THE STAMPEDE HOISTED THE CLARK CUP FOR THE THIRD TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY LAST MAY. BUT WILL OPEN THEIR TITLE DEFENSE WITH AN ALMOST ENTIRELY NEW CAST OF CHARACTERS. THE FIRST PRACTICE OF THE NEW SEASON IS IN THE BOOKS FOR THIS STAMPEDE. A LOT OF FACES I DON’T KNOW THAT WELL YET. A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE TO SORT THROUGH BUT NOW IS A GOOD TEMPLE. IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK HERE, HIGH INTENSITY, HIGH PACE. GETTING BACK INTO THE ROUTINE OF EVERYTHING IS NICE. SIOUX FALLS RETAINS TWO PLAYERS WITH YOU SHL EXPERIENCE. THEY COMBINED FOR 25 GOALS AND 45 ASSISTS LAST SEASON. ONLY SO MANY VETERANS, INCLUDING MYSELF COMING IN. WE HAVE TO SET AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT HARD WORK LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO WIN AGAIN. EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT. AND WANTS TO SUCCEED WITH THIS TEAM. WE HAVE ANOTHER GROUP AND WE HAVE TO REALIZE WE CAN’T DWELL ON LAST YEAR WITH THESE GUYS. WE HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY PATIENT. WE HAVE TO LET IT EMERGE AND GIVE A GOOD GUIDANCE. WE HAVE A GOOD GROUP TO WORK WITH, YOUNG AND DON’T HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. A MAJORITY OF THE NAMES HAVE CHANGED BUT THE HERD APPROACH TO WINNING HAS NOT. AND IT STARTS WITH SPEED. WE WILL BE FAST, VERY FAST. THE TEAM LAST YEAR WAS FAST, WE HAVE YOUNG, FAST KIDS, WE HAVE SOME SIZE, MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS LAST YEAR BUT WE HAVE SOME ARE PLAYERS THAT WILL HELP US BALANCE OUT THE ROSTER. IT WILL BE A GOOD LOOK THIS YEAR. A LOT OF SIMILAR PIECES IN TERMS OF SKILLS AND DEFENSE, THEY LIKE TO JOIN THE PLAY OFFENSIVELY, A GOOD DEPTH IN THE WILL TENDER, WE LIKE TO PLAY EXCITING HOCKEY THAT WORKS WELL IN THE BUILDING. THE STAMPEDE WILL TRIM THEIR CURRENT 28 MAN ROSTER TO 23 BEFORE THE START OF THE REGULAR SEASON. SEPTEMBER 28 IN PITTSBURGH.

Stampede open practice for 2019-20 USHL season
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