RAPID CITY, S.D. – While a good amount of off-season turnover is normal in the CHL, the Rapid City Rush, under sixth-year head coach Joe Ferras, welcomed nine players from last year’s team that finished fourth in the league. Leading scorers Jared Brown and Jesse Schultz will anchor the offensive efforts along with Scott Wray. Defensively, Riley Weselowski returns off of a 28-point season, while Justin Sawyer will once again police the ice from the blue line.
Notable additions include defenseman Gio Flamminio, who returns after a two-season stint with the Tulsa Oilers, and Konrad Reeder who contributed 82-points for the Rush during the 2011-12 season. Eric Giosa returns to the CHL after spending last season with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL. In two seasons with the Quad City Mallards Giosa netted 118-points. If they can remain healthy, the Rush could make a deep playoff run.
Team: Rapid City Rush
Arena: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena (5,119)
Head Coach: Joe Ferras (6th season, 178-115-33)
2009-10 CHL Champions
2012-13: 35-24-7, 4th, lost in first round
2012-13 Home: 19-11-3
2012-13 Road: 16-13-4
2012-13 Scoring Leaders: Jared Brown (18 G, 32 A = 50); Jesse Schultz (18 G, 27 A = 45)
Returning players: Riley Weselowski, Jared Brown, Scott Wray, Justin Faryna, Jesse Schultz, Justin Sawyer, Scott Brannon, Winston Day Chief, Rusty Masters.
Key additions: Gio Flamminio, Konrad Reeder, Eric Giosa, Ryan Palmer.
Training camp roster –
Forwards: Cody Keefer, Tyler Gjurich, Jared Brown, Scott Wray, Justin Faryna, Phil Mangan, Konrad Reeder, Eric Giosa, Jesse Schultz, Scott Brannon, Kyle Stroh, Winston Day Chief, Rusty Masters.
Defensemen: Gio Flamminio, Shaun Jameson, Riley Weselowski, Karl Linden, Brett Kostolansky, Bobby Preece, Justin Sawyer, Ryan Palmer, Tristin Llewellyn.
Goalies: Alex Dupuis, Keaton Hartigan.
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Editor’s note- With CHL teams opening training camp this week, the Pro Hockey News CHL staff is giving you an inside look at all ten teams to get you ready for the upcoming season. Today we look at the Rapid City Rush.