By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – As the Minotauros seventh season draws near it is time to start meeting the players who hope to head to the NAHL Showcase after training camp. Camp opened September 3rd, the preseason is done, and the regular season starts today at 4:00 p.m. against the Shreveport Mudbugs at the NAHL Showcase. We finish meeting the team with veteran forward Michael Talbot.
Michael Talbot enters his final and second season with the Tauros with high expectations. His 11 goals from last season is second among the returning players behind Alex Adams’s 29. In total Talbot 16 in 44 games as a rookie out of Anoka High School in Minnesota where he posted 33 points in 24 games as a senior two seasons ago. Talbot, who has had more goals than assists in each of his three seasons of high school and his first as a Tauro is looking to is looking to round out his game this season saying, “I want to be a hardworking 200 foot player who can create plays and make things happen for my teammates around me”
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray expects big things from Talbot, “he has shown he can put the puck in the net at this level, but we need him to be consistent. With so many new guys this year we’re looking to him to step up and be one of our leaders this year, on and off the ice. He has the personality for it”
The need for consistency and leadership was not lost on Talbot who listed them as his goals for the season. “Personal goals would be to be the best possible leader for the younger guys as I can in all aspects of leadership, weather it’s leading by example or just if anyone needs anything I can help them out. On the ice I want to be a consistent player that coach can count on every night and any situation and I hope they will lead to college opportunities.”
Talbot is excited for the season to start, and while the NAHL Showcase is fun what he looks forward to most is the Tauros’ first home game. “Can’t wait to get back in the Pepsi rink and have it rockin every home game and getting out in the community to get as many fans to our games as possible so they can see how great Tauro hockey is,” explained Talbot.
Watch or listen as the Minotauros strive to defend their 2016 NAHL Showcase Championship starting today at 4:00 p.m. against the Shreveport Mudbugs. The game can be heard for free by clicking the “Listen Live” tab atop this page, on AM 1390 KRRZ in Minot, or you can watch pay-per-view video on www.hockeytv.com.