Minot, ND – Just hours before the NAHL Trade Deadline Minotauros Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell completed a deal with the El Paso Rhinos for their captain Kolby Amici. Amici is a veteran forward who played for the Jamestown Rebels last season before moving to El Paso in the offseason. The ’02 birthyear forward leads the Rhinos with 17 points (7 goals 10 assists) and already has a goal and an assist while helping Team South win 7-3 over Team Midwest on the opening day of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
In exchange for Amici the Tauros sent Tory Lund to El Paso, the trade also included future assets (draft picks and tenders) going both ways. Lund an ’04 birthyear had 11 points through 36 contests as a Tauro on 4 goals and 7 assists.
Campbell said of the move “Kolby is an experienced and extremely competitive player. He will add energy, leadership and skill to our forward group.” He added, “We want to thank Tory for all the work he put in this season and wish him the best in the future.”
The newest Tauro Amici said fans can expect “a hard working player that makes plays and will do anything for the guy next to him.” As for what he expects in Minot, having played previously with Joe Blackley and Lawton Zacher, Amici said “I don’t know much about the team other than what they’ve told me: that we are treated great and the fans are amazing.”
Amici is also excited to jump into a playoff race saying it, “makes the game just that much greater.” He has some Robertson Cup Playoff experience posting 4 goals and 3 assists in 9 games played last season for the Rebels.
Aside from knowing Blackley and Zacher already Amici will have a chance to meet three more of his new teammates tomorrow as his Team South takes on Team Central with Justin Dauphinais, Colby Joseph, and Nick O’Hanisain.
Amici and the rest of the Tauros will be on the ice this Friday and Saturday on the Pepsi Rink at Maysa Arena as the Aberdeen Wings come to Minot. Tickets for the weekend’s games are available through the “Tickets” tab atop this page or by visiting tickets.minotauroshockey.com.