AMARILLO, TX – While You See A Chance You Take It…
That’s not just the name of a song by Steve Winwood, but it can be said about seizing opportunities when they are given.
That’s what Forward Nick Trela certainly did at the first Amarillo Bulls Pre-Draft Camp last weekend in Brighton, Michigan. The 18-year-old Trenton, Michigan native parlayed his hard work and success at the Camp into a Tender for the 2018-19 season with the Bulls.
“Nick is a great addition to our forward group and we are excited to have him,” said Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo. “He is a very fluid skater who can make plays, and also has a gritty side. He’s got good hockey sense and a great stick.”
Trela played for the Victory Honda U18 program in the Tier I Elite Hockey League where he picked up 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in 32 games. The prior season with the Belle Tire U18 program the 6-1, 185-pound forward had six goals and five assists for 11 points in 32 games.
The Bulls are holding their 2nd Pre-Draft Camp this weekend at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale, PA near Pittsburgh. Skaters began early Friday and the camp takes place all weekend long.
After that camp has concluded on Sunday the next event for the Bulls and the North American Hockey League teams will be the Draft that takes place on Tuesday at 1 pm.
The Bulls could make as many as eight selections during the event. Fans can follow the Bulls selections on this year’s draft through social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Draft can be viewed online at www.nahldraft.com and there will be a free live broadcast on Hockey TV.
Rocky Russo’s charges finished with a mark of 23-26-8-3 for 57 points and fifth in the South Division.
Some of the familiar faces selected by the Bulls over the years include Brady Ferguson, who recently signed an American Hockey League contract; Riley Christensen, who has won two NCAA Division III National Titles in the last three years; Roman Ammirato, Mike Davis, Clint Carlisle, Brady Crabtree, Will Harrison and Ben Jentsch just to name a few. Among the players selected last year were Jon Russell and Stephen Rex.
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2018 who are not listed on an NAHL team roster or are listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2017-18 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft. The number of players each team is able to draft varies on that team’s current roster (protected list) minus the number 30. Each team’s roster is comprised of veteran players and signed tenders only. For example, if a team has 15 veterans rostered and 8 tenders (23 total), that team is allowed seven (7) draft picks.
There is still time to participate in the Summer of Hockey Promotion and be registered to win a trip to Las Vegas to see an NHL Golden Knights contest. To qualify, fans must either purchase or renew Full or Half Season Tickets by making a $100 deposit or paying in full. There are weekly draws taking place with Grand Prize Draw being announced at the Amarillo Bulls Home Opener.
Full season tickets start as low as $266 and half season at just $154. Some of the perks of being a season ticket holder with the Bulls include: free exhibition games, unused ticket redemption, four friend vouchers per seat, interest free payment plans, account payoff gift, season ticket holder pick-up party, power play card member, referral program, VIP skate with the team, discounts on the Bud Party Zone, private ice rental, special events, merchandise and first choice of playoff seats. For further information on seat availability, please visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building or call 806-242-1122.