The Lloydminster Bobcats are pleased to announce Lloydminster native Linden Springer as the team’s captain for the 2014-15 season. Springer has been an instrumental player for his hometown Bobcats over the last two seasons, contributing both on and off the ice as a community role model. Springer was named as an assistant captain last season and was a valiant leader in the Bobcats locker room as well on the ice with his tremendous compete level and work ethic.
Born and raised in Lloydminster, Springer came up in the Lloydminster Minor Hockey system playing for the Bantam AAA Heat and Midget AAA Bobcats before joining the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in his 17 year old season. Springer joined the Bobcats as an 18 year old for the 2012-13 season, and has tallied 13 goals and 23 assists for a total of 36 points and 416 penalty minutes in 90 regular season games over two season with the Bobcats. He played a big part in the Bobcats’ playoff run this past post-season where he logged big minutes nightly and put up 2 goals, 5 assists for 7 points in 11 games. During the 2012-13 season Springer also spent time with the Portland Winterhawks and in 2013-14 Springer received an invite to the Team Canada West Evaluation Camp for the World Jr. A Challenge.
Coach VanHereweghe on naming Springer as captain: “Linden having had the opportunity of wearing an “A” for us last year certainly displayed he has all of the character, desire and leadership qualities to be a very successful leader for us this season. Linden takes a lot of pride in the team and the manner in which it showcases itself both on and off of the ice. He is very well respected by his peers and coaches alike and will be well supported by them throughout this tremendously important 2014–15 season. There is a lot of ground work to be laid leading into the 2015-16 RBC Cup host season and Linden has what it will take between the coaches and the players to get the results required. Linden has a goal of getting his team to the RBC Cup this season prior to the 2015-16 season and with that attitude and desire, it is sure to rub off on the other players.”
Springer and the rest of the team will start their road to the 2015 RBC Cup in just over two months when the team kicks off its 2014-15 AJHL season on September 5 with a home game against the Sherwood Park Crusaders.