Pair of Bulls players excited about NAHL opportunity
August 12, 2014
The North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL are proud to announce that the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) have tabbed two North Iowa players for their training camp roster.
North Iowa goaltender Chris Amsden from St. Peter, MN, secured a spot on the Magicians roster at their main camp tryout a week ago. Chris was a tendered player by the Magicians. Amsden, who provided solid net minding all year for the Bulls reached the training camp invite by out dueling 12 other goalies in attendance.
Amsden’s NA3HL numbers were spectacular with a record of 25-2 with six wins by shutout. His save percentage was .922 and his GAA was 1.89. In the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship Amsden was perfect in two starts posting 2 shutouts en route to helping the Bulls win their second consecutive NA3HL Silver Cup.
North Iowa forward Austin Jackson was another player that the Magicians saw promise in. Jackson a 19-year-old from Waterloo, IA had a strong main camp where he competed well and was offensively productive. Jackson was one of the Bulls more reliable young players during the 2013-14 late season and playoff stretch.
"Austin's presence in the playoffs was key to our success. He recorded 8 points in 8 games during the NA3HL playoffs with 5 goals and 3 assists, one goal being a game winner during the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden.
The North Iowa Bulls wish Chris and Austin and the Minnesota Magicians the best of luck and much success in the 2014-15 NAHL campaign.
"I am excited for Chris and Austin to be competing for a spot on our team when our regular season training camp begins on Sept. 1st. Both of them played very well in our Main Camp Tryout in July,” said Magicians head coach Tom Upton. “Their play and how they conduct themselves as people have earned them this opportunity. I would also like to thank the North Iowa Bulls and the NA3HL on doing a phenomenal job on developing these two young men as players and people in order to be able to play at the next level."