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 and the pre-season continues Wednesday night against the Bismarck Bobcats in Bismarck at 7:15. We continue meeting the team with veteran forward Mirolav Mucha.
Mucha enters his second and final season as a Tauro after a strong finish to his rookie season. Mucha posted just 12 points as a rookie on two goals and 10 assists but managed four points in his final 10 regular season games. Mucha then followed that up with two goals and an assist in the Tauros’ four playoff games against the Aberdeen Wings.
Mucha, who patterns his game after fellow Slovakian and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Marian Hossa, said that he wants to “work on using my body to protect the puck, and my hand eye coordination.” He added he also intends to “execute on my scoring opportunities, and just do the best I can every day on and off the ice.”
The strong finish to last season combined with Mucha’s dedicated attitude has Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray “very optimistic that Miro will have a breakout season this year.” Murray explained his optimism, “I thought he was one of our best forwards the last 10 regular season games and into playoffs last year. He has good size, good skill and will be relied on in all situations this season. He has been very impressive thus far in camp, and will be looked upon for leadership this season as well.”
Mucha is also looking forward to the season and while he is looking forward to “bringing the team together and becoming a family” he is mostly “excited to see the best fans back at the Maysa.”
Come back tomorrow when we will meet forward Ondrej Pavel. Do not miss your chance to see Mucha and all of the Tauros in game action for Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Maysa Arena when the Fargo Force come to Minot to close the pre-season. Tickets will be $5.00 at the door and season ticket holders get in for free.