Tigers alum Bloom finding success, improvement in NA3HL playing for hometown Bighorns
Tyler Bloom is averaging better than a point per game this season, his second with the NA3HL’s Helena Bighorns.
With 10 goals and 20 points in 15 games, Bloom is on pace to shatter his 42-point output from 2021-22.
A Helena native, Bloom had to leave Montana a few years back to start the cycle of returning home.
“I played my 15U and 16U years with the Colorado Springs Tigers organization,” said Bloom. “Then my family moved to Illinois where I played hockey at for my two 18U seasons. Mike Greene and Jed Synder both coached me while I was in Colorado and one day, they called me up and said they bought a hockey team in Helena, which is my hometown.
“After Mike and Jed bought the team, a bunch of my old Colorado buddies signed to play here so we had a really good group of guys. Deciding to play here my second season was super easy. Our team this season has a lot of skill and tons of potential. We are going to be a very scary team once we get our stride going.”
And while the points have been coming for Bloom, he says it’s just a result of buying in to the team’s systems.
“Our coaches have a really good game plan for each game and having challenging practices really help me prepare for the game,” Bloom said. “I also use lots of wax on my stick.”
Back in Colorado, Bloom said his game took a turn for the better once he threw on a Tigers jersey.
“All of the coaches in the Tigers organization really care for the players,” said Bloom. “Mike Greene, Jed Snyder, Will English, and every other coach in that organization had a positive influence on me, on and off the ice.”
In his final season of junior hockey, Bloom has reasonable goals for the future.
“My short-term goal in hockey it to just a have a good season and win the championship with my team,” Bloom said. “My long-term goal is to commit to a college that will challenge me academically and that has a good hockey program.”
— Matt Mackinder
(November 15, 2022)