As the CIS soccer season draws nearer, the University of Manitoba Bisons will have a collective goal in mind: to improve on last season.
In 2004, when Vince Carter left the Toronto Raptors to join the then New Jersey Nets, a piece of hope died in Canada. A piece of every Canadian basketball fan was lost as they watched their golden boy, “Air Canada,” leave his throne to move onto the States. That moment was more than just a trade, it was the loss of one of the only pieces of hope that Canada seemed to have for basketball to be a mainstream success in this country.
I’ve always loved basketball. For as long as I can remember it’s been a huge part of my life. However, the problem with growing up as a fan of the game in Canada is that none of my idols were from up north, so I had to cheer for the American heroes.
DJ Lalama’s football resume is a long and impressive one. His accolades include being named AAA defensive player of the year in his senior year of high school, as well as a provincial team captain and all-star – all with St. Paul’s High School.
Tyler Fong has been forced to make a few adjustments during his football career. The first was adapting to a change in rules while in junior. The second was moving provinces to pursue his CIS dreams. The third? Well, that was saving his own life.
The University of Manitoba Bisons football squad enter the 2015 season as defending Canada West Conference champs, and look to be in fine form.
Alexander Burmistrov’s return to the Winnipeg Jets best exemplifies both general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff’s patience with youth, as well as Burmistrov’s commitment to the franchise he calls home.
With a few key players now graduated, including perennial all-stars Jordan Yantz, Evan Gill, and Nic Demski, the 2015 edition will have some big shoes to fill. Thankfully, Manitoba boasts significant depth at every position, and with a number of playmakers returning, the herd should be Vanier Cup contenders again this year.
The beautiful game is set to return to countries all over Europe this winter, and it should be thrilling as always. With the season looming, the Manitoban decided to give fans a look into what the four big leagues across Europe should look like come the end of the season.
Zack Williams is one of the most humble, polite individuals you will meet. Once he hits the gridiron, however, the six-foot-six, 285-pound offensive lineman turns a switch on, and if you’re in his way, you’ll find yourself on the turf in a hurry.