The Lloydminster Bobcats are pleased to announce that graduating Defencemen and former Team Captain Grant Baker has committed to attend Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. The Mount Royal Cougars are members of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) and play out of the Canada West Conference.
Baker, a Calgary native, spent all 3 seasons of his junior career with the Lloydminster Bobcats and suited up in 166 regular season games where he recorded 21 goals, 66 assists for 87 points while racking up 315 penalty minutes. Baker was a leader on and off the ice, he served as an Assistant Captain for half of his 19 year old season and was then given the Captaincy after Captain Casey Knight was traded. Grant’s two way, well rounded game made him one of the top defencemen in the AJHL which saw him play in every situation. Grant was a finalist for the W.G. (Bill) Scott Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Defencemen this past season. He was a key part for the Bobcats back end, and played a big role in last season’s playoff run putting up 5 assists in 11 games while matching up against and shutting down other teams top lines.
Grant would like to thank everyone involved in his time with the Lloydminster Bobcats. “I would like to thank the Lloydminster Bobcats organization, the Lloydminster community, the coaching staff and my teammates for their tremendous support throughout the past three years. It allowed me to grow as a player and a person and I am forever grateful. Most of all I would like to thank my parents for their endless guidance, as I pursue my goals and dreams. I enjoyed my time spent in Lloydminster and am very excited to further my hockey career at Mount Royal.”
Coach Garry VanHereweghe on Baker’s commitment. “It has been a pleasure both coaching and developing a close relationship and association with Grant. Grant as the result of his tremendous leadership abilities played a very large role within his peers and was instrumental in the success of The Bobcats not only during the 2013-14 Season as the Captain, but in his two previous seasons as well. Grant routinely displayed his skills both on and off of the ice and always put the Bobcats Organization and his teammates are the forefront in his actions. Grant will continue to develop into a very fine player at the next level and his character will be instrumental in making the Mount Royal Cougars a better team.”
The Lloydminster Bobcats would like to thank Grant and his family for their contributions to the organization and wish him and his family all the best at Mount Royal University.