ALUMNI MONDAY – Austin McDonald

In mid-November this season, former Bobcat Austin McDonald joined the Lloyd FM broadcast for an interview as the Cats took on the Sherwood Park Crusaders.

The Turtleford native started his junior hockey career with the Kindersley Klippers in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before being moved closer to home to skate with the Bobcats. McDonald ultimately starred in Lloydminster, and finished his junior career with a stellar playoff run picking up 17 points in 12 games as the Bobcats fell to Fort McMurray in Game 7 of the second round. It was enough to get him noticed as he committed to Lakehead University where he has just completed his second season of CIS hockey with the Lakehead Thunderwolves and is pursing a degree in Engineering.

On being moved to the Bobcats:

“I was pretty excited, growing up hearing about the Blazers and then also the Bobcats. It was a great opportunity to join the team.”

On balancing an Engineering course load and a hockey career:

“It's definitely tough to balance everything and try to do things you want to do at some points, but it's a good challenge, I like it. It keeps you on your feet and makes you more responsible to make classes and do assignments while also getting to the rink and putting in work there. It's demanding but it's a good lifestyle.”