Head Coach Nick Bruneteau announced on Friday the team captains for the Mason City Toros first season. Brendan Sloth has been named team captain while Jack Campion, Sota Isogai, Shota Kaneko and Carter Newpower have all been named alternate captains.
All five players return to Mason City after playing for the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL last season.
“It was obvious from day one that we didn’t have one guy sticking out, we had five guys sticking out. That made our jobs easy as coaches because we realized these five needed to be captains and we didn’t think twice about it. They’ve been a huge asset to our team.”
Sloth steps in as the first captain in team history after spending time in both the NAHL and NA3HL last season. He played two games for the Minnesota Wilderness before joining the North Iowa Bulls. The Anoka, MN, native totaled 6 points (1+5) in 24 regular season games for the Bulls and then added five more points (0+5) in 10 games during the Bulls’ Frasier Cup Championship run.
Campion tied for third on the Bulls last season with 16 goals in his first season in Mason City. The Crystal, MN, native recorded 33 points (16+17) in the regular season before adding six points (3+3) in the postseason.
Isogai returns to Mason City for a third straight season. The Nagano, Japan, native finished among the top four on the Bulls in goals in the previous two seasons, including scoring 17 goals last season for the second-most on the Bulls.
Kaneko played in 32 games last season with the Bulls’ fourth Frasier Cup Championship season. The Tokyo, Japan, product recorded 9 points (4+5) and then added two assists in eight playoff games.
Newpower, a member of the 2020-21 NA3HL All-Tournament Team, looks to light the lamp some more this season. The Cottage Grove, MN, native scored 13 goals in the regular season before adding three more in the playoffs. He scored two goals in Sunday’s 7-3 exhibition victory against the Wausau Cyclones.
The Toros open up their inaugural season tomorrow, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. against the Alexandria Blizzard before playing again at Mason City Arena on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The first 200 fans at tomorrow’s game will receive a schedule poster of all Bulls and Toros home games for the 2021-22 season. Tickets for the season opener and all other home games can be purchased here.