AMARILLO, TX – The first week of the Amarillo Bulls Training Camp has reached a midway point at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. The Bulls Coaching Staff has been all smiles with the effort, compete level and energy the players have demonstrated early on.
“I think our veterans have done an excellent job at setting an example for our younger guys, on the ice, in the locker room and in the gym,” said Head Coach Rocky Russo. “There is a lot of energy and a really good vibe with this group, so we are pretty excited.”
The Bulls players have been on the ice with two-a-day practices through Monday and Tuesday and now will move into afternoon spit-squad scrimmage games before the weekend hits and that’s when the rival Odessa Jackalopes will visit the Texas Panhandle on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Those games are free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to use the ramp down Entrance Seven down the tunnel. Russo said the practices have focused on a little bit of everything.
“We have spent time watching video on the subject that we are going to be covering in practice before we get on the ice,” he said. “We then walk through it and play it out live. Our guys have had a chance to spend time in the defensive zone, forecheck, re-group, neutral-zone forecheck and face-offs.”
“We know that we have a lot more work to do and we won’t be a finished product any time soon, but if the guys can start to understand the concepts and good habits that go along with those systems, then we can be successful.”
As training camp rolls on, coaching staffs get a chance to assess the fruits of their many hours of recruiting that they have put in and to see what type of direction their program is headed in. Russo said he takes a lot of pride in the recruiting and keeps the formula the same.
“You have to recruit players with good character, compete level and that are obviously good hockey players,” he said. “We knew what we wanted in Amarillo as a staff. I made it very clear to what the expectations are and what type of player we are looking for. We wanted players who had leadership roles with their former teams because those are the guys who have good character as they walk through the door. I think our staff really hit the ball out of the park with some of the guys they brought in.”
In less than 20 days, the 9th season of the Amarillo Bulls faces off when they take on the Lone Star Brahmas on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. It’s not too late to think about Full or Half Season Tickets, the new Seven Game Pack or 10-Game Flex Packs. For further information on price-points and the benefits being offered, visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building or call 806-242-1122.