Faces in the Crowd: Daniel Tetrault
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Rush have been on an upswing as of late.
So much so, that the team has agreed to a new contract extension with head coach Daniel Tetrault.
But for the coach, its more than just a job.
He’s living a dream.
Daniel Tetrault’s career as a professional hockey player spanned over 15 years.
His final season was with the Rapid City Rush in 2015.
Now fives years later, Tetrault is still with the team.
“My plan was to retire,” Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault said. “But decided to give it another year. My 15th year as a professional and absolutely love the place, the community and all the fans here.”
The 40-year old has held several positions with the Rush over the years including player, broadcaster, assistant coach and now his current role as head coach and Director of Hockey Operations.
“As most people that have met him know, he is all heart,” Rush President Todd Mackin said. “He gives it everything he has. He cares. He wants the players to succeed. He wants to get them to the next level. And he’s continuing to learn and grow as a hockey coach.”
During his time in Rapid City, Tetrault also found the love of his life.
“My beautiful fiancée Shelle and I, we met five years ago here in Rapid City,” Tetrault said. “We’re going to get married in September in Spearfish. Hopefully I’ll have family and friends from Canada come down.”
Tetrault hopes to someday coach at the next level.
But for now, he considers Rapid City home.
“Just love being in Rapid City,” Tetrault said. “There’s no other place I’d rather coach than here.”