by: Minotauros Staff
As the race for the final playoff spot in the Central Division is on the minds of the current Minotauros players, next season isn’t too far off for the coaching staff of the Tauros. With many players moving on next year with College Commitments, there will be spots that need to be filled. With area High School’s finishing their current season, there is no better time for the Tauros Future Prospects to showcase what they are capable of doing. The Tauros Coaching staff has been getting an up close look at players they have tendered and also an opportunity for some of the local talent to showcase their skills.
“With the high school season finishing up it gives us a chance to bring in some of our future prospects and see where they are at compared to our guys this season,” said Minotauros Assistant Coach Nigel Dube. “Recruiting goes on all year and it is very important part moving forward for next season. With our organization going into its fourth year in Minot, we are really looking for big things next year from right out of the gate” said Dube. The Minotauros coaching and scouting staff keep a close eye on players throughout the year and in communication with players that they believe would be a good fit in the organization. Several players come to Minot to watch a game during the season and get a feel for the community and what the atmosphere is like at the Maysa Arena. “We have one of the best fan bases in the league, it is important for a player to come in and see how exciting the Maysa Arena is.”
Casey Johnson,Grand Forks Central High School. 27 GP 9G 23A 32PTS 10 PIM
The GF Central finished second at the North Dakota High School State Tournament and large part was due to the play of Johnson. He also played one game against the Austin Bruins this season as an Affiliate player for the Minotauros. “Casey had a very strong year with his high school team, he was their captain and logged a lot of minutes. He played a sound game for us against Austin, he hadn’t been in a game in a few weeks but he handled himself very well. He is a very skilled player on the ice and a great character kid off the ice,” comments Dube.
Quinn Fuchs, Minot Magicians. 27 GP 24G 44A 68PTS 29 PIM
Fuchs finished his Senior year with the Minot Magician and had a very successful year leading his team in points and helping them past the first round of State for the first time in twenty two years. Fuchs is a born and raised Minot product that has been on the radar from the first year of Minotauros Hockey. “Quinn is player that we have been watching closely as he progressed through high school, he is a great character kid and has put up solid numbers. The Fuchs family has been a big part of our program billeting players, Quinn will know the demands of Junior hockey from being around players growing up,” said Dube.
The Minot Minotauros are excited to announce that they have a long term agreement with the Maysa Arena that will see them playing all games there for the 2014-15 season. “The Maysa Arena has been a great fit for us since Day 1. The energy created by our fans at the Maysa, creates a great environment for our guys, as well as a difficult arena for opposing teams to visit. We look forward to having an ongoing relationship with the Maysa Arena for many years to come. “said Head coach and General Manager Marty Murray. As the Minotauros organization continues to grow, it’s very important for them to be out in the community and to be positive reinforcement for everyone we are associated with. “This is a great city for hockey; players were out in the community 3-4 days a week. We want to continue to give back to the community in as many ways as we can, that is a main priority that we have as an organization. We want to continue to build relationships with business’ and fans in the City of Minot moving forward and make this the best hockey city in the NAHL!” said Dube.
Stayed tuned next week for more future prospects!