WINNIPEG — “I think he’s a potential first-round pick.”
That’s how Manitoba Bisons football coach Brian Dobie described offensive lineman Geoff Gray on Thursday as news broke that the fourth-year student-athlete had ranked 11th in the CFL’s scouting bureau.
The 21-year-old is the seventh-ranked CIS football player to make the list.
WINNIPEG — For many of the players, it will be an experience of a lifetime. For others, competition may outweigh the fact they’re in Europe.
The Manitoba Bison women’s hockey team is venturing out to Finland and Sweden for some team-building and to work out any pre-season kinks before returning to Canada and beginning the regular conference season.
The Manitoba Bisons have recruited a John Taylor Collegiate forward for the men’s basketball squad next season.
James Wagner recently graduated and will suit up with the Brown and Gold for the 2016-17 season. Until then, he will be accompanying head coach Kirby Schepp to Chile for the 2016 U18 men’s basketball national team July 19-23.
WINNIPEG — Gene Muller has been named the new director of athletics and recreation for the University of Manitoba.
Muller, 49, takes over from longtime athletic director Coleen Dufresne, who is retiring.
“We are fortunate to have a great team of coaches, administrators, directors and coordinators,” Muller said in a statement. “They fuel my optimism for the future of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Manitoba.
Muller currently serves as the director of the University of Manitoba’s Active Living Centre since October 2014, and was also named 2001 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s field hockey coach of the year as head coach of the Bison women’s field hockey squad.
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.”