Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros are proud to announce that defenseman Sam Skinner has committed to play NCAA DI hockey for Ferris State University. Skinner becomes the 51st Minotauro to earn an NCAA DI commitment and fifth member of the current team to have college plans. Skinner’s commitment comes after a busy start to the season that saw the defenseman represent the Tauros on Team NAHL in Sochi Russia.
Skinner has several reasons for committing to Ferris State aside from the obvious hockey related reasons; “it’s close to home, I love the campus, and it has a really good criminal justice program.” Skinner added “I want to eventually be a detective.” Skinner credits his time as a Tauro with helping him achieve his goal., “I was given a lot of ice time, and the coaching staff helped me mature both on and off the ice.”
Tauros Head Coach/General Manager Marty Murray was not surprised to see Skinner commit given the way his game has grown, “Sam has made some huge strides in his game this season. He learned a lot last year, and has really come into his own establishing himself as a top defenseman on a nightly basis, both offensively and defensively. He plays in every situation for us and we expect him to log a lot of ice for us as the season progresses.”
Skinner was quick to share the credit, thanking “all the coaches in Minot, my parents, teammates, and all my past coaches” for helping him get to the next level.
Skinner and the rest of the Tauros are back in action this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Bismarck Bobcats to kick off the 2019-20 Subway North Dakota Cup. The Subway North Dakota Cup is awarded to the winner of the Tauros/Bobcats series each season, with the Tauros winning it in each of it’s first three seasons. The series starts in Bismarck Friday and shifts to Minot on Saturday night, tickets for Saturday night are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page.