WF Wildcats: Bauman Commits, Showcase Schedule Released

Bauman Becomes 60th Div. I Commitment in Wildcats History

Wichita Falls Wildcats forward Kyle Bauman will continue his hockey career at the Division I level after committing to the Bemidji State University Beavers for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Thursday.

“This is a dream come true,” Bauman said. “I have been working towards being a Division I athlete for a long time, and it is a great feeling to accomplish that goal. I am very thankful for all the encouragement and support I received from everyone involved with the Wildcats, especially my billet father Brad Campsey.”

Bauman led the Wildcats in goals (21) and total points (41) last season, while registering a team-high 192 shots on goal. He was one of eight Wichita Falls skaters to reach 100 games played for the Wildcats in 2013-14, and finished his career with 47 goals, 36 assists and 83 points in 118 games played.

Team President and General Manager Paul Baxter, who coached Bauman during his time in Texoma, was pleased to see two years of hard work pay dividends for the player who led the Wildcats in goals in both of his seasons in Wichita Falls.

“It is very exciting to see Kyle’s growth over the last two years culminate in an outstanding opportunity such as this,” he said. “We believe that he has a bright future playing Division I hockey at Bemidji State and beyond.”

Hailing from Apopka, Fla., Bauman grew up in a region known more for surfboards than dasher boards, but that did not keep him from falling in love with hockey at an early age.

“I started playing roller hockey when I was pretty young,” he recalled. “Then a friend convinced me to switch to ice hockey when I was about 10, and I fell in love straight away. I have spent almost every day I could around a rink since then.”

After spending time in rinks in Colorado, New York and New Jersey, Bauman made his way to Wichita Falls in the fall of 2012-13, and immediately announced his arrival by scoring five goals in his first five games. That scoring touch became a hallmark of Bauman’s time in Wichita Falls, as he finished his career as the fifth-leading goal-scorer in team history (47). Additionally, Bauman’s nine career game-winning goals stands as the third-highest total in Wildcat history.

Bauman becomes the third former Wildcat to continue his career at Bemidji State, joining Tyler Tosunian (2007-08) and Shea Walters (2004-05). He is also the 60th player in team history to make a DI commitment, and is the fourth Wildcat player to commit to a DI school since last September (Evan Okeley, United States Air Force Academy; Sam Piazza, University of Michigan; Rudy Junda, University of Denver).

NAHL Showcase Schedule Released

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the game schedule for the 12th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament, which will be held from September 17-21, 2014 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.  All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase.

For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. The NAHL Showcase Tournament annually attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including a record number of 342 NHL, NCAA and junior scouts, who attended the 2013 NAHL Showcase last season. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit

In addition, all 48 NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live through FASTHockey, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.

“We are coming off a season in which the NAHL set a new record for NCAA commitments in a season, as well as, a record number of scouts attending our events, which includes the NAHL Showcase,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “We believe that events like the NAHL Showcase continue to set the standard, providing all the players with unmatched exposure to the hundreds of scouts who will be in attendance. Every year we keep believing we can outdo ourselves and make things even better than the year prior, and the 2014 NAHL Showcase will be no exception. We look forward to a great five days of hockey.”

Wildcats Schedule at Showcase Tournament

Wed., Sept. 17: Wildcats vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 1:45 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 18: Wildcats vs Minnesota Magicians, 7:45 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19: Wildcats vs Minnesota Wilderness, 1:15 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 20: Wildcats vs Michigan Warriors, 9:15 a.m.

The NAHL Showcase, which has evolved into one of hockey's most prominent and popular events of the entire season, will be played at The Schwan Super Rink, which is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.

The event will also feature all 32 teams from the Tier I North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), eight additional teams from the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) and 12 teams from the Tier I High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). In addition, there will four at-large teams at the 16U level included in competition. In total, 80 teams will be at the event.

This marks the fourth straight Showcase in which the NAHL has partnered with the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.  At the Showcase, the Elite League will feature eight total teams. It also marks the third straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnerships between the NAHL and the Elite League and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.