MINOT, N.D.- While many fans only get to see the Minot Minotauros during games, a lot of work goes into putting a quality product on the ice.
For many players on the Tauros, they don't expect their hockey careers to end in the Magic City.
“My end goal is to go division one and that's what everyone is here for,” said Tauros forward, Taylor Lantz.
But as I found out, these players put their heart and soul into practice to reach those goals.
“It's hard to go one-hundred percent all the time but your goal has to push you and that's what it does for all of us here,” Lantz said.
For these athletes, practice is a physical and mental trial, but right winger Keenan Lund says he's up to the challenge.
“Everyone is doing what we love. It's hard work but we love it. Really it's not that much of a sacrifice,” Lund said.
Lund is already committed to play for the Air Force Academy, but while in Minot, he's still trying to improve his game with his teammates.
“We push each other all the time. That's what makes us better,” Lund said.
As a former NHL'er, head Coach Marty Murray says he knows how much time and effort these players need to put in.
“Our guys treat this like it's their job, it really is. They're here to play hockey and hopefully move onto the next level which is the collegiate level and maybe beyond to the pro level,” Murray said.
Coach Murray says this is a typical day for the players, but after spending some time on the ice with them, it's clear they're in a league of their own.
You can catch the Tauros in action next when they take on the Austin Bruins Jan. 18th at 8:05 p.m. at Maysa Arena.