Bobcats add more local talent


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September 15, 2016 12:00 AM

PEN TO PAPER The Lloydminster Bobcats announced on Monday that Daniel Hilsendager, who played for the Lloydminster Rage minor midget AAA team last season, signed a player card with them this year, adding another player from Lloydminster to the hockey club.

The Lloydminster Bobcats continue to add local talent to their roster, as head coach and general manager Travis Clayton announced on Monday that 16-year-old Daniel Hilsendager is the latest Lloydminster native to put pen to paper on a Bobcats player card.
It reunites the current Bobcats head coach and the young blue liner, after Hilsendager played a few games with the midget AAA Bobcats last season, the team Clayton coached to the Alberta Midget Hockey League championship and Telus Cup appearance.
Hilsendager becomes the seventh local hockey player to sign with the team over the off-season, which he said was a dream come true, since he has watched the Bobcats play from an early age.
“It’s awesome to play for your hometown team that you’ve grown up watching since you were a little boy, hoping one day you can play for them,” said Hilsendager. “Playing for Travis again is going to be a fun time.”
After a short stint with the midget Bobcats, Hilsendager was sent down to the Lloydminster Rage minor midget team once many of the Western Hockey League players returned from camp and took their spots on the roster.
With the Rage, he scored 10 goals and 30 points, leading all defenceman on the team in 31 games.
Hilsendager has already been through a WHL camp of his own, returning from the Victoria Royals camp, deciding instead to keep his scholarship eligible in the NCAA but now playing major junior hockey, but instead, going the junior A route for now.
“I knew he could play junior hockey,” said Clayton. “I saw it last year and I heard a lot of good things about what he did in Victoria, and I had to get this kid here. He got released there and I was on the phone with him and his dad wanting to bring him in. He played a few exhibition games and I really liked what I saw. It was a no brainer on our part to sign him.”
Hilsendager had a chance to play with some of the local players, such as Kobe Walker and Tre Doyan, when he played with the midget Bobcats, and he looks forward to suiting up with them again. He looks forward to having the local support from the fans and getting the opportunity to make an impact early in his junior A career.
“Now that there are so many locals, there should be a good fan base out for every game,” said Hilsendager.
“We should be able to click really nice and hopefully do good this year. This is definitely a stepping stone for the next level for sure.”

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