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.
➤ 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.
➤ 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.
➤ 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.
➤ 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.
➤ 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
The Mutts‛ coaching situation is not yet resolved. They have two stories at a fan site, nothing on their official site.
➤ 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).
➤ 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.
➤ Go Spartans: Men's Hockey Recruits