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.”
Four 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.
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.
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.