RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush announced that they will continue to serve as the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

“We’re very excited to renew our affiliation agreement with such a first class organization as the Arizona Coyotes led by General Manager John Chayka and Head Coach Dave Tippett,” said Rush General Manager Joe Ferras. “With the recent move of the Coyotes’ American Hockey League team to Tucson, this will only enhance the transition with players being sent down and or recalled throughout the organization. The main goal in our relationship with the Coyotes is to help develop their talented young prospects in a tremendous environment that Rapid City has to help them one day reach their goals of playing in the NHL.”

In the first season of the affiliation agreement last year, the Rush received five prospects in the Arizona pipeline: Dan O’Donoghue, James Melindy, Michael Bunting, Dakota Mermis and Marek Langhamer.

“We are pleased to renew our affiliation agreement with Rapid City,” said Coyotes General Manager John Chayka. “Rapid City is a first-class organization and we are we are looking forward to another great season.”

“We’re thrilled to once again be affiliated with Arizona, and now also with Tucson,” said Rush Head Coach Mark DeSantis. “It is exciting to help in the development of the Coyotes prospects that we receive knowing that these players, once they make it to the NHL, once played for the Rapid City Rush.”

The Rush open their season at home against the Colorado Eagles on October 14.

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