Rapid City Rush

The Rapid City Rush are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL based in Rapid City, South Dakota, and play their home games at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Rapid City Rush
2019–20 ECHL season
CityRapid City, South Dakota
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionMountain
Founded2008 (In the CHL)
Home arenaRushmore Plaza Civic Center
ColorsRed, gold, black, white,
Owner(s)Scott Mueller
Spire Sports + Entertainment
Head coachDaniel Tetrault
Media100.3 The Fox
AffiliatesArizona Coyotes (NHL)
Tucson Roadrunners (AHL)
Franchise history
2008–presentRapid City Rush
Championships
Division Championships1 (2010–11)
Conference Championships1 (2009–10)
Ray Miron President's Cup1 (2009–10)

History

On June 2, 2007, the Central Hockey League announced an expansion team for Rapid City, which began play in the 2008–09 season.[1] Two months later, the team named Joe Ferras as their head coach and Director of Hockey Operations, and Jason Rent as General Manager. Jason Rent resigned from the organization and Tim Hill was named General Manager in the spring of 2009.[2] In September 2007, the Rush unveiled their name, colors, and logo. The team is owned in majority by Scott Mueller. Mr. Mueller was previously involved in ownership with the Colorado Eagles, also of the Central Hockey League. Barry Petersen and Luke Petersen are combined minority owners.

In their second season (2009–10) the Rapid City Rush defeated the Allen Americans 4 to 3 with 39.3 seconds left in double-overtime in game 6 of the Ray Miron President's Cup Finals at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City to win the Ray Miron President's Cup. The Rush lost game one of the series but rebounded to win game 2 in overtime on a Blaine Jarvis goal. The Rush then traveled to Allen for three straight games where Allen won game 3 but the Rush responded to win games 4 and 5. In game six of the series, it returned to Rapid City and looked as if there would be a game 7 when entering the third period with the score 3-1 in favor of the Americans. The Rush's Blaine Jarvis scored with 5:06 remaining in the third to bring the Rush within one. Exactly two minutes later, Brendon Cook scored, evening the score at 3 and forcing overtime. With 39.3 seconds left in the second overtime, a shot by Les Reaney deflected off the Allen goaltender Chris Whitley and the Rush's Scott Wray, rolling into the goal, sealing the win for the Rush and their first President's Cup.

During the 2010–11 season, the Rush were the host to the 2011 Central Hockey League All-Star Game. The Rush ended up losing to the All-Stars 11-6. Also, the Rush made the playoffs for the second straight season. In the first round, the Rush swept the Dayton Gems. During the second round against the Fort Wayne Komets, the Rush's leading scorer, Ryan Menei, was blindsided in game 2 on a dirty hit by the Komets' Sean O'Connor. O'Connor was suspended the rest of the series and the Rush went on to win the series in 7 games. Next, the Rush faced their arch rivals, the Colorado Eagles. The series lasted 7 games but the Eagles came away with the series win.

The 2012–13 season brought new changes to the Rush organization. Assistant coach and former team captain Mark DeSantis accepted the head coaching position with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and head coach, Joe Ferras, became the lone bench boss for the season. Rush All-Star and fan favorite goalie Danny Battachio was able to return to the team after suffering a serious injury in the 2011–12 season. During the regular season, inconsistent play left the Rush battling for a play-off spot and were plagued with a low-scoring offense (last in the league). The Rush finished the regular season strong, finishing fourth in the regular season standings.

For the 2014–15 season, Rapid City announced that former assistant coach and team captain Mark DeSantis would return as an associate coach. DeSantis had a successful 2013–14 season as the head coach of the expansion Brampton Beast. In addition, several roster changes were made. Goaltender Tim Boron was released and former CHL Rookie of the Year Danny Battochio was signed to replace him. Also, longtime team captain Scott Wray and Konrad Reeder both announced their retirements.

On October 7, 2014, soon before the 2014–15 Central Hockey League season was set to begin, it was announced that the CHL had ceased operations and the Rush, along with the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Missouri Mavericks, Tulsa Oilers, and Wichita Thunder, were all approved for membership into the ECHL for the 2014–15 season.[3][4]

On August 11, 2015, the Rush announced that they had signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes and the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. This marks the first time the Rush has ever been affiliated with an NHL team.[5] On February 18, 2016, head coach and general manager, Joe Ferras, announced he was stepping down from his coaching position and promoting Mark DeSantis to head coach.[6] On July 14, 2016, the Rush and the Coyotes organization renewed their affiliation along with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL.[7]

After one-and-a-half seasons, DeSantis was fired.[8] He was replaced by former Rush captain Daniel Tetrault for the 2017–18 season as head coach.[9] The Rush also changed their affiliations to the Minnesota Wild (NHL) and the Iowa Wild (AHL)[10] but ended it after one season.[11] The Rush entered the 2018–19 season independent of an affiliate after three seasons of affiliations and missed playoffs.[12]

On January 11, 2019, the Rush announced an ownership change with Luke and Barry Peterson departing and Jeff Dickerson and T.J. Puchyr of Spire Sports + Entertainment joining. Scott Mueller remained the majority owner.[13] On July 25, 2019, the Rush began a two-year affiliation agreement with the Arizona Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners.[14]

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL=Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalty infraction minutes

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundFinals
2008–09642233275318323113763rd, Northwest Division2009Did not qualify
2009–10644314169325319713341st, Northern Conference2010ByeW, 4–0, MOW, 4–3, B-SW, 4–2, ALN
2010–11664022138421020012851st, Turner Conference2011W, 3–0, DAYW, 3–2, FWL, 3–4, COL
2011–12663822158222617611424th, Turner Conference2012L, 2–4, FW
2012–13663524257717717911184th, CHL2013L, 2–4, MO
2013–14663923138222018910884th, CHL2014L, 3–4, QC
2014–15723728258121820612293rd, Central Division2015W, 4–3, QCL, 2–4, ALN
2015–1672303534671772109744th, West Division2016Did not qualify
2016–1772263880602152569177th, Mountain Division2017Did not qualify
2017–18722541335620326811617th, Mountain Division2018Did not qualify
2018–19723033546916822515416th, Mountain Division2019Did not qualify

Players

Current roster

Updated November 17, 2019.[15][16]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
28 Dane Birks D R 24 2019 Merritt, British Columbia Coyotes
14 Tyler Coulter F L 23 2019 Brandon, Manitoba Rush
24 Richard Coyne D R 28 2018 Cave Creek, Arizona Rush
22 Taylor Crunk F L 24 2019 San Jacinto, California Rush
9 Dexter Dancs F L 24 2019 North Vancouver, British Columbia Rush
13 Josh Elmes (A) D L 26 2017 Brandon, Manitoba Rush
93 Brandon Fehd D R 28 2018 Gilbert, Arizona Rush
91 Giovanni Fiore F L 23 2019 Laval, Quebec Coyotes
15 Keeghan Howdeshell F L 21 2019 Brighton, Michigan Roadrunners
6 Eric Israel D L 24 2019 Huntington Woods, Michigan Rush
16 Chris Izmirlian F R 26 2019 Montreal, Quebec Rush
44 Ryker Killins D R 23 2019 Wawa, Ontario Roadrunners
11 Stephane Legault F L 26 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Rush
4 Chris Leibinger D L 25 2018 Saginaw, Michigan Rush
31 Merrick Madsen G L 24 2019 Acton, California Coyotes
27 Myles McGurty D R 25 2019 Weehawken, New Jersey Rush
21 Cedric Montminy (A) F L 24 2018 Sherbrooke, Quebec Rush
18 Tyler Poulsen F L 26 2018 Arvada, Colorado Rush
8 Peter Quenneville (C) F R 25 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Rush
49 Alex Rauter F L 25 2019 Chatham, New Jersey Rush
20 Brennan Saulnier F L 25 2019 Halifax, Nova Scotia Rush
7 Gage Torrel F L 25 2019 Monticello, Minnesota Rush
41 Tyler Parks G L 27 2018 Imperial, Missouri Rush
10 Trey Phillips D L 26 2019 Okotoks, Alberta Rush

References

  1. "Rapid City, SD to join Central Hockey League in 2008-09". National Hockey League. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  2. "Rapid City Names GM & Head Coach". Central Hockey League. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  3. "CHL Clubs Join ECHL for 2014-15 Season". Central Hockey League. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  4. "ECHL Accepts Seven Members". ECHL. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014.
  5. "Coyotes Announce New Affiliation Agreement with Rapid City of ECHL". Arizona Coyotes. August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  6. "Ferras Steps Down". OurSportsCentral. February 18, 2016.
  7. "Rush Re-Affiliate with Coyotes". OurSports Central. July 14, 2016.
  8. "DESANTIS RELIEVED OF COACHING DUTIES". Rapid City Rush. April 21, 2017.
  9. "TETRAULT NAMED RUSH HEAD COACH". ECHL. June 9, 2017.
  10. "RUSH JOIN FORCES WITH MINNESOTA, IOWA". ECHL. June 19, 2017.
  11. "Rush and Wild Part Ways". OurSportsCentral.com. June 29, 2018.
  12. "Rush hit the track to start training camp". Rapid City Journal. October 1, 2018.
  13. "RUSH ANNOUNCE CHANGE IN TEAM OWNERSHIP". Rapid City Rush. January 11, 2019.
  14. "RUSH TO BE PROUD AFFILIATE OF NHL'S ARIZONA COYOTES". Rapid City Rush. July 25, 2019.
  15. "Rapid City Rush Elite Prospects". EliteProspects. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  16. "Rapid City Rush roster". Rapid City Rush. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
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