BLAINE, MN – The Amarillo Bulls and 23 other North American Hockey League teams have arrived in Blaine, Minnesota (northwest of Minneapolis) for the 19th NAHL Showcase at the Schwann Super Rink.
The action gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and continues through Saturday, and the Amarillo Bulls have the primetime slot facing the Brookings Blizzard at 8 pm in their first game. The two teams have met once previously at the Showcase and it took place two years ago with the Bulls winning in a shootout.
Moe Mantha is the Head Coach of the Blizzard, who faced the Bulls nine years ago in their first NAHL game at the Showcase when he was behind the bench of the Michigan Warriors. John Rey scored the game winner as the Bulls beat the Warriors for Amarillo’s first NAHL win. Rocky Russo’s charges are coming off a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday night in their home opener at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. This will be Brookings’ first game of the season. The two teams do have something in common in that they each had 23 victories last season but failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The Bulls have had great success in first games at the Showcase posting six wins in eight previous games. As a franchise at the Showcase, Amarillo has collected 15 victories.
Fans can tune into the action live on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on Pay-Per- View with Hockey TV beginning with the Fit Omni Warm-Up Show at 7:35 pm. The puck drop follows with Denis J. Puska calling all of the action in his 9th year with the Bulls and 13th in the Texas Panhandle.
Here is a preview of the rest of the week:
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 VS. CHIPPEWA STEEL, 4 PM
The Chippewa Steel was formerly known as the Coulee Region Chill but now call Chippewa, Wisconsin home. The Steel, which won their first two games over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, are coached by former Lone Star Brahmas Assistant Coach and Amarillo Rattlers goaltender Al Rooney.
Chippewa plays out of the Midwest Division that also includes the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River Brown Bears, Minnesota Magicians and the Janesville Jets.
ON THE AIR: Broadcast coverage of the game begins at 3:35 pm with the Fit Omni Warm Up Show on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 VS. JAMESTOWN REBELS, 10 AM
The Rebels moved from Aston PA to Jamestown New York (near Buffalo) this off-season and are coached by Joe Coombs. The franchise once shared an ice rink with Head Coach Rocky Russo, Assistant Coach George Lewis and the Philly Little Flyers in Aston. It’s their third name change in the last three years as they were called the Philadelphia Rebels in 2017-18. The Rebels were eliminated in the East Division playoffs by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.
The Bulls faced the Rebels four years ago at the Showcase and dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime.
ON THE AIR: Catch all of the action live beginning with the Fit Omni Warm-Up Show at 9:35 am. The puck drop follows at 10 am on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 VS. NEW JERSEY TITANS, NOON
It’s the second all-time meeting between the Bulls and the Titans. Two years ago, Nikita Babintsev posted the shutout as Amarillo blanked Brandon Bussi and New Jersey 3-0. The Titans began the season over the weekend with 6-3 and 1-0 triumphs over the Maryland Black Bears.
ON THE AIR: Broadcast coverage begins on 107.1 Nash Icon, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV with Hockey TV at 11:35 am presented by Fit Omni.