The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations, Daniel Tetrault. The extension is for two years with a mutual option for a third year.
A Facebook Live Question and Answer session with Coach Tetrault and President Todd Mackin will take place on the Rapid City Rush Facebook page on Thursday, May 7th at 4 p.m. MDT to follow up the announcement.
Tetrault, entering his fourth season at the helm of the Rush, finished the shortened 2019-20 ECHL season with his best record as the organization’s bench boss. Through 60 games, Tetrault led the Rush to a 29-25-5-1 record and 64 standings points. Of his many accomplishments in his third season with the team, Tetrault led the Rush to a franchise-record 9 consecutive home wins to start the season, breaking a nearly decade-old benchmark. Additionally, 19 of the team’s 29 wins came on home ice, the most in a single season since the Rush won 17 in the 2015-16 campaign.
Coach Tetrault guided the team to significant improvements in its scoring depth during the 2019-20 season, increasing the team’s goals-per-game average by nearly a full goal per game (2.33 gf/g to 3.01 gf/g) over the season prior. Additionally, the team boasted three 20-goal scorers (Peter Quenneville, Tyler Coulter, Brennan Saulnier), tripling the amount from the previous season.