Minot, ND – The Minotauros made two final moves ahead of the Feb 10 USA Hockey roster freeze adding defenseman Nick O’Hanisain and forward Nathan Mann.
O’Hanisain was the Tauros third round draft pick last summer but started the season with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL where he posted one goal and three assists in 29 games. The Detroit, MI, native is in his second season of junior hockey having posted two goals and an assist in 10 games as a teammate of Colby Joseph with the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL last season. Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell described O’Hanisain as “a dynamic 2way D that can create offensively and quickly advance pucks on the break out.”
Mann, acquired for conditional future assests, is a player Tauro fans should have some familiarity with as he has played 15 career contests against the Tauros as a member of the Aberdeen Wings before being traded to El Paso earlier this season. Through 80 career regular season NAHL games Mann has posted 11 goals and 13 assists including five goals and 10 assists this season. Campbell called Mann, “a big power forward that will add heaviness and veteran experience to our lineup.”
To make room for O’Hanisain and Mann the Tauros released Nick Urtis and Anthony Persi. O’Hanisain will wear number 10 and Mann will wear number 22 when they join the Minotauros. Both should be in Minot before the weekend set against the Bismarck Bobcats. It will be a rare two game set in Bismarck instead of the traditional home-and-home series this weekend. The Farmers Union Pregame Show kicks off at 7:00 p.m. for 7:15 p.m. puck drops in Bismarck.