Coach Scott Burt: “We added some key pieces.” Why the Rush could be better than last season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s a clear sign that the hockey season is just around the corner.
The Rapid City Rush opened training camp on Monday at the Monument Ice Arena.
The Rush, who became affiliated with the Calgary Flames this past summer, return a core group of players including Keegan Iverson, Tanner Schachle and Logan Nelson who led the team in scoring last year with 22 goals and 38 assists.
Overall, the Rush started training camp with 12 forwards and seven defensemen, along with goaltenders Adam Carlson and Brad Arvanitis.
Second year head coach and general manager Scott Burt said he’s pleased with the overall makeup of this year’s team.
“Yeah we met our goal of getting to the playoffs,” said Scott Burt. “But something went wrong along the way. So our goal was to figure out what went wrong. We added some key pieces. We added some players with playoff experience. Some players that have been captains. Some players that just won a championship. So for us, that’s good. We want that in our dressing room. I want leaders in our dressing room. I want guys that play in the moment. That’s only going to excel our team.”
The opening training camp roster is as follows:
Lucas Feuk – AHL Contract (Calgary)
Branden Makara – TO
Jay Powell – PTO
The team will host it annual scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Monument Ice Arena.
The game is free to attend and in lieu of admission, the Rush ask that fans bring a canned good donation to Feeding South Dakota, who will be collecting donations at the game.
Rapid City opens the season on the road against the Utah Grizzlies on October 21-22.
The Rush will then host the Kansas City Mavericks on October 28-29.