RAPID CITY, S.D. – After four seasons behind the Rapid City bench, the Rapid City Rush are making a change at the head coaching position.
Today, the team announced they have agreed to mutually part ways with Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Daniel Tetrault. The Rush finished his fourth season in the role, ending the 2020-21 ECHL campaign with a record of 32-35-3-1, missing the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
“Coach Tetrault and I got together after the season to talk about the direction of the team, and we realized during those discussions that perhaps it was best that we part ways. I have great respect for him and am grateful for his leadership of our team. On behalf of Spire Hockey and the Rapid City Rush organization, I’d like to thank Coach Tetrault for everything he’s done for the team and our city over the last seven years as a player, broadcaster, and coach,” said Spire Hockey President, Todd Mackin.
Tetrault was named the third Head Coach in team history on June 8, 2017, following a season in the Assistant Coach role. In his four seasons leading the Rush, he finished with an overall record of 116-134-16-9 in 275 games. His best season came in the 2019-20 campaign that was shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic, compiling a 29-25-5-1 record.
As a player, Tetrault suited up for the Rush and served as Captain during the team’s first ECHL season in 2014-15, the final campaign of his 15-year career. That season, he earned 6 goals, 19 assists, and 25 points in 55 games, and added another goal and two assists in 8 playoff contests.
Mackin says the search for a new coach will begin immediately.
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