Bobcats See Black for 2011
The community of Lloydminster's efforts to keep the Bobcats in town have paid off. At the team's annual general meeting Thursday, the team announced a net income of $19,233 for 2011. Business manager Malcolm Radke says a lot of the money had to do with strong attendance. “Our average attendance for the season was over 1,000 it was 1036, good for fourth in the league and our best year ever,” he says. “The building was packed and it was just a really good energy.”
Radke says the team is hoping to match last year's season ticket sales of 777. So far, the team has sold over 400 season tickets. A total sellout is 837.
The team is thankful for the strong support from the community and is hoping for similar results for this year's season. Radke says there are lots of ways to support the team. “We have our summer camps coming up which basically gives kids around the community and the surrounding areas a chance to be face to face with our players and of course coming to the game days, and buying merchandise.”
Even though playoffs ended a little early, Radke says there is still a lot to celebrate. “We finished with a CJHL national ranking of tenth overall - that’s the highest any Lloydminster Junior A team has ever been ranked,” he says. Tyler Briggs and Brian Curran each won a league award, Briggs for top goaltender and Curran for coach of the year. Topher Flanagan won a league scholarship.
Radke says Thursday’s meeting was very positive and says shareholders were impressed and looking ahead to the 2012 season.
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