Monday, June 29, 2015 - Submitted by Creston Valley Thunder Cats
Thunder Cats defenceman Maverick Lynes commits to MJHL's Selkirk Steelers The Creston Valley Thunder Cats are pleased to announce that veteran defenceman Maverick Lynes (Sherwood Park, AB) has committed to play Junior A hockey with the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the 2015/16 season.
Lynes spent the past two seasons with the Thunder Cats and emerged during the 2014/15 campaign as one of the top blueliners in the KIJHL. His 23 assists led all Creston defenceman while he finished one point behind Austin Steger for the lead at his position.
He also logged substantial icetime against the opposition's top players and was a fixture on the team's power play and penalty kill. Following this season he was the recipient of the team's Top Defenceman award.
"Maverick was a key player for us in all situations and a guy who is 100% ready to move up and thrive at a higher level," says Thunder Cats head coach Jeff Dubois.
"His skating and mobility are exactly what coaches look for, and he's developed the defensive side of his game to the point where he was a top shut-down guy in our league. We're very excited for him to have the opportunity to play for a very good program in Selkirk."
The Steelers, located 35 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg, are one of the MJHL's premier teams. Over the past 12 seasons, the club has won two league championships, advanced to the league finals on two other occasions and captured three regular season titles.
"Creston was a great place to play," says Lynes. "I was lucky to learn from great coaches both years and they helped me improve my skills and develop as a player. I'm also very grateful to my billets, the Woods family, who made the transition of moving away from home a lot easier. They made sure the only thing I needed to focus on was hockey."
"I'm excited to take the next step to Junior A hockey and I'm looking forward to the challenge and continuing to improve as a player. My ultimate goal is to play NCAA hockey and this is the next step to achieve that. I can't wait to be a part of the Steelers organization and contribute in any way I can to the team's success."
The Thunder Cats organization congratulates Maverick on his commitment and wishes him continued success in the MJHL.