One of the Bombers’ top players this season won’t be going to far away next year. Alec Malo will be heading down Highway 6 to play for the Univ. of Manitoba Bisons next year.
Malo’s commitment to the Bisons’ squad was announced May 2 by the Bombers. In his lone season in Flin Flon, Malo finished tied for the team lead in points with 88 in 54 games and led the SJHL in assists with 66. A playmaker par excellence, Malo led the league in powerplay points with 46, including 38 assists – more assists with a man up than any other SJHL player managed total points.
Malo joined the Bombers this season after a season with Gatineau in the QMJHL and another season in the Quebec junior A ranks with the Montreal-Est Rangers. Once heading out west, Malo joined the Bombers’ first line with former teammate Donavan Houle-Villeneuve and Cole Rafuse, forming the bulk of the team’s SJHL-leading powerplay.
"We are extremely happy for Alec. He is a very skilled player that sees the ice like very few players can. He is a big reason why we had one of the best power plays the league has seen in years,” said Bombers head coach and general manager Mike Reagan in a statement by the team.
Both Malo and Rafuse have committed to USports programs for next season, with Rafuse heading home to his native Nova Scotia to join the Acadia Axemen. Houle-Villeneuve and fellow Bomber forward Tristan Lemyre have committed to play NCAA hockey at the Univ. of Maine and Denver University respectively, with Houle-Villeneuve heading to Maine for next season and Lemyre leaving for Colorado either in 2021 or 2022. Forward Caleb Franklin has also committed to a college hockey program, with him set to join the BCIHL’s Vancouver Island University Mariners next season.