The Lloydminster Bobcats are pleased to announce graduating Forward Austin McDonald has committed to attend Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Lakehead Thunderwolves are members of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) body and play out of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference where they belong to the West Division.
McDonald, a Turtleford, Saskatchewan native joined the Bobcats prior to the 2012-13 season in a trade from the Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL). Austin quickly became a fan favorite with his blue collar work ethic and dedication on and off the ice. The 5 foot 10, 180 pound forward was a strong two-way forward, with a solid 200 foot game and was known around the AJHL as one of the best penalty killers. He served as an assistant captain for two seasons with the team, being a key part of the leadership group for the organization. In 112 regular season games for the Bobcats, McDonald put up 39 goals, 42 assists for 81 points along with 85 penalty minutes. This past season saw him set a career high in goals with 24.
McDonald was a key component in the Bobcats playoff run, offensively stepping up, he led the league in playoff points after the first two rounds. In 12 contests, the 20 year old had 7 goals, 10 assists for 17 points.
Austin would like to thank everyone who has been a part of his junior career and helped him get to the next level. “I am very excited and privileged to be joining such a reputable organization at the CIS level. Lloydminster is top end for community support, they have the best fans in the league. I am very fortunate that I was able to be a part of such a great organization and I thank the Bobcats for getting me to where I am as a person and a hockey player.”
Coach VanHereweghe would like to thank Austin for his time here. “Austin is both a tremendous hockey player as well as a leader. His work ethic and commitment were second to none both on and off of the ice. Coming off of a very productive season, Austin had the opportunity to attend a NCAA Division 1 School south of the border but has decided to stay in Canada and play for Lakehead University. I can honestly say that Lakehead University has become a better team as the result of Austin’s commitment to their program. Austin is one of those players that leaves a big void in any lineup and will be hard to replace.”
The Bobcats wish Austin and his family all the best at Lakehead University.