The Lloydminster Bobcats are pleased to announce that graduating goaltender Devin Green has committed to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. The Lakehead Thunderwolves compete in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
“After a visit to Thunder Bay and talking with the coaches about the team and the school I knew Lakehead was where I wanted to further my athletic and academic endeavors,” said Green. “I am looking forward to playing for the Thunderwolves and rejoining a few of my former teammates in Linden Springer, Tyler Kunz, and Austin McDonald.”
Green came to the Bobcats in the 2012-13 season as an 18 year old and appeared in 23 games, recording 11 wins, 4 losses, and two ties, with a save percentage (Pct.) of 0.898 and a goals against average (GAA) of 2.62. As a 19 year old, Green’s workload increased, as he played in 39 games while posting a record of 18-15-4 to go with an 0.884 Pct. and a 2.75 GAA. In his final season of junior hockey, Green started 49 games for the Bobcats, finishing with an impressive record of 25-17-7 with a 0.914 Pct. and a 2.23 GAA. Green also had seven shutouts last season, which led the entire Canadian Junior Hockey League. His ten career shutouts are the most in Bobcats franchise history, and Green was the unanimous team MVP in 2014-15.
“I was proud to call myself a Bobcat for a number of reasons, one of which was the hockey community within Lloydminster which was always so supportive of the team,” said Green. “I have grown both as a player and a person from my time there, and along the way I have gained many valuable life lessons that have prepared me for the next chapter in my journey.”
Green also expressed gratitude towards a number of individuals who have played an important role in his hockey career.
“I would like to thank my parents and entire family that have always been supportive as I followed my dream. Also my teammates, many of whom have become lifelong friends,” said Green. “Thank you to my billet family Sandra, Alvin and Thomas Anderson who have become my second family. To the Bobcats organization and fans I say thank you for the experience and memories. Last but not least I would like to thank Garry VanHereweghe, Gord Thibodeau and Kris Wiebe for everything they have done to help me get to the next level.”
The Calgary native is entering a program that has been a perennial contender since coming into the OUA in 2001-02. The Thunderwolves have made the playoffs every season since beginning competition, including three trips to the University Cup national championship tournament (2006, 2009, and 2010). Lakehead is also known for having the best fan support in CIS hockey, with an average attendance of 3,100 fans at each game.
Green is the sixth player from the 2014-15 Bobcats final roster to be committed to a college or university. The prior five are: Kevin Darrar (Holy Cross, NCAA), Cole Josefchak and Alex Pernitsky (Colorado College, NCAA), Shane Switzer (Boston University, NCAA), and Troy Van Tetering (University of Alaska – Fairbanks, NCAA).
The Bobcats wish Devin and his family all the best in the future.