Skinner to Represent Tauros and NAHL in Russia

Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros are proud to announce that defenseman Sam Skinner has been selected to play on the NAHL All-Star team heading to Sochi, Russia to compete in the Sirius Junior Club World Cup.  The NAHL All-Star team will be comprised of one returning player from each NAHL team that competed in the 2018-19 season (Click to see the full roster).

Skinner was the youngest member of the Tauros’ defense corps last season but finished with the third best plus/minus rating at +11.  Skinner added three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in his rookie season skating in 33 games.  Skinner played in all seven of the Tauros playoff games adding a goal and an assist along with a +1 rating.

Skinner and the rest of the NAHL All-Stars will play in Pool B in the round-robin stage of the tournament against Oulun Karpat (Finland), Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), and HC Ocelari Trinec (Czech Republic). Pool A features Lokomotiv (Russia), Alberta Junior Hockey League All-Stars (Canada), Modo Hockey (Sweden), and HC Davos (Switzerland).  The NAHL All-Stars schedule is below.

The 2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup will be held at the home of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia at the base of the Sirius Educational Centre from August 23-31, 2019. The annual tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), brings together world-class junior hockey clubs from various countries for competition.

Games will be played at the Shayba Arena, which is a 7,000-seat multi-purpose arena located at Sochi Olympic Park in Adler, southern rayon of Sochi in Russia. “Shayba” is Russian for a hockey puck. The venue hosted the ice sledge hockey events during the 2014 Winter Paralympics, and some of the ice hockey events during 2014 Winter Olympics along with Bolshoy Ice Dome.

NAHL All-Stars Schedule (all-times Central)

Monday, August 19 – Exhibition Game, Team NAHL vs. Krylya Sovetov (Moscow), 5:00am

Saturday, August 24 – Round-Robin Game #1, Team NAHL vs. Oulun Karpat, 11:00am

Monday, August 26 – Round-Robin Game #2, Team NAHL vs. Red Bull Salzburg, 11:00am

Wednesday, August 28 – Round-Robin Game #3, Team NAHL vs. HC Ocelari Trinec, 11:00am

Thursday, August 29 – 5th and 7th place games, 7:00am and 11:00am

Friday, August 30 – Semi-Final games, 7:00am and 11:00am

Saturday, August 31 – 3rd place game, 7:00am – Championship Game, 11:00am