Bismarck Bobcats

The Bismarck Bobcats are a Tier II junior ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Central Division, and play out of Bismarck, North Dakota, in the V.F.W. Sports Center. Originally a part of the America West Hockey League, the Bobcats joined the NAHL in a merger of the two leagues in 2003. In 2005, the Bobcats hosted the Robertson Cup tournament.

Bismarck Bobcats
CityBismarck, North Dakota
LeagueNAHL
DivisionCentral
Founded1997 (In the AWHL)
Home arenaV.F.W. Sports Center
ColorsBlack, White, Vegas Gold
              
Owner(s)Thom Brigl
General managerLayne Sedevie (2011–12)
Head coachLayne Sedevie (2011–12)
MediaPaul Teeple
KLXX-AM Super Talk 1270 (radio flagship)
Bismarck Tribune
KXMB-TV CBS 12
Franchise history
1997–presentBismarck Bobcats
Championships
Division Championships2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Borne Cups2003, 2004
Playoff championships2010

The Bobcats won the 2010 Robertson Cup, winning the national championship with a 3-0 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on May 9, 2010.

History

The Bismarck Bobcats came to Bismarck in 1997 and played their first season at the Bismarck Civic Center. They moved to the V.F.W. Sports Center the following year and have called it home ever since. The V.F.W. Sports Center was remodeled in the summer of 2008. The seating capacity 1,289 and with standing room is 1,450.

The Bobcats also won back-to-back Borne Cup titles as champions of the America West Hockey League (AWHL) in 2003 and 2004. Their 2004 title was the last Borne Cup to be awarded prior to the complete merger between the NAHL and AWHL for the 2004–05 season.

Byron Pool, who served as head coach 2007–10, was named the NAHL "Coach of the Year" in 2009. In addition to leading the team to its first-ever Robertson Cup title in 2010, he led the Bobcats to the most successful regular season in history in the 2008–09 season. The Bobcats won 43 games and earned 88 points in the standings, which both set franchise records. The Bobcats won consecutive Central Division Playoff titles under Pool in 2009 and 2010.

Layne Sedevie is the current head coach, having been promoted from assistant coach following Byron Pool's decision to accept an associate head coach position with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League. Sedevie, a Bismarck native, was a goaltender at Bemidji State University and played professionally in the CHL before serving as assistant coach under Pool for the 2009–10 season. In his first season behind the bench he led the Bobcats to their third straight Central Division Playoff championship.

The Bobcats have had five head coaches in their tenure in Bismarck including: John Becanic; Chad Johnson, Dane Litke, Pool, and Sedevie.

Currently, they are the second-oldest franchise in the NAHL behind the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Rivalries

The Bobcats have two primary rivals: the Aberdeen Wings and the Minot Minotauros.

The Bobcats-Wings rivalry is in its third year, and is centered on the Titan Machinery Dakota Cup. The Bobcats, despite being the defending national champions in 2010–11, suffered multiple setbacks against the expansion Wings in front of capacity crowds at both teams' rinks before finally wrestling the new traveling trophy away from their South Dakota neighbors by a point total of 15-11.[1] The 2011–12 Dakota Cup was much more lopsided, as the Bobcats won the Cup 21-7, posting a 10-1-1 regular season record against the Wings.[2] In the 2012 Playoffs, the Bobcats ousted the Wings in four games from the Central Division Semifinals.[3]

The Bobcats and Tauros is a newer intrastate rivalry, and the proximity (roughly 100 miles along US-83) of the two teams that share North Dakota has already produced multiple fights and plenty of bad blood.[4]

Former Bobcats rivals include the Alexandria Blizzard, North Iowa Outlaws and Owatonna Express.

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLOTLPTSGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
2004–055625229591651721,3375th, WestDid not qualify
2005–065831234662041841,0413rd, CentralLost First Round Series
2006–076226306581932211,2995th, CentralDid not qualify
2007–085820326461482151,2176th, CentralDid not qualify
2008–095843132882021211,1231st, CentralEliminated in Robertson Cup Round Robin
2009–105839118861951301,0731st, CentralRobertson Cup Champions
2010–115831225671791561,1004th, CentralLost in Round Robin Play-In Series
2011–126045132922371609311st, CentralEliminated in Robertson Cup Round Robin
2012–136035169791831408892nd, CentralEliminated in Robertson Cup Round Robin
2013–146031245671761577973rd, CentralLost Divisional Finals
2014–1560302646418518510293rd, CentralLost Divisional Semifinals
2015–166037194781851339271st, CentralLost in Robertson Cup Semifinals
2016–1760283025818720913015th, CentralDid not qualify
2017–1860243065416518411865th, CentralDid not qualify
2018–196034215731821639253rd, CentralIn progress

Playoffs

  • 2006
First Round, Fargo-Moorhead Jets defeated Bismarck Bobcats 3-games-to-1
  • 2009
First Round, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Alexandria Blizzard 3-games-to-1
Second Round, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Owatonna Express 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Round-robin, Bismarck Bobcats (1–3) – Eliminated (L, 2–4 vs. Phantoms; L, 2–5 vs. Bandits; W, 3–2 vs. Outlaws; L, 2–3 vs. Wild)
  • 2010
First Round, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Albert Lea Thunder 3-games-to-0
Second Round, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Alexandria Blizzard 3-games-to-0
Robertson Cup Round-robin, Bismarck Bobcats (2–2) – Qualified for Finals (W, 5–2 vs. Bandits; W, 6–1 vs. North Stars; L, 1–2 vs. Wild; L, 3–4 vs. Ice Dogs)
Robertson Cup Championship game, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3–0
Robertson Cup Champions
  • 2011
Divisional Semifinals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Alexandria Blizzard 3-games-to-2
Divisional Finals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Coulee Region Chill 3-games-to-2
Playoff Qualifier, Michigan Warriors defeated Bismarck Bobcats 2-games-to-0
  • 2012
Divisional Semifinals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Aberdeen Wings 3-games-to-1
Divisional Finals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Austin Bruins 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Round-robin, Bismarck Bobcats (1–2) – Eliminated (L, 1–5 vs. Fighting Falcons; W, 3–2 vs. Bandits; L, 2–6 vs. Bulls)
  • 2013
Divisional Semifinals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Brookings Blizzard 3-games-to-0
Divisional Finals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Austin Bruins 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Round-robin, Bismarck Bobcats (2–1) – Eliminated (W, 3–2 vs. Wild; L, 1–2 vs. Bulls; W, 4–3 vs. Ironmen)
  • 2014
Divisional Semifinals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Aberdeen Wings 3-games-to-0
Divisional Finals, Austin Bruins defeated Bismarck Bobcats 3-games-to-2
  • 2015
Divisional Semifinals, Minot Minotauros defeated Bismarck Bobcats 3-games-to-0
  • 2016
Divisional Semifinals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Brookings Blizzard 3-games-to-1
Division Finals, Bismarck Bobcats defeated Austin Bruins 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Semifinals, Wichita Falls Wildcats defeated Bismarck Bobcats 2-games-to-0
  • 2019
Divisional Semifinals, Minot Minotauros defeated Bismarck Bobcats 3-games-to-0

References

  1. Paul Teeple (March 11, 2011). "Bobcats win Dakota Cup, clinch playoff berth". BismarckBobcats.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  2. Paul Teeple (March 31, 2012). "Playoff Atmosphere". BismarckBobcats.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  3. Paul Teeple (April 14, 2012). "Advancing Charge". BismarckBobcats.com. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  4. Paul Teeple (December 2, 2011). "Zawacki's hat trick, special teams pace Bobcats' 8-3 blowout at Minot". BismarckBobcats.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
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