Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today two rule changes that will take effect immediately. The rule changes were approved Tuesday, October 8 at the WHL General Managers meeting in Calgary.
The rule changes to be in effect for games beginning tonight include:

  1. Double-Minor Penalty – High-Sticking

When a double-minor penalty has been assessed due to an injury from high-sticking, the Referee will instruct the Video Goal Judge to review the situation to either confirm or overturn the penalty. This means that in every situation when a double-minor penalty is assessed for injury due to a high stick, the Video Goal Judge must review the situation.
There are three possible outcomes from a Video Review in this scenario:

  1. Video Goal Judge confirms that a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is to be assessed;
  2. The penalty is overturned because the Video Goal Judge determines the injury was caused by a teammate’s stick or the puck;
  3. The review is inconclusive and the original call on the ice stands – a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is assessed.

It is important to note that the Video Goal Judge is only to be used to review a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking that was assessed on the ice by the on-ice officials. The Video Goal Judge cannot be used to add a penalty that was not originally assessed. The Video Goal Judge is also not able to assess a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking when only a single Minor Penalty for High-Sticking has been assessed on the ice by an on-ice official.

  1. Face-off Location

When a delayed penalty is signalled, and the team not being penalized ices the puck, the ensuing face-off will be conducted at one of the two face-off circles in the penalized team’s end zone. Previously, the face-off would have been moved outside the blue line.

As a result of the elimination of the above exception, when the team not being penalized ices the puck the ensuing face-off will be conducted at one of the two face-off circles in the penalized team’s end zone.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team

Manitoba Provincial Team Coach Applications Being Accepted – Deadline Nov 22, 2019

DEADLINE NOVEMBER 22, 2019: Basketball Manitoba has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2020 & 2021 Canada Games Manitoba Provincial Team Program for the male and female 17U age group and for the 2020 15U male and female coaching positions.

The deadline for all coaching applications is Friday, November 22, 2019, at 5:00 pm.

U 18 Female Hockey players of the week for week 2

U 18 Female Hockey players of the week for week 2
Player of the Week: Tessa Odell – Pembina Valley Hawks

In PV’s two games this weekend, Odell played an important part in the Hawks offence with 4 points on the weekend. She got both goals in the teams 5-2 loss on Saturday vs the Avros. On Sunday Odell got 2 assists in their 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Ice.

Tessa is a grade 12 student from Glenora.

Goalie of the Week: Jordan Mackow – Winnipeg Avros

Jordan played a big role in her only game this weekend in leading the Avros to a 3-1 victory over Westman on Sunday. Mackow stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win. The Wildcats came out with a huge third period push but Jordan stayed calm in the net and was able to fight through tons of traffic in the crease.

Jordan is a grade 12 student from East St. Paul.

Congratulations to both Jordan and Tessa!

Bison Reilly Gordon named CW Football Defensive Player of the Week

Saturday saw Bisons football earn a dramatic win over the Regina Rams, with a last-second field goal sealing the 27-26 win. Setting up the victory was a strong defensive performance, led by second-year SAM linebacker Reilly Gordon. For his performance, he was named the Canada West Football Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Besides an opening play 85-yard receiving touchdown by Kyle Moortgat, the Bisons were stout, holding the Rams to 315 offensive yards while forcing three turnovers. Gordon was a key part of two of those turnovers.

The Grande Pointe, MB native had an interception in the second quarter, returning it 32 yards to get the Bisons to the doorstep of the red zone. Manitoba was able to pay off the pick with a touchdown with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Des Catellier to Trysten Dyce.

Gordon also had a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter and had five unassisted tackles in the win.

The 6’2” linebacker, who is in general studies at the University of Manitoba, is the fourth Bisons football player to be named to the conference’s weekly honour.

Defensive end Derek Dufault and wide receiver Macho Bockru were named the defensive and offensive players in Week 1, respectively; running back and return specialist Mike Ritchott was named the special teams player in Week 2.

Manitoba now looks forward to a Week 6 matchup with the Saskatchewan Huskies at Griffiths Stadium. Kickoff is Friday, October 4 at 8 p.m. CDT

Riley Lamb and Nicole Davis are Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week

Helping elevate their teams to victory this past weekend, Riley Lamb from men’s hockey and Nicole Davis from women’s soccer have been named the Boston Pizza Bison Sports Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2019.

First-year goaltender Riley Lamb is just one of many fresh faces on Bisons men’s hockey this season, with the team hoping to acclimate new players to the U SPORTS level as quickly as possible. If Saturday was any indication, Lamb is starting off just fine.

In his first career start for the Bisons, Lamb recorded a 26-save shutout against the Lethbridge Pronghorns, helping Manitoba win their home and season opener 2-0.

The Rivers, MB native played all 60 minutes in net for the Herd, making half of his saves in the second period alone. In that same period, the Bisons got their game-winner of the stick of Jeremey Leipsic, with Mitchell Dyck providing insurance early in the third. Fellow rookie Tyler Brown got the start against the Pronghorns on Sunday.

Lamb, 21, was a veteran of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before joining Manitoba. He played 88 games with the Swift Current Broncos and Red Deer Rebels, most recently recording an .898 save percentage with Red Deer in 2018-19.

Bisons men’s hockey now look forward to their annual non-conference weekend south of the border, as they play UND on Saturday and Omaha Nebraska next Monday. Conference action resumes on the road October 11-12 against Mount Royal.

Bisons women’s soccer extended their run of matches without a loss to four, as they continue to battle in a competitive Prairie division. Key to their success was the performance of second-year midfielder Nicole Davis.

Davis scored the opening goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Saskatchewan, putting Manitoba on the board just eight minutes in. She had another shot on goal during the match.

The day before, Davis was not in the box score, but her presence was felt on the field as her speed created many dangerous opportunities against the Regina Cougars. In what was eventually a 2-1 Bisons win, Davis had three shots — all of which were on goal.

The Winnipeg native, who also competes with Bisons track and field, was a U SPORTS All-Rookie last season. So far this year, Davis is tied for 10th in the conference with five points — three goals, two assists.

Bisons women’s soccer play on the road again next weekend, in two more pivotal Prairie matchups against the Alberta Pandas (Oct. 5, 1 p.m.) and MacEwan Griffins (Oct. 6, 1 p.m.). Both matches can be streamed on CanadaWest.TV presented by Co-op.

September 26, 2019 Bisons men’s hockey hosts Lethbridge in home and season openers

With an updated Wayne Fleming Arena as the stage, Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey drops the puck on a new season this weekend against the Lethbridge Pronghorns. The games take place Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m.

Both games can be watched on CanadaWest.TV (fee required) or listened to on UMFM’s second stream.

The Bisons open the 2019-20 season with a host of fresh faces, with a deep recruiting class joining the team. There’s plenty of WHL experience in the first-years, with defencemen Matthew Stanley, Liam Schioler, and Brady Pouteau having played over 100 games combined in the ‘Dub. Pouteau, notably, earned the Regina Pats Rick Rypien Memorial Award in 2017-18 — given to the team’s unsung hero — after helping Regina reach the Memorial Cup final despite a nagging shoulder injury.

Behind that blue line are three new goalies for the Herd, who are competing to replace venerable alumnus Byron Spriggs. Tyler Brown and Riley Lamb both join Manitoba from the WHL — with Brown returning after rehab forced redshirt status in 2018-19 — while Jeremy Link played five years with the Winnipeg Blues in the MJHL.

Three fifth-years guide this young core for the Bisons in 2019-20. Wearing the “C” is defenceman Adam Henry, who was second on Manitoba and 8th among defencemen in 2018-19 with 16 points (six goals, two assists). Forward Jonah Wasylak will lead the attacking side of the ice for the Bisons, while Sean Christensen also returns to what should be a strong blue line for the Herd.

Lethbridge, who snagged the sixth and final conference playoff spot last season with a record of 9-17-2, return a strong winger in Medicine Hat native Torrin White in 2019-20 — certainly one to watch this weekend. White tied for the Pronghorns lead in goals (9) and was second in points (16) in 2018-19.

After this weekend, the Bisons play their annual non-conference weekend against NCAA teams, playing UND on October 5 and Omaha on October 7. Their regular season schedule resumes with road games at Mount Royal on October 11 (8 p.m.) and October 12 (4 p.m.).

Saturday, September 28 vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns – 7 p.m. CDT
Wayne Fleming Arena

Sunday, September 29 vs. Lethbridge Pronghorns – 2 p.m. CDT
Wayne Fleming Arena


  • Eighth in Coaches’ Poll: The Bisons have some bulletin board material based on the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, which ranked Manitoba eighth and last in the conference. The Pronghorns received the same number of votes, but had more in higher spots, giving them an edge to seventh.
  • Updated Arena: Friday’s home opener is the first Bisons game in the updated Wayne Fleming Arena, which includes a new concourse area, bar seating, new glass and ice surface, and a jumbotron with video.

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MABOref.com News: Looking to Host a Basketball Officials Clinic in Manitoba? Request a clinic today!

If you are interested in hosting a clinic in your community or City/Town please fill out the request form below and someone will be in contact with you shortly. Please note that clinic dates are dependent on clinician availability so please provide at least three dates that would work for your group/community. 


  • Have a minimum of 10 participants (the host will be charged for the minimum amount if there are fewer than 10.  
  • Provide access to a gym at no cost for the duration of the clinic time (if there is a facility rental fee, the participant fee charged will be reflected)
  • The Host (or designate) is to be on-site to open and provide access to the facility 30 minutes before the clinic is scheduled to begin and remain on-site for the duration of the clinic.     
  • Provide access to a classroom with a computer, projector and projector screen.  
  • For a large group of over 15 attendees, secure 10+ local basketball players in the age 14-17 age range to scrimmage during the afternoon portion of the clinic
  • Collect the set clinic fee on behalf of Basketball Manitoba.  Payments can be made payable to “Basketball Manitoba” or to the host school or club who can then make a single payment to Basketball Manitoba at the end.   


  • Most clinics run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (7 hours) with a 30 min break for lunch mid-day.  The start and end times can be customized to fit your needs however a target of 7 total clinic hours is to be attempted.  
  • Participants should be dressed ready to participate on the gym floor (court friendly runners, shorts/sweat pants/T-shirt/whistle)
  • At the end of the clinic, an invoice can be sent to the host organization for payment to Basketball Manitoba if funds were collected by the school or club.  
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Anna Biebrich and Nick Thomas are Boston Pizza Bisons Sports Athletes of the Week

Bisons women’s soccer scored a pair of wins over the weekend playing indoors at the WSF South Soccer Complex, with both their offence and defence performing well. At the back end of the latter was a new face at keeper, but one who was more than solid in first-year Anna Biebrich.

After playing from the bench in Manitoba’s first four matches, Biebrich got the start in Friday’s 4-0 win over Thompson Rivers and again in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over UBC Okanagan. The summary for Biebrich was perfect: two clean sheets in her first two starts, making 15 saves total.

The highlight of the weekend for the Winnipeg native came late in the first half on Friday, as Thompson Rivers threatened off a well-placed corner kick. The shot off the foot of Rylee Mugridge was above Biebrich’s head, but she skied to poke it off the crossbar, keeping the visitors off the board.

Biebrich, who previously played for Winnipeg Phoenix FC and is in general studies in her first year, is fifth in Canada West in goals against average (0.39) in four games played this season.

The Bisons women’s soccer team (3-3-0) will look to keep a two-match win streak going on the road, as they play Regina (Sept. 28, 1 p.m.) and Saskatchewan (Sept. 29, 3 p.m.) for the second time this season.

A rainy afternoon on Saturday lent itself to old school football for the Bisons, as they ran the ball and dominated defensively to beat the UBC Thunderbirds 37-19 in their Homecoming game. One of the key performers on the defence was second-year linebacker Nick Thomas.

Thomas, who last played for the Langley Stampeders and has started every game at WILL this season for Manitoba, led the Herd with seven solo tackles and had one pass breakup against the Thunderbirds.

Thomas’ tackles impacted UBC both offensively and on special teams, as the ‘Birds were held to just 109 yards on the ground on 17 carries and 141 passing yards on a paltry 15-of-33 attempts and three interceptions.

Through four games, Thomas leads Manitoba in total tackles (19.5) and is ninth in Canada West in solo tackles (18).

Bisons football (2-2) remains at home in Week 5, as they host the Regina Rams (1-3) at IG Field on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online for $14, with UM students and fans 12-and-under in free.

Bison Stefanie Young named CW Female First Star of the Week

After four points in two wins for Bisons women’s soccer, first-year defender Stefanie Young has earned top grades from the conference, being named the Canada West Female First Star of the Week.

In a weekend where the Bisons scored five goals in shutout wins over Thompson Rivers and UBCO, it was hard to miss Young’s presence. She continued an excellent start to her university career — putting her name on the sheet on all but one of Manitoba’s goals, scoring twice and adding two assists.

In Friday’s 4-0 win over Thompson Rivers, Young assisted on two first-half goals by Nicole Davis. In the second half, she scored her own goal from outside the box, putting a booming kick off the crossbar and in.

In Saturday’s 1-0 win over UBC Okanagan, the Kelowna native broke a tactical match open by finishing a corner kick in the dying moments of the first half.

Despite being in her first year, Young is already turning heads in the conference as her six points and four goals are both tied for fourth in Canada West and 26 shots have her second alone.

Young joins the Bisons from the Okanagan Mission Huskies in BC and celebrated her birthday on Saturday with a win over UBCO.

Bisons women’s soccer now head out for five straight road matches, beginning next weekend at Regina (Sept. 28, 1 p.m.) and Saskatchewan (Sept. 29, 3 p.m.).

This is the first time during the 2019 season that a Manitoba Bisons student-athlete has been named to the conference’s Three Stars