Rapid City Rush start training camp with a lot of new faces

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush hit the ice at the Monument Arena on Monday for day one of training camp.

So what exactly did the team look like?

It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of new players on this years roster.

The Rapid City Rush’s current roster only has a handful of players back from last season including forwards Stephen Baylis and Jake Wahlin.

In addition, the Rush have six goaltenders on their training camp roster led by Adam Carlson and David Tendeck who played in Rapid City last season.

Meanwhile, there are no returning defenseman for the Rush.

Also missing from this year’s team is Tyler Coulter who signed a contract to play in Norway, along with Rapid City’s leading scorer Avery Peterson who’s rights reverted back to the Atlanta Gladiators.

“Eight players were plunked from different teams that weren’t playing last year,” said Rapid City Rush head coach Scott Burt. “So automatically, all their rights go back and get reverted back to those teams. We lost a couple of high end players over to Europe. So realistically, it was a whole new group that we had to recruit. We have about four or five returning players. But other than that they’re all new guys.”

The Rush’s training camp roster is fairly young and inexperienced with players ranging in ages from 20 to 28.

But coach Burt says this year’s team brings a lot of energy.

“But the next couple of weeks are going to be about structure,” said Burt. “It’s going to be about understanding what we’re doing, how we’re doing it and how we’re playing. Because you get to that point that guys don’t understand what we’re doing, then we’re all over the map. Guys come from different teams that play in different styles than I want to play. I have to break that foundation and have them understand what we’re trying to accomplish here.”    

The Rush don’t have a pre-season game this year.

But the team will host its annual Black and White scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Monument Ice Arena.

The event is free of charge.

But donations will be accepted to support Storybook Island and the Battle Mountain Humane Society.

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