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Muller to Lead Bisons’ Athletics and Recreation

Muller to Lead Bisons’ Athletics and Recreation

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Gene Muller, director of athletics and recreation for the University of Manitoba. (TWITTER)

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.

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Ryan Bonni Named Assistant Coach of Bisons’ Hockey

Ryan Bonni Named Assistant Coach of Bisons’ Hockey

By Brian Schultz

Ryan Bonni
Ryan Bonni (LEIF NORMAN PHOTO)

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.”

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Four Bisons Selected at 2016 CFL Draft

Four Bisons Selected at 2016 CFL Draft

University of Manitoba BisonsFour Manitoba Bison student-athletes are on their way to the CFL after Tuesday night’s draft.

Defensive lineman David Onyemata was chosen 35th overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, offensive lineman Alex McKay was 52nd overall and also joins Saskatchewan, slotback Alex Vitt was 55th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and linebacker DJ Lalama was the 70th pick by the Edmonton Eskimos.

Four Bisons selected in 2016 CFL Draft led by defensive lineman David Onyemata at 35th overall by Saskatchewan Roughriders, offensive lineman Alex McKay picked 52nd overall by Saskatchewan, slotback Alex Vitt at 55th overall by Winnipeg Blue Bombers and linebacker DJ Lalama was 70th overall pick by Edmonton Eskimos.

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Bisons’ DJ Lalama Invited to NY Giants Mini-Camp

Bisons’ DJ Lalama Invited to NY Giants Mini-Camp

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Manitoba Bisons’ DJ Lalama (25) and Kienan LaFrance (27) celebrate a 1st Quarter TD against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, September 20, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba Bison linebacker DJ Lalama has been invited to the New York Giants rookie mini-camp.

The 22-year-old Winnipeg native was a co-captain for the first time with the Bisons in 2015 and tied for 15th in the conference with 36 total tackles (27 solo) and tied for fifth with 5.5 tackles for losses. He played in six of eight conference regular season games.

“Just blessed and thankful for the opportunity to show out in front of the Giants staff. I’m excited for the weekend and looking forward to representing the Bison gang during NFL rookie mini camp,” Lalama said.

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Desiree Scott to Highlight Bison’s Soccer Fundraising Dinner

Desiree Scott to Highlight Bison’s Soccer Fundraising Dinner

Desiree Scott
Desiree Scott practices with the rest of Team Canada in Winnipeg on Monday, May 5, 2014. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Canadian national soccer star Desiree Scott will be the guest speaker at the first annual Bison Women’s Soccer Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Dinner later this month.

The Winnipeg-born Olympic medallist will lend her experience to the podium on May 23 as the University of Manitoba Bisons fundraise for future scholarship opportunities.

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New Orleans Saints Select Manitoba Bisons Lineman David Onyemata in NFL Draft

New Orleans Saints Select Manitoba Bisons Lineman David Onyemata in NFL Draft

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

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David Onyemata, of the University of Manitoba, holds the J.P. Metras Trophy as the most outstanding down lineman of the year during CIS Awards gala, Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Quebec City. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)

It’s back to football for David Onyemata.

After months of testing and not knowing where he’d be playing next, the Manitoba Bisons defensive lineman was taken in the fourth round, No. 120 overall, by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL draft Saturday.

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Manitoba Defensive Tackle Onyemata Moves Atop CFL Scouting Bureau List

Manitoba Defensive Tackle Onyemata Moves Atop CFL Scouting Bureau List

By The Canadian Press

David Onyemata
David Onyemata, of the University of Manitoba, holds the J.P. Metras Trophy as the most outstanding down lineman of the year during CIS Awards gala, Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Quebec City. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)

TORONTO — Manitoba defensive tackle David Onyemata tops the CFL scouting bureau’s final top-20 prospect list for next month’s draft.

The six-foot-four, 300-pound Onyemata was second behind Iowa receiver Tevaun Smith in December. Smith fell to No. 2 on the latest list.

Boston College defensive tackle Mehdi Abdesmad is ranked No. 3 ahead of Michigan State defensive back Arjen Colquhoun. Abdesmad was ranked fourth in December behind Colquhoun.

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Bisons’ Hockey Inks Three Recruits for 2016-17

Bisons’ Hockey Inks Three Recruits for 2016-17

University of Manitoba BisonsThe University of Manitoba Bisons have recruited a trio of players for the upcoming 2016-17 men’s hockey season.

The Bisons welcomed forwards Quintin Lisoway, Kamerin Nault and Nick Zajac to the program on Friday.

“These are very important signings that will help the Bisons take the next steps towards a championship season,” said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant.

“Nick, Kamerin, and Quintin are outstanding two-way players that will bring offensive skill combined with a very high compete level, grit and solid defensive play to the Bisons.”

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Bisons’ Athletic Director Coleen Dufresne Retiring

Manitoba Bisons boss Coleen Dufresne is retiring after a 32-year career on campus.

The 63-year-old has served in her current role as athletic director since 2001. Prior to that, she was head coach of the Bison women’s basketball program from 1984-01.

“Coleen Dufresne has been an inspiring role model and advocate for sport on our campus, in our province and across the country,” said University of Manitoba president and vice-chancellor David Barnard.

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Bison Women’s Basketball Holding Open Tryouts

Bison Women’s Basketball Holding Open Tryouts

University of Manitoba BisonsFuture Manitoba Bisons athletes will get their shot at trying out for the women’s basketball squad April 27-28.

The Bisons are hosting an open 2016 Athlete Identification Camp for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The purpose of the camp is to gather athletes that have expressed interest in trying out for the team for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Bison third year women’s basketball head coach Michele Hynes is also inviting any athletes that are currently in Grade 10 or 11 that have an interest in playing Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) basketball in the future.

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