Minot, ND – As the 2016/17 NAHL season draws near we are giving Tauros fans a chance to meet all of the new members of the club as well as learn a little more about the returning Tauros. We will play 20 questions with a different Tauro every day from now until the NAHL Showcase going in number order, today we catch up with veteran forward #16 Nate Pionk.
As a late addition to the roster two seasons ago Pionk gave the team a boost down the stretch with a goal and two assists in the final nine games of the year. Then he added two goals and three assists over the Tauros 8 playoff games. After starting last season in the USHL with the Lincoln Star Pionk never really found his stride upon returning to Minot, posting just 8 points over 30 games but did score a goal in two playoff games.
From the Coaches’ Office: The time is now for Nate!! He’s had experience in our league and is certainly skilled enough to be a major contributor to our team. Nate had a little trouble finding his grove after starting in the USHL last year. I believe in Nate, and think he will be valuable member of our team this season. – Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: P
Older/younger siblings: Neal (21), Joe (17), Aaron (13)
Favorite NHL team/player: Detroit red wings, Pavel Datsyuk
What inspired you to start playing hockey: My older brother got to play so I figured I’d give it a shot
Pregame routine: Nap, watch Netflix, and listen to music
Ideal pregame meal: shrimp Alfredo
Any hockey superstitions: none
Best hockey memory: playing in the state tournament 3 years in a row
Aside from people, what will you miss most from home: driving my mini van.
Do you believe in ghosts or aliens: No
Favorite vacation spot: Kalispell, MT
Least favorite word: none
Favorite candy bar: Milky Way
Favorite pizza topping: pepperoni
What song would you sing for Karaoke: anything classic rock with Gav
Favorite cartoon as a kid: spongebob
Do you have a hidden talent: I can fish
What’s your dream car: rolls Royce ghost
If you could have one superpower what would it be: invincibility
If you had to go on a reality show which one would you choose: lost