Rush GM Ferras leaving the team for NHL scouting job
Rapid City Rush General Manager Joe Ferras is leaving the team and headed for the National Hockey League.
Ferras, who has been with the Rush since the team was founded in 2008, accepted an amateur scouting position with the New Jersey Devils, but he won’t leave the Rush until August to help with the transition period. A replacement has not yet been named.
The change comes amid a very busy offseason for the newly named Minnesota Wild ECHL affiliate. Assistant Coach Daniel Tetrault was promoted to head coach, and as of this week, the team hired Tetrault’s former teammate Nello Ferrara as the new assistant coach.
Ferras was hired as the team’s head coach and director of hockey operations to start the team from scratch, leading the Rush to a third place finish in the Central Hockey League’s Northwest Division. Ferras served as head coach until the latter half of the 2015-16 season, when he stepped down to focus on his general manager role.
In the 2009-2010 campaign, the Rush won a franchise-best 43 games en route to the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Championship with Ferras behind the bench. He also won CHL Coach of the Year for the breakout success in just the team’s second season.