Rapid City Rush

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Rapid City Rush
2013–14 Rapid City Rush season
City Rapid City, South Dakota
League Central Hockey League
Conference Turner
Founded 2008
Home arena Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Colors Red, Gold, Black
General manager Joe Ferras
Head coach Joe Ferras
Media 100.3 The Fox [1]
Affiliates Unaffiliated
Franchise history
2008–present Rapid City Rush
Regular season titles None
Division Championships 2010-2011
Conference Championships 2009-2010
Ray Miron President's Cup 2009-2010

The Rapid City Rush are a professional ice hockey team in the Central Hockey League, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.


On June 2, 2007, the Central Hockey League announced an expansion team for Rapid City, who 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 [2]. 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 (2009–2010) 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, SD 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 to 1 in favor of the Allen 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 lit the lamp, knotting 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 2nd straight season during the 2010-11 season. In the 1st round, the Rush faced the Dayton Gems. The Rush took care of them with the series sweep and went on the face the Fort Wayne Komets. In game 2, the Rush leading scorer, Ryan Menei was blindsided 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 and this time, 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 Fayetville Fire Antz of the SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League). Head Coach Joe Ferras was 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. The Rush 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.

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 19, 2012

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
22 United States Behler, JordanJordan Behler D L 27 2011 Port Jefferson, New York Rush
31 Canada Boron, TimTim Boron G L 31 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba Rush
40 Canada Couch, MichaelMichael Couch D L 31 2011 Hanna, Alberta Rush
7 Canada Day Chief, WinstonWinston Day Chief F R 26 2012 Stand Off, Alberta Rush
77 Canada Glaicar, MichaelMichael Glaicar D L 25 2012 Kamloops, British Columbia Rush
63 United States Gruenke, GarrettGarrett Gruenke D L 30 2012 Plymouth, Minnesota Rush
71 Canada Konkle, JarrettJarrett Konkle F L 31 2012 Toronto, Ontario Rush
10 Canada Lee, JeffJeff Lee F L 26 2012 Calgary, Alberta Rush
9 Canada Masters, RustyRusty Masters F L 28 2012 Grafton, Ontario Rush
5 Canada Peto, KyleKyle Peto D L 31 2012 Lethbridge, Alberta Rush
27 United States Snowden, JohnJohn Snowden F L 32 2012 Snohomish, Washington Rush
United States Solway, DavidDavid Solway F L 27 2012 Green Bay, Wisconsin Rush
15 United States Surma, DamianDamian Surma F L 33 2012 Lincoln Park, Michigan Rush
6 Canada Weselowski, RileyRiley Weselowski D R 29 2010 Pilot Mound, Manitoba Rush
17 Canada Wray, ScottScott Wray F L 34 2009 Ottawa, Ontario Rush
Canada Penner, AlexAlex Penner F R 27 2012 Simcoe, Ontario Rush
1 United States Conway, NeilNeil Conway G R 26 2012 Concord, Ohio Rush
19 Canada Baker, JordanJordan Baker F L 26 2012 Chestermere, Alberta Rush
20 Canada Stephens, MitchMitch Stephens D R 32 2012 Forrest, Manitoba Rush
29 Canada Sawyer, JustinJustin Sawyer D L 28 2012 Oshawa, Ontario Rush
72 Canada Brannon, ScottScott Brannon F R 25 2012 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Rush

Year-By-Year Record[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2008-09 64 22 33 9 53 183 231 1376 3rd, Northwest Division
2009-10 64 43 14 7 93 253 197 1334 Northern Conference Champions
2010-11 66 40 22 4 84 210 200 1285 1st, Turner Conference
2011-12 66 38 22 6 82 226 176 1142 4th, Turner Conference


Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2009 Did Not Qualify
2010 17 12 5 - 64 51 259 President's Cup Champions
2011 15 9 6 - 49 42 302 Lost Conference Finals
2012 6 2 4 - 18 19 82 Lost 1st Round


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