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 Martin Aune and today we hear from Jared Brandt. Come back tomorrow to hear from Derek Frentz. For links to all of the past Tauros 20 Questions look to the bottom of this page.
Jared Brandt enters his third year with the Minotauros and has grown into one of the most dependable defensemen in the league. Brandt made his initial appearance for the Tauros during November of the 2012/13 season playing in an exhibition game against the Bismarck Bobcats in Dickinson, ND. He was the best player on the ice that night and the Tauros worked to make sure he would be a Tauro for the 2013/14 season.
Over the last two seasons Brandt has played 90 games for the Tauros. After an up and down rookie year in which he played 38 games and posted just two assists, Brandt came back with three goals and 14 assists in 52 games last season. Now the most tenured Minotauro Brandt will be counted on to provide leadership in his final year of junior.
From the Coach’s Office: Jared will be in his third season with the Tauros and has developed into a very dependable player for us. Even though he isn't a player that received a lot of media attention and personal awards, I feel he was one of the most steady defensemen in our division last season. Jared is a player that every coach would love to have on their team both on and off the ice. He will be a key cog on our blueline this season, and is a player that will expand his role from last season. – Head Coach Marty Murray
Do you have a nickname: Breezy
Older/younger siblings: Older brother 23 years old
Favorite NHL team/player: St. Louis Blues/ Kevin Shattenkirk
Why (if you did) did you pick your number: It was the number my brother wore growing up playing hockey
Pregame routine: Eat, take a nap and blast music before heading to the rink.
Ideal pregame meal: Chicken Alfredo
Any hockey superstitions: Tie my left skate first on gamedays.
Best hockey memory: Sweeping Bismarck in the playoffs.
Personal goals for this season: Getting a Division 1 scholarship and leading the team to the Robertson Cup.
Favorite school subject: History
Favorite vacation spot: Lake of the Ozarks
Favorite zoo animal: Polar Bear
Favorite junk food: Cookie dough ice cream
Favorite musician: Billy Currington
What song would you sing for Karaoke: Burn by Usher
Favorite cartoon as a kid: Scooby Doo
Hidden talent: Great at water skiing
Who is your dream date: Carrie Underwood
Who would play you in a movie: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
If you could go back in time when/where would you go: 2008/ beach in Florida with all my family again.