Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
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|Cedar Rapids RoughRiders|
|City||Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|Home arena||Cedar Rapids Ice Arena|
Green, White, Black
|General manager||Mark Carlson|
|Head coach||Mark Carlson|
|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.
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.
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.