FOUR BULLS, RUSSO, AND SHELLEY TO HEADLINE NAHL TOP PROSPECT TOURNAMENT

Amarillo, TX – The North American Hockey League released the rosters for the league’s Top Prospects Tournament in Attleboro, MA from February 17-18.

The South Division team, which is coached by Lone Star’s Dan Wildfong and Amarillo’s Rocky Russo, will see four Bulls skaters, Nick Trela, Niclas Puikkonen, Aaron White, and Gagik Malakyan, attend the tournament which is attended by over 230 scouts from almost every NHL organization and NCAA Division I program.

Trela, a veteran forward for the Bulls, has tallied 10 goals and 19 assists in 36 games this season. The Michigan native has recorded seven multi-point games during the present campaign.

As a former first-round pick for the Bulls, Puikkonen has settled into a groove, recording 33 points in all 42 of the team’s games this season. The Swedish centerman has nine goals to accompany his 24 assists.

No stranger to big game performances, White has propelled into a role as a top forward for the Bulls in the second half of the season. Consistency in his offensive game has led the Ohio native to eight goals and 19 assists through 41 games.

Malakyan, the Russian-born veteran, earns a selection in the tournament after a string of strong offensive performances have paired with his physically demanding defensive game. He has nine assists and a goal to his credit during this season’s campaign.

Russo, the Head Coach of the Bulls, makes his second appearance in as many seasons on the bench for the South Division, having served as the head coach of the team. He will assist Wildfong on for this year’s tournament.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to represent the Amarillo Bulls and the South Division at the NAHL Top Prospects tournament,” said Russo. “I am looking forward to meeting the players personally and promoting them to the NCAA coaches in attendance. As always, I expect the tournament to be extremely professional and well run, with a high volume of exposure for all of the players involved.”

Bulls broadcaster Mark Shelley has also received an invitation to broadcast all six games of the Top Prospects tournament after being voted into the position by other NAHL broadcasters. Shelley will broadcast the tournament games alongside TJ Chillot of the Austin Bruins.

The Amarillo Bulls will return to the Budweiser Bull Pen this Friday, January 31, to take on the Corpus Christi IceRays. The broadcast will begin at 6:45PM CST with Bulls Pregame Live on 107.1FM Nash Icon. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05PM.

To purchase tickets to an upcoming Amarillo Bulls home game, call 806.242.1122 or visit amarillobulls.com/tickets.