Fargo Force

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Fargo Force
Fargo Force Logo.svg
City Fargo, North Dakota
League United States Hockey League
Division West
Founded 2008
Home arena Scheels Arena
Colors

Black, Blue, White

              
Owner(s) Ace Brandt
General manager Cary Eades (2015-16)
Head coach Cary Eades (2015-16)
Franchise history
2008–present Fargo Force

The Fargo Force[1][2] is a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team in the Western Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Coaches[edit]

  • Head Coach/General Manager: Cary Eades
  • Assistant Coach: Byron Pool

History[edit]

In early 2007, Fargo was granted a USHL team, intended as an anchor tenant for the then-under-construction Urban Plains Center, which is now called Scheels Arena. Dean Blais, former coach of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey program, was installed as the franchise's initial coach and general manager. The team was formed, in conjunction with a name-the-team contest to decide what the team would be called. After the choices were narrowed to Fargo Force, Fargo Phantoms, and Fargo Fire, the Force name was chosen. Twelve people submitted the Force name; as a result, they won a dinner with head coach Dean Blais and each received two season tickets to the Force's inaugural season.[3]

As a result of the Force's entry, the area's previous hockey team, the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League announced they were leaving the area in April 2008,[4] and folded later that year.[5]

Blais coached the team to the USHL's Clark Cup Finals in 2008-09, leaving to take the head coaching position at Nebraska-Omaha. His successor, Chad Johnson, a former assistant, again led the Force to the Finals in 2009-10. Assistant Jason Herter took over the team in 2010 when Johnson left to join the Lincoln Stars. Jason Herter left after the 2010-11 season to become an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. John Marks became head coach after leaving the same position for the Winkler Flyers in Manitoba, Canada.

Marks retired following the 2014-15 season and was replaced by former University of North Dakota player/assistant coach Cary Eades, who had just led the Sioux Falls Stampede to the 2014-15 Clark Cup Championship.

Season-by-season record starting 2008[edit]

United States Hockey League

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2008-09 60 32 23 5 69 191 166 1135 3rd Western Conference(1)
2009-10 60 37 17 6 80 227 214 1474 2nd Western Conference(2)
2010-11 60 33 22 5 71 173 151 1201 4th Western Conference(3)
2011-12 60 31 23 6 68 188 160 1007 4th Western Conference(4)
2012-13 64 38 19 7 83 201 187 981 2nd Western Conference(5)
2013-14 60 14 39 7 35 122 229 1275 8th Western Conference(6)
2014-15 60 26 28 6 58 148 191 933 6th Western Conference(7)

(1)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's third seed and defeated the Omaha Lancers 3-1 in a best-of-five series in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. This advanced Fargo to the Western Conference Finals, where the Force defeated the Lincoln Stars 3-0 in the best-of-five series. The Force then were defeated in the Clark Cup Finals by the Indiana Ice, 3-1.

(2)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's second seed and defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-0 in a best-of-five series in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. This advanced Fargo to the Western Conference Finals, where the Force defeated Omaha 3-2 in the best-of-five series. The Force then were defeated in the Clark Cup Finals by the Green Bay Gamblers, 3-2.

(3)As the fourth seed in the Western Conference, the Force qualified for the USHL playoffs and defeated the Lincoln Stars 2-0 in a best-of-three series in the qualifying round of the Western Conference playoffs. Fargo went to the quarterfinals where they were subsequently swept by the eventual USHL champions, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, in a best-of-five series.

(4)The Force qualified for the USHL playoffs as the conference's fourth seed and defeated the Sioux City Musketeers 2-0 in a best-of-three series in the qualifying round of the Western Conference playoffs. Fargo went to the quarterfinals where they met, and were defeated by, the Lincoln Stars in a best-of-five series 3-1.

(5)The Force enjoyed a very successful season which saw them entering the USHL playoffs as the No. 2 seed from the Western Conference. Fargo met the Waterloo Black Hawks in the first round of the playoffs and escaped with a 3-2, best-of-five series win. In the semifinals, the Force ran into the No. 1 ranked Sioux Falls Stampede, but were able to dispatch them in a best-of-five series 3-2. The Force made it back to the Clark Cup Finals for the 3rd time in their short history, looking to reverse their fortune of several failed Clark Cup appearances. Unfortunately, Fargo's season would not end in a championship. The Force were eventually swept by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in a best-of-five series.

(6)The Force failed to qualify for any post season action. (7)The Force failed to qualify for any post season action.

Roster[edit]

As of April 10, 2016.[6]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
2 Michigan Bell, EvanEvan Bell D 6' 0" 191 lb 1997-06-25 Livonia, Michigan Rio Grande Valley (NAHL) None
3 Michigan Musser, CarsonCarson Musser D 6' 2" 195 lb 1997-04-21 Grand Rapids, Michigan Michigan Nationals U18 (Midget AAA) Bowling Green
4 Minnesota Phillips, ClaytonClayton Phillips D 5' 11" 161 lb 1999-09-09 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School (USHS–MN) Minnesota
5 Missouri Johnson, BradleyBradley Johnson D 5' 10" 167 lb 1996-01-23 Chesterfield, Missouri Omaha (USHL) Ohio State
6 Colorado Foulk, GriffinGriffin Foulk D 6' 1" 197 lb 1995-04-20 Broomfield, Colorado Swift Current (WHL) None
7 Minnesota Muck, TommyTommy Muck D 5' 10" 177 lb 1996-01-05 Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Madison (USHL) Bemidji State
8 Minnesota Lizotte, BlakeBlake Lizotte F 5' 9" 152 lb 1997-12-13 Lindstrom, Minnesota Minot (NAHL) St. Cloud State
10 Colorado McMahan, ShaneShane McMahan (A) F 6' 1" 211 lb 1996-07-30 Lakewood, Colorado Los Angeles Jr. Kings U18 (Midget AAA) None
11 Ontario Belisle, BradBrad Belisle F 6' 2" 194 lb 1998-01-26 Thunder Bay, Ontario Thunder Bay (SIJHL) Bemidji State
12 Ohio Pooley, AustinAustin Pooley (C) F 6' 2" 199 lb 1996-07-31 Dublin, Ohio Omaha (USHL) Ohio State
13 Texas Crone, HankHank Crone F 5' 8" 160 lb 1998-02-19 Cedar Hill, Texas Omaha (USHL) Boston University
14 Florida Gallant, ColeCole Gallant F 5' 10" 175 lb 1998-03-14 Dover, Florida HoneyBaked U18 (Midget AAA) None
15 Massachusetts Adams, JackJack Adams F 6' 5" 197 lb 1997-02-05 Boxford, Massachusetts Malden Catholic High School (USHS–MA) Princeton
17 Russia Smirnov, DenisDenis Smirnov F 5' 10" 185 lb 1997-08-12 Moscow, Russia Indiana (USHL) Penn State
18 California Hildenbrand, NikoNiko Hildenbrand F 5' 10" 191 lb 1995-08-18 Vacaville, California Waterloo (USHL) UMass
19 Minnesota Schaeffer, NolanNolan Schaeffer D 6' 4" 215 lb 1997-07-15 Marshall, Minnesota Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) None
20 Sweden Reinhardt, HugoHugo Reinhardt F 5' 11" 189 lb 1996-04-06 Kungsbacka, Sweden Frölunda HC J20 (J20 SuperElit) American International
21 Saskatchewan Hilderman, JarodJarod Hilderman D 6' 2" 207 lb 1997-04-11 Kamsack, Saskatchewan Penticton (BCHL) Minnesota–Duluth
23 Ohio Meyer, GrantGrant Meyer F 5' 8" 183 lb 1996-03-21 Curtice, Ohio Youngstown (USHL) None
24 Finland Astren, JereJere Astren D 6' 1" 175 lb 1995-05-28 Helsinki, Finland Chicago (USHL) Clarkson
25 Minnesota Graham, MichaelMichael Graham F 6' 3" 193 lb 1997-11-25 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Eden Prairie High School (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
26 Minnesota Tufte, RileyRiley Tufte F 6' 6" 211 lb 1998-04-10 Blaine, Minnesota Blaine High School (USHS–MN) Minnesota–Duluth
27 Illinois McLaughlin, JakeJake McLaughlin D 6' 2" 180 lb 1996-03-26 Hinsdale, Illinois Sioux City (USHL) UMass
28 Colorado Graber, WillWill Graber F 6' 5" 186 lb 1996-06-03 Longmont, Colorado Muskegon (USHL) Dartmouth
30 Wisconsin Wischow, RyanRyan Wischow G 6' 0" 195 lb 1996-07-12 Green Bay, Wisconsin Michigan (NAHL) UMass
31 Michigan Beydoun, RobbieRobbie Beydoun G 6' 0" 183 lb 1996-10-01 Plymouth, Michigan Michigan (NAHL) None

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