July 16: News Round-Up
I thought there would be some news about recruits from the Bisons and/or other CW teams. But no such luck. So here are some stories being saved.
Such as the Manitoba Connection with the Vegas Golden Knights, including two Bisons.
The 2023 players include:
Zach Whitecloud - He’s a Dakota Sioux, born in Brandon and started his career with the Virden Oil Capitals in the MJHL.
Keegan Kolesar - He’s anther Brandon boy, who was drafted to Seattle of the WHL.
Nolan Patrick - He’s a Winnipeg boy, who played with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He never played a game in 2022-23, which is the 2nd season out of six where he was injured the entire season.
Brett Howden - He’s from Oakbank, which is where the Ice were supposed to build a WHL-sized arena. He was drafted by Moose Jaw in the WHL.
Mark Stone - He’s another Winnipegger who went out to play in Brandon.
Former Knights’ players include:
Ryan Reaves - Yet another Winnipegger who got his start with the Wheaties. But no cups for him, as he is off to Toronto.
Cody Eakin - He’s another Winnipegger, but he started in Swift Current in the WHL. His NHL travels landed him with the Jets for a brief time, but he’s now in Switzerland.
Cody Glass - Another Winnipegger, drafted by Portland in the WHL, and now in Nashville.
Brendan Leipsic - Like Glass, he’s a Winnipegger drafted by Portland in the WHL but now in the KHL. He only had a half-season in Vegas.
Adam Brooks - Another Winnipegger who was drafted by Regina in the NHL. He only had 7 games with Vegas, and even had 14 games with the Jets in 2021-22. He played for Lehigh Valley in the AHL in 2022-23.
Kelly McCrimmon - GM - Though he had the misfortune of being born in Saskatchewan, he escaped to play junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings, where he went on to become GM. In total, he had 32 seasons as player/coach/GM in Wheat City. He also eventually owned the franchise and did not sell until he was two years into his Vegas tenure.
Vaughn Karpan - Director of Player Personnel - He played for the Bisons from 1982-83 to 1984-85 with time off to play for Team Canada in the 1984 Olympics. He then played for the national team through the 1988 Olympics.
Bob Lowes - Assistant Director of Player Personnel - He came from Prince Albert, so he likely needed remedial education. He played for the Bisons from 1985-86 to 1988-89, and was a player/assistant coach in 1987-88. He also coached the Wheat Kings for 9 years.
Gary Lawless and Shane Hnidy - They worked for TSN in Winnipeg but moved to Vegas when the Knights entered the NHL. Lawless is not from Manitoba, but Hnidy was born in Neepawa and played for the Atlanta Thrashers before they headed north.
From Jets to Vegas and Back:
Laurent Brossoit - He started in the Vegas net these playoffs before being injured. He played three seasons for the Jets, went to Vegas for two, and is headed back to the `Peg for 2023-24.
Connor Blake is a good golfer, and took a shot at qualifying for the U.S. Open. He won the first level, and fell short in the second.
➤ MRU: Cougars’ defenseman Blake takes to the links at US Open qualifiers
Holy Trinity has a couple of stories. One on a fund-raiser that brought in $125K and their captain, Travis Verveda, has signed a pro deal in Hungary. He signed with DVTK Jegesmedvék of the Erste Liga.
➤ TWU: COMPLETE CHAMPION CHALLENGE RAISES $125K FOR NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
➤ TWU: VERVEDA SIGNS FIRST PRO CONTRACT IN HUNGARY
Former T-ird player Matt Revel is coming back to be an assistant coach. He played in Austria last year.
➤ UBC: T-Bird alum Matt Revel returns as new assistant coach
Former Bison and Regina Cougar defenceman Brady Pouteau has been signed by the Fife Flyers, a Scottish team in the EIHL.
In prior announcements, other CW players to have signed pro contracts are Zac Patrick (Manitoba to Sweden), Brad Schoonbaert (Calgary to Kansas City - ECHL), Jared Freadrich (Alberta to France), Kade Jensen (MRU to Utah - ECHL), and Dawson Davidson (Alberta to Denmark).
➤ Elite Prospects: Brady Pouteau’s Elite Prospects Career Stats
➤ Elite Prospects: Zac Patrick’s Elite Prospects Career Stats
➤ Elite Prospects: Brad Schoonbaert’s Elite Prospects Career Stats
➤ Elite Prospects: Jared Freadrich’s Elite Prospects Career Stats
➤ Elite Prospects: Kade Jensen’s Elite Prospects Career Stats
➤ Elite Prospects: Dawson Davidson’s Elite Prospects Career Stats