by: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
As the season approaches we will be giving you a chance to meet the new Tauros as well as learn a little more about the returning players by asking them 20 questions. We will be going in number order; yesterday we met Sam Gilmore and today we hear from Owen Larson. Come back tomorrow to hear from Tyler Jeanson. For links to all of the past Tauros 20 Questions look to the bottom of this page.
The Tauros used the first of two second round draft picks (36th overall) on the high scoring Owen Larson. Last season playing high school hockey in Minnesota for the Academy of Holy Angels, Larson posted 37 goals and 15 assists in 25 games. The big numbers he put up in his senior season came after two solid campaigns the previous two school years. He had 19 goals and 23 assists in 50 games combined between his sophomore and junior seasons.
At 5’11” and 165 lbs. Larson will not be the biggest Tauro, but certainly will not be pushed around either. A 1997 birth year player Larson has three years of eligibility remaining. With scoring numbers like he posted in high school it is easy to see that Larson is a talented player. Coming out of the pre-draft camp the Tauros coaching staff had him ranked in their top group and were thrilled to be able to nab him in the second round.
From the Coach’s Office: Owen participated in our pre draft camp in late May, and we made him a priority on our draft board. When you talk about our team identity, Owen seems to have it all. He skates very well, has a strong compete level, and has a very good scoring touch. Even though he'll be a rookie to our league, we are optimistic that he'll be a very good player for us. – Head Coach Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: Lars
Older/younger siblings: Finn, Younger sister 16
Favorite NHL team/player: Wild, Granlund
Why (if you did) did you pick your number: I've worn 18 the past 4 years in high school and it just feels right now.
Pregame routine: Get a good stretch in, dress half way then tape up the twigs, after that finish dressing.
Ideal pregame meal: Grilled Chicken or Steak with pesto pasta and a yogurt.
Any hockey superstitions: Once my sticks are taped up, they can't touch the ground. The ice has to be the only surface they touch.
Best hockey memory: Bantam State Tourney
Personal goals for this season: 1. Play for the boys and always for the W. 2. Bring a Robby Cup back to Minot
Favorite school subject: History
Favorite vacation spot: Arizona (Where my mom lives)
Favorite zoo animal: Panda
Favorite junk food: Pringles
Favorite musician: Kygo and Biggie Smalls
What song would you sing for Karaoke: Firework by Katy Perry
Favorite cartoon as a kid: Spongebob
Hidden talent: Master of Laser Tag
Who is your dream date: Ariana Grande
Who would play you in a movie: Whoever played Jack O'Callahan in Miracle, dude has unreal flow.
If you could go back in time when/where would you go: 1980 Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid