As you are already aware, the 1955 to 1976 Bison Basketball teams, including all players, coaches, managers, trainers, spouses / partners, fans / friends, and maybe even a few old rivals, are gathering as part of the University of Manitoba Homecoming weekend and the Province of Manitoba Homecoming 2010, September 24-25 in Winnipeg.

This Golden (or brown and golden) Era of Bison basketball has a rich tradition of excellence including one CIAU National Championship, two national finalists, many All-Canadians, Olympians, CIAU Player of the Year awards, Pan-Am Games participants, many All-Conference selections, National Team players, a two-time national Coach of the Year, and many members of our Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, our Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and our Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. This record of achievement is unparalleled in Manitoba and, possibly, in Canada.

Please see attached a copy of the agenda for the weekend. One very special additional event will be the presentation of the first Jack A. Lewis Basketball Scholarship and the unveiling of a plaque commemorating Coach Lewis’ many contributions to our basketball community.


1. If you have receive this letter by email and have Internet access, please register on-line at To register, please click top left hand corner: Register Now and send your cheque to the address below

2. If you have received this letter in the mail and do not have Internet access, please send the completed registration form and your cheque to the address below.

3. Look around and see if you have any Bison Basketball memorabilia. We intend to have a large collection of materials (clippings, pictures, programs, uniforms, trophies, etc.), which represent all eras, on display at the reunion. You can bring it with you or ship it earlier if that is more convenient (to Ross Wedlake at address below).

4. We need an indication as to how many people are attending. We have set August 15, 2010 as our date where we need your commitment.  begin_of_the_skype_highlighting

We have done our best to keep the costs reasonable for everyone. The cost per Registrant is set at $150.00 for all activities – the cocktail reception, banquet, shoot-a-round, lunch, mementos, and some special surprises (excludes golf and the football game), and $50.00 for each guest. The guest fee covers the Friday night reception and the Saturday night banquet only.

Please send your completed registration form and cheque, made out to Bison Basketball Reunion, c/o Ross Wedlake, 98 Cameo Cres., Winnipeg, MB, R2K2W4. As mentioned above, we need commitment by August 15.

In regards to Bisons coming from out-of-town, you can make arrangements with former team mates or contact the Canad Inn Hotel on Pembina Highway (204-261-7450). This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it promises to be something we will all cherish for years to come. It is our hope that you will attend. We have already heard from many people and the excitement is building.

Get on board the “Bison Reunion Train” – register  – send in your form and cheque today !




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