AMARILLO, TX – The process of getting the Amarillo Bulls back to the top of the South Division in the North American Hockey League began over the weekend.
The Bulls concluded their first Pre-Draft Camp at the Ozaukee Ice Center in Mequon, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee) with more than 65 talented young players taking part. The Camp began with a Goaltender Clinic on the Friday followed by games featuring four teams. An All-Star game of approximately 40 players concluded the event on Sunday.
Players with 1995 to 1999 birth years traveled in from all over the country including California, New York and around the world like the Czech Republic.
“The good thing about this camp is that each of our teams had about 15 to 17 guys so some got lots of ice while others played games back to-back,” said Bulls Head Coach Jon Rogger. “We got a chance to really see what these players could do because they had all that extra ice time. We saw these players work game-by-game, the wear-and-tear of whether they can compete for 60 plus minutes with only having three lines. That’s very tough to do at this level.”
Rogger said he was thrilled with the overall talent, including those 40 or so players that advanced to the All-Star Game Finale.
“There was some terrific talent overall,” he said. “We had the top 40 kids participate in the all-star game on Sunday. It was a well fought game with many guys showing lots of potential.”
Rogger said the next step is to stay in touch with the potential players that are eligible for the NAHL Draft next Tuesday.
“We are going to go through our notes and see who we liked,” he commented. “By Thursday, we will send out and invite between 18 and 22 players to Main Camp (mid-July in St. Louis).”
A second Pre-Draft Camp takes place this weekend at the Moylan Ice Plex in Omaha Nebraska. There is still time for players to register for the Camp that begins on Friday. For further information visit www.amarillobulls.com.
Rogger said these Pre-Draft Camps are extremely important not only to the Bulls, but all junior teams.
“it is one of our last chances to look at every kid going into the Draft and it gives us an even better feeling of where they stand compared to our players,” he said. “These kids are not only going to shoot to be selected by the Bulls, but will also get a chance to make our Main Camp come July.”
“It’s a lot of number crunching and figuring out where we have guys slotted on our draft board. For me being a head coach in the South Division, it’s tough to get out over the course of the year because when we are playing so are they.”
Rogger said the Bulls want to thank Chris Donovan and his staff at the Ozaukee Ice Center for treating the players and staff great during the entire weekend.
Hockey returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center when the Amarillo Bulls embark on their 6th season in the North American Hockey League. That will also mark the 20th anniversary of continuous hockey in the Texas Panhandle dating back to the Amarillo Rattlers and the Gorillas.
Full and Half Season Tickets as well as 10-Game Flex Packs are on sale now. Fans can take advantaged on the recently introduced new payment plans of six (6), eight (8) or ten (10) months which allows them to get the seats they desire at a price that is affordable to their budget.
Season tickets including the playoffs begin at $339 for Silver; $445 for Red; $515 for Glass; $589 for Pit; and children 12 and Under are $250. There are many great benefits to being a Season Ticket holder including guaranteed same seat, redeem unused tickets, invitation to Season Ticket Pick-Up Party as well as other exclusive events. For further information, or to inquire about available locations, call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.