Cross Talk

Bobcats’ Barry Commits to Holy Cross

WORCESTER, MA – The Bismarck Bobcats have secured their first college commitment of the 2016-17 season as forward Matt Barry has announced his intention to play NCAA Division I hockey for the College of the Holy Cross starting in 2018.

“It’s a great feeling to know I’m committed and it’s also a lot of pressure off, knowing that part is taken care of,” stated Barry, a native of Naperville, Ill. “Now I have a chance to focus on improving myself over the next two seasons and winning the Robertson Cup.”

Barry, 19, played four games with the Bobcats in 2015-16 as an affiliate player. He signed onto the team full-time for 2016-17 via a tender agreement.

Crusaders head coach David Berard, entering his third season behind the bench in Worcester, was instrumental in bringing Barry aboard at Holy Cross.

“Coach Berard really has the program headed in the right direction and I wanted to be a part of that,” added Barry. “And being able to play college hockey on the east coast—in Massachusetts—it’s where I want to be.”

Holy Cross plays in the American Hockey Association, where Barry will play against former Bobcats like Evan Giesler (Air Force), Jared Pike (American International), Patrik Demel (American International), Tanner Salsberry (Bentley) and Cody Boyd (Canisius).

In the capital region, the Bobcats are preparing for Coors Light Opening Night on Saturday, where they’ll face the Aberdeen Wings to open their 20th season of hockey in Bismarck-Mandan.

Fans can buy and print tickets online 24 hours a day at BismarckBobcats.com or charge-by-phone at 222-3300.

Saturday’s season opener will be broadcast locally on the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, Super Talk 1270 AM, and worldwide on FASTHockey.com–the web television partner of the North American Hockey League–with pregame coverage starting at 6:45pm.

Season tickets are now on sale for the Bobcats’ landmark platinum anniversary campaign: fans can get more information or reserve their seats for all of Season Twenty now by calling 222-3300.