The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey coach Mike Sirant had reason to smile on Tuesday. Sirant has announced that defenseman Rene Hunter and forward Chad Robinson from the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings along with Joel Schreyer from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winnipeg Blues have formally committed to play with the Bisons in the 2014-15 season.
All three players are Manitoba-born and Sirant, who will be entering his 19th season at the helm, is thrilled to death to all three new recruits in Bisons uniforms this fall.
“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 Bison’s success next season,” said Sirant in a written statement. “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 hardworking, physical team that combines solid defensive play with an up tempo, direct offensive attack.”
Hunter, 20 (turns 21 on Aug. 2014), played all four years in the WHL with the Wheat Kings and finished his CHL career in 2013-14. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound defenceman from Ebb & Flow First Nation had his best statistical season this past year with four goals and 34 points. He also had 70 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games while adding two assists in nine playoff games. In his career, Hunter registered a0 goals and 68 points with 165 PIM in 247 WHL games plus two points in 19 playoff games. He played with the Portage Terriers of the MJHL in the 2009-10 season and notched two goals and 15 points 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 Wheat Kings this past year. He spent two of his four seasons in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels. The 5-foot-11, 182 pound checking forward had seven goals and 32 points in 72 regular season games and added two goals in nine playoff games in 2013-14. In his WHL career, Robinson had 29 goals and 109 points with 98 PIM in 260 WHL regular season games. He played 131 games with Brandon and had 18 goals and 55 points. A product of Minnedosa, Man., he was named Brandon’s Most Sportsmanlike Player during the 2012-13 campaign.
Schreyer, 18 (turning 19 on Dec. 2014), played the last three seasons with the MJHL’s 2013-14 champion – Winnipeg Blues. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward was the team’s third leading scorer with 20 goals and 42 points with 75 PIM in 60 regular season games. He also had two goals and four assists in 16 playoff games. In three seasons with the Blues, the Lorette product scored 42 goals and had 81 points 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, 2014.
Check out our major feature on both of these players in the September 2014 edition of Game On Magazine.
(With files from Chris Zuk, University of Manitoba Bisons)