Rapid City Rush announce new affiliation

Rapid City, S.D.– The Rapid City Rush announced Monday that their upcoming 10th anniversary season will bring with it a change in affiliation.

The Rush are now the ECHL representative for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. 

“This is a very important day for the Rush organization as we enter into our 10th anniversary season. We are thrilled to announce that the Rush has entered into an agreement to serve as the exclusive ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and AHL’s Iowa Wild,” said Rush General Manager, Joe Ferras. “The Wild have a tremendous fan base in Rapid City and in the state of South Dakota, so we know this will be great for our loyal fans and corporate partners as they watch their favorite NHL team’s prospects develop through the Rush organization in the hopes that they achieve their ultimate goal to play in the NHL with the Wild."

The Minnesota Wild began play as a franchise in 2000. Its parent company, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, also owns the Iowa Wild franchise in the American Hockey League, the primary development affiliate of the Minnesota Wild based in Des Moines, Iowa.  

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Rapid City Rush,” said Minnesota Wild Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations and Iowa Wild General Manager Brent Flahr. “Rapid City is a terrific hockey market that includes a lot of Minnesota Wild fans that provides our organization with another great opportunity for developing our players."

The Rapid City Rush were affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes from 2015-2017.