AMARILLO, TX – The building of the inaugural Amarillo Bulls that will hit the ice in September in the North American Hockey League is in full swing.
Approximately 70 players attended the first tryout camp in East Lansing, Michigan over the weekend that was narrowed down to 36 players who skated in a finale all-star game. It was rough and tumble camp that also featured a few fisticuffs and torn jerseys. Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Dennis Williams says the coaching staff has been pleased with quality of talent and the overall level of play.
“The physical side of the puck was really good and the guys were battling,” Williams said. “One of the things that I stressed was fighting for those 50-50 pucks. At the end of the camp I did an exit interview with the players, and the young men were absolutely terrific. It is never easy letting go of a player, but they were all receptive of what they had to work on.”
The Amarillo Bulls will hold another tryout camp in Aston, PA near Philadelphia this weekend. Each team will have two games and a one hour practice. Williams said he expects just over 50 players to attend from across the East Coast and he hopes the level of play will again be excellent.
“Before the players go onto the ice, whether for a practice or a game, I explain to them what is at stake and what is on the line,” he explained. “Those players make the decision on who makes this team. I encourage them to be a difference maker and when we are going out for dinner at 10 pm at night, and we say who was good – you want to make sure we are talking about you.”
The Bulls will hold a local tryout in Amarillo on August 25 and 26 and that will be followed by the final selection camp by invite only that begins on August 27.
Hockey returns to the Amarillo Civic Center this September when the Amarillo Bulls make their debut in the North American Hockey League. Season tickets and corporate partnerships are available and formation contact the Amarillo Bulls at 242-1122.
For more information on the Amarillo Bulls, please contact Director of Broadcasting/Communications Denis J. Puska at 242-1122 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.