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 Tauros veteran defenseman Colby Enns.
Enns is just one of two defensemen from last year’s team to return to the Tauros this season, and it will be his first full season with the team. A 1999 birth year Enns still has two full seasons of junior eligibility remaining and he could not be happier to play them in his hometown. It helps that Minot is a thriving hockey community, “The atmosphere is the best place in the NAHL to play in.” Enns continued, “[I] Can’t wait to see the Pepsi rink rocking.” As for any additional stress that might come with being the hometown hero Enns shut that idea down pretty quickly, “I don’t think there’s a whole lot of extra pressure. I just love being able to play in front of people that have watched me grow up and that have helped throughout my hockey career.”
Of course Enns is not a Tauro because he is from Minot, he can play too. Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray hopes Enns can find a place in the top 4, “Colby gained some valuable experience playing for us when his season ended at Minot High. He has all the tools you look for in a defenseman, and he has garnered some D1 attention. I thought he played well for us, and now that he has a taste of the junior game, I want him to take it to another level.”
As Murray alluded to Enns played for the Minot High Magicians each of the last two seasons and his many talents have been on full display for the Minot faithful for years. Over two high school seasons Enns has shown an ability to play at both ends of the ice, posting 60 points in 53 games including 27 goals. While Enns did not post as much offense in his short stint with the Tauros last season he did net two goals and added an assist in 13 games.
For his part Enns does not seem to be as concerned with offense as he is taking care of his own zone. When asked his goals for the season scoring goals was never mentioned, instead he said, “Be a shutdown player when I’m on the ice and win a Robertson cup.” In order to achieve that goal Enns plans to work on being, “a more explosive player.” Murray agrees noting that with Enns’ size (6’1” 175 lbs.) and skill adding a little more explosiveness would give him the full package “if he understands the need to play with pace and urgency daily, he could really do some great things for both us and himself.”
Come back tomorrow when we will meet another defenseman Lincoln Erne. Do not miss your chance to see Enns and all of the Tauros in 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.