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1. Rapid City Rush – The Rapid City Rush are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL which are currently affiliated with the National Hockey Leagues Arizona Coyotes and the American Hockey Leagues Tucson Roadrunners. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Rush play their games at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. On June 2,2007, the Central Hockey League announced a team for Rapid City. Two months later, the team named Joe Ferras as their coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Jason Rent resigned from the organization and Tim Hill was named General Manager in the spring of 2009, 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, 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 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, the Rushs 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, 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 Rushs leading scorer, Ryan Menei, was blindsided in game 2 on a dirty hit by the Komets Sean OConnor. OConnor 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. Rush All-Star and fan favorite goalie Danny Battachio was able to return to the team suffering a serious injury in the 2011–12 season. During the regular season, inconsistent play left the Rush battling for a spot and were plagued with a low-scoring offense. The Rush finished the season strong, finishing fourth in the regular season standings. For the 2014–15 season, Rapid City announced that assistant coach
2. Central Hockey League – The Central Hockey League was a North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Until 2013, it was owned by Global Entertainment Corporation, at which point it was purchased by the franchise owners. As of the end of its season in 2014, three of the 30 National Hockey League teams had affiliations with the CHL, the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild. Several teams of defunct leagues joined the CHL along its history, including the Southern Hockey League, Western Professional Hockey League and International Hockey League. After two teams suspended operations during the 2014 offseason, the seven were accepted as members of the ECHL in October 2014. The Central Hockey League was revived in 1992 by Ray Miron, both men were from hockey backgrounds. Miron had been manager of the Colorado Rockies, and had briefly been president of the previous Central Hockey League in 1976. After Levins died, the championship trophy was renamed the Levins Cup. After running the league for eight years, Miron retired in 2000, the Levins Cup was renamed the Ray Miron Presidents Cup. However, several years of contraction in the former WPHL markets claimed most of these teams in the ensuing years. The last active former WPHL team, the Fort Worth Brahmas, subsequently, in 2010, the International Hockey League folded and all five remaining IHL teams joined the CHL. As of the end of the 2013–14 season only the Quad City Mallards remain from the former IHL, brad Treliving, who co-founded the WPHL in 1996, became CHL commissioner following the merger, before leaving to join the Phoenix Coyotes. Duane Lewis was named the permanent commissioner in June 2008, in October 2013, the CHL appointed former president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Steve Ryan to succeed Lewis. On March 8,2013, the Central Hockey League announced a team in Brampton. The Brampton Beast would become the first Canadian team in the CHLs history, in October 2013, the Central Hockey League was purchased from Global Entertainment by all the team owners, putting the CHL business model in line with that of the NHL and AHL. On May 2,2014 the St. Charles Chill ceased operations, soon after, the Arizona Sundogs and Denver Cutthroats suspended operations. On October 7,2014, it was announced that the ECHL would absorb the Central Hockey Leagues remaining seven teams to play for the 2014–15 season. The Thunder, RiverKings and Oilers are the last of the CHLs original teams playing today, Hockey Night in Dixie, Minor Pro Hockey in the American South
3. ECHL – The ECHL is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and one franchise in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League, additionally, the leagues players are represented by the Professional Hockey Players Association in negotiations with the ECHL itself. Some 614 players have played at least one game in both the NHL and the ECHL. All but four National Hockey League teams have affiliations with an ECHL team with Columbus, Florida, New Jersey, however, these teams do sometimes lend contracted players to ECHL teams for development and increased playing time. The leagues regular season begins in October and ends in April, the current ECHL champion is the Allen Americans. Alaska, Bakersfield, Fresno, Idaho, Las Vegas, Long Beach, in a change reflective of the leagues now-nationwide presence, the East Coast Hockey League shortened its name to the orphan initialism ECHL on May 19,2003. The ECHL reached its largest size to date that season before being reduced to 28 teams for the 2004–05 season, the ECHL has attempted to be more tech-friendly to its fans. In 2008, the introduced the ECHL toolbar for internet browsers which gave users short cut access to statistics, scores, transactions. At the annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting on June 15,2010, in Henderson, Nevada, the former American Conference was renamed the Eastern Conference, while the National Conference, was re-designated the Western Conference. Within the Eastern Conference, the East Division was renamed the Atlantic Division, the league lost its only Canadian team with the folding of the Victoria Salmon Kings subsequent to the 2010–11 season. The league increased to 20 teams for the 2011–12 season with the addition of the expansion franchise Chicago Express and the Colorado Eagles who previously played in the Central Hockey League. That number dropped to 22 for the 2013–14 season with the folding of the Trenton Titans, the league, because of geographical anomalies, has used unbalanced conferences and divisions, making for some extremely varied playoff formats and limited inter-conference play. Due to travel costs, the league has attempted to placate owners in keeping those costs down, the Board of Governors then votes whether or not to extend the franchises league licenses until the next Board of Governors Meeting. At the 2012 Board of Governors Meeting, the Board elected to limit the league to 26 teams, however, it was decided at the 2015 Board of Governors meeting that the cap should be expanded to 30 teams, hoping to eventually match the NHL and AHLs 30-team total. Reno has not had a minor hockey team since its WCHL franchise folded in 1998. After being listed for about a decade, Reno was eventually removed from the future markets page in spring 2016. However, in September 2016, new group called Reno Puck Club, LLC came forward. On February 8,2016, the announced its approval of the Worcester Railers HC as an expansion team in Worcester, Massachusetts
4. Jimmy Bonneau – Jimmy Bonneau is a former hockey forward who last played for the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. He was drafted 241st overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Bonneau started his career with the Montreal Rocket in the QMJHL and the next two seasons with the same franchise after it moved Prince Edward Island. During the 2005–06 season he played for Long Beach Ice Dogs in ECHL, in 2006–07 and 2007–08 season he split time with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. After spending two seasons with various organizations, he signed on July 2,2010 an AHL contract with Hamilton to bring him back to the Canadiens fold, on September 27,2011, Bonneau was signed as a free-agent by the AHLs Worcester Sharks. He announced his retirement on April 10,2016, Jimmy Bonneau career statistics at EliteProspects. com Jimmy Bonneaus career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
5. Alex Foster (ice hockey) – Alexander Dwight Foster is an American professional ice hockey forward who is currently with the Belfast Giants. Foster had most recently played with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and he is the son of former NHL player Dwight Foster and nephew of former NHL player Wes Jarvis. Prior to advancing to the ranks, Foster played both junior hockey and college hockey. He played his collegiate hockey at Bowling Green State University, after leaving college in 2006, he was signed to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He played for their team, the Toronto Marlies, occasionally being called into action for the NHL team. Alex Foster was born August 26,1984 in Canton, Michigan to parents Dwight and he has two brothers and one sister. His father, Dwight is a former NHL player who played for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and his uncle, Wes Jarvis, also played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Foster graduated from Salem High School in 2002, alex Foster played junior hockey in the USHL for three seasons. He played the 2001-02 and 2002–03 seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede, in his time with the Wings, he helped lead them to the final four of the USHL playoffs. Foster joined the Bowling Green Falcons ice hockey team in 2004, during his time at Bowling Green, Foster amassed 82 points in 72 games and ranks 10th all-time at BGSU in assists-per-game, averaging.875. In his freshman season he was named CCHA Rookie of the Week on January 9,2005 and he finished the season as the ninth-highest scoring freshman in the conference. In his sophomore season, Foster tallied 51 points in 38 games and he was named CCHA Player of the Month for November 2005, Offensive Player of the Week on November 7,2005 and was a Hobey Baker Award candidate. He was signed as an agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 8,2006. His contract included the possible signing bonus, which was approximately US$170,000. Foster was assigned to Torontos AHL minors team, the Toronto Marlies the next day, in his rookie season with the Marlies, Foster scored one goal in eight games. On October 16,2006, Foster was reassigned to the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL, Foster re-signed with the Toronto Marlies on July 18,2007 with a one-year contract. On February 24,2008, Foster established a Toronto Marlies single season record for short-handed goals when he scored his fifth short-handed goal of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs. On March 17,2008, Foster was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs and made his NHL debut the night against the New York Islanders
6. Jason Goulet – Jason Goulet is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. Goulet played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League for the Saskatoon Blades and he also played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the Battlefords North Stars. He began his pro career in the ECHL with the Fresno Falcons and he then moved to the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League. He split the 2006-07 season in the ECHL with the Pensacola Ice Pilots and the Cincinnati Cyclones and he then split the 2007-08 season with ECHL teams the Bakersfield Condors and the Dayton Bombers. In 2008, Goulet signed with the Basingstoke Bison of the United Kingdom, on November 29,2008, Goulet was signed by the newly formed Rapid City Rush of the Central Hockey League. On that same day he played his first game with his new team - the Rushs inaugural home game, during the game he recorded the first fight in Rush franchise history when he faced off with the Colorado Eagles Jay Birnie. In September 2009 Jason was signed by the Quad City Mallards of the International Hockey League, in the 2010–11 off-season, Jason signed a one-year deal with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. After a solitary season, on August 8,2011, Goulet moved to the Arizona Sundogs on a contract for the 2011–12 season. Jason Goulets career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Jason Goulet career statistics at EliteProspects. com
7. Nicola Riopel – Nicolas Riopel is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL on loan from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Riopel began his junior career with the Moncton Wildcats in 2005–06. He shared starts with the older Jhase Sniderman in his season in 2006–07 before taking the starting position in 2007–08. In his third season with the Wildcats, Riopel emerged with a record-setting and award-winning campaign, Riopel was awarded the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy for having the lowest GAA in the league and the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy as player of the year. Selected in the 5th round, 142nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Riopel began the 2009–2010 season by claiming a spot in training camp with the Flyers top AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. After posting a 4-6-0 record with a 3.35 GAA and a 0.893 save percentage in back-up duty to Johan Backlund, Riopel was loaned back to his Junior club, the Moncton Wildcats, on December 17,2009. After attending both the Philadelphia Flyers training camp and then the Adirondack Phantoms training camp, Riopel was assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. However, after performing well in AA hockey, he was recalled after Greg Gilbert was released as head coach of the Phantoms to replace Brian Stewart. Since, he has become the starting netminder for the Glens Falls team after an injury to starter Johan Backlund. After Flyers Stanley Cup goaltender Michael Leighton was waived and sent to the Adirondack Phantoms on January 4,2011, since Riopel wasnt signed to an entry-level contract by June 1,2011, the Flyers no longer hold his NHL rights. He signed a contract with the ECHLs Greenville Road Warriors in the summer of 2011, on August 9,2012, Riopel inked a deal with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL in Scotland. Riopel played two seasons abroad with Frederikshavn White Hawks in Denmark and in the French Ligue Magnus with the Dragons de Rouen. On September 16,2015, Riopel returned to North America in signing a one-year ECHL contract with the Rapid City Rush and he was winless in two games to start the 2015–16 season before he was released by the Rush. On November 6,2015, he remained in the league after he was signed by the Norfolk Admirals, Riopel appeared in 32 games with the Admirals, and after a string of impressive performances was signed by the Syracuse Crunch to end the year on March 4,2016. Although failing to feature in a game with the Crunch, in the off-season on August 22,2016, won the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy in 2008–09. Won the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy in 2009
8. Mikhail Stefanovich – Mikhail Stefanovich is a Belarusian professional ice hockey player currently under contract with HK Neman Grodno of the Belarusian Hockey League. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After playing just three games with HC Homiel-2 in the 2006–07 tier two season, HC Homiel of the Belarusian Extraliga called him up and he finished the rest of the season with Homiel and drew a great deal of attention from North American teams. Following the season with Homiel, Stefanovich was selected 54th overall in the 2007 CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts, upon arriving in Canada, Stefanovich made the Remparts roster and quickly adjusted to the North American-style of hockey. Scouts have identified that Stefanovich possesses a quick and accurate wrist shot and superb offensive instincts and it is also said that his play is inconsistent and his skating is sub-par, but that he has above-average hockey sense and play-reading ability. Stefanovichs play in the 2008–09 QMJHL season improved and he became a consistent player. These improvements have been credited, some say, to his pre-season tryout with the Maple Leafs, in order to make the team, he realized he needed to improve these negative aspects of his game. On June 1,2009, Stefanovich was selected second overall in the 2009 KHL Junior Draft by HC Dinamo Minsk, two days later, on June 3, he was signed to an entry-level contract by the Maple Leafs. On September 19,2009, Stefanovich was assigned to the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs, and shortly after demoted back to junior. On September 15,2010, the Maple Leafs announced that Stefanovich would be part of the teams 63-player training camp roster, however, eight days later, the team assigned him to the Toronto Marlies. Stefanovich was named to the Marlies opening day roster on October 8, on October 18, Stefanovich was recalled to the Marlies. After playing only 2 games with the Marlies, he was reassigned to the Royals on November 22,2010. Stefanovich was loaned out to HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL on November 27,2010, on January 13,2011, Stefanovichs NHL rights were traded by the Maple Leafs to the Dallas Stars for Fabian Brunnstrom. During his second season in the Russian second tier league, the VHL, with Dizel Penza and he played no further part in the season with Dizel and on April 27,2015, was given a two-year ban backdated to November 10, for the doping violation. On August 26,2015, he returned to North American, Stefanovich has played in the three World Juniors. He also participated at the 2010 IIHF World Championship as a member of the Belarus mens national ice hockey team. com
9. Daniel Tetrault – Daniel Tetrault is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent, having last played for the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL. Tetrault was originally drafted 91st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Tetrault won the Central Hockey League Most Outstanding Defenseman in the 2001–02 CHL season. The long-time CHL defenseman signed with the Allen Americans in the 2013-14 season, after claiming his first Ray Miron Cup championship with the Americans, Tetrault signed with the Rapid City Rush on July 31,2014. Daniel Tetraults career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Daniel Tetrault career statistics at EliteProspects. com