The cup

Congrats to former Sioux Falls Stampede player Chad LaRose, who will now have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup as a member of the winning Carolina Hurricanes.

LaRose was a member of the Stampede in its first year of existence and played part of year two before moving to the Ontario Hockey League. He […]

The agony of defeat

It would be remiss of me to let the USHL season close without commenting on the Stampede loss in the Clark Cup championship. Despite all the talk about holding their heads high and the like, I have no doubt every member of that team feels bad today. Going from last place last year to Game […]

The season begins

Before my still ongoing boycott of major league baseball began with the players’ strike in 1994, I used to declare that opening day of the major league season meant God was back in his rightful place in the universe. That now applies to the Sioux Falls Stampede and the United State Hockey League.

The Stampede […]

The season approaches

I picked up my Sioux Falls Stampede season tickets over the noon hour today. (The season opening home game is Saturday, Sept. 24). My usual pre-season desire was reinforced by an ad in Sunday’s paper that appears to be part of a tremendous new ad campaign.

The ad copy reads:

When you’re playing for a […]

And now, for something important:

Most people who happen to pick up a sports page or occasionally tune in to ESPN have heard: a lock-out makes an NHL season unlikely. Who cares?

The Stampede begin USHL regular season play tonight. And after a cellar-dwelling season last year, hope springs eternal with the Pede ranked fifth in pre-season ratings.

NCAA hockey […]

Time for the important stuff

Time to set aside political stuff for important things. USHL hockey starts today. Who cares about the NHL? This and college hockey, particularly NCAA Division I play, involve guys playing because of the game, not money. Locally, there’s a whole new look. Keep up with the fans (and alumni) this season at the Thundering Herd […]