RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Rush announced on Thursday that they have signed a 10-year lease renewal with the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  This will ensure minor league hockey remains in the Black Hills through the 2028 season.

In a press conference to local media and guests General Manager Joe Ferras listed off the numerous accomplishments the Rush have achieved in their previous nine years of existence, starting their tenth season this fall.

After that Ferras would hand the podium over to Scott Mueller, representing the Rush Ownership Group, as well as Craig Baltzer, the Executive Director of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, who further expressed their excitement of the continued commitment keeping minor league hockey in Rapid City and the Black Hills.

Afterwards both gentleman signed the 10 year lease agreement which was met by applause from all in attendance.

The second announcement today was made by Assistant General Manager Brandon Schumacher with regards to the “10 Year Anniversary.”  Starting May 1st through the 22nd you can submit your concept art for the 10 year logo to the Rush office for inclusion in a fan vote.  Voting will take place from May 22nd through June 5th with the top two logos being used for the 10th Anniversary Year.

Concept logos that were on display for the press conference may also be used in the fan voting next month.

Ferras added that a commemorative logo will appear at center ice as well as the home/away jerseys along with a third commemorative jersey to be used.

Nick Walters, defenseman #25 for the Rush, is excited for the announcement.  “We have great fans here and I think it’s great for the community.  This is an unbelievable rink and we get treated like first-class people.  The fans are great here.  They love us in the community and we love them.”

That sentiment was shared by #19 forward Logan Nelson as well. “It’s an exciting day for the players and the organization.  I know everyone that plays here loves it here.  The fans are awesome and we get treated real well here.  It’s a great venue for us to play in.  The ownership and the players are excited to extend this for another ten years and keep it going and keep the organization growing.”

Current Assistance Coach Daniel Tetrault is optimistic on what the future holds for the Rush in Rapid City.  Tetsy added “it’s a big announcement, it’s exciting.  To be here ten years and then to renew the contract with the Civic Center for another ten years it’s huge for the city, it’s huge for the fans, and especially for the minor hockey kids too.”




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