MASON CITY, Iowa – The Mason City Toros’ coaching staff has spent the summer scouting, recruiting and doing its part to build the roster for the team’s inaugural season.
Now, it’s up to the players to show their skills and earn their spots.
The Toros will host their first-ever Main Tryout Camp at the Mason City Multipurpose Arena starting on the afternoon of Friday, August 20 and wrapping up on Sunday, August 22. The Toros will field two teams as part of a six-team showcase that will help each team build its roster for the 2021-22 campaign.
Three other NA3HL teams – the Sheridan Hawks, the New Ulm Steel and the Wausau Cyclones – will each field a team and host their camps as part of the Toros’ event. The sixth and final team is “Team MacNicol,” a combined team made up of prospects invited to Mason City by the four NA3HL organizations participating in the camp. Each team will play three games – one on Friday and two on Saturday – and be seeded for a fourth and final game on Sunday.
Admission passes are now available for the Toros’ Main Tryout Camp, for both single-day admission and weekend passes. Admission for one day of the Toros’ Main Tryout Camp is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and under. Weekend passes are available for $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and include admission to all three days of the event. All seating for the Toros Main Tryout Camp will be general admission.
Games will be played in four 15-minute periods with a running clock, preceded by a seven-minute warmup, with ice resurfacing between games. Any ties will be decided by a sudden-death shootout.
The organizations fielding teams at this year’s Main Tryout Camp are:
MASON CITY TOROS: How does a team defend a national championship in its first season? The Toros will take their best shot after the North Iowa Bulls’ offseason move to the North American Hockey League. Last year’s North Iowa squad went 27-11-1-1 during the regular season and won eight more games in the postseason on the way to its fourth national championship in a nine-year span. Since the Bulls’ move to the NAHL is technically a relocation of the Amarillo Bulls membership, playing rights for returning North Iowa players revert to the Toros for 2021-22.
SHERIDAN HAWKS: The Hawks will have quite the encore to make if they want to repeat the success of 2020-21. After starting the season 1-1, Sheridan won 41 games in a row, not dropping a single decision until Game 2 of their Frontier Division Final series against the Great Falls Americans. After setting a league record with 13 goals against the Northeast Generals in their opening game at the Fraser Cup tournament, it took a semifinal loss against the Rochester Grizzlies to knock the Hawks out of the running for the national championship.
NEW ULM STEEL: New Ulm will look to climb the West Division standings again this season after an uncharacteristic seven-win season in 2020-21. They’ll do so under new ownership, and with a new head coach – Curtis Doell was recently named the team’s new bench boss after Zach Stepan accepted an offer to become the new assistant coach of the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings.
WAUSAU CYCLONES: 2021-22 will be a full reboot for Wausau’s NA3HL entry, with new ownership of its own. After a six-win season in 2020-21 – and topping out at 11 wins in the team’s inaugural 2017-18 campaign – the former RiverWolves organization has new faces in charge at the top and a new identity. The Cyclones take their name from a well-known senior-league hockey team in the Wausau area that was founded in 1972, disbanding after roughly 30 years on the ice.