Lloydminster Bobcats goaltender Alex Leclerc has committed to Colorado College, a Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) program.
Leclerc registered a franchise record 31 wins in 44 appearances in the 2015-16 season, helping to lead the Bobcats to a record-setting regular season in both wins (44) and points (90), and will backstop the team into the 2016 RBC Cup National Jr. ‘A’ Championship on home ice beginning on May 14th, 2016.
“I am honoured to attend Colorado College next year. Being able to study and play hockey at such a high level is a dream for every junior hockey player,” said Leclerc. “I would like to thank my coaches, billets, friends, and family for their continued support. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Vincent Riendau who put the dream of college hockey in my mind at 16 years old.”
A native of Longueuil, PQ, Leclerc posted a 2.48 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with the Bobcats in 2015-16, earning recognition as one of four finalists for both the AJHL’s Most Valuable Player award and Top Goaltender award.
The Bobcats acquired Leclerc prior to the 2015-16 season from the Sherbrooke Cougars of the Quebec Junior Hockey League.
“We’re extremely happy for Alex and his family to achieve this commitment. Since joining us in early September, he has been very dedicated in working towards his goal,” said Bobcats Head Coach and General Manager Gord Thibodeau. “It’s great to see Alex be rewarded for his efforts with this well-deserved opportunity, and we wish him all the best in the coming years both on and off the ice.”
Leclerc joins teammates Cole Josefchak and Alex Pernitsky in committing to Colorado College, and is the 12th player from the 2015-16 Bobcats team to commit to a postsecondary institution:
Noah Bauld (Cornell University), Kevin Darrar (Holy Cross), Cole Josefchak (Colorado College), Alex Leclerc (Colorado College), Christian Lloyd (Sacred Heart), Greg Moro (Clarkson University), Taylor Mulder (MacEwan University), Alex Pernitsky (Colorado College), Nick Quillan (Colgate University), Kris Spriggs (Niagara University), former Bobcat Evan Tschumi (Colgate University), and Troy Van Tetering (University of Alaska-Fairbanks).