The New York Bobcats are happy to bid farewell to defenseman Trey Olson.
After all, Olson is moving on to the next level at the United States Hockey League, as he was named to the 2013-14 roster of the Omaha Lancers. It is actually a homecoming for the â€™94-born defenseman, an Omaha resident.
â€œWe could not be more proud of Trey.Â He had big aspirations and worked hard at camp to even earn this opportunity with the Lancers,â€ said Craig Doremus, Bobcats assistant general manager and assistant coach. â€œThe USHL is the premier junior hockey league in the country and we are glad that we continue to send our players there.â€
Olson, who played 39 games for the Bobcats and registered 11 assists, took part in the Lancersâ€™ early June tryout camp in Ralston, Neb.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to be able to play for my hometown team. I grew up going to Lancer games and itâ€™s been a dream of mine to play for them so to finally have this opportunity is an amazing feeling,â€ said Olson. â€œI have a lot of hard work and training to do this summer so that I can be even better prepared for the fall.â€
The 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound defenseman was actually drafted 56th overall by the Lancers in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft.
â€œI owe all the thanks to the Bobcats organization since they gave me the chance to showcase my skills and better myself on and off the ice this past season,â€ added Olson.
Fersini advances to NEC: Chris Fersini is the latest to join the Bobcatsâ€™ college commitments list. The â€™92-born forward has committed to New England College in Henniker, N.H.
Fersini played in 37 games for the 2012-13 Bobcats and finished with three goals and 11 points.
Other commitments include Tommy Bucci to Mercyhurst College, J.D. Rassett to SUNY-Geneseo and Tommy Telesca to SUNY-Potsdam.
Excited about new league: The Bobcats are charter members of the new 18-team Eastern Hockey League. The league includes all 12 of the former Atlantic Junior League members and six other teams from the former Eastern Junior Hockey League.
â€œ”We are excited to join the Eastern Hockey League,â€ said Doremus. â€œWe believe, in coordination with our fellow franchises, that we will provide the best platform for junior hockey players on the East Coast as they look to continue to develop and pursue college hockey opportunities.â€
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