The Manitoba Bisons men’s hockey team continues to add to the 2012-13 roster as they prepare for the new season. The two players announced are from Winnipeg and possess extensive Western Hockey League (WHL) experience. Bison men’s hockey head coach Mike Sirant, heading into his 17th season, is pleased to announce the commitment of defenceman Corbin Baldwin and forward Jesse Paradis to the Bison program for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
“We are excited to have Corbin and Jesse join the Bison men’s hockey program,” commented Sirant. “Corbin at 6’5” is an imposing defenseman with good mobility and puck skills. He is tough to beat one-on-one, plays with an edge, and is a fearless shot blocker. Jesse is a hard working, gritty, two-way forward who brings a good combination of size and skill. Both are expected to have an immediate impact with the Bisons.”
Baldwin, 21, played four seasons (2008-12) in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs. The 6’5”, 215 lbs. defenceman completed his best WHL season in the 2011-12 season with 33 points (six goals, 27 assists) with 128 penalty minutes and +35 plus/minus rating – led all WHL defenceman in this category – in 69 regular season games along with two goals in 13 playoffs games. Overall, the Winnipeg native played in 248 regular season games with Spokane and contributed 66 points (11g, 55a) with 379 PIMs and +57 plus/minus and added 39 playoff games with seven points (2g, 5a) with 31 PIMs. Baldwin played with the Winnipeg Thrashers when they captured the 2008 Midget AAA Championship.
Paradis, 21, finished with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades in the 2011-12 season. The 6’1”, 195 lbs. forward ended with career-highs in Saskatoon with 49 points (15 goals – four were shorthanded , 34 assists) in 72 regular season games with 32 penalty minutes and added one assist in four post-season games in 2012 WHL playoffs. In his five year WHL stint (2007-12), the Winnipeg native also played with Kelowna and Moose Jaw and finished with 311 regular season games with 119 points (42g, 72a) with 205 PIMs and added 17 playoffs games with seven points (1g, 6a).