RAPID CITY, SD – General Manager Joe Ferras described the seven-week process to hire a head coach as a “difficult and enjoyable” one.
“We want to make sure the tenth season is the best in Rush history,” Ferras said.
The process came to an end Thursday night, when Rush Majority Owner Scott Mueller announced Daniel Tetrault as the team’s third head coach.
“We were presented with many interested candidates for this position, and after careful consideration, we as an ownership group decided to choose Daniel Tetrault to lead us into our 10th anniversary season as the next Head Coach of the Rapid City Rush,” Mueller said.
Tetrault served as the Assistant Coach of the Rush in the 2016-17 ECHL season, his first season behind an ECHL bench. As a defenseman for a decade and a half during his professional hockey career, Tetrault is no stranger to a major leadership position: from his junior hockey career until his final season as a professional, the 6’0”, 205-pound blue-liner served as his team’s captain on five different occasions with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, CHL’s New Mexico Scorpions and Wichita Thunder, and the ECHL’s Evansville IceMen and Rapid City Rush.
In his introductory remarks Thursday evening, Tetrault addressed his inexperience.
“I’m only two years removed from the game and I truly believe I can relate to the players. I will hold players accountable. Two years of not making the playoffs is not acceptable,” Tetrault said. “Players will come in here in shape, and we will have conditioning skates. I’m doing the skates, too, because this old man is coming after them.”
Tetrault said he has burned the phone lines this week speaking with agents, coaches, and speaking to players.
“I’m super-excited and fired up for the upcoming season,” Tetrault said. “I haven’t slept much lately. I personally believe that we play in the toughest division in the ECHL. I know there will be a lot of work to be done, but I am fully committed to bringing this team to a championship level.”
The Sin Bin’s Mike Crook is at the media conference and will have more later.