Topeka RoadRunners

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Topeka RoadRunners
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City Topeka, Kansas
League NAHL
Division South
Founded 2004
Home arena Landon Arena
Colors

Navy Blue, Red, White


              
Head coach Scott Langer
Media Topeka Capital-Journal
Franchise history
2003 to 2004 Lone Star Cavalry
2004 to 2007 Santa Fe RoadRunners
2007-Present Topeka RoadRunners

The Topeka RoadRunners is a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Southern Division. The team's home arena is the 7,777-seat Landon Arena in Topeka, Kansas.

History[edit]

Lone Star Cavalry[edit]

The Lone Star Cavalry were granted an expansion franchise in the America West Hockey League in March 2003. They stayed in the league when it merged with the North American Hockey League for the 2003-2004 season. The Cavalry played out of the Blue Line Ice Complex in North Richland Hills, Texas and served the immediate "Mid-Cities" area of Metro Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cavalry were part of the “new” NAHL’s South Division along with the Central Texas Blackhawks, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Springfield (MO) Spirit, Texas Tornado, Texarkana Bandits and Wichita Falls Rustlers.

Santa Fe RoadRunners[edit]

After financial difficulties caused the Cavalry’s home rink, the Blue Line Ice Complex, to close, the Cavalry were left without a home, due to this and other factors the Cavalry ended up being sold and relocated to Santa Fe. The team was granted membership on September 20, 2004 and began play on September 25, 2004 under their new identity as the Santa Fe RoadRunners. The Santa Fe RoadRunners played out of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In their inaugural season in New Mexico, the RoadRunners played in the South Division, against the Central Texas Marshals, Springfield (IL) Junior Blues, Springfield (MO) Spirit, Texarkana Bandits, Texas Tornado and the Wichita Falls Wildcats, finishing with a 33-15-8 record, good for 3rd place in the division. The following season they finished dead last in the South Division behind the Texas Tornado, Texarkana Bandits, Springfield (IL) Junior Blues, and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The third and final season in Santa Fe saw the RoadRunners finishing with a 41-17-4 record for 2nd place in a South Division which consisted of the St. Louis Bandits, Texas Tornado, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Wichita Falls Wildcats, and the Alaska Avalanche.

Topeka RoadRunners[edit]

On 26 February 2007, the team announced their move to Topeka from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Poor attendance was said to be the reason for the move to Topeka. Santa Fe ranked 17th out of 18 teams in attendance. The move to Topeka was initiated by a grass roots effort, led by hockey fans from Topeka. In 2005 Topeka Hockey 07' set a goal to obtain an interested owner to believe in the vision they had and be playing in Topeka in 2007 giving the franchise enough time to build a relationship with the city and its business community. Topeka Hockey '07 was founded by two guys with a passion for the game, Mike Cline and Jason "The Bucketman" Simonsen with the interest of finding an owner that could make money in Topeka. Topeka Hockey '07, had built a business model and sent out packets to teams in markets all across the country looking for one of them to either relocate or expand and buy a second franchise to play in the NAHL in Topeka, KS. In their first season in Topeka, 2007–2008, they were third in league attendance. That season the team won the NAHL South Division and South Division Playoffs. They finished in third place at the Robertson Cup competition. The 2008-2009 season saw the RoadRunners finishing fourth in league attendance and 2nd in the South Division. The team lost in the second round of the South Division playoffs. In 2009-2010 The RoadRunners finished first in the South Division, and they were second in attendance. The 2010-2011 season saw the RoadRunners claim the NAHL President's Cup as the league's regular season champions.

Season Records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Lone Star Calvary
2003-04 56 28 22 6 62 158 171 1,504 5th, South did not qualify
Santa Fe Roadrunners
2004-05 56 33 18 5 71 201 163 1,602 3rd, South lost in 1st Round
2005-06 58 24 28 6 54 182 205 1,418 5th, South did not qualify
2006-07 62 41 17 4 86 221 154 1,240 2nd, South lost in 1st Round
Topeka RoadRunners
2007-08 58 39 11 8 86 242 137 1,509 1st, South lost in Semifinal
2008-09 58 42 11 5 89 204 138 1,545 2nd, South lost in 2nd Round
2009-10 58 44 9 5 93 254 147 1,500 1st, South lost in 2nd Round
2010-11 58 43 12 3 89 237 146 1,706 1st, South lost in 2nd Round
2011-12 60 38 18 4 80 197 152 1,247 2nd, South lost in 2nd Round
2012-13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD, South TBD

Players[edit]

Team captains[edit]

  • Eric Trax: 2003-2004 Lone Star Cavalry
  • Andrew Johnson: 2004-2005 Santa Fe RoadRunners
  • Brandon Vossberg: 2005-2006 Santa Fe RoadRunners
  • John Stoddard: 2006-2007 Santa Fe RoadRunners, 2007–2008 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Matt Hartmann: 2008-2009 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Kurtis Anton: 2009-2010 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Michael Hill/Jordan Davis: 2010-2011 Topeka RoadRunners

Honored members[edit]

Retired numbers: The Topeka RoadRunners have officially retired two number in franchise history, the 11 of forward and team captain John Stoddard, and the 21 of Peter Halash

All-Time Roster[edit]

Player Name Birthdate Birthplace Seasons Yrs. Team(s)
Aaron Gens 02/24/87 Baudett, MN 2004–2008 4 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Adam Diskey 06/17/85 Indianapolis, IN 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Adam Krefski 11/19/87 Lake Orion, MI 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Alec Hagaman 12/03/89 Peoria, IL 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Alex Arnason 08/14/86 Blaine, MN 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Alex Kubiak 06/05/91 Tinley Park, IL 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Alex Laseen 10/18/86 Redondo Beach, CA 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andrew Balzafiore 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Andrew Blazek 08/07/88 Pittsburgh, PA 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Andrew Gibson 06/08/86 Chesterfield, MO 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andrew Goberstein 07/10/85 Northbrook, IL 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andrew Johnson 07/22/85 Andover, MN 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andrew Kappers 10/05/87 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andy Gevorkyan 05/31/85 Glendale, CA 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Andy Inderieden 04/11/88 Maple Grove, MN 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Anthony Bohn 05/01/85 Spring Hill, FL 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Artem Chernenko 10/09/86 Cherepovets, Russia 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Arthur Clark 09/09/85 Bloomington, MN 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Artie Peckskamp 04/06/88 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
B.J. Bayers 09/15/85 St. Louis Park, MN 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Ben Kinne 06/04/88 St. Paul, MN 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Bert van de Braak 04/12/83 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Blake Humphrey 11/15/87 Alta Loma, CA 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Blake Robinson 2009–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Bob Marx 05/03/90 Sioux City, IA 2007–2010 3 Topeka RoadRunners
Bobby Murphy 06/14/91 Anchorage, AK 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Brad Phenow 04/04/89 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Brandon Johnson 10/24/85 Duluth, MN 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brandon Vossberg 03/08/85 St. Paul, MN 2003–2006 3 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brandon Worthley 02/02/88 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brant Marple 08/13/85 Apple Valley, MN 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brett Coley 01/19/87 Sterling Hts, MI 2005–2007 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brian Cowell 03/02/86 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Brian Papcun 08/11/83 Armada, MI 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Bryan Beaman 05/15/87 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Bryan Plaszcz 05/01/85 Apple Valley, MN 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Bryce Johnson 08/31/90 Grimes, IA 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Bryce Merriam 01/06/88 Pittsburgh, PA 2006–2009 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Bryon Paulazzo 08/22/89 Redwood City, CA 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Caleb Wolfgram 11/07/88 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Cam Stowers 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Chris Berenguer 12/06/85 Eden Prairie, MN 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Chris Carlson 03/09/86 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Chris Nutini 05/06/86 Centennial, CO 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Cody Chupp 03/17/85 Big Rapids, MI 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Cody Omilusik 11/12/86 Traverse City, MI 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Cole Schneider 08/26/90 Williamsville, NY 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Colin Smith 09/15/88 Macomb, MI 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Cooper Frederick 09/06/89 Tulsa, OK 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Corey Jendras 03/23/87 Abingdon, MD 2006–2008 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Corey Stark 04/04/85 Chanhassen, MN 2003–2006 3 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Cory Goglia 04/04/84 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Dan Dolan 07/17/86 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Dariusz Gruszka 11/26/88 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
David Fegler 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
David Solway 05/30/87 Green Bay, WI 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Dennis Brown 07/28/89 Cypress, CA 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Derek Brennan 02/22/88 Grand Island, NY 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Derek Kohles 03/18/88 Johnston, IA 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Drew Akins 11/04/85 Excelsior, MN 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Drew O\'Connell 10/24/84 Cold Spring Harbor, NY 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Edgars Lipsbergs 06/10/89 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Eriah Hayes 07/07/88 La Crescent, MN 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Eric Artman 04/20/89 East Lansing, MI 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Eric Bigham 09/22/86 Robbinsdale, MN 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Eric Dahlberg 01/21/85 Duluth, MN 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Eric Reinhardt 02/06/85 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Eric Scovill 05/16/87 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Eric Trax 09/27/83 Finleyville, PA 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Erik Higby 07/08/89 New Braunfels, TX 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Erik Morrow 12/12/86 Afton, MN 2005–2007 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Evan Karambelas 01/28/89 Fort Saint John, BC 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Garrett Vassel 05/26/85 Northampton, NY 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Garrick Perry 05/14/90 Apple Valley, MN 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Greg White 01/12/84 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Gustav Bengtson 08/31/89 Stockholm, Sweden 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Harry Quast 03/26/91 Chagrin Falls, OH 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Jacob Poe 12/17/90 Arlington, TX 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Jake Hutt 04/03/88 2006–2008 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Jake Rombach 04/26/90 N Richland Hills, TX 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
James Brannigan 10/20/84 Brooklyn, NJ 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Jared Brown 02/21/86 Gardner, KS 2003–2005 1 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jason Gomez 02/19/86 Savage, MN 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jason Krispel 03/06/87 Cypress, CA 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jay Fifield 04/20/87 Eden Prairie, MN 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jeff Burke 06/29/89 New Richmond, WI 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Jeff Rose 08/12/86 Canton, CT 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jimo King 01/18/85 Blaine, WA 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Joe Harren 04/18/88 2006–2008 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Joel Rechlicz 06/14/87 Brookfield, WI 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Joel Whited 01/24/87 Indianapolis, IN 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
John Stoddard 10/21/87 La Mesa, CA 2005–2008 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Jonathan Milhouse 01/30/89 Yorba Linda, CA 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jordan Casto 09/24/84 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Jordan Franke 01/18/88 Canton, MI 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Jordan George 08/20/90 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Josh Kamrass 09/18/87 Atlanta, GA 2006–2008 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Josh Pauer 07/07/85 Orono, MN 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Justin Bruckel 07/06/90 Geneseo, NY 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Justin Kochan 12/25/89 Getzville, NY 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Kevin Bodker 04/04/90 St.Louis, MO 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Kevin Ryan 04/18/90 Eden, NY 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Kirk Golden 11/09/84 2003–2005 1 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Kit Sitterley 08/05/91 Mooresville, NC 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Kurtis Anton 04/13/89 Rochester Hills, MI 2008–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Luke Buetow 07/19/85 Denver, CO 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Lyle Rocker 04/04/88 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Mark Rintel 02/27/86 Hollis Hills, NY 2004–2006 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Martin Sundstedt 03/07/89 McKinney, TX 2007–2010 3 Topeka RoadRunners
Martin Winzer 01/10/84 Germany 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Matt Hartmann 04/13/89 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Matt Wanvig 09/05/86 Brooklyn Park, MN 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Michael Browning 12/18/84 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Michael Steele 07/12/91 Margate, FL 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Michael Vandas 02/02/91 Poprad, Slovakia 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Mike Degrazia 01/31/88 Novi, MI 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Mike Devoney 05/17/87 Buffalo Grove, IL 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Mike Mosher 04/14/89 Newport Beach, CA 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Mitch Knight 03/16/86 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Naaman Moorman 01/06/87 Bolingbrook, IL 2005–2007 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Nate Hennig 09/02/88 East Macomb, MI 2005–2007 2 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Nick Del Rosso 05/01/87 San Matteo, CA 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Nick Hopper 01/12/88 Culver City, CA 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Nick Laird 06/08/83 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Nick Miller 10/31/83 Coon Rapids, MN 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Nick Stalock 2004–2005 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Nickolas Gatt 12/20/90 Farmington Hills, MI 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Peter Cmorej 02/12/80 Presov, Slovakia 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Peter Fabo 10/03/89 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Peter Shenk 06/15/84 Minnetonka, MN 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Phil Greer 03/05/85 Franklin, MA 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Rafael Rodriguez 08/21/86 Oceanside, CA 2004–2007 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Randy Swank 01/20/88 2006–2009 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Reed Seckel 08/28/89 Melvin, MI 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Robert Capcara Trinec, CZE 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Ross Cherry 08/24/83 Basking Ridge, NJ 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Ross Enmark 05/15/85 Shelby Twp, MI 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Ross Trousdale 12/19/88 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Ryan Hatch 08/20/84 2003–2005 2 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Ryan Knutson 09/13/89 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Ryan McGrath 11/30/89 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Ryan Merz 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Ryan Peterson 08/06/88 Milwaukee, WI 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Sean Bucher 10/21/87 Parker, CO 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Stephen Reneau 02/14/84 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Steve Shafer 09/30/89 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Stian Hoygard 03/28/87 Gausdal, Norway 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Stu Jacobson 08/31/88 Chicago, IL 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Ted Thompson 12/20/83 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Tibor Kutalek 11/14/86 Skilca, Slovakia 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Tim Conboy 03/22/82 Farmington, MN 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Tim Hartung 07/09/84 St. Paul, MN 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Tim Possehl 06/10/87 2006–2007 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Tim Potter 03/09/86 Plainfield, IL 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Todd Bowman 10/16/87 Calabasas, CA 2007–2008 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Tom Craig 03/09/89 St. Louis, MO 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Tom Glomski 06/03/89 Waupun, MI 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Tom Hill 04/11/87 Portage, MI 2005–2008 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Tom Kleidon 01/14/89 North Branch, MN 2006–2009 3 Santa Fe RoadRunners/ Topeka RoadRunners
Tony Beck 02/12/87 Linden, MI 2005–2006 1 Santa Fe RoadRunners
Tony Thomas 11/16/90 South Lyon, MI 2009–2010 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Travis Stevens 04/19/88 2007–2009 2 Topeka RoadRunners
Trevor Morrison 01/23/85 Ishpeming, MI 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry
Tye Lewis 06/24/89 Vancouver, WA 2008–2009 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Tyler Mayer 08/08/85 Denver, CO 2003–2004/2005-2006 1 Lone Star Cavalry/Santa Fe RoadRunners
Tyler Vanscourt 04/10/92 Corona, CA 2009–2010 1 Topeka RoadRunners
Zack Tesar 05/26/83 2003–2004 1 Lone Star Cavalry

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