2022-23 Manitoba Bisons/USports Hockey

June 19, 2022

U-SPORTS/CIS BOOKMARKS

No CW schedule yet, but signings are starting to roll in. So heres the new links. Some are still in 2021-22.

League Sites:
USports Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Standings : Schedule/Results : U-Cup
Canada West Mens Hockey Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results/Links : History and Records : Media Stats : LeagueStat Daily
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
BCIHL Site
... sub-links : Schedule/Results

Canada West Team Sites:
Alberta Golden Bears
Calgary Dinos
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
UPEI Panthers
St. Francis Xavier X-men
Saint Marys Huskies

OUA-West Team Sites:
Brock Badgers
Guelph Gryphons
Lakehead Thunderwolves
Laurier Golden Hawks
Toronto Metropolitan Rams
Toronto Varsity Blues
Waterloo Warriors
Western Ontario Mustangs
Windsor Lancers
York Lions

OUA-East Team Sites:
Carleton Ravens
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
NAIT Ooks
Portage Voyageurs
Red Deer Kings
SAIT Trojans

BCIHL Team Sites:
Logan Lake Miners
Okanagan Lakers
Simon Fraser Athletics
Vancouver Island Mariners
Victoria Vikings

Online video/audio:
CanadaWest.tv - YareTV link
OUA YareTV link
AUS YareTV link
UMFM.com - some Bison home games
USports Nationals - with archive

Stats:
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
CW LeagueStat
Bob Adams Archives - CIS hockey from 1995-96 to 2008-09
Wikia/Fandom - U Sports
... sub-links : University Cup
Wikia/Fandom - CWUAA
... sub-links : GPAC : WIAA : WCIAU
Wikia/Fandom - OUA/OUAA
... sub-links : QUAA : OSLC : OIAA : QOAA : CIAU Central
Wikia/Fandom - AUS/AUAA/AIAA/MIAA
Wikia/Fandom - ACAC
Wikia/Fandom - BCIHL
Wikia/Fandom - North American Championship
Wikia/Fandom - Universiade
Atlantic Canadian Hockey History

Media Sites/Blogs:
TSN USports Page
SportsNet USports Page
ChrisD.ca
CISblog.ca
Independent Sports News
Hockey Scene - AUS
Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni
AcadiaAxemenHockey.com
RedmenHockey.com (McGill)
Hockey Blog in Canada (includes Manitoba)
The Manitoban (student paper)
The Varsity (Toronto student paper)
Game On Magazine
Stadium Journey
Livesport
Flashscore
Huskie Fan (Saskatchewan fan site)
49 Sport

Recruiting/Transactions:
Elite Prospects - USports Transactions
USports Letters of Intent Page
USports LOI Registry
49 Sport - 2022 Men‛s Hockey Recruits
49 Sport - 2022 Men‛s Hockey Departures

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June 20: Five Recruits

We anxiously await the CW hockey schedules, since other conferences and other sports within the CW have already done so. A few Bison recruits are rumoured and/or announced at the various sources, amid a smattering of news around USports hockey. Two players come from the Dub, two from Junior A, and one NCAA transfer. Only one has been announced on the official website.

RYAN GOTTFRIED - D - Seattle (WHL)

We have here a 6'4" 209 lbs defenceman from Winnipeg. He split his 4 year WHL career between Red Deer and Seattle. The various links would describe a hard-nosed player who played a significant role in leading his team to the WHL final.

Links:
➤ Elite Prospects: Ryan Gottfried Career Stats
➤ WHL: Video
➤ Hockey Fights: Gottfried v Kuefler
➤ Seattle Thundebirds: T-Birds Acquire Ryan Gottfried From Red Deer

JONNY HOOKER - C - Prince George (WHL)

Here we have another Winnipeg boy coming home. He split his 5-year WHL career between Brandon and Prince George. In his final season he was team captain and in 64 games had a 17-29-29 stats line.

Links:
➤ Elite Prospects: Jonny Hooker Career Stats
➤ Hockey Fights: Seven Videos
➤ PG Cougars: Jonny Hooker named 27th Captain in franchise history
➤ PG Cougars: Video
➤ YouTube: 2019-20 HIGHLIGHT REEL | Jonny Hooker
➤ Prince George Citizen: Hooker turns Cats into Giant slayers
➤ Our Sports Central: Cougars Announce 2021-22 Leadership Group

ROSS HAWRYLUK - G - Western Michigan (NCAA)

Goalies are now tall, aren‛t they? This one is 6'4". He‛s from Lloydminster and played junior for the Nipawin Hawks in the SJHL before a mid-season jump to the NCAA. I would imagine a battle in the crease with the returning Jeremy Link.

Links:
➤ Elite Prospects: Ross Hawryluk Career Stats
GoBisons.ca: Bisons men's hockey bolsters net presence, adding Ross Hawryluk
➤ SJHL: Ross Hawryluk, Nipawin Hawks (player profile)
➤ SJHL: Ross Hawryluk added to CJHL Prospects Game

ZAC PATRICK - D - Steinbach (MJHL)

He got in two seasons with the Kootenay Ice in the WHL before they moved to Winnipeg. That was followed by two seasons of very few games before settling into Steinbach last year in the MJHL. As a defenceman, he had 9-26-35 in 46 regular season games and then 12 points in 14 playoff games.

Links:
➤ Elite Prospects: Zac Patrick Career Stats
➤ Game On: Zac Patrick Ready for a New Opportunity with the Steinbach Pistons
➤ Steinbach Pistons: Pistons Thank Graduating Player Zac Patrick
➤ Steinbach Pistons: Zac Patrick Commits to the University of Manitoba Bisons
➤ MJHL: Zac Patrick commits to University of Manitoba

JACKSON ARPIN - LW - Winkler (MJHL)

We have here a 6'2" 205 lbs grinding winger. He wore at "A" for the Winkler Flyers. He‛s from Rainy River, Ontario but came to Manitoba for his whole junior career. His Lake of the Woods/Rainy River High School team played in Minnesota, where he amassed 84 points in 49 games over two seasons. He had 54 points in 118 MJHL games.

Links:
➤ Elite Prospects: Jackson Aprin Career Stats
➤ Pembina Valley Online: Under The Bucket With Winkler Flyers Forward Jackson Arpin
➤ Winkler Flyers: Flyers Assistant Captain Jackson Arpin Commits to University of Manitoba
➤ MJHL: Jackson Arpin commits to University of Manitoba

ELSEWHERE

The Mutts‛ coaching situation is not yet resolved. They have two stories at a fan site, nothing on their official site.

Links:
➤ Huskie Fan: Decision on a second season as Huskies' head coach yet to come
➤ Huskie Fan: Offseason preparation in motion for men's hockey staff

Last year‛s expansion teams have taken a substantial lead in official recruiting announcements. We start with the Mythical Mutants. They have announced six newcomers, two each from the WHL, AJHL, and NCAA. They are:

  • Ethan Strang (F - Grand Prairie - AJHL);
  • Ashton Abel (G - Boston U - NCAA);
  • Brandon Boyle (F- Okotoks - AJHL);
  • Carter Chorney (F - Medicine Hat - WHL);
  • Merritt Oszytko (F - RIT - NCAA); and
  • Neithan Salame (D - Regina - WHL).

Links:
➤ Macewan: Griffins add skill to their forward group with prolific Grande Prairie Storm goal scorer Strang
➤ Macewan: Following Taylor's successful NCAA transfer, Griffins land another high-level goalie in BU's Abel
➤ Macewan: Faceoff specialist, strong two-way forward Boyle joins Griffins out of AJHL Okotoks
➤ Macewan: Speedy, gritty Tigers winger Chorney returning home to play for the Griffins
➤ Macewan: Griffins add another key NCAA transfer as RIT's Oszytko returns home
➤ Macewan: Local product Salame returning home to help bolster left side of Griffins' defence

Holy Trinity has one story with eleven (11!) names:

  • Mikol Sartor (F - Estevan - SJHL);
  • Daine Dubois (F - Long Island U - NCAA);
  • Josiah Vanderhooft (F - Winnipeg Blues - MJHL);
  • Raphael Audet (G - Edmunston - MHL);
  • Boston Bird (F - Waywayseekappo - MJHL);
  • Mitchell Joss (F - Sherwood Park - AJHL);
  • Jesse Pomeroy (D - Niagara U. - NCAA);
  • Tanner Hopps (F - Long Island U. - NCAA);
  • Adam Oates (D - Drayton Valley - AJHL);
  • Nicksha Eric (D - Humboldt - SJHL); and
  • Jonathan Krahn (F - Melville - SJHL).

With just three teams reporting here, there are already 6 NCAA transfers. For TWU, no players are coming directly from the BCHL or the WHL.

Links:
➤ Go Spartans: Men's Hockey Recruits

June 22: CW's New Schedule Announced

The regular season begins on September 30th, with the Bisons on a bye week. The Bisons will also have the bye to close the 1st semester on December 2nd & 3rd.

Each team plays 14 weekend double-headers, for 28 regular season games. That means six opponents are played home and away, whilst two are played either at home or away. For the Bisons, they play Saskatchewan away only and MacEwan at home only.

The Bison home series are:
Oct 7-8 v UBC
Oct 28-29 v Mount Royal
Nov 11-12 v Calgary
Nov 18-19 v MacEwan
Jan 6-7 v Regina
Jan 27-28 v Trinity Western
Feb 10-11 v Alberta

Now comes the wait for non-conference schedules. Alberta jumped ahead of the pack with a lot of games announced with the CW schedule:

Sept 3 Mount Royal at Alberta
Sept 9 Calgary at Alberta
Sept 16 Alberta at Saskatchewan
Sept 17 Alberta at Saskatchewan
Sept 23 UBC at Alberta

Links:
➤ Canada West: Puck drops on new season September 30
➤ Canada West: Schedule
➤ Canada West: Canada West TV (available July 18th)
➤ Alberta: Defending CW champion Bears open 22/23 season on September 30th
➤ Calgary: 2022-23 hockey schedules announced
➤ MacEwan: Sept. 30 home opener vs. Regina kicks off a 28-game 2022-23 schedule for Griffins
➤ Mount Royal: MRU Hockey 2022-23 Schedule Released
➤ Saskatchewan: Huskies Drop the Puck on 2022-23 Season on September 30
➤ UBC: T-Birds Men's Hockey returns September 30

Meanwhile, Holy Trinity needs a new coach. Barret Kropf left to be the new general manager and U15 prep head coach at the Prairie Hockey Academy in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He had been at TWU since 2013.

Link:
➤ TWU: KROPF TO LEAVE SPARTANS MEN'S HOCKEY PROGRAM

June 24: Trinity Makes News

Anybody want to move out to British California for a coaching job? TWU has their recruitment posted. They have also got their schedule announcement, leaving just Regina and Manitoba as laggards.

Link:
➤ TWU: SPARTANS TO LAUNCH NEW ERA IN 2022-23
➤ TWU: Recruitment - Head Coach, Men's Hockey

June 25: New Looks

Red Deer College of the ACAC changed to Red Deer Poly near the advent of the 2021-22 season. However, they never changed their logo nor uniform. Now they have. I like the uniforms but the real-looking logo would have been my preference.

Link:
➤ RDP: Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics refreshes brand for 2022/2023 season
➤ YouTube: Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics | History and Brand Reveal
➤ Hockey Blog in Canada: Updating The Crown

Meanwhile the egregiously re-named Toronto Metropolitan University (although if the common abbreviation becomes "T-Met" rather than "TMU" I'd be happier) is keeping everybody guessing on their new look. Are they still the Rams?

The new university web address is "torontomu.ca". Yuck. When you click away to "athletics" it takes you to "ryersonrams.ca". So we need to wait.

Link:
➤ Ryerson: Men's Ice Hockey
➤ Toronto MU: University Website

I like the updated logo incorporating mountains into a more minimal crown. Sharp.

June 26: Strength of Schedule Analysis

This year the CW teams will play two series against six conference opponents and one series against two conference opponents. Here are the match-ups which occur just once:

MacEwan at Manitoba
Manitoba at Sask
Sask at MacEwan
UBC at Alberta
Alberta v Calgary
Calgary at TWU
TWU at Regina
Regina at MRU
MRU at UBC

I find it odd that long-term rivals like the Evil Monkeys and Dinosaurs will play just the once.

I did a strength-of-schedule calculation based last year's standings. For each team, I removed them and ranked their opponents by their ranking from 1st to 8th. The lowest score is therefore 3 (i.e. you play the number 1 and 2 teams) and the highest score is 15 (i.e. you play the number 7 and 8 teams).

Last year's rankings were:
1 Alberta
2 UBC
3 MRU
4 Sask
5 Calgary
6 Regina
7 Manitoba
8 MacEwan
9 TWU

Adding it up and UBC hit the jackpot whilst Sask drew the short straw. Here's the numbers:

UBC 3
Alberta 5
MRU 7
Calgary 9
Regina 11
TWU 11
MacEwan 12
Manitoba 12
Sask 13

Of course, this year's standings are unlikely to be the same as last year's.

I am wondering if they put forward a multi-year plan for a schedule rotation. If so, over four seasons each team would have 7 series against each opponent. (Assuming no teams are added or deleted in the meantime.)