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Five Manitobans Collect Canada West Honours

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Jeff Miller 

As both the male and female U-Sports hockey regular seasons came to a close, year-end award winners were announced by the league. 

Five Manitobans Collect Canada West Honours

The University of Manitoba Bisons saw three players selected as 2018-19 All-Stars: Erica Rieder, Lauryn Keen and Alex Anderson. While fellow Manitobans playing abroad, James Shearer, Bradley Schoonbaert and Halle Oswald each received All-Rookie Team recognitions. 

Bisons’ captain Erica Rieder finished her U-Sports career as an all-star for the third-straight season, leading all Canada West defencemen in scoring with four goals and 17 points. She also ended the year a +27.

Keen put up another high-scoring season for the Herd, picking up 13 goals and 26 points, which led Manitoba. Scoring on both ends of the ice, the fifth-year veteran had five power play goals as well as two shorthanded markers. 

Anderson collected her second all-star nod in 2018-19, scoring five times while adding 10 assists on the season. The blueliner picked up two game winners, while finishing the season a +21.

Oswald, the first-year goaltender of the Alberta Pandas finished the 2018-19 season with just six goals against in 10 games played. The Sanford product boasted an incredible 0.61 goals against average, a .962 save percentage and an 8-1-0 record on the season. 

Shearer, a 21-year-old rookie with the Calgary Dinos put up a goal and 12 points in his first season of U-Sports hockey. The former Brandon Wheat Kings’ captain only took two penalties all season long (28 games), and finished the year second in defensive scoring on Calgary.

Shearer was joined in Calgary by fellow 21-year-old Brandonite Bradley Schoonbaert this past season. The former Steinbach Pistons forward scored six times, while adding seven assists in just 17 games for Calgary. He finished the season at a 0.76 points-per-game rate.


Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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