Minot defenseman Strom makes NCAA DI commitment
August 14, 2019
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that defenseman Nick Strom has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Western Michigan University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Strom becomes the ninth member of last year’s Tauros team to make a DI commitment and the 45th overall in franchise history.
Strom, 19, was tied for ninth on the Tauros in scoring during the 2018-19 season with 32 points (4 goals, 28 assists).
The 5’11/177 lbs. native of Dayton, Minnesota, said he chose Western Michigan because of the coaching staff. “I know they’ll push me to be my best as a student athlete. Western Michigan gives me the best chance to reach my goals, which includes playing in the NCHC and becoming a pilot. I plan on studying aviation flight science and getting a business-related minor.”
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray had nothing but praise for his defenseman, “Nick had an exceptional rookie season with us. He played like a seasoned veteran from the get go and played in all situations. His poise and ability to break pucks out are as good as I’ve seen at this level. He’s a great teammate and with the way he handles himself both on and off the ice, it will lead to very good things as he moves forward in his career.”
Strom was equally effusive about his time in Minot as Murray was about him. “The entire Tauro organization helped me get to this point by surrounding me with great coaches, trainers, and teammates who have supported and pushed me to be a better player and person. Having the opportunity to be on the ice every day and work on my game with them helped me grow a lot this past season. I owe them, the fans, and the community a big thank you for making Minot a great place to play and develop.”
Aside from a general thank you to the Tauros community Strom also had more specific thank you’s to pass on. “I owe a big thank you to my family, friends, and my billet family the Bastsfor their support throughout this journey. As well as the Tauro scouts, coaches, and ownership for giving me the opportunity to play in Minot and doing everything they could to help me during my time there.”