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 profiled Max Mettler and today we hear from Martin Aune. Come back tomorrow to hear from Jared Brandt. For a full list of the past Tauros 20 Questions look to the bottom of this page.
Martin Aune is the first of the Tauros import players for our 20 Questions series. In four games last season skating with the Minotauros the native or Norway certainly made an impression. At 6’4” and 195 lbs. it is hard to miss Aune on the ice, though in his first game with the Tauros Aune did manage to sneak up on Aberdeen’s Austin Heakins. That was not Aune’s only big hit with the Tauros though it may be his most memorable. Aune also had an assist and finished +1 in his four game stint as an Affiliate Player with the Tauros.
Aside from skating with the Tauros last season Aune was an Arizona Bobcats. In 22 games played in the NAPHL with Arizona, Aune posted two goals and seven assists. With Jake Dittel, Jared Brandt, Max Mettler, and Luke Davison; all returning along with 2nd round draft pick James LaDouce coming from the USHL, the 1997 born Aune will be able to ease into a role on the blue line. His size will certainly be an attribute in front of the Tauros goal, and if he continues to hit like he did when he was in Minot last season he will quickly become a fan favorite.
From the Coach’s Office: Martin caught our eye when he skated for us last season for a few practices. His physical stature is obvious, but he moves well for a big kid, and can chip in offensively. During main camp, Martin made great decisions with the puck and has a great shot. Aune can punish the opposition with his physical play, and as he understands the junior game, he can be a valuable member of our blueline. – Head Coach Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: Marty or The Norwegian Nightmare by coach Todd Collins
Older/younger siblings: Younger brother: Andreas Aune (1999 born)
Favorite NHL team/player: Kronwall of the Detroit Red Wings
Why (if you did) did you pick your number: I picked my number based on what players I like and have played with earlier that made a good impression on me hockey wise
Pregame routine: stretch outside the locker room
Ideal pregame meal: Chicken and pasta
Any hockey superstitions: No
Best hockey memory: Winning the regular season in Canada in the OEMHL AAA 2 years ago
Personal goals for this season: Improve as much as I can as a defenseman to help the team get the best possible outcome of this season, as well as improving my weaknesses and overall hockey understanding.
Favorite school subject: Criminal Justice
Favorite vacation spot: Greece
Favorite zoo animal: Alligator
Favorite junk food: Pizza
Favorite musician: Lee Brice or Luke Bryan
What song would you sing for Karaoke: Mean To Me – Brett Eldredge
Favorite cartoon as a kid: Scooby doo
Hidden talent: Soccer
Who is your dream date: Nina Dobrev or Britt Robertson
Who would play you in a movie: Channing Tatum
If you could go back in time when/where would you go: Back to kindergarten when coloring was considered homework.