The Lloydminster Bobcats have announced a pair of future considerations transactions stemming from trades during the 2015-16 season.
On November 30th, 2015, the Bobcats acquired ’95 D Greg Moro from the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in exchange for future considerations. Going back to Humboldt ahead of the 2016-17 season are ’96 F Morgan Messenger and ’96 D Graydon Smith.
Moro became a key piece of the Bobcats blue line, registering three goals and three assists for six points in ten playoff games, and picking up another four points in six games at the RBC Cup. During his time in Lloydminster, Moro was able to secure a commitment to Clarkson University, a Division I NCAA program in Potsdam, NY, where he will enroll in the fall.
On January 10th, 2016, the Bobcats acquired ’95 F Ryan Chynoweth and future considerations from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for ’97 F Evan Tschumi and future considerations. Now going to Drumheller as a part of the deal is ’96 D Stefan Wood.
Chynoweth provided an offensive spark for the Bobcats while in Lloydminster, scoring at a rate just shy of one point per game through the regular season and playoffs, adding another three points in six RBC Cup games. Chynoweth now graduates from his junior hockey career.
Messenger, Smith, and Wood were all major contributors to the 2015-16 Bobcats team that broke franchise records in regular season wins (44) and points (90), advancing all the way to the RBC Cup final as the host team on May 22nd. Messenger was the lone Bobcat to play in all 60 regular season games, and finished second on the team in scoring with 51 points. Smith came to the Bobcats last offseason and quickly established himself as a leader in the locker room, serving as an alternate captain through the season. Wood was acquired in mid-November from the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL, and developed into an important two-way defenceman on a shut-down pairing with Moro throughout the playoffs and RBC Cup.
The Bobcats would like to thank Messenger, Smith, Wood and their families for their contributions to the organization over the past year.