SIOUX FALLS, SD — It’s been an off-season full of changes and adjustments for the Sioux Falls Stampede. Rob Rassey was named the organization’s head coach in June, but in mid-August he accepted an assistant coaching position at Michigan. About a month into the season, Eric Rud, then an assistant coach at Miami, was called in to take over.
“It’s been awesome, it’s been chaotic, it’s been a crazy month,” Rud said, while on a bus to Pittsburgh for the USHL Fall Classic where he and the Stampede will kick off the season. “I’m just trying to figure it all out and I think in about 10 days my wife got a job, I got a new job, we picked up and moved across the country, we found a place to live and it all kind of got settled and then the practice started right in the middle while it all happened. It was crazy but really good.
Not only has all the excitement surrounded his personal and professional life, but Rud says the excitement surrounds the entire team as well.
“The enthusiasm and excitement was contagious,” Rud said. “We want this to continue. We want to make sure these guys enjoy coming to the rink every day. It’s a long year so we can manage their energy levels and manage what we do as a staff for not overdoing it and not doing enough. We’re on a bus to here (Pittsburgh) with a team full of promise and potential.
The Sioux Falls Stampede finished the 2021-22 season with a 19-37-0-6 record under former head coach Marty Murray. Daniel Russell led the team in goals with 21 and also in points with 44 in 61 games played. The Stampede did not earn a berth in the 2022 Clark Cup playoffs.
- Former head coach Marty Murray and the organization parted ways after the 2021-22 season
- Tony Gasparini has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager
- On June 24, Rob Rassey was named the next Stampede head coach.
Ryan Healey and Adam Zlnka selected in 2022 NHL Draft
- Rob Rassey has accepted a job at Michigan and Eric Rud has taken over as head coach of the Stampede, as announced Aug. 18.
Maddox Fleming returns to the Stampede for his second season. Last year, he split his time with the USNTDP and the Stampede, where he had two goals and six assists. With the Stampede, he had 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 47 games.
Adam Zlnka returns to the Stampede after being drafted 204th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Last year, he had one goal and four assists in 10 games for the Stampede and represented Slovakia at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup where he had four goals and two assists in seven games played.
Sam Harris returns to the Stampede for his second consecutive season. Last year, he ranked second on the team in goals and points, finishing the year with 16 goals and 19 assists in 60 games.
The Stampede game at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, SD The arena has a capacity of just over 10,500 for hockey games.
The Sioux Falls Stampede will open their season Sept. 22 by taking on the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Dicks Sporting Goods Fall Classic in Pittsburgh.