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Bobcats Release Season-Opening Roster
 
BISMARCK, ND – With one week to go before Coors Light Opening Night, the Bismarck Bobcats have announced their opening day roster for the 2015-16 campaign.
 
A total of 15 returners from the 2014-15 season appear on the Bobcat roster, including third-year defenseman Nick Wallace, USA Hockey Select 17 Festival invitee Johnny Witzke, former Minnesota Frank Brimsek award-winning goaltender Hunter Shepard, and 25-point-plus scoring forwards Willie Brown (33), Jared Pike (28) and Oskars Batna (25).
 
There are 10 newcomers on the 25-man roster.
 

# NAME POS HT WT DOB HOMETOWN
1 Fessenden, David G 6-4 215 Apr 30, 1998 Parker, CO
2 Teague, Tyse D 6-2 205 Nov 04, 1996 Murrieta, CA
3 Witzke, Johnny D 6-0 170 Jul 02, 1998 Bismarck, ND
4 Tyran, Joe D 6-0 175 May 07, 1996 Wadsworth, IL
7 Brown, Willie F 5-11 205 Dec 19, 1995 South St. Paul, MN
8 Wallace, Nick D 5-10 185 Mar 07, 1995 Sun Valley, CA
9 Strand, Alex F 5-10 172 Jul 19, 1995 Roseau, MN
10 Picek, Luke F 5-11 185 May 24, 1996 Lagrange Park, IL
11 Von Steinbergs, Pieter D 5-10 160 Apr 30, 1997 Golden Valley, MN
12 Herdt, Aaron F 5-9 180 Aug 19, 1995 Moorhead, MN
13 Rivard, Logan F 5-11 170 May 07, 1995 Brainerd, MN
14 Pike, Jared F 6-4 210 Dec 31, 1995 Sandy, UT
15 Resseguie, Jared F 6-0 160 Jul 04, 1998 Arvada, CO
16 Bohatiuk, Nicholas F 5-9 175 Oct 03, 1996 Mt. Laurel, NJ
17 Souto, Cole D 6-0 185 Dec 27, 1995 Yorba Linda, CA
18 Fladeby, Tobias F 6-0 182 May 20, 1996 Asker, Norway
19 Nelson, Garrett D 5-10 170 Apr 25, 1995 Chippewa Falls, WI
20 Song, Anthony F 6-0 185 Jan 13, 1996 Ames, IA
21 Aide, Harrison F 5-9 175 Apr 28, 1995 Bottineau, ND
22 Alexander, Nick F 6-1 180 Aug 05, 1998 Dallas, TX
23 Bakich, Solag F 5-11 170 Jan 08, 1998 Dallas, TX
24 Mezera, Ryan F 5-9 176 Feb 20, 1996 Mequon, WI
26 Paranica, Tarek F 6-1 185 Mar 08, 1997 Grand Forks, ND
28 Batna, Oskars F 6-5 220 Jun 07, 1995 Riga, Latvia
39 Shepard, Hunter G 6-0 200 Nov 07, 1995 Cohasset, MN

 
Geographically, Minnesota is the best-represented state with six Bobcats, with North Dakota and California tied for second with three. The player base spans the entire footprint of the United States, from suburban Los Angeles to just outside Philadelphia (Mt. Laurel, NJ) and from Dallas to Bottineau.
 
Batna (Latvia) and Tobias Fladeby (Norway) comprise the Cats’ foreign contingent.
 
Currently sitting at 25, the roster will, by rule, be cut down to 23 players on October 1.
 
This new crew of Bobcat players will get their first official NAHL game together on at 7:15pm on Friday, September 18, when they host the Austin Bruins for Coors Light Opening Night at the VFW Sports Center.
 
Tickets are now on sale for the 2015-16 regular season lidlifter: fans can buy and print tickets online 24 hours a day at BismarckBobcats.com.
 
Coors Light Opening Night will be broadcast live on locally SuperTalk 1270 AM, the radio home of Bobcat Hockey, and worldwide online at NAHL.FASTHockey.com—the official web television partner of the North American Hockey League—with pregame coverage starting at 6:45pm.
 
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2015-16 campaign; if you want to beat the rush of 40,000 fans for next season, now is the time! Call 222-3300 today to reserve your seats.