The Lloydminster Bobcats are a Canadian Junior "A" Ice Hockey Team, that are members of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Bobcats play in the Lloydminster Centennial Civic Centre, capacity 1,400, located on the Saskatchewan side of the biprovincial city of Lloydminster, which straddles that province's border with Alberta.
The Bobcats were preceded by the Lloydminster Blazers from 1988 to 2005 and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Lloydminster Lancers, from 1982 until 1988. Like in most franchise ownership changes and name changes, ownership likes to regard these changes as a fresh start.
In 2011 the Lloydminster Bobcats were purchased by the "Friends of The Bobcats" and are now building on the success that the team had in the 2011-12 Season. The Lloydminster Bobcats have worked hard in the Community to build a very successful hockey team, with the the core values of the team being upheld by new Head Coach Garry VanHereweghe.
In 2014-15, Gord Thibodeau was brought in to the organization to serve as assistant coach with VanHereweghe, and the two reversed roles in 2015-16 as Thibodeau became Head Coach and General Manager. Building on recent success under VanHereweghe, the Bobcats set a new franchise record with 44 wins and 90 points in the 2015-16 regular season, finishing third in the North Division. The Bobcats advanced to the North Division Final in 2015-16, and competed as the host organization of the 2016 RBC Cup. After dropping round robin games to the West Kelowna Warriors and Brooks Bandits, the Bobcats picked up an overtime victory over the Carleton Place Canadiens which gave them the opportunity to advance to the semifinals. Once there, the Bobcats had a statement victory on home ice over the #1 seeded Trenton Golden Hawks, earning a berth in the National Championship game. The Bobcats peppered West Kelowna with 48 shots in the finale on national television, but fell by a score of 4-0.
The 2016 offseason was one of great change for the Cats, with the coaching reins being handed over to Head Coach and General Manager Travis Clayton and Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager Taylor Holt. Returning just one player from the RBC Cup host roster, the Bobcats missed playoffs in the 2016-17 season, but look to get back into the upper echelon of the North Division in coming years.
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