Jun 6, 2011

For immediate release


Mason City, IA – The North Iowa Bulls Junior A hockey team is pleased to announce the hiring of Todd Sanden as their first ever Head Coach. Todd previously served as an assistant coach for the North Iowa Outlaws, and the Coulee Region Chill in the NAHL.  As a head coach, Todd is a three time Junior B National Champion, was head coach of Dubuque in the USHL and is recognized as a tireless recruiter.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Todd’s experience and knowledge of North Iowa and Mason City as our head coach. Todd is respect in the hockey business and just as important in North Iowa, knows many key people in Mason City and with his past history of building championship teams, we know he will bring a winner to North Iowa,” said Gary Gelinas of Consolidated Sports, owners of the team.

Todd Sanden is from Anoka, MN is married to Teresa with two children Nick 20 and Emily 17. “I am very excited to be returning to Mason City as the head coach of the North Iowa Bulls.  Mason City/ Clear Lake and the entire surrounding community were tremendous in their support of me while I was here with the Outlaws and that makes coming back very easy.  I want to thank the Coulee Region Chill/ Outlaws for two very good years.  I would like to thank the ownership group of Mark and Craig Motz along with Dave Johnson for the opportunity they provided me with two years ago.  I appreciate the confidence of Head Coach Garrett Strot in bringing me in as his assistant as well.  A very special thanks to GM Rick Wesp is necessary, Rick has been a part of my hockey life for many years and I really enjoyed working with him and for him.
It is a great honor for me to be representing Consolidated Sports Group and the North Iowa Bulls as their head coach and I look forward to a very successful venture back in the area.  The fans in the region are as passionate as any I have ever witnessed.  This is a community that has a very strong junior hockey tradition and I am sure that the seats will be packed as we once again have a home team to cheer for.  I am excited and look forward to working with local sponsors and supporters of the Bulls in the very near future,” said Sanden.

The Bulls will be scheduling a press conference in the next few weeks to introduce Todd to the community, unveil the jerseys and do a meet and greet with the organization. The NA3HL held their draft on June 2 and the Bulls who had the first pick overall, drafted 20 players. Details of their picks are listed on the NA3HL site. Please visit site for updated information and watch for the new permanent website.

Season tickets are on sale, starting as low as $70 for a flex package and can be secured on the Bulls website in priority sequence.