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Overview[edit | edit source]

"Bisons" is the name of the sports teams of the University of Manitoba, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Their home arena is the Wayne Fleming Arena, inside the Max Bell Centre. They are members of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) and U Sports (formerly known as CIS).

History[edit | edit source]

The Bisons started play in junior and senior leagues. In 1923 the Bisons defeated the Kitchener Colts 14-6 on aggregate to win the 1923 Memorial Cup. In 1928 they defeated the Montreal Victorias 2-games-to-1 to win the 1928 Allan Cup. That team, as the "U of M Grads", then won the 1931 IIHF World Championship.

Against university competition, the Bisons started play in the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) in 1919-20, when they won the inaugural conference championship. They did not compete every season. In 1962-63 the WCIAU changed its name to the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association (WCIAA, or WIAA). The Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (as it then was) started the University Cup in 1963.

When the WCIAA split in two following the 1971-72 season, the University of Manitoba became a founding member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), along with the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, and Lakehead University. The University of Regina subsequently joined. After Winnipeg and Lakehead departed, the GPAC merged with the CWUAA.

The Bisons have one national university title, having won the 1965 University Cup. In 1976, 1977, 1984, and 1985 they won the GPAC conference title. In 2005 and 2010 they qualified for the University Cup. As the reigning champion, the Bisons represented Canada at the 1966 World University Games where they finished fifth.

Senior/Junior Teams[edit | edit source]

The first recorded results for the Manitoba Bisons are in senior competition from the 1908-09 season, 11 years before they started with university competition. Thereafter they played senior and junior competition for several years, often intermingled with university competitions. The Bisons ceased competition as a senior team following the 1931 world title (at least, no records of it exist). They did continue in junior competitions until 1937.

The Bisons won provincial senior titles (Pattison Cup) in 1910 and 1928, and provincial junior titles (Turnbull Cup) in 1922, 1923, and 1925.

University Teams[edit | edit source]

The Bisons first played university hockey in the 1919-20 season of the WCIAU, joining the Saskatchewan Huskies and Alberta Golden Bears (who had unofficially started the conference the previous season). The Bisons won conference titles in 1920, 1922, and 1924. In those days, the Bisons also played in local leagues in addition to, or in place of, the WCIAU. In fact, for a period in the 1920s the university winner gained a berth in the western Allan Cup playdowns, as happened with the 1922 Bison team. In other years the university teams had to win a provincial title just like anybody else if they wanted to claim the Allan Cup.

In the 1946-47 season the Bisons hosted the Toronto Varsity Blues, who were on their western tour. It was the first ever series between eastern and western university teams. On December 28th the teams tied 2-2. The Bisons won the rematch on December 30th 8-4.

The WCIAU changed its name to the WCIAA for the 1962-63 season. In the 1972-73 season the WCIAA was split into two new conferences: the CWUAA (for the western teams) and the GPAC (for the eastern teams). The GPAC lasted until 1984-85. The Bisons took the GPAC title in 1976, 1977, 1984, and 1985. In each of those seasons the Bisons were eliminated in CIAU (the forerunner of the CIS) regional playoffs.

The GPAC hockey league folded after the 1985 season and the surviving teams (Brandon, Regina, and Manitoba) joined the CWUAA. The Bisons' current conference foes are Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge, Mount Royal, Regina, Saskatchewan, and UBC.

Season Stats[edit | edit source]

SOURCE: Leaguestat Expanded Stats Link

Season-by-Season Records Chart[edit | edit source]

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1909 Man. Senior 7 4 3 0 39 38 8 2nd
1910 Man. Senior 8 6 2 0 74 45 12 won Pattison Cup
1911 Man. Senior 5 2 3 0 32 30 4 2nd
1912 Man. Senior 7 4 3 0 50 43 8 2nd
1920 WCIAU 4 3 1 0 19 10 8 Champion
1921 WCIAU 2 1 1 0 5 9 2 2nd
1922 WCIAU 2 2 0 0 9 6 4 Champion
1922 Man. Senior 7 2 5 0 47 50 4 3rd
1922 Allan Cup 2 0 2 0 7 13 0 W q-finals
1922 WJHL ? ? ? ? ? ? ? no results
1922 Playoffs 4 2 2 0 20 11 4 champion
1922 Junior Prov. 1 1 0 0 5 0 2 Turnbull Cup
1922 Abbott Cup 2 1 1 0 4 6 2 finalist
1923 WCIAU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 forfeit
1923 Man. Senior 12 6 6 0 ? ? 12 3rd
1923 WJHL ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1st
1923 Playoffs 2 2 0 0 10 0 4 champion
1923 Junior Prov. 2 2 0 0 25 2 4 Turnbull Cup
1923 Abbott Cup 4 3 0 1 19 11 7 champion
1923 Memorial Cup 2 2 0 0 14 6 4 champion
1924 WCIAU 1 1 0 0 8 1 2 champion
1924 Man. Senior 12 5 7 0 ? ? 10 4th
1924 WJHL 8 3 4 1 ? ? 7 3rd
1925 WJHL 9 9 0 0 ? ? 18 div 1st
1925 Playoffs 2 1 0 1 5 2 3 champion
1925 Junior Prov. 2 2 0 0 11 3 4 Turnbull Cup
1925 Abbott Cup 3 1 2 0 11 13 2 quarter-final
1926 Man. Senior ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 4th
1926 WJHL 7 2 4 1 ? ? 5 2nd
1927 WJHL 8 2 5 1 ? ? 5 3rd
1928 WCIAU 4 2 2 0 8 11 4 2nd
1928 Man-TB League 11 6 4 1 35 24 13 2nd
1928 Playoffs 2 2 0 0 3 0 4 champion
1928 Allan Cup 2 2 0 0 10 0 4 won west
1928 Allan Cup Final 3 2 1 0 8 5 4 champion
1928 WJHL 4 1 1 2 11 10 4 4th
1929 Man-TB League 11 8 1 2 ? ? 18 1st
1929 Playoffs 2 0 1 1 2 3 1 finalist
1929 WJHL 6 3 2 1 22 19 7 3rd
1930 WJHL 9 5 4 0 ? ? 10 2nd
1930 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 4 8 0 finalist
1931 European Tour 36 33 2 1 ? ? 67 n/a
1931 Worlds 6 5 0 1 24 0 11 gold
1931 WJHL 12 5 7 0 28 35 10 3rd
1932 WJHL 11 2 8 1 15 20 5 4th
1933 WJHL 11 2 9 0 21 34 4 4th
1934 MJHL 11 9 1 1 72 20 19 div 1st
1934 Playoffs 6 2 3 1 8 15 5 finalist
1935 MJHL 12 3 9 0 39 52 6 5th
1936 MJHL 15 6 8 1 46 58 13 4th
1937 MJHL 16 2 14 0 43 87 4 5th
1940 WCIAU 8 1 6 1 31 53 3 3rd
1947 WCIAU 4 2 2 0 33 32 4 2nd
1957 WCIAU 8 6 2 0 44 46 12 2nd
1958 WCIAU 12 3 9 0 46 70 6 3rd
1959 WCIAU 8 2 6 0 36 59 4 3rd
1960 WCIAU 8 4 4 0 31 38 8 2nd
1961 WCIAU 8 0 7 1 21 53 1 3rd
1963 WCIAA 10 0 10 0 23 67 0 4th
1964 WCIAA 12 6 6 0 38 58 12 3rd
1965 WCIAA 12 10 2 0 88 48 20 champion
1965 U Cup 2 2 0 0 19 6 4 gold
1966 WCIAA 12 8 4 0 79 37 16 2nd
1966 Universiade 7 4 3 0 35 26 8 5th
1967 WCIAA 16 8 8 0 71 77 16 3rd
1967 Canada Games 6 3 2 1 35 36 7 fourth
1968 WCIAA 16 10 6 0 67 68 20 3rd
1969 WCIAA 20 10 10 0 81 99 20 5th
1970 WCIAA 14 9 5 0 95 46 18 3rd
1970 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 9 17 2 semi-finals
1971 WCIAA 20 16 4 0 114 59 32 1st
1971 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 14 16 4 finalist
1972 WCIAA 20 8 12 0 100 97 16 E 2nd
1972 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 14 13 4 semi-finals
1973 GPAC 12 4 8 0 51 62 8 3rd
1974 GPAC 18 9 9 0 79 83 18 3rd
1975 GPAC 22 13 8 1 122 94 30 2nd
1976 GPAC 18 11 7 0 97 67 22 champion
1976 U Cup 1 0 1 0 4 6 0 regional
1977 GPAC 23 17 6 0 133 93 34 champion
1977 U Cup 2 0 2 0 6 11 0 quarter-final
1978 GPAC 24 13 11 0 - - 26 3rd
1979 GPAC 24 18 5 1 - - 37 2nd
1979 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 5 12 0 finalist
1980 GPAC 20 12 7 1 101 76 25 2nd
1980 Playoffs 1 0 1 - 2 4 0 semi-finals
1981 GPAC 24 16 8 0 144 98 32 2nd
1981 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 12 16 2 finalist
1982 GPAC 24 8 13 3 125 124 19 3rd
1982 Playoffs 1 0 1 - 4 5 0 semi-finals
1983 GPAC 24 15 7 2 150 89 32 2nd
1983 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 13 17 4 finalist
1984 GPAC 24 19 4 1 161 74 39 1st
1984 Playoffs 3 2 1 - 21 15 4 champion
1984 U Cup 2 0 2 0 3 11 0 quarter-final
1985 GPAC 24 17 3 4 159 84 38 1st
1985 Playoffs 2 2 0 - 11 4 4 champion
1985 U Cup 3 1 2 0 11 12 2 quarter-final
1986 CWUAA 28 18 10 0 159 129 36 3rd
1986 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 10 10 2 semi-final
1987 CWUAA 28 17 10 1 131 114 35 3rd
1987 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 7 10 2 semi-final
1988 CWUAA 28 14 14 0 140 141 28 4th
1988 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 9 10 2 semi-final
1989 CWUAA 28 16 9 3 134 91 35 4th
1989 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 5 16 0 semi-final
1990 CWUAA 28 14 14 0 127 113 28 5th
1991 CWUAA 28 11 15 2 127 124 24 5th
1992 CWUAA 28 14 13 1 121 111 29 4th
1992 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 7 15 0 semi-final
1993 CWUAA 28 13 13 2 112 126 28 5th
1994 CWUAA 28 11 12 5 108 115 27 5th
1995 CWUAA 28 15 11 2 125 108 32 3rd
1995 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 14 16 4 semi-final
1996 CWUAA 28 16 10 2 124 93 34 GP 1st
1996 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 11 10 2 GP final
1997 CWUAA 26 12 11 3 106 91 27 GP 2nd
1997 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 12 11 4 GP final
1998 CWUAA 28 14 7 7 116 94 35 GP 2nd
1998 Playoffs 5 3 2 - 23 20 6 GP final
1999 CWUAA 28 13 11 4 109 114 30 GP 2nd
1999 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 13 17 4 GP final
2000 CWUAA 28 11 15 2 105 109 24 GP 2nd
2000 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 4 10 0 GP semi-final
2001 CWUAA 28 17 8 3 117 87 37 GP 1st
2001 Playoffs 5 2 3 - 11 16 4 CW final
2002 CWUAA 28 14 12 2 100 93 30 GP 2nd
2002 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 14 17 4 GP semi-final
2003 CWUAA 28 12 13 3 98 102 27 GP 2nd
2003 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 13 12 4 GP final
2004 CWUAA 28 8 14 6 88 106 22 GP 3rd
2004 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 5 8 0 GP semi-final
2005 CWUAA 28 15 8 5 102 80 35 GP 2nd
2005 Playoffs 6 4 2 - 28 20 8 third ∆
2005 U Cup 2 1 1 - 5 6 2 pool 2nd
2006 CWUAA 28 12 13 3 84 92 27 GP 2nd
2006 Playoffs 5 2 3 - 25 18 4 GP final
Year/Comp. GP W L OL GF GA Pts Placing
2007 CWUAA 28 10 16 2 77 99 22 GP 3rd
2008 CWUAA 28 13 13 2 82 91 28 4th
2008 Playoffs 4 2 2 - 15 10 4 semi-final
2009 CWUAA 28 13 9 6 81 82 32 3rd
2009 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 2 4 0 quarter-final
2010 CWUAA 28 16 10 2 80 77 34 3rd
2010 Playoffs 6 3 3 - 18 15 6 finalist ∆
2010 U Cup 2 1 1 - 5 9 2 pool 2nd
2011 CWUAA 28 13 9 6 89 81 32 4th
2011 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 1 6 0 semi-finals
2012 CWUAA 28 20 5 3 100 67 43 1st
2012 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 4 6 0 semi-finals
2013 CWUAA 28 17 7 4 105 71 38 3rd
2013 Playoffs 5 3 2 - 17 14 6 semi-finals
2014 CWUAA 28 12 12 4 90 93 28 4th
2014 Playoffs 6 3 3 - 13 14 6 semi-finals
2015 CWUAA 28 15 13 0 85 76 30 5th
2015 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 6 11 2 quarter-finals
2016 CWUAA 28 13 13 2 92 96 28 4th
2016 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 5 9 2 quarter-finals
2017 CWUAA 28 14 12 2 96 88 30 5th
2017 Playoffs 3 1 2 - 5 15 2 quarter-finals
2018 CWUAA 28 16 10 2 99 97 34 3rd
2018 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 5 8 0 quarter-finals
2019 CWUAA 28 6 20 2 66 117 14 7th
2020 CWUAA 28 9 15 4 76 106 22 6th
2020 Playoffs 2 0 2 - 3 8 0 quarter-finals
Qualified for University Cup in 1965, 1976, 1977, 1984, and 1985 as conference champion, and in 2005 and 2010 as national rotating wild-card.

Notes:

  • The WCIAA played a two division format in 1971-72: West (W) and East (E).
  • The GPAC merged into the CWUAA in 1985-86.
  • The CWUAA played a two division format from 1996-97 to 2006-07: Mountain (M) and Great Plains (GP).

Junior Season-by-Season Record[edit | edit source]

Note: click on season for team rosters or on league for direct link to that season.

Season League GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1921-22 WJrHL B Div Won League
1921-22 MAHA 1 1 0 0 5 0 - - Won Turnbull Cup
1921-22 Memorial Cup 2 1 1 0 6 4 - - Lost Abbott Cup
1922-23 WJrHL 1st A Div Won League
1922-23 MAHA 1 1 0 0 8 1 - - Won Turnbull Cup
1922-23 Memorial Cup 4 3 0 1 19 11 - - Won Abbott Cup
Memorial Cup 2 2 0 0 14 6 - - Won Memorial Cup
1923-24 WJrHL 8 3 4 1 7 3rd DNQ
1924-25 WJrHL 9 9 0 0 18 1st B Div Won League
1924-25 MAHA 2 2 0 0 11 3 - - Won Turnbull Cup
1924-25 Memorial Cup 3 1 2 0 11 13 - - Lost West Qtr Final
1925-26 WJrHL 7 2 4 1 5 2nd A Div DNQ
1926-27 WJrHL 8 2 5 1 5 3rd A Div DNQ
1927-28 WJrHL 4 1 1 2 11 10 4 4th DNQ
1928-29 WJrHL 6 3 2 1 22 19 7 3rd DNQ
1929-30 WJrHL 9 5 4 0 10 2nd Lost Final
1930-31 WJrHL 12 5 7 0 28 35 10 3rd A Div DNQ
1931-32 WJrHL 11 2 8 1 15 20 5 4th DNQ
1932-33 WJrHL 11 2 9 0 21 34 4 4th A Div DNQ
1933-34 MJHL 11 9 1 1 72 20 19 1st B Div Lost Final
1934-35 MJHL 12 3 9 0 39 52 10 5th A Div DNQ
1935-36 MJHL 15 6 8 1 46 58 13 3rd A Div DNQ
1936-37 MJHL 16 2 14 0 43 87 4 5th A Div DNQ

Commemorations[edit | edit source]

Championships[edit | edit source]

JUNIOR

  • WJHL – 1922, 1923, 1925
  • Turnbull Cup – 1922, 1923, 1925
  • Abbott Cup – 1923
  • Memorial Cup – 1923

SENIOR

  • Pattison Cup – 1910, 1928
  • Allan Cup - 1928
  • World Championship – 1931

UNIVERSITY

  • WCIAU – 1920, 1922, 1924
  • WCIAA - 1965
  • GPAC – 1976, 1977, 1984, 1985
  • University Cup – 1965


University Cups[edit | edit source]


Professional Exhibition Games[edit | edit source]

Winnipeg Jets (NHL)[edit | edit source]

  • September 1984: Winnipeg Jets Blue defeated the Bisons
  • September 1984: Winnipeg Jets White defeated the Bisons

Manitoba Moose (AHL)[edit | edit source]


European Pro Tours[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

2013[edit | edit source]


2017[edit | edit source]


2018[edit | edit source]


International Exhibition Games[edit | edit source]

  • November 18, 1965: Canada Nats 13 Manitoba Bisons 2
  • December 16, 1998: Team Canada Juniors``` 3, Manitoba Bisons 2
  • December 14, 2004: Manitoba Bisons 4 Team Canada Juniors 2
  • December 15, 2004: Team Canada Juniors 6 Manitoba Bisons 3


Bisons who played in the NHL[edit | edit source]

Pictures[edit | edit source]

1919-20 Manitoba Bisons

1919-20 Game Ad

1920-21 Manitoba Bisons

1920-21 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1921 Game Banner Ad

1921-22 Manitoba Bisons

1921-22 University of Manitoba

1921-22 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1921-22 Game Ad

1922-23 Manitoba Bisons Senior

1923 Manitoba Bisons Juniors Memorial Cup Winners

1923-24 Manitoba Bisons Senior

1923-24 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1923-24 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1924 Game Ad

1924-25 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1925-26 Manitoba Bisons

1925-26 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1925-26 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1926-27 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1926-27 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1927-28 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1928 Allan Cup Final Game Ad

1928 Allan Cup Winner

1928-29 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1929-30 Manitoba Bisons

1929-30 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1930-31 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1931 World Championships

The Grads in England.

Krynica 1931

1931 U of M Grads World Champions

1931 U of M Grads World Champions

1931 U of M Grads World Champions 2

1931-32 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1932-33 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1934-35 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1935-36 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1936-37 Manitoba Bisons Juniors

1936-37 University of Manitoba Women's Team

1938-39 Manitoba Bisons

1938-39 Game Ad: Manitoba vs Minnesota

1939-40 Manitoba Bisons

1940 Game Ad

1946-47 Manitoba Bisons

1946-47 Game Ad vs. Toronto

1946-47 Game Ad vs. Saskatchewan

1946-47 Game Ad vs. Alberta

1957-58 Manitoba Bisons

1958-59 Manitoba Bisons

1959-60 Manitoba Bisons

1960-61 Manitoba Bisons

1961-62 Manitoba Bisons

1962-63 Manitoba Bisons

Manitoba vs Saskatchewan Game Ad 1962

1965 University Cup Champions

1964-65 Manitoba Bisons

1965-66 Manitoba Bisons
Representing Canada at Universiade

November 18, 1965: Bisons v Canada Nats

1965-66 Bisons at World University Games

1966-67 Manitoba Bisons

1970-71 Manitoba Bisons

Bisons v Team Canada Juniors
December 2004

Moose v Bisons 2005

Moose v Bisons 2007 1

Moose v Bisons 2007 2

2009-2010 U of M Bisons

2010-11 U of M Bisons

2011 Bisons v Ritten Sport

2013 Bisons v Rosenheim Starbulls

2014 Manitoba-MRU playoff ad

2014 MRU-Bisons game 1

2014 MRU-Bisons game 2

2014 MRU-Bisons game 3

2014 MRU playoff ad

2014-15 Bisons v Sask

2015-16 Bisons v UBC

2016-17 Bisons v Lethbridge

August 2017: Manitoba Bisons at Belfast Giants

2018 Game Ad

2018-19 U of M Bisons


Memorabilia[edit | edit source]

U of M Bisons 1980s puck

Manitoba script puck

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Alternate Logos[edit | edit source]

Manitoba Bisons "M" logo

Manitoba Bisons
1970 Centennial Script

Manitoba Bisons
1980s "sunglasses" logo

Manitoba Bisons logo

Manitoba Bisons banner

Manitoba Bisons circle

Manitoba Bisons
2017 CW rebranding


Links[edit | edit source]

Current CW Teams[edit | edit source]

Former CW Teams[edit | edit source]

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