The Lloydminster Bobcats have signed Tanner Mack of East Grand Forks to a Letter of Intent for the 2019-20 season. This season Mack put up 18 goals and 19 assists in the Minnesota High School Hockey League, leading his team in points during 25 games.
In three games during the Minnesota State Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mack scored 3 times as the Green Wave fell in the semi-final game. General manager and head coach of the Bobcats, Nigel Dube, has seen him play firsthand and is looking forward to Mack’s first game.
“Tanner is going to have an immediate impact in our lineup when we start the season, I think he is a player fans are going to be excited to see! He has the ability to score goals, thinks the game, and plays with a lot of energy,” says Nigel Dube.
Mack’s commitment to the Bobcats also shows the importance of the organization having trustworthy recruitment staff in the United States. Bobcats Director of U.S. scouting Cory Lonke had identified Mack early to the Cats’ bench boss who was able to watch him at the State tournament. He notes that Mack brings valuable skills to the table for someone his age.
“Tanner brings a lot of skill and size in the middle of the rink for us. He plays a junior style game already and we plan on being a big part of his development into a college hockey player. He trusted the process and came up to our prospects camp where he performed to an undeniable level. The fans are already excited about what he can bring to the Bobcats,” comments Lonke.
Fans who caught the action at the Civic Center during the Prospects Camp would remember Mack wearing his green gear. The Bobcats say they welcome Tanner and the entire Mack family to Lloydminster. Dube says background checks speak very highly of his family and that the team is excited. It’s expected the team will be making more announcements this week.