Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros are proud to announce that forward Dan Russell has been added to the NAHL Selects Blue team for the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Russell will join Tauro teammates Kyler Kleven, Sam Skinner, and Owen Baumgartner on the Blue Selects. Those four Tauros will take on fellow Tauros Cole O’Connell and Jay Buchholz who will be playing for the Central Division team. Goaltender Ben Garrity was also slated to play for Team Central but was forced to withdraw after committing to the University of Wisconsin as NCAA DI committed players are ineligible for the divisional teams.
Russell has been on a hot streak of late with goals in the Tauros last four contests. On the season he has 15 goals and 11 assists skating on a line with Kleven and Buchholz. The ’01 birthyear forward is in his first season in the NAHL and is already committed to NCAA DI Michigan State.
Tauros Head Coach and GM Marty Murray was “very happy for Danny to receive this opportunity.” Murray continued, “he has earned it. He’s been one of our best forwards over a significant period of time. He’s very skilled, but more importantly, he competes hard on pucks and has been very consistent.”
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will take place February 17th and 18th in Attleboro, MA at the New England Sports Village for the second year in a row. The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey. Last season, over 220 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best, uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks. It is an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.