(Marty Murray/Head Coach, Minotauros) “A lot of information and a lot of neat stuff to take in today.”
The Minot Minotauros got a special tour of Minot’s Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon.
(Derek Frentz/Minot Minotauros) “I think a lot of guys are kind of taken aback by the whole experience and got to learn a lot more than they actually knew.”
(NATS) “They launch this bad boy and then that missile thinks it’s still on course by following this bad boy, that make sense?”
Coach Murray said airmen take the time to watch and even volunteer at Minotauro hockey games, so this was a good opportunity to see what they do when they’re at work.
(Murray) “For us its an opportunity to get out here. You know, we take for granted our freedom and to kind of see behind the scenes it’s an eye opener for us as a group.”
The team got a sneak peak at something they might have seen from afar many times, but never this close.
(Frentz) “It’s all been fantastic. I never predicted that this plane would be this big so the B52s are pretty cool. The helicopters that we went through, even the missile site the whole room that people sit in all day, night in and night out with our national security, it’s all been a blessing it’s just been cool to see. But the planes are probably the coolest part.”
While the hockey players said they learned a lot about aircrafts and machinery, they also said they learned a newfound appreciation for their neighbors to the north.
(Frentz) “They put in so much work it seems like, much more than I expected so I mean, hats off to them and serving us and making sure everything’s protected. They put in hours and hours of work in training it’s incredible what they go through and I know I definitely couldn’t do it, so it’s cool.”
Both the coach and the team said this was an experience they will never forget.