Monday, May 31, 2010

Sakatoon Blades Sign 2010 Top Bantam Draft Choice McGauley

Press Release

Saskatoon, SK -- Saskatoon Blades’ General Manager and Head Coach Lorne Molleken is very pleased to announce the signing of centre Tim McGauley to a Western Hockey League Education Contract as the hockey club finished up their annual Spring Prospects Camp.

The Blades selected McGauley in the 1st round of the 2010 W.H.L. Bantam Draft, 20th overall. A product of Wilcox, Sk., McGauley scored 57 goals and added 46 assists for 103 points while playing in just 26 games with the Lumsden/Bethune Contacts of the South Sask Bantam Hockey League during the 2009-10 season.

“The McGauley family is very excited about Tim becoming a member of our organization,” said Molleken. “He’s a young guy that has a lot of potential to be a real good player in the W.H.L. We’re very pleased to have him on board.”

McGauley is a 5’10”, 150 lb. left-handed shot will turn 15 years old on July 23.

“It means a lot for me to sign with the Blades,” said McGauley. I’m very excited and I can’t wait to be a part of the organization!”

The education component of the contract, through the Western Hockey League Scholarship Program, played an important part in the family’s decision to have Tim McGauley Jr. commit to the Blades.

“There’s no guarantees in this game, or in any business for that matter,” explained Tim McGauley Sr., father of the Blades’ young prospect. “But, the idea of having an insurance policy of education is about as good an insurance policy a young fellow can have at this stage of the game, I think.”

McGauley will play this upcoming season with the Regina Pat-Canadians in the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League. He will also be eligible to play in five regular-season games with the Blades until the Pat-Canadians’ season is complete.

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