AMARILLO, TX – It’s an exciting time of the year for hockey fans in the Texas Panhandle as the official selection of the 2012-2013 Amarillo Bulls will take shape this weekend.
The Bulls are holding their Main Selection Camp in Brighton, Michigan (near Detroit) starting with the Open Goaltender Camp on Thursday and concluding on Friday. The Main Selection Camp also starts Friday and ends on Sunday.
Head Coach Dennis Williams says the scouting staff and support staff led by Assistant Coach Rocky Russo and scouts Jay and Jeff Laing have done an excellent job in looking at talent.
“I haven’t seen many of these players in person, but I have had the opportunity to get to know them talking on the phone on a personal level this summer,” he said. “I am looking forward to seeing them all come together at main camp. It’s kind of like Christmas you just don’t know what you are going to get Christmas morning.”
It’s been an incredible first two years for the Amarillo Bulls franchise which has quickly become one of the elite programs in the North American Hockey League. The Bulls have posted 99 wins, back-to-back South Division playoff titles as well as consecutive trips to the Robertson Cup National Championship Tournament. In 2011-2012 the Bulls had 45 victories and captured the NAHL Overall Regular Season title and selected as Organization of the Year.
Another amazing stat for the organization is that the Bulls had 17 NCAA College Commitments including 13 at the NCAA Division I level.
“I know we will do a good job in putting an excellent team on the ice,” Williams said. “We have some high expectations for ourselves and I am sure our fans do. I look forward to that challenge. I can’t wait to select our team on Sunday, get them all to Amarillo on August 20th, start the pre-season work-outs going and be prepared to go to Blaine in September. “
Williams said that one thing fans know is to be an Amarillo Bull, the players must come ready to compete hard every day.
“We have to package that all in when we go about selecting our team,” he said. “We have a large number of players returning led by our Captain John Rey. We expect big things coming from him as well as all of our guys. The veterans know what expectations we put on the players. It’s not easy to come into Amarillo and be a Bull.
“It’s not just about putting on that jersey but it’s about becoming a better person and a better hockey player throughout your stay with us.”
It’s never too early to start thinking about Season Tickets for the upcoming Amarillo Bulls Regular Season. The Bulls have tickets packages to fit all budgets. For further information please call 806-242-1122 or drop by 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.