|Former Winnipeg Jet Ray Neufeld will be Volunteer Coach with Bison Men's Hockey Team|
|Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:56 PM|
The Manitoba Bison men’s hockey team are pleased to announce former Winnipeg Jets player Ray Neufeld will be a volunteer coach for the 2008-09 season.
Neufeld, 48, had an extensive National Hockey League (NHL) career. He started with the Hartford Whalers at the end of the 1979-80 season and played parts of seven seasons with the Whalers. The Winkler, MB native was selected by Hartford in round four (#81 overall) in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Winnipeg Jets for Dave Babych on November 21, 1985 and played parts of four seasons in Winnipeg. He finished his NHL career with the Boston Bruins in the 1989-90 season. His NHL playing totals were 595 regular season games with 357 points (157 goals and 200 assists) and 814 penalty minutes. Neufeld added 14 points (8g, 6a) with 55 PIMs in 28 NHL playoff games.
Along with his playing time, Neufeld was general manager and head coach of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Southeast Blades from halfway through the 2004-05 season to the end of the 2006-07 season. Neufeld was also part of the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings’ coaching staff at the end of the 2007-08 season.
Bison men’s hockey coach Don MacGillivray commented, “We are please to have Ray join our staff for this season. His experience and knowledge from his playing days can be passed down to our team and will be a tremendous resource over the course of the season.”
Bison men’s hockey notes: Last season, the Herd home opener was against Saskatchewan and they were swept by scores of 3-1 (Oct. 12/07) and 4-3 (Oct. 13/07). Manitoba last won a season opener game at the beginning of the 2005-06 season when they defeated UBC 7-2 (Oct. 7/05).
For the Bison men’s hockey home opener on Friday, October 3 against Lethbridge at 7 p.m. at Max Bell Arena, the night will feature the Residence Spirit Cup which encourages school spirit plus International Student Night where International Students learn Hockey 101 and are given the opportunity to talk to Bison hockey players. In addition, Power 97 FM morning co-host Wheeler will be the special guest announcer for the Friday game with CBC TV Sports anchor Tyler Calver on the mic during Saturday’s game.
|For more information, contact:|
Bison Sports Information Officer
Sport and Active Living Centre
Phone: (204) 474-7492