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Bisons hockey program recruits one Blue, two Wheaties

Bisons hockey program
recruits one Blue,
two Wheaties

CHRIS ZUK, Bison Sports Information Officer
Photo by JEFF MILLER, MyToba.ca

The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team wants to build off a Canada West semifinal result in the 2013-14 season and announce three new recruits for the following year. Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant, entering his 19th season at the helm of Manitoba, is pleased to announce the commitment of defenceman Rene Hunter and forwards Chad Robinson and Joel Schreyer to the Bison program for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

“We are thrilled to have Rene, Chad and Joel commit to the University of Manitoba and we expect each of them to play a prominent role in the Bisons’ success next season,” Sirant stated. “They are quality people who are team oriented, passionate about the game and committed to winning. Their intelligence, skating and puck skills and grit will make them outstanding players at the CIS level plus their style of play fits the Bison identity of a hard-working, physical team that combines solid defensive play with an up tempo, direct offensive attack.”

Hunter, 20, played all four years in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings and finished in 2013-14. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound defenceman completed his best statistical season with 34 points (four goals, 30 assists) with 70 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games while adding two assists in nine playoff matches in 2013-14. Overall, the Ebb and Flow, Man., native registered 68 points (10g, 58a) with 165 PIM in 247 WHL games plus two points in 19 playoff games. He played with the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in the 2009-10 season and notched 15 points (2g, 13a) in 54 games. Hunter also played for Team Manitoba at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship. Earlier in his career, he was part of Team West at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Robinson, 21, completed his four-year WHL career with the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2013-14 after also playing two seasons with the Red Deer Rebels. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound forward had 32 points (7g, 25a) with 31 PIM in 72 regular season games with two goals in nine playoff games in 2013-14. In his WHL career, Robinson accumulated 109 points (29g, 70a) with 98 PIM in 260 WHL regular season games (Red Deer: 129gp, 11g, 33a, 44pts, 49 PIM; Brandon: 131gp, 18g, 37a, 55pts, 49 PIM). The Minnedosa, Man., native was also named Brandon’s 2012-13 Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Schreyer, 18, played the last three seasons with the MJHL’s 2013-14 champion Winnipeg Blues (No. 23 in photo above). The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward was the team’s third leading scorer with 42 points (20g, 22a) with 75 PIM in 60 regular season games plus added six points (2g, 4a) in 16 playoff games in 2013-14. In three seasons with the Blues, the Lorette, Man., native has contributed 81 points (42g, 39a) with 146 PIM in 137 MJHL regular season games. Schreyer was also named the MJHL Recycle Everywhere Player of the Week for the week ending March 9/14.