The Lloydminster Bobcats are pleased to announce that team captain Taylor Mulder has committed to MacEwan University of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
“I am very excited to commit to MacEwan University. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me grow as a player over the past several years,” said Mulder. “I am looking forward to furthering my hockey and academic career.”
Mulder is the longest serving player on the Bobcats roster, having played in 166 regular season contests as well as 20 playoff games dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Lacombe, AB native has scored 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points over his career, and has picked up 17 points in the 2015-16 season. A veteran presence on and off the ice, the 6’4”, 230 pound forward has worn the captain’s ‘C’ since January 2015, and will have the opportunity to lead his team in the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster this May.
“The Bobcats totally support the decision that Taylor Mulder and his family have made to attend MacEwan University for the 2016-17 season. Taylor, in his third full season with the Bobcats, has progressed and developed from a defenceman to a very effective power forward,” said Bobcats Coach Garry VanHereweghe, who recruited Mulder in 2012-13. “Taylor has taken great pride in wearing both the “A” and now the “C”, representing his teammates in an exemplary manner. Although a big and physical presence on the ice, Taylor is a salt of the earth individual in the dressing room and in the community. He’s been totally committed to the organization and to the community since setting foot in Lloydminster, and the Bobcats wish him and his family all the success in his future hockey career. We can assure MacEwan that the program improved the instant that they committed to Taylor.”
The MacEwan Griffins men’s hockey program is based out of Edmonton, and competes against nine other ACAC institutions across Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The 2015-16 Bobcats now boast nine players who have committed to post-secondary athletic programs:
Noah Bauld (Cornell University), Kevin Darrar (Holy Cross), Cole Josefchak (Colorado College), Christian Lloyd (Sacred Heart), Taylor Mulder (MacEwan University), Alex Pernitsky (Colorado College), Nick Quillan (Colgate University), Kris Spriggs (Niagara University) and Troy Van Tetering (University of Alaska-Fairbanks).
The Bobcats have now committed 28 players to College or University programs since the 2010-11 season, providing graduating players with opportunities to further pursue their athletic and academic careers.