The University of Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team has named Ryan Bonni as their assistant coach.
Bonni, a former NHL and AHL player, joins the Herd ahead of the upcoming 2016-17 season.
The 37-year-old was a second round pick (34th overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
“Ryan’s character, extensive playing and coaching hockey background, passion for the game, and commitment to helping our players develop and achieve their goals, makes him a perfect fit for the Bisons,” said head coach Mike Sirant. “I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from Ryan.”
The early bird registration deadline for the upcoming Play On! 4-on-4 hockey tournament is fast approaching.
Teams have until May 11 at midnight to register for the Hockey Night in Canada street tournament, running May 28-29. The two-day event at the University of Manitoba will benefit the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
Play On! holds the Guinness World record for the largest street hockey tournament of any kind. It has attracted more than 1.5 million players spanning 133 Play On! events.
A boat owned by the family of Winnipeg-born Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is going up on the auction block for a worthwhile cause.
The 1935 Cossey Replica boat will be auctioned off by Adesa Auctions on Tuesday, with proceeds benefiting Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, as part of their Bids for Kids program. Funds raised will support the organization’s Come One-Come all Gala.
The boat packs a 250 horsepower 327 Chevy V8 engine with leather upholstery, and is trimmed with rare chrome hardware.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed Kyle Connor to a three-year, two-way NHL entry-level contract beginning in 2016-17.
The contract, worth an average $1.77 million annually, will see the 19-year-old 2015 first-round pick leave the University of Michigan. During his freshman year, Connor amassed an NCAA-leading 71 points (35G, 36A) in 38 games.
He finished the season on a 27-game point streak leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship.