Mike Sirant returned to the Bisons after a three year break (2006-09) during which he was the Sports Director and Head Coach of the Danish National Ice Hockey Men’s Team. While with the Danish National Ice Hockey Men’s Team, Sirant guided the program to a tenth place finish at the 2007 World Championship in Moscow and a 12th place finish at the 2008 World Championship in Quebec City. The tenth place end result was the highest position ever for the Danish team at the World Championship.
For the 2012-13 season, Sirant heads into his 17th season at the helm of the Bisons. In the 2009-10 season, he guided the Bisons back to the CIS National Championship (where the team finished in the top four in the country), their second Nationals visit in three seasons while Sirant coached at Manitoba. In the 2011-12 season, he at the helm when the BIsons captured the first Canada West regular season title in over 40 seasons.
Sirant was named the Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year for 2009-10 season. This was the third time that Sirant has earned this conference honour. In his then 14th season with Manitoba, he coached the Manitoba Bison men’s hockey program to a 16-10-2 regular season record and third place in the highly competitive Canada West conference in 2009-10. The win total is three more than 2008-09 and represents the highest win total for a Manitoba men’s hockey team since the 2000-01 season.
Sirant played for the Bisons for four years and has now coached the team for 17 years. He is the winningest coach in the 57 years of Bison men’s hockey history. His Canada West coaching record is 190 wins, 155 losses and 47 ties (0.544%). In November 2005, he reached the milestone of 250 career overall wins at Manitoba. In 1995-96 and 2004-05, Sirant was also named the Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year.
He also had the honour of serving as Head Coach for Canada's National Student Team, which won a bronze medal at the 1997 World Student Games in South Korea. Sirant has also been involved in the Canadian Hockey Association's Program of Excellence as an assistant coach for Team Western at the 2001-02 World Under-17 Challenge, and as a pre-scout for the Team Canada coaching staff at the 2002 World Under-18 Championship in Piestany, Slovakia.
In 1999-2000, while on a professional development leave from the University of Manitoba, Sirant coached VEU FeldKirch, Austria to a successful season in the International Eishockey League. In the 2000s, he has served as a guest coach with the Nashville Predators of the NHL.
Sirant also completed his Masters degree.
Brad Purdie joins the Manitoba Bisons men's hockey program for the first time in the 2011-12 season.
Playing Stats as professional for 15 years:
|1992-93||U. of Maine||H-East||20||3||7||10||14|
|1993-94||U. of Maine||H-East||36||6||8||14||20|
|1994-95||U. of Maine||H-East||44||29||19||48||28|
|1995-96||U. of Maine||H-East||39||17||20||37||36|
|1998-99||Fort Wayne Komets||IHL||80||27||41||68||45||-11||2||0||2||2||0|
|1999-00||Canadian National Team||Intl||4||3||0||3||0|
He grew up in Montreal and have lived in Winnipeg off and on since 1998. He is married with three daughters, Alexys 9, Kaylee 6 and Ashley 4.
Brent Zelenewich work at Dynamic Goaltending. He has competed at the American Hockey League level and is a proven winner who has won a national championship (Royal Bank Cup) and several league championships (CIS, MJHL, AJHL). Zelenewich's primary objective is to improve students' tactical approach to the game with additional emphasis on developing proper technique. These goals are addressed by teaching athletes how to make better reads in game simulated drills while heavily concentrating on technique.
For the 2010-11 season, Zelenewich enters his second season with the Manitoba Bisons.