BLAINE, Minn. – Connor Poczos is no stranger to the North American Hockey League. He’s played in 12 NAHL games in his career, suiting up for Kenai River, the Minnesota Wilderness and Springfield in the last couple of seasons.
The veteran netminder is heading back to the NAHL this weekend, joining the Amarillo Bulls at the NAHL Showcase, which starts Wednesday at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. His call-back to the NAHL officially came Tuesday, with Amarillo set to play four games in as many days.
Poczos will join a former North Iowa teammate on the roster at this weekend’s Showcase – Aaron Swanson signed a tender with Amarillo late this past season after joining Todd Sanden’s roster for the stretch run, and will also play for the Bulls in Blaine.
The NAHL Showcase is a major opportunity for Poczos, Swanson and every other player in uniform to make a good impression on decision-makers at the next level. More than 300 junior, college and professional scouts attend the Showcase each season, and more than 200 NAHL players announced NCAA Division I commitments last season.
After earning his first North Iowa win in the playoffs at Wausau last season, Poczos picked up Sunday afternoon right where he left off. The Bulls’ only returning goaltender made 22 saves in a 6-1 win at the Peoria Mustangs on Sunday, getting his team into the win column for the first time this season.
Amarillo comes into the weekend at 0-1 for the year, but will have four chances to score victories before heading back to Texas. The first of those comes Wednesday evening against the Brookings Blizzard. Game time at the Schwan Super Rink is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The North Iowa Bulls are proud to see Connor Poczos afforded this opportunity with the Amarillo Bulls, and wish him the best in his return to the North American Hockey League.