AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls had a good month of September to start the 2016-17 season. One player who led the Bulls charge to five wins that month was George Mika. His hard work was recognized by the North American Hockey League today (Wednesday) as the Bauer Forward of the Month. Only players who are nominated by their respective teams are considered for the NAHL monthly awards.
Amarillo Bulls veteran forward George Mika, 19, had a great month of September, finishing 2nd in scoring with 13 points, which was only one point behind teammate Kosta Likourezos. The native of Naples, Florida, finished with 5 goals and 8 assists and a +4 rating in 8 games during the month. Mika (5’11/181) had a five-game point streak during the month, which included 7 points at the NAHL Showcase as the Bulls went 3-0-1 at the event. 2016-17 marks his third year playing in the NAHL. In 83 career NAHL games, he has recorded 60 points. “Obviously, his point totals have contributed greatly to our success, but the bigger picture for George is the all-around player he has become. He plays at both ends of the ice, he plays on special teams, he is our best face-off man and he provides us with the leadership we need to be successful,” said Bulls head coach Matt Nicholson.
Runner-Up: Parker Mismash, Bismarck Bobcats
Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Andrew Bellant, Aston Rebels – Ryan Burnett, Wichita Falls Wildcats – Kevin Dineen, Coulee Region Chill – Jack Gates, Janesville Jets – Andrew Hart, Topeka RoadRunners – Dalton Hunter, Johnstown Tomahawks – Austin Kamer, Lone Star Brahmas – Ryan Kero, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Matt Kidney, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Matt Long, Springfield Jr. Blues – Frankie Melton, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jack Murphy, Minot Minotauros –Brad Power, Corpus Christi IceRays – Brendan Skarda, Minnesota Magicians.
The Amarillo Bulls are back on the ice this weekend with a pair of games against two different opponents. On Friday the Bulls travel to Wichita Falls to face the Wildcats at Kay Yeager Coliseum at 7 pm. The Bulls then travel on to Lone Star to face the Brahmas on Saturday at 7:30 pm at NYTEX Sports Center. Fans can tune into the action live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, online at www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Fast Hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show, 20 minutes before the puck is dropped.
The Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center will again be rocking as the Amarillo Bulls return home to host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm on Friday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday October 16. Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations. For further information on Group Rates, 10 game Flex Packs, Season Tickets or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.