By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
As the season approaches we will be giving you a chance to meet the new Tauros as well as learn a little more about the returning players by asking them 20 questions. We will be going in number order; yesterday we met Derek Frentz and today we hear from Ben Falk. Come back tomorrow to hear from Zach Bross. For links to all of the past Tauros 20 Questions look to the bottom of this page.
Ben Falk looks continue the trend of NA3HL players transitioning well to the NAHL in Minot. Christian Mohs, Jake Howie, and Jake Johnson, among others, have all come to the Tauros from the NAHL’s Tier 3 league and become key contributors to playoff teams. With 25 goals and 20 assists last season for the NA3HL’s Nashville Predators, Falk posted numbers similar to each of those three Tauros in their final NA3HL season and will look to make a similar jump.
Prior to skating in the NA3HL last season Falk posted 22 goals and 40 assists in four years of high school hockey with St. Francis High School in Minnesota. Aside from his 45 points for the Predators last season Falk, a dependable two way player, finished with a +36 rating good for 10th in the NA3HL.
After impressing the Tauros coaching staff at Main Camp for the second summer in a row the 5’11” 170 pound 20-year-old will look to stick in Minot this season for his final year of junior.
From the Coach’s office: Ben had an outstanding main camp with us in July. We had built a reputation with him in our main camp last season, and he really seemed to mature over the past year. Ben led our main camp in goals, but it was his work ethic that caught our eye. He never quits on a play, and does the little things well like winning faceoffs and blocking shots. We see Ben being a very responsible player with a good skillset. – Head Coach Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: Falky/Falker
Older/younger siblings: 1 older sister
Favorite NHL team/player: Minnesota Wild/Jonathan Toews
Why (if you did) did you pick your number: It was assigned
Pregame routine: 1 Chocolate Muffin When I wake up
Ideal pregame meal: Chicken
Any hockey superstitions: The blade of my stick can’t touch the ground before games.
Best hockey memory: breaking the record for most consecutive wins last year.
Personal goals for this season: Average 1 point per game
Favorite school subject: Aeronautical Science
Favorite vacation spot: Florida
Favorite zoo animal: Monkey
Favorite junk food: Chocolate muffin
Favorite musician: Jason Aldean
What song would you sing for Karaoke: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Favorite cartoon as a kid: Spongebob
Hidden talent: I can fly planes
Who is your dream date: Blake Lively
Who would play you in a movie: Tom Cruise
If you could go back in time when/where would you go: Back to when my grandpa was boxing.