AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls learned their opponents today (Wednesday) for the 2018 North American Hockey League Showcase that will take in Blaine, Minnesota near Minneapolis at the Schwann Super Rink from September 19 thru September 22.
All 24 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which is one of hockey’s most prominent and popular events of the entire season and has become the ‘Greatest Show on Ice.’
The Bulls are 15-11-6 in eight previous visits to the NAHL Showcase with five of the teams wins coming on the first day.
“We are excited for the NAHL Showcase,” said Bulls Head Coach Rocky Russo. “The exposure opportunity for our players is second to none in all of Junior Hockey. Playing four quality opponents is always a challenge for our organization. I have no doubt that Brookings, Chippewa, Jamestown and New Jersey will present us with top notch competition and great fast-paced, skilled hockey for the scouts to watch.”
The Bulls begin play in primetime at 8 pm on Wednesday, September 19 versus the Brookings Blizzard. The two teams met a couple of years ago with the Bulls winning in a shootout. The Blizzard are coached by Moe Mantha who will be familiar to Amarillo fans as he guided the former Michigan Warriors two a pair of games versus the Bulls. One was the first ever game the Bulls played as a franchise that was at the Showcase, and the second game took place at the Robertson Cup National Tournament in Topeka, Kansas.
On the second day, the Bulls will entertain the Chippewa Steel formerly the Coulee Region Chill at 4 pm. The Steel are coached by former Amarillo Rattlers goaltender and Lone Star Brahmas Assistant Coach Al Rooney
The Bulls third game at the Showcase is against the Jamestown Rebels formerly the Aston Rebels at 10 am on Friday, Sept. 21. It’s the second all time meeting between the Bulls and the Rebels but the first under the new name of Jamestown.
On the final day of the Showcase (Saturday, Sept. 22, the Bulls take on the New Jersey Titans at noon. The Bulls edged the Titans 3-0 two seasons ago.
All Bulls games will air live on the new broadcast home Nash Icon 107.1 FM beginning 20 minutes before the puck is dropped with Pre-Game coverage. The broadcasts will be streamed live through the Bulls website and available on PPV through Hockey TV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. To date, a record number of 317 players have made NCAA commitments during the 2017-18 season, with over 70% (223) of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
In addition to all 24 NAHL teams playing in the event, the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) of the United States Hockey League (USHL) will also be sending their 17-Team for two exhibition games against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday, September 21st and the Northeast Generals on Saturday, September 22nd.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 330 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer. For more information on the NAHL Showcase including schedule, ticket prices, hotels, rental cars and arena information, visit www.nahl.com/showcase.
The Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.
It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase. Now entering its 10th anniversary season, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned teams that compete in the 18U, 16U and 15U levels.
Hockey Returns to the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center this September as the Amarillo Bulls face off their 9th season in the North American Hockey League. The Bulls will entertain the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm in their home opener marking the 23rd consecutive year of Hockey In The Texas Panhandle.
For further information on the Seven Game Ticket Package or other ticket packages are available including Full Season Tickets or 10 Game Flex Packs, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.