The Lloydminster Bobcats are excited to announce that returning forward Evan Tschumi has committed to Colgate University for the 2017-18 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season.
“It was definitely a goal of mine to get an NCAA scholarship, and especially to a great program like Colgate,” said Tschumi. “I want to thank the entire Bobcats organization from the coaches to my teammates, I couldn’t have gotten it all done without the support I’ve received.”
Tschumi is coming off of a successful 2014-15 campaign – his first full season with the Bobcats – where he finished tied for eighth on the team in scoring as a 17 year-old. Collecting 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 56 regular season games, the Calgary native showed defensive responsibility along with an offensive touch. The 6’2, 195 lb Bobcat picked up his rookie scoring pace in the playoffs, when he compiled two goals and three assists for five points in 10 games.
“It’s great to see Evan commit to a prestigious school like Colgate,” said Bobcats Coach and General Manager Gord Thibodeau. “We know he had a lot of options, and we’re really pleased for him and his family. Now that he has made this decision, we can’t wait to have him back with us for a very important season.”
Entering 2015-16, Tschumi is expected to provide consistent offensive output for the Bobcats as they set off on the road toward the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster.
“There were definitely some challenges last season, both on and off the ice,” said Tschumi. “I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a Junior hockey player, and I look forward to coming back and representing my team and my adopted community this year.”
Colgate University is located in Hamilton, NY; with the men’s ice hockey Raiders competing in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference of Division I NCAA hockey. Notable Colgate hockey alumni include Andy McDonald (St. Louis Blues/Anaheim Ducks) and Mike Milbury (Boston Bruins).
Including Tschumi, the 2015-16 Bobcats now boast seven players who have already committed to NCAA programs, joining the following:
Kevin Darrar (Holy Cross), Cole Josefchak (Colorado College), Christian Lloyd (Sacred Heart), Alex Pernitsky (Colorado College), Nick Quillan (Colgate University), and Troy Van Tetering (University of Alaska-Fairbanks).
The Bobcats have now committed 26 players to College or University programs since the 2010-11 season, providing graduating players with opportunities to further pursue their athletic and academic careers.