The Bismarck Bobcats are in the post season for a franchise record seventh consecutive season. The Bobcats only returned seven players this year, so they've had had to lean on veterans like defenseman Tony German more than ever for leadership.
Last season was a homecoming Bismarck native Tony German said: "Been all around. I played here my freshman and sophomore year and got a lot of experience here, but I felt like I needed a lot more gains to get myself better prepare myself for the next level, so I moved down there and you know it was a really good experience and I made a lot of friends got better just kind of paced myself for a junior season where it's 80 games."
After his stint with a AAA Midget team in Colorado, German signed with the Bobcats which was a goal of Tony's since he was a kid.
"If you're from Bismarck you play hockey are around hockey you go to Bobcats games so you know you play juniors your thinking of playing juniors its nice to play in your home town your family is here your friends are here so it's pretty easy to step in you know not moving away living with a different family again," said German.
Bobcats Head Coach Layne Sedevie, "Well, I think there's definitely advantages of being at home and not having to leave. I just think its pretty neat for these guys who obviously played for Bismarck High or Century or even Mandan when we've had a kid play for us. they can stay and have a great program here in Bismarck for those kids to mature and have a chance to develop and be a college hockey player."
This season German has developed into one of the Bobcats go-to defensemen in all situations and he's second among Bismarck blueliners in scoring.
"I think its a lot of confidence its a big thing getting my first season over with a lot of confidence, confidence coming in confidence is key I feel like I feel like I've shot the puck a lot more and made the simple plays which produces more," said German.
German hopes making those simple plays will help the Bobcats make a run at the Robertson Cup. German and the Bobcats will open the post season this week in Minot. It's Friday on the Minotauros home ice. This series is a little different than the rest of the league because on Saturday they're playing in Bismarck. You may recall it's usually a 2-2-1 series.