RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Rush will be sending four players to Tuscon for AHL training camp experience with the Tucson Roadrunners, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes.
Forwards Brett Perlini, Lindsay Sparks, Ryan Walters, and defenseman Michael Young will have an excellent opportunity to display the talents at the next level.
“This is a great opportunity for Walters, Sparks, Perlini, and Young to showcase their talents to our AHL affiliate and hopefully prove to them that they can be mainstay players at that level,” said Mark DeSantis, Rush head coach. “They have all had AHL experience, but this opportunity might be better with Tucson being a first-year team. I believe these players and a few others we have signed can play at the AHL level if given an opportunity. I wish those players all the best and good luck in Tucson’s camp.”
Entering the second season as an ECHL affiliate, and third season overall, the Rush will be looking for similar magic to their second season in the CHL, when they raised the Presidents’ Cup after winning a six-game series against the Allen Americans.
Having talent such as this recognized at the next level should pay well in acquiring additional talent as the season progresses.
“We know that the players that we have heading to Tucson’s camp will gain great experience to prepare them to play at the AHL level. With the contracted players we will receive over the course of the year, this will be beneficial for both teams and continue to foster our great relationship with Coyotes organization,” said Rush General Manager Joe Ferras.
Brett Perlini is coming into his fifth season in the league – his first with Rapid City – after spending last season with the Fort Wayne Komets. Perlini amassed 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 52 games played with the Komets.
Lindsay Sparks is making his return to the Black Hills after spending time with the Orlando Solar Bears last season. Sparks amassed six goals and eight assists in 33 games for the Solar Bears while he put up ten goals and 18 assists for the Rush in 31 games last season.
Ryan Walters is also returning to Rapid City after spending time with the Utah Grizzlies last season. Walters amassed 19 goals and 22 assists in 53 games for the Grizzlies as well as five goals and 12 assists in 17 games for the Rush last season.
Michael Young also competed in 35 games with the Rush last season and put up four goals and 14 assists during that stretch.
A reminder that training camp for the Rush is open to the public and it’s a great time to come out and see the team skate before the puck drops on Friday, October 7th, in their first preseason match-up against the Colorado Eagles.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05pm for the friendly bout.
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