Rapid City Rush gearing up for season opener
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The last time the Rapid City Rush played a hockey game was on March 7, 2020.
That means it’s been over 270 days since the team last competed.
But now the Rush are ready to kick off a new season on Friday, Dec. 11 at home against the Utah Grizzlies.
The Rush started training camp on Monday, Nov. 30 with several new and familiar faces on the ice.
In fact, there are at least 10 players on the roster that played in Rapid City last season or played for the Rush at some point in their career.
The Rush welcome back a wealth of talent at the forward position with the likes of Peter Quenneville, Tyler Coulter and Brennan Saulnier.
Those three players combined for 70 goals and 141 points last season for the Rush.
“It was a great recruiting summer for us for Gator (Jeremy Gates) and I,” Rapid City Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault said. “We got some valuable returning players in the likes of Quenneville and Coulter and Carlson that played here two years ago. We’ve got our four veteran slots filled out and a good core of rookies that we recruited from NCAA Division I and Major Junior in Canada. So we’re ready to go. It’s a great lineup.”
The Rush currently have one goalie on the roster.
Adam Carlson who played for Rapid City during the 2018-19 season.
But coach Tetrault is hoping to add another goalie very soon.
“I’ve been working phones trying to get a goalie as soon as possible,” Tetrault said. “We should be getting an answer soon. It is a difficult situation. I was planning to have two Coyote goalies including Prosvetov that played for us for five games last season and I’m still waiting on a word. But I have to get someone in here ASAP.”