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Bobcats Announce Partnership with Sanford POWER

BISMARCK, ND – The Bismarck Bobcats are pleased to announce their partnership with Sanford POWER and Sanford Health, starting in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

On Tuesday, Aug 4th Healthways Training Center —the Bobcat’s official training center since its opening in 2008—announced that it was joining Sanford Health and becoming the Bismarck location for Sanford POWER.

Sanford POWER provides athletes of all ages with the most comprehensive player development programs in the area. With a wide variety of developmental options, its professional staff creates a positive environment for athletes and players of all ages and skill levels to develop and learn. Sanford POWER helps athletes gain a greater understanding of their sport, perform at a higher level, and have the tools for continued growth.

Mike Salwei, the Bobcats’ Director of Fitness and Athletic Enhancement, will continue to lead the training center as he has for the last seven years. 

“As an organization, we are very excited to continue to work closely with Mike but also to partner with Sanford Health, by all accounts and in all areas of health, a premier healthcare provider in the Upper Midwest,” shared Bobcats team owner and CEO Thom Brigl. “Mike and Sanford POWER will enable our Bobcats to fully develop their strength and abilities in one of the foremost professional training facilities in junior hockey anywhere.  Mike has been very dedicated to Bobcat players and youth in the area in general and now with Sanford POWER behind him and us, we’re very excited for our players’ futures as well as all of the area’s young athletes in all sports.” 

Salwei’s training success at the local level—both Bobcat players and high school athletes in the area—is a big factor in Sanford’s move to the Capital Region.  

“We knew that with locations in Sioux Falls, Fargo and Bemidji Sanford POWER would eventually be coming to Bismarck, but being able to have Mike Salwei leading the center made it happen even sooner than we might have expected,” explained Scott Schneider, Vice President of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “His track record for developing athletes is unmatched.”

Bobcat coaches see that the training their players will continue to receive at Sanford POWER will give them an advantage deep into the season and beyond.

“Under Mike, we have bragged about having the best training program in junior hockey,” commented Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie. “Not only are our guys well-prepared for what can be a nine-month, 70-plus-game grind, but they continue to excel from a conditioning standpoint once they move on to college hockey. Now you put that together with Sanford POWER and we are more confident than ever that our program will produce some of the best trained hockey players anywhere.” 

On top of continuing to train with Salwei under the banner of Sanford POWER, the Cats will now use Sanford Health’s full complement of athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists.

“Not only will Sanford POWER be helping keep the Bobcats in peak playing condition, but Sanford Health will be right there to help them get back on the ice when injuries do happen,” added Schneider.

Bobcat players will get their first taste of the newly remodeled Sanford POWER when they report for Training Camp on August 23, with the team’s famous Hell Week training program set to begin the following day.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2015-16 season; 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.