ Canada West: Puck drop for 2021-22 season set for October 15
➤ Canada West: Complete CW Schedule
➤ Canada West: Stage set for return to CW play in 2021-22
➤Mount Royal: MRU Hockey 2021-22 Schedule Released
➤ Regina: Canada West unveils hockey schedules for 2021-22

Like all teams, when the Bisons finally do hit the ice they will have two years worth of new recruits in the lineup. Seven recruits were covered in my 2020-21 thread. Upon reviewing the roster page, there was one more (Linden McCorrister). Of interest, Barry Trotz (NY Islanders) and Jamie Kompon (Winnipeg Jets) did some coaching when they were available. In addition to the players who graduated after 2019-20, five other players were absent in 2020-21: Matthew Stanley (D), Josh Tripp (F), Lucas Skrumeda (D/F), and goaltenders Riley Lamb and Tyler Brown. Lamb went to the ECHL. Whether the others cancelled the season for Covid or have left permanently will be revealed.

Linden McCorrister - LW – Brandon (WHL)/Regina (CW)

The Bisons needed better forwards in 2019-20 and here's one. He's 6'1" and 190 lbs. As a teen, he played on Team Manitoba in aboriginal hockey. In four seasons with the Wheat Kings he ended as an assistant captain for two seasons. Articles describe a strong 2-way player, but he has decent offensive numbers in the WHL. In 2017-18 he played 59 games and was 20-23-43, plus 5-9-14 in 11 playoff games. In 2018-19 he played 45 games and was 14-15-29. For some reason, the Peguis native went to Regina to play for the Banjo-Cats in 2019-20, where he only played 4 games and had one assist. So I guess 2020-21 was his redshirt season.

GoBisons.ca: Bisons men's hockey keeping busy both on and off the ice
GoBisons.ca: Puck drop for Bisons Hockey set for October 15
➤ GoBisons: Roster Page
➤ Elite Prospects: Linden McCorrister Career Stats
➤ Hockey DB: Linden McCorrister Career Stats

The T-irds have two recruiting announcements. In one they added three forwards, Cyle McNabb (Medicine Hat Tigers), Carson Miller (Victoria Royals), and Jack Wismer (Flint Firebirds - OHL). And in the other they added three more and a goaltender. The forwards are Scott Atkinson (Edmonton Oil Kings), Chris Douglas (Red Deer Rebels), and Liam Kindree (Lethbridge Hurricanes). The goaltender is Ethan Anders (Red Deer). The announcements don't dwell on the players to have left, but did mention that many forwards were departing.

➤ UBC: T-Birds add offensive power
➤ UBC: T-Birds make heavy recruiting splash with WHL talent

The Sask site has a load of stories, mostly on coaching news. They have a toast to the retiring Dave Adolph, an announcment of the hiring Brandin Cote as "associate" coach, and one on Mike Babcock and his staff. You can also download "Dogs On Ice", an historical look at the Banjo-Mutts.

➤ U of S: Captains pay tribute to Dave Adolph
➤ U of S: Cote joins men's hockey as associate coach
➤ U of S: Huskie men’s hockey coaching staff takes shape
➤ U of S: Dogs On Ice: A History of Hockey at University of Saskatchewan 2nd Edition

In addition to their schedule announcement, The Big Macs have stories about a new goaltender recruit (James Porter, Vernon Junior A), and a pair of media awards going to Quinn Phillips and Salim Valji.

➤ MacEwan: Former CHL goalie of the week award winner, current Vernon Vipers star Porter Jr. joins Griffins
➤ MacEwan: Global TV's Quinn Phillips - who covers the Griffins - wins Canada West's Fred 'Gus' Collins Award
➤ MacEwan: Alum of the month: Griffins' minor official award winner Valji now TSN's Calgary Bureau Chief
➤ MacEwan: 2021-22 schedule: Griffins set for CW debut Oct. 15 in Regina, home opener Oct. 22 vs. Calgary

In the Town of Bedrock, their goaltending coach, Brad Kirkwood, will be lending a hand to the women's olympic team. They also have a nice story from the departed Logan Fisher where he reflects on his playing career for the Dinos.

➤ U of C: Goaltending guru Kirkwood named to Olympic staff
➤ U of C (by Logan Fisher): Thank you, Dinos Men's Hockey
➤ U of C: Puck drops for CW hockey Oct. 15

Lots of stories from the Evil Monkeys. One is a summary of the 12 grads who went on to play pro last year. Lots of bananas for those guys. The loss of Zach Sawchenko to the San Jose Sharks will hurt them. Oddly, former Monkey Jason Fram has aspirations of playing for Communist China in the Olympics.

➤ U of A: Bears Hockey alumni shine on professional stage
➤ U of A: Golden Bears Hockey Team Update
NHL.com: Sharks Sign Goaltender Zach Sawchenko to Entry-Level Contract
➤ Spark: From Green & Gold to Red & Gold
➤ U of A: 2021/22 Golden Bears Hockey schedule released

Bad news from B.C. Selkirk College has folded their hockey program. With departure of Trinity to the CW, that leaves just three teams (Vancouver Island, Victoria, and Simon Fraser). The BCIHL is looking into expansion, with the UBCO Heat mentioned as a candidate. Good luck to them.

➤ BCIHL: Selkirk College no longer offering men's hockey
➤ BCIHL: BCIHL announces 2021 AGM date, considers expansion proposals
NHL.com: Sharks Sign Goaltender Zach Sawchenko to Entry-Level Contract
➤ Spark: From Green & Gold to Red & Gold
➤ U of A: 2021/22 Golden Bears Hockey schedule released

The 2021 Universiade was originally scheduled for January 2021, now it is scheduled for December 11 to 21, 2021. That timing will screw up the World Junior series. I guess one conference will travel abroad as usual, leaving two others to oppose the Juniors.

The OUA has approved of a "structure", and the AUS has a full schedule. The OUA is going back to four divisions, and 20 games.

➤ USports: FISU | Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade to be held in December 2021
➤ USports: OUA announces approved structures for 2021-22 season
➤ OUA: OUA announces approved structures for 2021-22 season
➤ USports: AUS | 2021-22 schedules released
➤ AUS: Complete Schedule

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June 28: I guess this is the first recruit of 2021-22

Michael King - C – Spokane (WHL)/Steinbach (MJHL)

This is a 6' 180 lbs centre from Winnipeg. After 4 years in the WHL split between Kootenay and Spokane he went to the Steinbach Pistons for his overage year, where he had 4 goals and an assist in two games. Not much of a season, but it's two more games then most CW guys had.His peak WHL season was 2019-20 where he went 13-11-24 in 64 games for the Spokane Chiefs. He had a decent scrap, as you'll see in the Hockey Fights link.

I believe this qualifies as the Herd's first recruit of the season, since the others were all technically on the 2020-21 team. In the links I have the two usual reliable sources (Elite Prospects and the USports LOI spreadsheet) and a new site called 49-sport.com which has a commitments page. The site has a lot of articles linked. A lot of sites come and go, hopefully this one will last.

➤ Elite Prospects: Michael King Career Stats
➤ Hockey DB: Michael King Career Stats
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Chiefs Acquire Forward Michael King from Kootenay
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Meet the Chiefs: #19 Michael King
➤ Spokane Chiefs: Michael King and James Porter Released
➤ Steinbach Pistons: King Commits to University of Manitoba
➤ Hockey Fights: Michael King vs Kaden Kohle Dec 31, 2019 : YT
➤ USports: LOI Registry
➤ Elite Prospects: USports Transactions
49-sport.com: 2021 U SPORTS MHKY COMMITMENTS


The BCIHL has added a 4th team! The Okanagan Lakers are a Kelowna team to be using players from Okanagan College (formerly in the BCIHL as the "Okanagan Coyotes") and UBC-Okanagan Campus (operating in other CW sports as "UBCO Heat"). The Lakers and two more teams slated to join in 2022-23 are called "independent college transfer teams". BC Hockey was behind this expansion project.

The league will play a reduced schedule of 12 games plus a 4 game provincial championship. Not sure how that will work. There is also a vague reference to additional tournaments and events, so stay tuned.

The teams slated for 2022-23 are the Fraser Valley Brigade and the Thompson Okanagan Pioneers. It is unclear if these teams will play any games in 2021-22.

The Brigade are to be based in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. The players are to come from the University of the Fraser Valley, Columbia Bible College, Ashton College, Summit Pacific College, and CDI College.

The Pioneers are to be based in Kamloops. Their players are to come from Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College, or Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

IMO, we need more combined teams in university/college sports. Maybe this is the start of something. Great to see the provincial body being behind the project.

➤ BCIHL: BCIHL Announces Addition of Okanagan Lakers and 2021/22 Season Overview
➤ Team Site: Okanagan Lakers
➤ Team Site: Fraser Valley Brigade
➤ Team Site: Thompson Okanagan Pioneers

July 28: Historical Results

In an interesting feature on CW team schedule pages, when you hit the "history" button for a team you have never played before (like MacEwan or Holy Trinity), you get a table for all-time records against every team, and in some cases for games outside the CW. I suppose that these links will disappear from the schedule pages once games are played, so here are the links: