Defiel released by Rapid City Rush following last week’s medical emergency
Rush to hold auction and raffle, proceeds through PHPA Hardship Fund will benefit Rush net-minder in his medical costs and recovery
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Following last week’s medical emergency, Rapid City Rush goalie Gordon Defiel has been released by the team.
Spire Hockey President, Todd Mackin, said, “Decisions like this are never easy and this one, in particular, will be felt across our entire organization. What’s most important is that Gordy receives the medical treatment he needs and deserves. Everyone throughout the Rush organization, from top to bottom, loves Gordy. His health is our highest priority, and the Rush will support him throughout that process.”
Defiel originally joined the Rush in January of 2020 and posted a record of 9-7-3-1 in 22 games with a 3.06 GAA and .911 SV%.
An auction and raffle initiative through the Professional Hockey Players Association Hardship Fund to benefit Defiel will begin next week.
Items listed below will be auctioned via DASH unless otherwise noted. For raffled items, tickets can be purchased at one for $5, three for $10, and 10 for $39, paying homage to Defiel’s number with the Rush for two seasons:
- One (1) 2020-21 Gordy Defiel Game Worn Warm-Up Jersey (Auctioned via in-game Jersey Raffle on April 2nd vs Wichita)
- One (1) 2020-21 Gordy Defiel Game-Worn Helmet
- One (1) 2020-21 Rapid City Rush Team Signed Stick
- One (1) 2019-20 Rapid City Rush Team Signed Jersey
- One (1) 2020-21 Rapid City Rush Team Signed Jersey
- One (1) 2020-21 Rapid City Rush Team Signed Cowbell
- Two (2) Pucks signed by Gordy Defiel (DASH Raffle)
- Five (5) Mystery Signed Pucks from a Member of the Rapid City Rush 2010 CHL Championship Team
- Three (3) Mystery Signed Pucks from a Member of the 2020-21 Rapid City Rush
- One (1) Night in the Rapid City Rush Party Deck to be used in either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 Season, Date Mutually agreed upon between Rush & Winner
- One (1) Night in the Rapid City Rush Suite to be used in either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 Season, Date Mutually agreed upon between Rush & Winner
- One (1) pair of signed Peter Quenneville game-worn gloves
- One (1) pair of signed Mikael Tam game-worn gloves
The Rush have acquired Brad Barone from the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for cash considerations. A native of Medfield, Massachusetts, Barone is in his fifth season as a professional hockey player, splitting his time between the ECHL and SPHL. In 36 ECHL games, Barone is 13-11-4-3 with one shutout, a 2.99 GAA, and a .902 SV%.
Additionally, veteran forward and former NHLer John Albert has been signed by the Rush. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Albert began the 10th season of his professional career this year. Overall, in his career in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, Liiga in Finland, and the DEL in Germany, Albert has played a total of 452 games, earning 97 goals, 136 assists, and 233 points.