The date has been set for the Lloydminster Bobcats’ 2018-19 AJHL season home opener, while the team’s future lineup is coming into clearer focus.
The Bobcats will host the reigning AJHL champion Spruce Grove Saints at the Centennial Civic Centre on Sept. 15. The contest will follow a seven-game exhibition schedule stretching back to Aug. 28 as well as a season opening contest at Spruce Grove’s Grant Fuhr Arena on Sept. 14.
New recruit Ty Mosimann will likely be joining the Bobcats for that opening weekend home and home series. The Edam, Sask., product and former Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMHL) Battleford Stars forward signed with the club on June 19.
“Ty fits in nicely,” said Bobcats head coach and general manager Travis Clayton. “He comes in after finishing third in Saskatchewan midget AAA scoring. He has great vision on the ice. He’s kind of a playmaker, but he can also score goals.”
Mosimann, 18, tallied 16 goals and 50 assists in 44 games for the Stars last season, which marked a 28-point increase from the previous winter. The five-foot-11 and 165-pound right wing will take his first crack at making the opening day roster during the Bobcats’ Top 40 summer camp at the Servus Sports Centre from July 6 to 8.
“I hope to bring lots of offense and play a solid two-way game,” said Mosimann. “I like to go into the corners and win battles, but when I have the time and space I like to make plays.”
A few Bobcats’ 2018-19 schedule highlights include their second straight Hockey Hooky Day contest in front of 1,200 screaming kids when the Sherwood Park Crusaders pay a visit on Oct. 17, the annual Teddy Bear Toss game on Dec. 1 against the Calgary Canucks and a New Years’ match versus the rival Whitecourt Wolverines on Jan. 2.
The Bobcats have also announced they will host a Meet the Team Barbeque at the Centennial Civic Centre on Aug. 27 to help get their fans primed for the start of on-ice action.
“Opening weekend is always the best part of the season,” said Clayton. “I’m looking forward to it especially opening up against the defending champs. I think it’ll be a good measuring stick for us.”