Amarillo Bulls Main Camp less than two weeks away
AMARILLO, TX – In less than two weeks the seventh Amarillo Bulls Main Camp will hit the ice.
The past five years the camps have been in either Michigan or in Missouri, but this time around the Bulls will invade the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale, PA near Pittsburgh. Goaltenders report first on Thursday, July 27, and later that day the rest of the players will register. There could be many as eight teams participating in games with cuts being made on Friday, July 29 and again on Saturday, July 30. The first all-star game is later that Saturday night followed by the 2nd all star game Sunday morning.
Bulls Head Coach Matt Nicholson said the players are excited to get back on the ice.
“George Mika summed it up best by stating that he couldn’t wait to get back with the boys,” Nicholson said. “At the end of the season, I think we had some decent team chemistry, and that is one thing I look at will be even better this year.
“There is familiarity with the core group of veterans and even some of our tenders who have either played together or against one another.”
The Bulls had a rough 2015-16 North American Hockey League season and managed just 13 wins. Nicholson said the first year was a learning experience for the coaching staff.
“We had to learn the nuances of junior hockey,” he said. “The big difference for me between college and the junior ranks was with recruitment such as the Player Draft and Main Camp. The best part of Camp is the evaluation process, and seeing what is available in terms of free agents and how the tenders and returners will look.”
One of the area’s the Bulls were trying to address during the summer through Tenders and the Draft was depth in scoring. The Bulls were one of the lowest scoring teams in the NAHL averaging less than three goals per game. Nicholson said the middle part of the line-up looks much better than in the past.
“There is definitely depth with the middle order of our line-up but who those players end up being, we don’t know,” he said. “One of the things we continue to work on is the imports, as well as our top 3 and top 6 players.”
The Amarillo Bulls Coaching Staff addressed the goaltending situation during the summer as both Anton Martinsson and Brian Baker have moved on to NCAA hockey. Among the goaltenders fighting for spots include Draft Pick Nikita Babinsev, Tenders Kyle Mador and Cody Christofferson as well as returning Alex Cathcart.
“We feel we have made the right decisions to tender and draft those players,” he said. “This will be a chance for them to go out there and show what they were able to accomplish at the other levels.”
The Amarillo Bulls offer many affordable ways to watch games this season in the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Full Season Tickets give fans the same seat for all 28 home games as well as a variety of different benefits. Half Season tickets give fans a opportunity to chose what games they want to watch but still enjoy the same seat. Ten-Game Flex Packs are perfect for those fans who are not sure about their schedule.
For the latest information on prices, seat locations and various payment plans, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.