Northern Exposure

Bobcat Blueliner Vescio Commits to Northern Michigan

MARQUETTE, MI – Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Tanner Vescio announced Tuesday that he has committed to play Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University.

“It’s definitely a great feeling to know what my future holds for hockey and I’m really happy with my decision,” stated Vescio, a 2016 tender signee by the Bobcats. “It’s very exciting to achieve a goal that you’ve been working toward your whole life.”

Through 15 games in his second season as a Bobcat, Vescio has a goal and four assists and has developed into a top defender among a veteran blueline corps for the black and gold.

“Tanner is a player that has great skill, vision and work ethic that makes him valuable on the ice, but his contributions as a character guy in our locker room have been just as important,” hailed Bobcats head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie. “We know that he’ll be a valuable part of the Wildcats and we, as an organization, couldn’t be happier for his opportunity at Northern Michigan.”

Vescio is the fourth current or former Bobcat to commit to a Division I program in 2017-18 and the second to pick Northern Michigan, joining center Grant Johnson.

“Everything about NMU impressed me,” continued Vescio, a former Blaine (Minn.) High School Bengal. “The coaching staff has been amazing and they definitely made it an easy decision for me. I was able to tour the hockey facilities and see the city of Marquette and it was unbelievable; I really think that Northern is a program on the rise and I am excited to be a part of that.”

Led by first-year head coach Grant Potulny, the Wildcats play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and are in the 43rd season of Division I hockey. In their long history, the Wildcats have won three Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA playoff champions, made three appearances in the Frozen Four and won the 1991 NCAA Division I title.

Back in the capital region, the Bobcats will wrap up their brief three-game home stand with a pair of contests against the rival Austin Bruins starting Friday with a 7:15pm bout at the VFW Sports Center.

Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday’s home contests: fans can buy and print tickets online 24 hours a day at or by clicking “Shop Now” on the team Facebook page.

Friday’s divisional tilt will be broadcast live locally on Super Talk 1270 AM, the radio home of the Bismarck Bobcats, and worldwide at, the official web broadcast partner of the North American Hockey League. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:50pm.

Pro-rated season tickets are still on sale for the Bobcats’ 2017-18 campaign: lock in the best seats now and be here for all the action! Visit or call 222-3300 for more info.