AMARILLO, TX – Three members of the Amarillo Bulls have been selected to the 2016 North American Hockey League’s Top Prospects Game next Month in Plymouth, Michigan.
The North American Hockey League announced that goaltender Anton Martinsson, and forward George Mika will suit up for the South Division team, while the Bulls leading point getter Joey Molinaro has been chosen for the NAHL Selects Team.
NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, will take place February 15-16, 2016 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest and South and a special fifth NAHL Selects team, will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 19, 2016.
Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment at the time of selection are eligible to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects team, or those that have been identified as a player of interest by NHL Central Scouting. Each of the teams consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders).
Martinsson leads the North American Hockey League in appearances at 34, minutes played at 1944:12, and saves at 1,220. The Klippan, Sweden native is more than 400 saves ahead of his nearest competitor. Martinsson is tied for fourth in save percentage at .927.
George Mika, who hails from Naples Florida, is second on the team in points with nine goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 37 games. He has five power play goals and 126 shots on goal.
The South Division team will be coached by John LaFontaine of the Wichita Falls Wildcats and Dan Wildfong from the Lone Star Brahmas.
Forward Joey Molinaro, who has already secured his NCAA College Commitment to Niagara University, will suit up for the NAHL Selects team. The Mississauga, Ontario Canada native has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 35 games. He has three power play goals and 82 shots on goal. Marty Murray of the Minot Minotauros will be the coach of the NAHL Selects along side of Joe Dibble from the Janesville Jets.
In a very short period of time, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament has become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 200 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. Over a third of the players that competed in last year’s event ended up with an NCAA Division I opportunity. Combined in 2016 with the NAPHL 18U and 16U Dixon Cup Championship Games and the NA3HL Top Prospect Tournament, it will make for an exciting week of hockey and provides a great opportunity for every scout and coach to get a close look the talent in the three leagues.
The Amarillo Bulls return to action this coming weekend when they head south to face the Corpus Christi IceRays at American Bank Center. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and watch on PPV through Fast Hockey with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:40 pm. Denis J. Puska has the hard hitting action at 7 pm.
Hockey is back at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 when the Bulls host the rival Topeka RoadRunners at 7 pm. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets including United Supermarkets. For further information on Group Rates or 10 Game Flex Packs, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.