Rapid City Rush

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Rapid City Rush
2018–19 ECHL season
Rapid City Rush logo.png
CityRapid City, South Dakota
Founded2008 (In the CHL)
Home arenaRushmore Plaza Civic Center
ColorsRed, gold, black, white,
Owner(s)Scott Mueller, Barry Peterson, and Luke Peterson
Head coachDaniel Tetrault
Media100.3 The Fox
Franchise history
2008–presentRapid City Rush
Division Championships1 (2010–11)
Conference Championships1 (2009–10)
Ray Miron President's Cup1 (2009–10)

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


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]

Season-by-season record[edit]

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
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2008–09 64 22 33 2 7 53 183 231 1376 3rd, Northwest Division 2009 Did not qualify
2009–10 64 43 14 1 6 93 253 197 1334 1st, Northern Conference 2010 Bye W, 4–0, MO W, 4–3, B-S W, 4–2, ALN
2010–11 66 40 22 1 3 84 210 200 1285 1st, Turner Conference 2011 W, 3–0, DAY W, 3–2, FW L, 3–4, COL
2011–12 66 38 22 1 5 82 226 176 1142 4th, Turner Conference 2012 L, 2–4, FW
2012–13 66 35 24 2 5 77 177 179 1118 4th, CHL 2013 L, 2–4, MO
2013–14 66 39 23 1 3 82 220 189 1088 4th, CHL 2014 L, 3–4, QC
2014–15 72 37 28 2 5 81 218 206 1229 3rd, Central Division 2015 W, 4–3, QC L, 2–4, ALN
2015–16 72 30 35 3 4 67 177 210 974 4th, West Division 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 72 26 38 8 0 60 215 256 917 7th, Mountain Division 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 72 25 41 3 3 56 203 268 1161 7th, Mountain Division 2018 Did not qualify


Current roster[edit]

Updated October 16, 2018.[13]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
93 United States Alec Baer C R 21 2018 St. Louis Park, Minnesota Rush
36 United States Michael Bitzer G L 25 2018 Moorhead, Minnesota Rush
31 United States Adam Carlson G L 24 2018 Edina, Minnesota Rush
24 United States Richard Coyne D R 27 2018 Cave Creek, Arizona Rush
13 Canada Josh Elmes D L 25 2017 Brandon, Manitoba Rush
16 United States Blake Heinrich D L 23 2018 Cambridge, Minnesota Rush
19 Canada Garrett Klotz LW L 30 2018 Regina, Saskatchewan Rush
4 United States Chris Leibinger D L 24 2018 Saginaw, Michigan Rush
95 Canada Quintin Lisoway C L 23 2018 Neepawa, Manitoba Rush
44 United States Darby Llewellyn LW L 22 2018 Ann Arbor, Michigan Rush
14 United States Adam Marsh LW L 21 2018 Chicago, Illinois Rush
5 Canada Mason McCarty RW R 21 2018 Blackie, Alberta Rush
25 Canada Shaquille Merasty F L 27 2018 Thompson, Manitoba Rush
23 Canada Pierre-Luc Mercier C L 26 2018 Verdun, Quebec Rush
21 Canada Cedric Montminy LW L 23 2018 Sherbrooke, Quebec Rush
29 Canada Mitch Nardi C R 25 2018 Hamilton, Ontario Rush
20 United States Willem Nong-Lambert LW L 24 2018 Urbandale, Iowa Rush
41 United States Tyler Parks G L 26 2018 Imperial, Missouri Rush
18 United States Tyler Poulsen LW L 25 2018 Arvada, Colorado Rush
12 Canada Dylan Quaile D L 30 2018 Toronto, Ontario Rush
7 Canada Andrew Radjenovic C L 27 2018 Hamilton, Ontario Rush
9 Canada Brayden Sherbinin D L 25 2018 Kelowna, British Columbia Rush
10 Canada Steven Tarasuk D R 29 2018 Thornhill, Ontario Rush
77 United States Michael Turner LW L 23 2018 Chicago, Illinois Rush
6 Canada Riley Weselowski D R 33 2016 Pilot Mound, Manitoba Rush


  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.
  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. ^ "Rapid City Rush roster". Rapid City Rush. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2015-08-12.

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