Sioux Falls Stampede
The Sioux Falls Stampede are a Tier I junior ice hockey team based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Stampede are members of the Western Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The team plays home games at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, the largest facility in capacity and size in the USHL. The team was established in 1999 and is owned by SD Sports and Entertainment, LLC. since 2012.
|Sioux Falls Stampede|
|City||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|League||United States Hockey League|
|Home arena||Denny Sanford Premier Center|
|Colors||Dark blue, gold, black, white|
|Owner(s)||SD Sports and Entertainment, LLC.|
|General manager||Scott Owens|
|Head coach||Scott Owens|
|Media||KELO (AM) |
|1999–present||Sioux Falls Stampede|
|Regular season titles||1 Anderson Cup (2005–06)|
|Division Championships||1 (2005–06)|
|Conference Championships||2 (2015, 2019)|
|Playoff championships||3 Clark Cups (2007, 2015 and 2019)|
The Stampede have qualified for the Clark Cup playoffs in fifteen of twenty seasons. The team holds three Clark Cup championships, winning most recently in the 2018–19 season, two conference and one division championships, and was awarded the Anderson Cup in the 2005–06 season for the league's highest win percentage. The organization holds the USHL single-season attendance record at 200,597 fans over the 2015–16 season and are a five-time USHL organization of the year recipient. Twenty-eight former players have skated in the National Hockey League (NHL).
- 1 History
- 2 Team information
- 3 Broadcasting
- 4 Season-by-season record
- 5 Players
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Discussions began as early as 1994 to bring a United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion to the city of Sioux Falls. Expansion talks failed on three separate occasions, including a bid by Wisconsin Capitols owner Geoffrey Kelley to relocate to Sioux Falls, due to the city's failure to provide a permanent home and publicly-backed funds. The Minnehaha Ice and Recreation Center and Expo Ice Arena at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds were in contention to host the team, however, both lacked sufficient locker rooms or accommodations for fans to meet league demands. The Sioux Falls Arena was also presented as an option, but was written off due to poor sight lines and potential scheduling conflicts with other tenants.
In 1998, the Minnesota-based investment firm Central Ventures, Inc. expressed interest in adding a USHL team to the Sioux Falls sports landscape. The firm and local investment group Sioux Falls Sports, LLC. made an official proposal on January 26, 1998, to the league at its annual board of governors meeting held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Unlike other proposals, the investment firm was willing to help privately fund improvements at an existing facility or the construction of a new arena with help from the city.
On May 26, 1998, league president Gino Gasparini awarded Sioux Falls a franchise to begin play in September 1999. The city finalized a deal that would upgrade the existing Sioux Falls Arena for an estimated $1 million funded between the city and team. In choosing the team name, the ownership group set up a telephone line fans called to make suggestions. On September 30, 1998, after more than 140 name submissions were filed, the official name Stampede and American bison logo were unveiled to represent the new Sioux Falls franchise.
First seasons and early struggles: 1999–2005Edit
On October 7, 1998, former Miami University of Ohio associate coach Bob Motzko was named the inaugural head coach. Motzko had previously led the defunct North Iowa Huskies to the 1989 Junior A Championship and was an assistant to Herb Brooks at St. Cloud State University during the 1986–87 season. For Motzko, the plan was to "win as fast as possible" and recruit high-caliber players: "You do not win in this league without veterans and our first year we might not have many veterans. But I want to get at it right away." Motzko would recruit several key players that played an instrumental role in the success that was to come, including forwards J.B. Bittner, Dave Iannazzo, Chad LaRose, Thomas Vanek, James Massen, Marty Sertich and Joe Jensen; defenseman Jamie Mattie; and goaltenders Zack Sikich and David Bowen.
The Stampede were placed in the Western Division and played their inaugural game at home against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on September 24, 1999, to a sold-out crowd of 4,660 fans, including an estimated 2,000 season ticket holders. The team completed its inaugural season 37–17–4, the highest for a first-year expansion, and qualified for a Clark Cup playoff match-up against the Twin Cities Vulcans. The team was led by forward Rick Gorman, who finished the season scoring 68 points, 25 goals and 43 assists. Motzko was named general manager of the year and Gorman was named to the all-USHL first team. The following season the team found similar success as it qualified for back-to-back playoff appearances with a 40–14–2 record. The Stampede beat the RoughRiders in the first round before losing to eventual Clark Cup champions, the Omaha Lancers. Following the season, coach Motzko left the Stampede to pursue an assistant coach role at the University of Minnesota.
The team's ownership elected to hire Stampede assistant coach Tony Gasparini, the son of now former USHL president Gino Gasparini, to fill the head coach role. Gasparini's team finished the 2001–02 season 35–21–5, earning the team's third playoff appearance in as many years against the Sioux City Musketeers. However, the organization was once again knocked out in the early rounds. In the same season, star forward Thomas Vanek set a league-leading, team record of 91 points in a season, with 46 goals and 45 assists in his final year with the team. The city of Sioux Falls hosted the 20th USHL Prospects All-Star Game, attended by National Hockey League (NHL) scouts, while the organization was awarded its first USHL Organization of the Year award.
The Stampede accumulated a 112–52–11 overall record in its first three years of operation; however, the team's top four scoring players from the previous season, including Vanek, would not return for the 2002–03 season. After 52 games, Coach Gasparini's 21–25–6 team was in the midst of a six-game losing streak and ranked last in goals allowed per game. The poor performance prompted the ownership group to relieve Gasparini from his coaching duties and appoint assistant coach Ted Belisle as interim head coach in an attempt to salvage the team's playoff chances. The team finished its remaining eight games 3–5–0. The Stampede failed to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history with a 24–30–6 record while also accruing a total of 1404 penalty minutes, the most of any team that season. Belisle was not retained as head coach.
On April 21, 2003, the Stampede announced the hiring of former San Jose Sharks assistant coach Mark Kaufman as head coach for the 2003–04 season with the intent of making a more disciplined defensive team. However, the team suffered its worst season record to date, going 15–42–3. The following 2004–05 season allowed a franchise-high 252 goals over 60 games and the team failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Stampede fired Kaufman on April 6, 2005, after posting a 42–70–8 record over two seasons.
Finding success and first Clark Cup championship: 2005–2012Edit
In an attempt to reinvigorate the franchise, Sioux Falls hired former University of Minnesota player and St. Paul Vulcans head coach Kevin Hartzell for the 2005–06 season. Hartzell previously led the Vulcans to three Clark Cup final appearances, including a championship during the 1983–84 season, and posted a 195–83–8 record overall between 1983 and 1989.
In his first year with the team, Hartzell led the club to a 41–13–4 record, its only Anderson Cup title, awarded to the team with the league's highest regular-season win percentage, and first division championship. The team was led by future NHL players Andreas Nödl, Nate Prosser and Ryan Thang; and the goaltender tandem of John Murray and Alex Kangas. The Stampede defense finished first overall in the USHL and set a franchise record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 135. Seven players were selected for the 2006 USHL All-Star/Prospects game in Sioux City, Iowa, and the team swept the Tri-City Storm and defeated the Lincoln Stars before advancing to their first Clark Cup championship appearance. The club was defeated by the Des Moines Buccaneers in a best-of-five series, 3–2. The team ended the 2005–06 season with a franchise best 21–7–2 home record and 20–6–2 away record, including a franchise-high win streak of 16 games.
Expectations were high for Hartzell's sophomore year, but the team found itself near the bottom of the standings much of the first half of the season after starting the previous season 27–3–0. The team built momentum by going 16–5–1 in the months of January and February and managed to enter the 2006–07 playoffs as the fourth and final seed in the West Division. The Stampede swept the Lincoln Stars in four games in the first round, but lost to the Des Moines Buccaneers in the first game of a two-game, second-round round robin. The Stampede defeated the Tri-City Storm in overtime in their second game and advanced to the final four, single-elimination tournament. The team defeated the top seeded Indiana Ice, who were undefeated up to that point in the playoffs, 3–2 in overtime in the semi-final round. In their second Clark Cup Final appearance in as many years, the Stampede shutout the Black Hawks 3–0 to win their first Clark Cup championship. Goaltender Matt Lundin was named the Clark Cup Final most valuable player. Future NHL player Corey Tropp led the team in scoring with 26 goals, 32 assists for 58 points, including a team-leading 13 points, four goals and nine assists in the playoffs.
Returning for Hartzell's third season were veteran forwards Nick Dineen, David Grun, Jake Hansen, Robbie Vrolyk and newcomer Jack Connolly, the seventh overall pick of the 2007 USHL Entry Draft. Finding similar success in previous seasons, Hartzell employed another goaltender tandem composed of his son, Eric Hartzell, and veteran Max Strang. The team finished the season 35–19–6, earning a third consecutive playoff berth, while Hartzell set a franchise-high five shutouts in the regular season. After sweeping the Lincoln Stars in the first round the previous season, the Stars returned the favor and shutout Sioux Falls 3–0. First-year forward Connolly led the league in scoring, finishing with 26 goals and 46 assists for 72 points. Connolly was named the 2007–08 season USHL Rookie of the Year and USA Hockey Player of the Year.
During the 2008–09 season, the Stampede finished 28–28–4, qualified for the playoffs and was again defeated by the Lincoln Stars. The club was led by forwards Terry Broadhurst and David Eddy. The following season was matched with similar success as the team finished 33–25–12, but, for the third consecutive season, was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. The club had one of the most potent offenses in team history, ranking fourth in goals for with 223. The offensive output was led by forwards Michael Voran and Matt Lindblad and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Goaltender Clay Witt recorded six regular season shutouts, breaking the record previously held by Hartzell two seasons prior.
The team's previous failure to move beyond the first round became a point of consternation among fans. After finishing the 2010–11 season 34–20–6, the Stampede defeated rival Sioux City Musketeers 2–1 and Omaha Lancers 3–0 and advanced to face the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Western Conference Championship. The club found success in a balanced attack with no true standouts, as eight different players tallied 30 points or more. The Fighting Saints bested Sioux Falls 3–1 in a best-of-five series. The playoff run would be the last of Hartzell's career as the team finished the 2011–12 season 17–36–7, the second worst record in team history.
On May 1, 2012, the Sioux Falls Stampede ownership group of Sioux Falls Sports, LLC. sold a majority stake in the team to SD Sports and Entertainment. The new ownership group subsequently fired Hartzell six days later. He is the winningest coach in team history with a 224–152–44 record over seven seasons.
Second Clark Cup championship: 2012–15Edit
On May 11, 2012, five days after firing coach Hartzell, the new ownership group hired former University of North Dakota assistant coach Cary Eades. Eades previously spent 15 years over two stints with the program, earning four NCAA Frozen Four appearances and a national championship in 1987. He also spent two seasons as the head coach of the now defunct Dubuque Fighting Saints (1980–2001), going 86–46–7 and winning a National Tournament Championship in 1992. In his first season as head coach in 2012–13, Eades led the club to its best regular season performance finishing 45–17–2, six points shy of a second Anderson Cup title.
The 2014–15 season was highly anticipated by the city of Sioux Falls, as the Stampede debuted their new home, the recently constructed Denny Sanford Premier Center. On October 11, 2014, three weeks into the season, the club hosted the Waterloo Black Hawks to a sold-out crowd of 10,678 for their first game in the facility, recorded as the largest indoor sporting event in South Dakota history. The team started the season inconsistent, failing to string together wins and approached the halfway point of the season towards the bottom of the standings with an 11–12–3 record. Following the holiday break, the Stampede put together several winning streaks, finished a promising 32–23–5 and managed to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot. The Stampede faced and defeated the regular season Western Conference leading Sioux City Musketeers in a best-of-five series, 3–2. In the second round, after losing the first game, the Stampede put together three consecutive victories, including a shutout by goaltender Stefanos Lekkas, to earn their first conference championship against the second seeded Tri-City Storm. In their third Clark Cup final appearance, the Stampede completed a 3–0 sweep of the Muskegon Lumberjacks on home ice to earn their second Clark Cup championship. Forward Troy Loggins was named the Clark Cup playoffs most valuable player, tallying 16 points in 12 games played. Rookie forward Kieffer Bellows led the team in scoring with 33 goals and 19 assists for 52 points in 58 games, a Tier I junior rookie record for a 16-year-old, including three hat-tricks. The performance earned him USHL Rookie of the Year honors and a spot on the USHL All-third Team and All-rookie Team.
Less than a week after winning a Clark Cup championship, head coach Eades departed the club citing contract extension issues to take the vacant head coach position with the Fargo Force. On May 21, 2015, the Stampede hired former Colorado College and Des Moines Buccaneers head coach Scott Owens.
Logos and uniformsEdit
The official primary colors of the Sioux Falls Stampede are navy and gold with the secondary colors black and white. The primary logo is a navy circle with a gold trim with a white and black buffalo silhouette at the forefront. Above the oval is the word mark "SIOUX FALLS" and below "STAMPEDE." The secondary logo is a blue buffalo charging through a cloud of smoke with the left hoof in the forefront. Above the buffalo is the word mark "SIOUX FALLS" and below "STAMPEDE." From team inception to sometime prior to the 2005–06 season, the current secondary logo served as the primary logo and vice-versa. Both logos were created by Paulsen Marketing in Sioux Falls.
On September 10, 1999, the Stampede placed an ad in the Argus Leader asking fans to assist in naming the new team's mascot. On September 21, the team unveiled the official mascot as a blue American bison called Stomp at a community gathering. Jolee Thurn is credited with naming the buffalo. Stomp wears a team jersey, black hockey helmet, navy hockey pants, ice skates while skating and black shoes. The mascot received an updated physical look prior to the 2014–15 season.
Radio and televisionEdit
Radio coverage is provided by flagship station KELO (AM 1320). The Stampede radio broadcast team is led by Jim Olander and in-studio host Dan Lund. The radio network broadcasts pregame coverage, games with commentary, guest appearances by coachers and players, and postgame wrap-ups.
United States Hockey League
|1999–00||58||37||17||—||4||78||239||179||963||2nd of 7, West||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Twin Cities Vulcans|
|2000–01||56||40||14||2||—||82||267||182||1023||2nd of 6, West||Won Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders|
Lost Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Omaha Lancers
|2001–02||61||35||21||5||—||75||252||217||1372||4th of 7, West||Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
|2002–03||60||24||30||2||4||54||179||223||1404||6th of 6, West||Did not qualify|
|2003–04||60||15||42||1||2||33||148||252||1250||6th of 6, West||Did not qualify|
|2004–05||60||27||28||2||3||59||178||200||1154||5th of 5, West||Did not qualify|
|2005–06||60||43||13||1||3||90||190||135||1165||1st of 5, West
1st of 11, USHL
|Won Quarterfinals, 3–2 vs. Tri-City Storm|
Won Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Lincoln Stars
Lost Clark Cup Finals, 2–3 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
|2006–07||60||34||21||3||2||73||195||174||1215||4th of 6, West
6th of 12, USHL
|Won Opening Round, 4–0 vs. Lincoln Stars|
1–1–0 in Divisional Round Robin
(L, 2–3 vs. Buccaneers; OTW, 4–3 vs. Storm)
Won Semifinal game, 3–2 vs. Indiana Ice
Won Clark Cup Championship game, 3–0 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
|2007–08||60||35||19||2||4||76||199||175||967||2nd of 6, West
4th of 12, USHL
|Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Lincoln Stars|
|2008–09||60||28||28||1||3||60||182||199||956||4th of 6, West
9th of 12, USHL
|Lost Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Lincoln Stars|
|2009–10||60||33||15||4||8||78||223||182||932||3rd of 7, West
5th of 14, USHL
|Lost Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Fargo Force|
|2010–11||60||34||20||1||5||74||197||168||905||3rd of 8, West
6th of 16, USHL
|Won Conf. Quarterfinals, 2–1 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
Won Conf. Semifinals, 3–0 vs. Omaha Lancers
Lost Conf. Finals, 1–3 vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints
|2011–12||60||17||36||1||6||41||127||215||1045||8th of 8, West
16th of 16, USHL
|Did not qualify|
|2012–13||64||45||17||1||1||92||241||187||1047||1st of 8, West
2nd of 16, USHL
|Won Conf. Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Lincoln Stars|
Lost Conf. Finals, 2–3 vs. Fargo Force
|2013–14||60||34||19||3||4||79||202||157||1132||3rd of 8, West
4th of 16, USHL
|Lost Conf. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks|
|2014–15||60||32||23||1||4||69||191||181||1110||4th of 8, West
8th of 17, USHL
|Won Conf. Semifinals, 3–2 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
Won Conf. Finals, 3–1 vs. Tri-City Storm
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–0 vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks
|2015–16||60||31||25||3||1||66||164||174||908||4th of 8, West
9th of 17, USHL
|Lost Conf. Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Tri-City Storm|
|2016–17||60||21||30||3||6||51||169||193||902||7th of 8, West
14th of 17, USHL
|Did not qualify|
|2017–18||60||32||19||4||5||73||187||181||1018||4th of 8, West
5th of 17, USHL
|Lost First Round, 1–2 vs. Lincoln Stars|
|2018–19||62||39||16||5||2||85||234||190||917||3rd of 8, West
4th of 17, USHL
|Won First Round, 2–0 vs. Sioux City Musketeers|
Won Conf. Semifinals, 3–1 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks
Won Conf. Finals, 3–0 vs. Tri-City Storm
Won Clark Cup Finals, 3–0 vs. Chicago Steel
As of August 14, 2019.
|No.||S/P/C||Player||Pos||Ht||Wt||DoB||Hometown||Previous team||College commitment|
|2||Brandon Chabrier||D||5' 11"||156 lb||2002-07-29||Bayville, New York||North Jersey Avalanche 16U (AYHL)||Northeastern|
|4||Nate Schweitzer||D||6' 0"||194 lb||2002-02-21||Champlin, Minnesota||Benilde-St. Margaret's (USHS-MN)||Colorado College|
|5||Valtteri Piironen||D||6' 4"||192 lb||2001-09-11||Joensuu, Finland||Sioux Falls (USHL)||St. Cloud State|
|6||Evan Bushy||D||6' 0"||183 lb||2002-03-26||Thief River Falls, Minnesota||Lincoln High School (USHS-MN)||St. Cloud State|
|8||Cameron MacDonald||F||6' 2"||181 lb||2003-05-04||Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia||Selects Academy 15U (Midget)||None|
|15||Jared Westcott||F||6' 0"||173 lb||1999-07-18||Imperial, Missouri||Sioux Falls (USHL)||Penn State|
|17||Ryan Sullivan||F||5' 10"||181 lb||2000-03-07||Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan||Sioux Falls (USHL)||UMass|
- Jared Hanowski, 1999–00
- J.B. Bittner, 2000–01
- Joe Jensen, Thomas Vanek (co-captains), 2001–02
- Jason Moul, 2002–03
- Jim McKenzie, 2003–04
- Andrew Carroll, 2004–05
- Ben Holmstrom, Nate Prosser (co-captains), 2005–06
- Zach Redmond, Patrick Tiesling (co-captains), 2006–07
- Nick Dineen, Jacob Drewiske (co-captains), 2007–08
- Max Grover, 2008–09
- Chad Ruhwedel, 2009–10
- Sam Coatta, Marcus Perrier (co-captains), 2010–11
- Joseph Lordo, 2011–12
- Ryan Siiro, 2012–13
- Ed McGovern, 2013–14
- Logan O'Connor, Ryan Schwalbe (co-captains), 2014–15
- Parker Toumie, 2015–16
- Josh Passolt, 2016–17
- Paul DeNaples, 2017–18
- Marko Reifenberger, 2018–19
- Blake Bride, 2018–19
- Ryan Sullivan, 2019–20
National Hockey League alumniEdit
- Conor Allen debuted with New York Rangers
- Lean Bergmann debuted with San Jose Sharks
- Stu Bickel debuted with New York Rangers
- Joe Finley debuted with Buffalo Sabres
- Alex Foster debuted with Toronto Maple Leafs
- Alex Goligoski debuted with Pittsburgh Penguins
- Ben Holmstrom debuted with Philadelphia Flyers
- Joe Jensen debuted with Carolina Hurricanes
- Chad LaRose debuted with Carolina Hurricanes
- Matt Lindblad debuted with Boston Bruins
- Charlie Lindgren debuted with Montreal Canadiens
- Brad Malone debuted with Colorado Avalanche
- Cooper Marody debuted with Edmonton Oilers
- Griffen Molino debuted with Vancouver Canucks
- Andreas Nödl debuted with Philadelphia Flyers
- Logan O'Connor debuted with Colorado Avalanche
- Jordan Oesterle debuted with Edmonton Oilers
- Jamie Oleksiak debuted with Dallas Stars
- T.J. Oshie debuted with St. Louis Blues
- Nate Prosser debuted with Minnesota Wild
- Kyle Rau debuted with Florida Panthers
- Zach Redmond debuted with Winnipeg Jets
- Chad Ruhwedel debuted with Buffalo Sabres
- Dan Sexton debuted with Anaheim Ducks
- Ryan Thang debuted with Nashville Predators
- Corey Tropp debuted with Buffalo Sabres
- Thomas Vanek debuted with Buffalo Sabres
- Joe Vitale debuted with Pittsburgh Penguins
Franchise career leadersEdit
These are the top franchise leaders in regular season points, goals, assists, points per game, games played, and goaltending wins as of the end of the 2017–18 season.
Individual award winnersEdit
- Jamie Mattie, 2000–01
Curt Hammer Award (Best reflects USHL goals, team and organization)
All-USHL First Team
- Jack Connolly, 2007–08
- Andreas Nödl, 2005–06
- Matt Ford, 2003–04
- Mike Vannelli, 2002–03
- Thomas Vanek, 2001–02
- James Massen, 2000–01
- Jamie Mattie, 2000–01
- Rick Gorman, 1999–00
All-USHL Second Team
- Jake Hansen, 2007–08
- John Murray, 2005–06
- Nate Prosser, 2005–06
- Mike Doyle, 2000–01
- Jared Hanowski, 1999–00
All-USHL Third Team
USHL All-Rookie First Team
- Ryan Johnson, 2018-19
- Kieffer Bellows, 2014–15
- Tony Calderone, 2012–13
- David Eddy, 2008–09
- Jack Connolly, 2007–08
- Alex Kangas, 2005–06
USHL All-Rookie Second Team
- Anthony Romano, 2018–19
- Bob Motzko, 1999–00
USHL 25th Anniversary Team
- Thomas Vanek, (1979–2004)
Asterisk (*) denotes number of Clark Cups won
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- "Stampede fall in Game 5". Argus Leader. May 2, 2006. p. 13. Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Sioux Falls wins thriller in spot for championship". Argus Leader. May 13, 2007. p. 24. Retrieved January 18, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Stampede find hope in defeat". Argus Leader. May 14, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved January 26, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Stampede, Pheasants to get new majority owner". Argus Leader. May 1, 2012. p. B1. Retrieved January 26, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Herd fire coach Hartzell". Argus Leader. May 8, 2012. p. B1. Retrieved January 26, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Herd defeated in home debut". Argus Leader. October 12, 2014. p. D2. Retrieved February 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Stampede clinch playoff berth". Argus Leader. March 30, 2015. p. D4. Retrieved February 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Stampede overcome Sioux City". Argus Leader. April 22, 2015. p. D1. Retrieved February 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "USHL Champs: Herd upended higher-seeded teams in each playoff round for unlikely title". Argus Leader. May 16, 2015. p. D1. Retrieved February 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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