The Lloydminster Bobcats are getting four players on loan from the Western Hockey League (WHL) for their regular season.
The WHL announced on Oct. 23 that they will temporarily allow players to join teams at the Junior A, Junior B, and Under-18 levels.
These levels have already begun playing or will start in the coming weeks but the WHL won’t start until Jan. 8, 2021.
Players have the chance to stay in shape before their regular season by joining a lower league for a short period of time.
Head Coach and General Manager Nigel Dube noted what these players can bring to the Bobcats lineup for the next few weeks.
“They bring some offensive punch to our group of forwards that we’ve been looking for. I think we have some guys that will benefit from them and also help them at the same time as well.”
|Orrin Centazzo||Forward||2000||Kamloops Blazers|
|Jordan Borysiuk||Forward||2002||Swift Current Broncos|
|Mason Ward||Defence||2002||Red Deer Rebels|
|Owen Pederson||Forward||2002||Winnipeg Ice|
Centazzo is originally from Marwayne and was previously on Dube’s lineup for two summers approximately 10 years ago.
“He’s a veteran of junior hockey so he’s been around long enough that I think some guys can ask him some questions. He’s a 20-year-old that has experience and had success in junior and I think that’s something that guys can benefit from,” said Dube.
Signed to the Bobcats two years ago by Dube, forward Jordan Borysiuk came down from the WHL for a half season.
He scored 12 goals in Lloydminster before going back up to the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels.
Mason Ward, current Red Deer Rebels defence man came up through the Lloydminster hockey system playing in five different leagues before joining the Rebels in 2019.
Winnipeg Ice left winger Owen Pederson put up 28 goals and 22 assists during his 2019-2020 season.
Pederson does not have Lloydminster roots, but he has trained with multiple guys off of the current Bobcats lineup.
“I think they bring in qualities on the offensive side of things that our young guys can learn from,” said Dube.
The Bobcats season is set to begin on Nov. 13 with no schedule set yet.
Players will only be loaned to the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) until December 20th.