Rush make major moves ahead of ECHL trade deadline

Rush captain Riley Weselowski was traded to the Florida Everblades

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush traded away several players on Thursday including the team captain and the leading scorer.

The Rush traded defenseman Riley Weselowski to the Florida Everblades in exchange for rookie forwards Liam Bilton and Jack Riley.

Meanwhile, the team’s leading scorer, Pierre-Luc Mercier, was traded to the Manchester Monarchs in exchange for rookie forward Dexter Dancs.

In addition, Shaquille Merasty  was sent to the Orlando Solar Bears for forward Taylor Crunk and rookie defenseman Myles McGurty.

Finally, Josh Elmes was traded to Fort Wayne for rookie forward Alex Rauter.

Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault released the following statement concerning the trades.

“First and foremost, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Riley and Josh for EVERYTHING they have done not just for our team, but the community of Rapid City most importantly,” said Rush Head Coach Daniel Tetrault.  “This was an emotional day: trading these players was not easy.  At the end of the day, there is a sense of urgency to turn things around in our organization.  We made these trades for these incredibly gifted young players that will help us both immediately, and in the future for upcoming seasons.  At the end of the day, you need to trade great players to get great players, and we wouldn’t make these deals if we didn’t believe in the players that we would receive.”

“I want to thank the loyal fan base of the Rush from this season and year’s past,” Riley Weselowski said. “I consider myself very fortunate to have been a part of this organization, but I’m also looking forward to joining an instant contender with the Florida Everblades. “The most memorable season of my hockey career was, without a doubt, the 2009-10 championship season with the Rush.  I joined that team in late January and was a small piece in helping push that team over the edge, and I hope it’s the same for the Everblades this season in joining before the Kelly Cup Playoffs.”

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