Bisons recruit local MJHL talent Apetagon and Harris

Courtesy of Bison Sports:

WINNIPEG, MB — Continuing to bring in Manitoba talent, the Bison men’s hockey team is announcing the addition of forwards Tony Apetagon and Brian Harris for the 2019-20 season.

Apetagon, 20, is a 6’2″, 175-pound forward from Norway House, Manitoba, who last played for the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL). He was a First Team All-Star in the MJHL this season, finishing the season third in the league in scoring with 29 goals and 45 assists in 59 games for the Blues (18 games) and OCN Blizzard (41 games).

In six post-season games with Winnipeg, Apetagon added three goals and two assists.

“I’m excited to be joining the Bison men’s hockey program as well as getting my education at the same time,” said Apetagon. “It’ll be nice to represent my home province. I know it’ll be a huge step forward from junior hockey to university hockey, but I love adversity and I’m excited to get started.”

Harris, 20, is a 6’1″, 190-pound forward from Wawanesa, Manitoba, who last captained the Swan Valley Stampeders in a season where they made the MJHL Finals. Harris also has experience in the Western Hockey League (WHL), playing a total of 54 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with three goals and an assist.

With the Stampeders this past season, Harris had 16 goals and 36 assists in 59 games. No slouch in the playoffs, Harris added a prolific four goals and 11 assists in 17 games.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Bisons,” said Harris. “It’s a good opportunity for me to start school as well as continue to play a high level of hockey.”

“I am very pleased to announce the signing of two local Manitoba hockey products to the Bison men’s hockey program,” said Bisons head coach Mike Sirant.

“Tony is a late bloomer who has tremendous upside to his game. He is an excellent skater with good puck skills, and is a natural scorer who can score goals in different ways. I am very impressed with Tony’s passion for hockey and how hard he competes in games.”

“Brian is a player who impressed me with his attention to detail in games; he plays the game ‘the right way’ and does whatever it takes to win. He is good at face-offs, finishes checks, is committed to defence and can make plays offensively. Brian’s experience playing in the Western Hockey League will also be an asset to the Bisons.”