2012-2013 CIS Recruiting
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05-09-2012, 03:29 PM
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The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team looks toward the 2012-13 season. The four players all hail from Manitoba and three of the four have Western Hockey League (WHL) experience. Bisons men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant, heading into his 17th season, is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Paul Ciarelli, defenceman Brock Sutherland, forwards Aaron Lewadniuk (pronounced loo-WAD-nee-uk) and Dylan Kelly to the Bison program for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Ciarelli, 21, played the last four seasons (2008-12) with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL. The 6’1”, 203 lbs. forward notched his WHL career best 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) with 69 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games and added two goals, two assists in nine playoffs games in the 2011-12 season. The Winnipeg native notched the overtime series game-winner in the first round of the 2012 playoffs against the Calgary Hitmen. In his four year WHL career, he recorded 65 points (30g, 35a) with 207 penalty minutes in 239 regular season games and played in 30 playoffs games with nine points (5g, 4a). Prior to his WHL career, Ciarelli played with the Winnipeg South Blues (Manitoba Junior Hockey League) for one regular season game in the 2007-08 season.
Sutherland, 21, played with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen in the 2011-12 season. The 6’2”, 205 lbs. defenceman registered 16 points (2g, 14a) and +25 plus/minus rating in 68 games in 2011-12 while he played all five 2012 playoff games. The Brandon, MB native started his five year WHL career with Lethbridge Hurricanes then Tri-City Americans before Calgary. His best season was 23 points (4g, 19a) in 72 games with Tri-City in 2010-11. His overall WHL career totals were 56 points (9g, 47a) in 254 games with 222 PIMs and played in 44 playoff matches with ten points (1g, 9a). Prior to his WHL career, Sutherland played with the MJHL’s Swan Valley Stampeders for one regular season game in the 2007-08 season.
Lewadniuk, 22, played with the two different teams in East Coast Hockey League in the 2011-12 season prior to playing with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. The 5’11”, 175 lbs. forward split the 2011-12 season with Idaho scoring 13 points (7g, 6a) with 28 PIMs in 31 regular season games and adding eight points (1g, 7a) in 17 games for Bakersfield Condors. The Carman, MB native played with ECHL’s Ontario Reign in 2010-11 and notched 31 points (17g, 14a) in 69 regular season games. He played two seasons (2008-10) with Brandon and had 133 points (52g, 81a) with +51 and 107 PIMs in 128 regular season games plus 27 WHL playoff games with 22 points (10g, 12a). Lewadniuk played one season with MJHL’s Winkler Flyers in 2006-07 and had 87 points (43g, 44a) in 61 regular season games.
Kelly, 21, has played with the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues the last two seasons (2010-12) and the Portage Terriers (2008-10). The 6’2”, 210 lbs. forward accumulated his MJHL best 65 points (32g, 33a) with 142 PIMs in 60 regular season games along with 12 points (5g, 7a) in ten playoff matches while being named team co-MVP in 2011-12 season. In 2010-11 season, the Winnipeg native added 38 points (20g, 18a) and 102 PIMs in 56 regular season games with the Blues. In his four year MJHL career, he posted 125 points (59g, 66a) with 444 penalty minutes in 209 regular season games plus 11 playoff matches with 12 points and 46 PIMs.
“I am very excited about the commitment of Paul, Brock, Aaron and Dylan to the University of Manitoba. All of these players have exceptional character and each brings a slightly different skill set,” commented Sirant. “These commitments represent the start of another outstanding recruiting class for the Manitoba Bisons.”
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