Introducing the Okotoks Bisons

Posted by Justin Havre on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 11:14am.

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The Okotoks Bisons are Okotok’s favourite hockey team and are ranked as a Junior B Ice Hockey team. They are part of the South Division of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League with home games played at the Murray Arena. They were founded back in 1985-86 and their general manager is Jay McFarlane alongside head coach Mike Hannigan.

They rock the blue, red and white team colours. While they were once called the Okotoks 85ers and original played in the Southern Alberta Junior Hockey League, today they are associated with the South Division of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. Here is a closer look at the popular Okotoks Bisons.

About their history

The Okotoks Bisons were called the Okotoks 85ers when they were founded in 1985 but moved in 1989 to the Calgary Junior Hockey League from the Southern Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 1990 they changed to the Foothills Bisons before settling into the HJHL in ’91. They were most successful as part of the HJHL franchise with ten league championships.

They’ve represented the league in the Alberta Provincials eleven times now and won in 2013 & 2014 with a runner-up spot three different years. They’ve regularly completed with the Blackfalds Wranglers. They’ve won division titles and league championships several times now.

When can I see them?

They are out of season until this September in which you can check them out at their home arena, Murray Arena, on September 12th, 14th and 26th. They will be up against Red Deer, Strathmore and Cochrane this September. They will have dates into December.

Their team is currently consisting of four goalies and 24 players. You can become a Bison by calling or taking a look at their website for prospect information.

Check out the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Heritage Junior Hockey League Champions, the Okotoks Bisons.

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