AMARILLO, TX –Tenacious and hard to play against…
That best describes the Amarillo Bulls in the first three plus seasons in the North American Hockey League. It can also be said about the Bulls second tender they have locked up in forward Connor Wood.
Wood is currently a forward with the Tier I Elite League’s TPH Thunder located in Duluth, Georgia (near Atlanta). In 15 games for the Thunder, Wood has two goals and seven assists for nine points. Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams said he is thrilled to have Wood who already brings an element of Bulls hockey to the team.
“I’m very excited to have a player of Connor’s ability who is already on the radar of colleges,” Williams said. “His skill level, character and level of competition is huge and that’s what we are looking for next year. We want to find those guys who want to compete and play Division I college hockey.”
Williams said that the TPH Thunder program produces quality players on and off the ice.
“I have a lot of respect for Nathan (Bowen) and the way he runs his program,” he said. “With the success we had with Carter Penzien, I couldn’t be happier to get another TPH Thunder product.”
In the 2012-2013 campaign, the Buford, Georgia native tallied 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 40 games.
Wood said he is looking forward to bringing his hard work ethic to the Texas Panhandle.
“I’m an energy guy that likes to create a lot of havoc on the ice and play very physical,” Wood said.
He added that coming to Amarillo next season is a terrific opportunity.
“I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the fan base,” said Wood. “The work that Coach (Dennis) Williams does to develop and move players on the next level is great. It makes you want to work even harder every day knowing what he does for the players.”
TPH Thunder coach Nathan Bowen said players like Wood are hard to find.
“Connor is a great teammate and I am sure the fans in Amarillo are going to enjoy watching him play,” said Bowen. “He never gives up on a battle and is not one to make friends on the ice. It’s hard to find those types of players who want to show up and compete every night.”
The Amarillo Bulls return to the road this weekend for their first trip to Topeka to face the RoadRunners. The two South Division rivals will face off Friday and Saturday at Kansas Expo Center Landon Arena at 7:15 pm. Fans can tune into the action on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm Up Show at 6:55 pm.
Sonic Sunday, December 8 is the next time the Amarillo Bulls will be on ice at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center at 6 pm. That night the Bulls will face the Odessa Jackalopes for the third time this season. The Bulls will release information regarding how Sonic Sunday tickets will be distributed on Monday during the Amarillo Bulls Radio Show. For further information on your Amarillo Bulls please call 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.