The Winkler Flyers are pleased to announce defenseman Lawson McDonald’s (97) commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (NCAA Div I) for the 2017-2018 season. The Rosetown, Manitoba native is currently in his fourth season with the Flyers and has developed into one of the best all-around defensemen in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.


“We are thrilled that Lawson has made the choice to attend UNO,” said Flyers Head Coach and General Manager Ken Pearson.


“Lawson is not only a great player in this league, he is also a great person and student and will no doubt do very well at UNO” added Pearson.


Currently, McDonald has 117 points (23 Goals – 94 Assists) in 190 regular season games played with the Flyers. The 5’10”, 175lbs blueliner plays key minutes in all situations and has also served as an Assistant Captain the past two seasons. McDonald joined the Flyers as a 16 year old during the 2013-2014 season, and has been a great ambassador for the Flyers, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Winkler Community.


The University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks are one of the top programs in college hockey and play in the NCHC Conference of NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey with the likes of the University of North Dakota, Denver, St. Cloud State, Minnesota-Duluth, Miami, Western Michigan and Colorado College.


McDonald will join former Flyers’ forward Tristan Keck on the Mavericks roster next season. Keck is in his Freshman season at UNO after committing to the Mavericks after the 2015-2016 season.


The entire Flyers organization would like to congratulate Lawson on his decision to continue his hockey career and education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season and look forward to seeing him finish out his Flyers career on a high note this year.