Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

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Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Logo.svg
City Cedar Rapids, Iowa
League USHL
Division East
Founded 1983
Home arena Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Green, White, Black

Owner(s) Jeff Jauch
General manager Mark Carlson
Head coach Mark Carlson
Franchise history
1983–1999 North Iowa Huskies
1999–present Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team playing in the East Division of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1999, the team was based in Mason City, where they were known as the North Iowa Huskies. The RoughRiders' new name was chosen in a contest, where a local teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids submitted Roughriders, as it was the school's mascot.

The RoughRiders' home ice is the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.


Cedar Rapids RoughRiders mascot Ricochet.


The 2002-2003 Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in second place in the East Division with a 27-26-7 record for a total of 61 points. In the quarterfinals of the USHL playoffs, the Roughriders beat Topeka 3 games to 1. In the semifinals, Cedar Rapids was swept 3-0 by Lincoln.


The 2003-2004 Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in second place in the East Division with a 34-23-2 record for a total of 71 points. In the quarterfinals of the USHL playoffs, the Roughriders lost to Danville 3 games to 1.


The 2004-05 season was an important one in the team's history. The Roughriders finished first in the East Division with a record of 42 wins, 13 losses, and 5 overtime losses, for 89 points in the standings. They tied the West Division champions Omaha Lancers for the regular season overall title, the Anderson Cup.

After three-game sweeps against the Indiana Ice and Chicago Steel, the Roughriders faced the Sioux City Musketeers winning game 1 of the Clark Cup finals 5-0, but lost game 2, 2-1. After splitting games in Sioux City, the Roughriders finally defeated Sioux City at home on May 9, 4-1, to win their first USHL championship, the Clark Cup, and therefore, their first Tier 1 national championship in American junior hockey. Goaltender Alex Stalock took most valuable player honors for the series. Future NHL players who played on this championship team included: Teddy Purcell (Edmonton Oilers), Justin Abdelkader (Detroit Red Wings), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings), and Alex Stalock (San Jose Sharks).

In postseason awards, Roughriders coach Mark Carlson was named Coach of the Year, and two Roughriders were named to the All-USHL second team.


By the end of the regular season, the Roughriders had won the Eastern Division on goal differential against the Des Moines Buccaneers, while both compiled 33 wins, 21 losses, and 6 overtime losses. Also, the Roughriders clinched the Corridor Cup against the Waterloo Black Hawks.

In the USHL Playoffs, the Roughriders won a division semifinal against the Indiana Ice, defeating them 3 games to 2, before bowing to eventual Clark Cup champion Des Moines in a three-game sweep.

Roughriders player Chad Costello finished on top of the league scoring race with 76 points, and teammate Teddy Purcell finished on top of the assists list with 52.


The 2006-2007 edition of the Roughriders finished in second place in the East Division with a 37-18-5 record for a total of 79 points. In the first round of the USHL playoffs, they defeated the Junior Blue Jackets in a four-game sweep by scores of 8-0, 1-0, 5-1 and 5-2. The thirteen-day break between series may have cost the Riders, as they lost both their round-robin games and were knocked out of the USHL playoffs, the last loss being to Waterloo.


The 2007-2008 edition of the Roughriders finished in third place in the East Division with a 33-22-5 record for a total of 71 points. The Roughriders were lead in net with Brady Hjelle. The Roughriders were swept out of the play-offs in the first round by the Waterloo Black Hawks 3 games to 0.


The 2008-2009 Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in second place in the East Division with a 38-17-5 record for a total of 81 points. The Roughriders lost in the 1st round of the playoffs to eventual Clark Cup champion Indiana 3 games to 2.


The 2009-2010 Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in second place in the East Division with a 38-19-3 record for a total of 79 points. The Roughriders lost to Indiana in the 1st round of the playoffs 3 games to 2 just as they did the year before.


In 2010-2011, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in first place in the East Division with a 42-12-6 record for a total of 90 points, capturing their second Anderson Cup. In the playoffs, the Roughriders beat Muskegon in the quarterfinals 3 games to 1, but lost in the conference semifinals to Green Bay 3-1.


The 2011-2012 Cedar Rapids Roughriders finished in fifth place in the East Division with a 27-21-12 record for a total of 66 points. The Roughriders lost to Youngstown 2-0 in the qualifying round of the USHL playoffs.



As of April 10, 2016.[1]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
2 Minnesota Ahcan, JackJack Ahcan D 5' 8" 170 lb 1997-05-18 Savage, Minnesota Burnsville High School (USHS–MN) St. Cloud State
5 Indiana Hatten, BryceBryce Hatten D 6' 2" 196 lb 1997-04-09 Granger, Indiana Michigan Nationals U18 (Midget AAA) Miami
6 Minnesota Brierley, TaylorTaylor Brierley D 5' 10" 170 lb 1996-07-31 East Grand Forks, Minnesota Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) Union
7 Minnesota Zins, TrevorTrevor Zins D 6' 0" 170 lb 1998-07-23 St. Michael, Minnesota St. Michael-Albertville High School (USHS–MN) UMass Lowell
8 Minnesota Reinke, MitchMitch Reinke (C) D 5' 11" 178 lb 1996-02-04 Stillwater, Minnesota Stillwater Area High School (USHS–MN) Michigan Tech
9 Pennsylvania Cole, JustinJustin Cole F 6' 3" 198 lb 1996-05-01 Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania Vermont Academy (USHS–VT) None
10 Massachusetts DeRoche, JohnJohn DeRoche F 5' 10" 165 lb 1998-06-23 Lynnfield, Massachusetts Boston (USPHL) Quinnipiac
11 Massachusetts Burke, CallahanCallahan Burke (C) F 5' 10" 179 lb 1997-03-24 Boxborough, Massachusetts Boston (USPHL) Notre Dame
12 Massachusetts Filipe, MattMatt Filipe F 6' 2" 205 lb 1997-12-31 Lynnfield, Massachusetts Malden Catholic High School (USHS–MA) Northeastern
13 Russia Tkachkov, PavelPavel Tkachkov F 5' 10" 167 lb 1998-10-05 Moscow, Russia HC Spartak Moscow U17 (Russia U17) None
14 Illinois Robbins, ZacZac Robbins F 5' 10" 180 lb 1996-10-03 Chicago, Illinois Johnstown (NAHL) Brown
15 Minnesota Snodgrass, JohnJohn Snodgrass F 5' 11" 180 lb 1995-11-01 Eagan, Minnesota Minot (NAHL) Colgate
16 Illinois McGing, HughHugh McGing F 5' 8" 165 lb 1998-07-11 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Western Michigan
17 New York (state) Sternschein, SamSam Sternschein F 6' 2" 196 lb 1998-04-27 Syosset, New York Tri-City (USHL) Cornell
19 Minnesota Garin, WillWill Garin F 5' 10" 173 lb 1997-10-30 Mound, Minnesota Holy Family Catholic High School (USHS–MN) Connecticut
20 Ontario Hayhurst, JacobJacob Hayhurst F 5' 9" 170 lb 1997-01-20 Mississauga, Ontario Toronto Patriots (OJHL) RPI
21 Minnesota Zmolek, RieseRiese Zmolek D 6' 1" 205 lb 1996-09-12 Rochester, Minnesota Austin (NAHL) Minnesota State
22 New Jersey Colton, RossRoss Colton (C) F 6' 0" 190 lb 1996-09-11 Robbinsville, New Jersey Taft School (USHS–CT) Vermont
23 Indiana Bachman, KarchKarch Bachman F 5' 11" 179 lb 1997-03-10 Wolcottville, Indiana Chicago (USHL) Miami
24 Czech Republic Nemecek, DavidDavid Nemecek D 6' 4" 205 lb 1995-06-29 Plzen, Czech Republic HC TPS (Liiga) None
25 Michigan Morgan, LukeLuke Morgan F 5' 11" 185 lb 1997-08-28 Brighton, Michigan Little Caesars U18 (Midget AAA) Lake Superior State
26 Connecticut Gosiewski, MattMatt Gosiewski F 6' 4" 215 lb 1998-05-10 Wilton, Connecticut Millbrook School (USHS–NY) Harvard
27 Pennsylvania Walsh, LiamLiam Walsh F 6' 0" 180 lb 1999-07-14 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Victory Honda U18 (Midget AAA) None
28 Minnesota Foley, BenBen Foley D 6' 1" 218 lb 1996-11-30 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School (USHS–MN) Harvard
33 Ontario Blacker, BenBen Blacker G 5' 10" 165 lb 1997-04-23 Oakville, Ontario Milton (OJHL) Western Michigan
35 Colorado LaRocque, ZachZach LaRocque G 6' 2" 209 lb 1997-01-26 Arvada, Colorado Rocky Mountain RoughRiders 18U (Midget AAA) None


  1. ^ "USHL RoughRiders". Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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