Bobcat Hockey to hit the ice

MSU Hockey begins its 16th season this Saturday behind the leadership of Will Thompson, a native of Canada who said, “Hockey is in my blood.” Throughout its long history — Bobcat hockey — formerly Hellcat hockey — has become one of the most successful club teams on campus, filling the stands of the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds on a regular basis.

The team added four more games to their schedule this season including Boise State, BYU and Big Sky Conference rival Eastern Washington. With tougher competition scheduled this season, Thompson hopes the team will rank high enough to qualify for the regional tournament. “Our goal is to make regionals, and I think with the team we’ve assembled we have a really good shot,” he said.

Though the team added eight new players this year and has already held tryouts, “we’re always looking for new talent,” Thompson said. “We always lose about five guys at the end of the semester because obviously school comes first, and guys realize how difficult it is.”

The team practices twice a week, with a grueling speed practice on Monday and a more technical practice on Wednesday. Games are generally held each Friday and Saturday. Students interested in playing for MSU Hockey can contact Thompson at msuhellcats@gmail.com.

“I love the flow of the game, how natural it is,” Thompson said, “and the fans always make it fun.” Students interested in checking out a game will get their first chance this Saturday, Oct. 13, as the Bobcats take on Butte at 10:30 p.m. in the Haynes Pavilion.