PITTSBURGH, PA — Improvement…
That’s something the Amarillo Bulls have seen happen the past two years in the South Division of the North American Hockey League, including a 24-point bump in the standings. Now, the new Bulls Coaching Staff hopes the team can take the biggest step of them all during the upcoming 2017-18 campaign and return to the top of the standings and the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
The first step of that process begins on Wednesday with the 8th Bulls Main Camp just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. The goaltenders will hit the ice the first day and a half, followed by the forwards and the defenseman and then the games officially getting underway.
“We are going to do everything we can to create a culture and environment of accountability, as well as a structure that is necessary to have success,” said New Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo. “We are going to compete very hard Monday through Thursday during practice so our team is ready to go. We understand the rigors of the South Division and the NAHL to play every night. It’s going to be a battle so our goal is to be prepared to play for that weekend.”
Russo said the coaching staff is excited to get the Main Camp rolling.
“We obviously had a lot going on in the last month since I took the job,” Russo said. “We hired a new Assistant Coach in David Nies. He has been extremely helpful in jumping right into it as we have built our Main Camp. We needed to spend time getting to know our veteran players, Tenders and Draft Picks Now we are only days away from meeting them in person and watching them play.”
There is a full complement of forwards and defenseman that will be vying for one of spots to return to Amarillo in August. A strong nucleus of veteran returning players, Tenders and Draft Picks are expected to be at camp and Russo says all of the games to be at a very high level.
“I think we will have a fast and skilled camp,” he said. “I think in a matter of 30 days we have been able to put together a really good group of players that are going to compete to become an Amarillo Bulls this year so we are excited about that.”
Russo said he wants the Bulls to be as competitive as possible on the ice so they can deliver a good product on home ice to the fan base.
“This team will be blue-collar and play hard-nose hockey the way the Amarillo Bulls fans enjoy it,” he said. “Obviously, that comes with a lot of preparation and hard work. That happens when a lot of people don’t see it in June, July and August. This is a huge step to that process of the games that will be played on Fridays and Saturdays in the Budweiser Bull Pen.”
The 8th season of Amarillo Bulls Hockey is fast approaching and you won’t want to miss any of the hard hitting action. Season Tickets are the best way to watch all of the games with terrific seat locations, and price points to fit all budgets. For further information on Full and Half Season Tickets as well as 10 Game Flex Packs, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.