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 forward Ryan Green.
Green comes to the Tauros after a strong midget career primarily with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals. Last season the 5’11” 170 lbs. 1999 birth-year forward posted 11 goals and 11 assists in 32 games in the Tier 1 Elite League. Green is looking first and foremost to be the type of player the Tauros coaches trust to deploy in all situations, “my goals are to be a power play and penalty kill player, and also a plus guy on the score sheet.” He added, “I pride myself on playing both ends of the ice well. My favorite player to watch do that was pavel datsyuk, always outplaying his opponent even if he wasn’t the biggest or strongest.”
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray was not afraid to set the bar high invoking the name of a Tauro alum playing NCAA DI hockey when describing Green, “I think he could be a very versatile player, that could play up and down the line up and multiple positions. He has great speed and instincts, and reminds me a little of Jon Snodgrass who turned out to be a very good player for us.” What really stood out for Murray was Green’s understanding of the game, “Ryan is a very smart hockey player, and he seems to do the right thing all the time.”
Chris Lonke, Tauros Assistant General Manager, harmonized with Murray, “Ryan is a very smart hockey player. He can make many small little plays in small areas that can win you hockey games.”
Green gave a number of reasons as to why he decided to come to Minot, “the Tauros are constantly one of the best teams and programs in the NAHL, as well as the coaching staff they have looks to be one of the best places to play junior hockey.” While training camp will be a grind Green is still excited to get to the Magic City, “I’m really looking forward to meeting new guys and a new place to call home.”
Come back tomorrow when we will meet Aaron Grounds. Do not miss your chance to see Green and all of the Tauros for the first time Monday during a the team’s first practice which is free to the public. Then catch them 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.