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2021-22 USHL Season Preview: Sioux Falls Stampede

09/15/2021, 12:30pm CDT
By USHL

Player to Watch

Garrett Pinoniemi returns to the Sioux Falls Stampede for a third season after playing a combined 94 games for the Stampede and collecting 57 points (15-42-57). 

Garrett understands the league and has had success.  Garrett is a great playmaker and sees the ice very well.  He also has a good shot, and we want him to be a threat to shoot when the opportunity presents itself."
Marty Murray, Sioux Falls General Manager and Head Coach

Key Additions/Subtractions

Additions: Goaltender Isak Posch, Defenseman Ryan Healey, Forwards Sammy Harris, Seth Bernard-Docker, Adam Zlinka and Merril Steenari

NHL Draft

NHL Drafted Players:

Cal Thomas (Arizona Coyotes, 2021, Round 6, #171)

NHL Draft Prospects: 

Sammy Harris
Ryan Healey
Max Rud
Adam Zinka

Harris (2002, Forward): "Sammy has been very impressive in camp. He is very versatile and can play in every situation. Sammy also has an element of grit to his game as well."

Healey (2004, Defenseman): "Ryan has high end ability and will get a lot of attention for the upcoming Draft.  He can carry the puck out very well and has great offensive instincts."

Rud (2003, Defenseman): "Max is a big body and has very good hockey IQ. He can make difficult breakouts look easy at times. Max will need to continue to work on his quickness, but has big upside."

Zlinka (2004, Forward): "Adam is a strong 200-foot player that skates well. I’m sure there will be an adjustment period for him to learn the North American style of hockey, but we feel he’ll have a strong year as a [2004 birth year]."

NCAA Commitments

  • Bemidji State University: Ozolins Gustavs

  • Denver University: Seth Bernard-Docker, Sammy Harris

  • Harvard University: Ryan Healey

  • Michigan State University: Dan Russell

  • Northeastern University: Brandon Chabrier

  • Providence College: Blake Humphrey

  • St. Cloud State University: Valtteri Piironen, Isak Posch

  • University of Connecticut: Sean Donaldson

  • University of Minnesota: Garrett Pinoniemi, Max Rud

  • University of Minnesota Duluth: Jack Smith

  • University of Nebraska-Omaha: Ray Fust

  • University of New Hampshire: JP Turner

  • University of St. Thomas: Luke Kron

  • University of Vermont: Cal Thomas

  • University of Wisconsin: Noah Grannan

  • Western Michigan University: Ean Somoza

Home Games to Watch For

October 9, 2021
- Home Opener with Tailgate Party outside Denny Stanford PREMIER Center, First 1,000 Kids 12-and-under receive a free Stampede replica jersey and a Post-Game skating party and autographs

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