By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – As the Minotauros seventh season draws near it is time to start meeting the players heading to Minot for training camp. Camp opens September 3rd and the pre-season opens on September 9th against the Bismarck Bobcats at the Maysa Arena. We continue meeting the team with veteran forward Austin Koss.
Koss spent most of last season as the youngest skater on the Tauros roster. Despite that, he was able to draw into the line-up on 36 nights and posted four goals and two assists while in the line-up. The California native is looking to step into a bigger role this season. “The main goal is to do my best to be a leading figure both on and off the ice to help our team buy in and win the Robertson Cup.” He added on a personal level he “goals of mine include getting over 40+ points this season, with an end goal of achieving a Division 1 commitment.”
Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray believes those goals are achievable for Koss, “Austin is the type of kid you root for. He brings a strong work ethic and a team first mindset to the rink everyday. His rookie season wasn’t easy for him, he was a scratch on many occasions, but he kept his head up and worked his tail off everyday with a smile on his face. I thought he made some huge strides in all areas of his game as the year progressed. And now watching him in main camp, and the first few days of camp, I can see that’s he’s ready to take it to another level. I see him becoming a leader on our team and his strong work ethic rubbing off on the rest of our team.”
To reach that goal Koss wants to “work on utilizing my speed and skill to make plays and execute when given opportunities in front of the net.” Koss added “I am excited to play once again for the Tauros and be in front of the best fans in the NAHL!”
Come back tomorrow when we will meet forward Taylor Lantz. Do not miss your chance to see Koss and all of the Tauros in game action for the first time September 9th at 7:35 at the Maysa Arena when the Bismarck Bobcats come to Minot to open the pre-season.