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Biscuits and Breezers on Stampede Forward Heath Lantz
Now for the "Players of Today" segment of our article! For the Junior pick we have Cheyenne Stampede forward and assistant captain Heath Lantz. For the prospect pick we have Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin. For the European pick we have Swift Current Broncos defenseman Julius Honka.
If you ever want an extremely talented forward who puts forth his best game every night, Lantz is your guy. This player is serious about his game and is one that will go very far in the sport. He is constantly improving his style of play which boosts the level he plays at immensely. He is quick around the ice and isn't afraid to get physical around the boards.
Heath is definitely a player that younger skaters should look up to because he portrays everything necessary to make a great hockey player. He is confident in himself and his team every game, he plays at the highest level he can every night, and is always a phenomenal leader for his teammates to rely and count on in stressful situations.
Heath displays all of the correct qualities of a junior player that are needed to have a successful junior career. He plays with a very large frame and won't shy away from roughing up players to get puck possession. Speaking of puck possession, if you are a player rushing towards Lantz, you better expect a tough time on the ice because he won't let you pass him with the biscuit without putting up a fight first. He will most likely end up with the puck anyway. As a forward, he is wickedly strong, isn't afraid to play the best game he can, and is always a large presence on the ice. I can't wait to see how his next two years of juniors turn out because they are bound to be spectacular. Make sure to check him out! Good luck Heath with the Stampede and your future hockey career!
CHEYENNE, WY. – The Cheyenne Stampede, member of the Western States Hockey League, has announced that Eric Ballard (Grand Rapids, Mn./Fresno NAHL) has agreed to terms to become the team's new head coach.
The new coach was named by team General Manager Mark Lantz.
Ballard spent last season on the bench for University of Colorado Buffaloes American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I hockey club. He spent to previous four seasons in Fresno, three years as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Fresno Monsters North American Hockey League team, and one as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Western States Hockey League club.
Lantz is very excited to get the veteran coach under contract. “We are extremely pleased to have Ballard taking the reins of the Stampede and are expecting another huge growth year for the franchise with Eric running our hockey club!”
"We are excited to bring Ballard back to the league. He brings a level of experience to the league that is rarely seen at this level, WSHL Commissioner Ron White said in response Ballard signing with Cheyenne. "We are also proud that he has accepted a third challenge from the league; from his days with the Sinbad Sailors in Alaska, the first year of the Fresno Monsters and now as part of the Cheyenne Stampede."
“I’m very pleased and fortunate to be joining a program with a great infrastructure and local support already in place,” Ballard said on Monday. “I’m 100% committed to the development of the players, both on and off the ice. I am very excited to start working with the Stampede. I’m also looking forward to help build on what Mark and Tammy Lantz (Stampede Owners) and the organization have done to date."
The new coach is expected to begin immediately and is looking forward to talking to prospects from across the hockey landscape. Interested prospects should contact Coach Eric Ballard directly at: EBallard@CheyenneStampede.com or call him at 307-630-4926.
Cheyenne Stampede players selected for WSHL’s All-Star Games
(Cheyenne, WY) The Cheyenne Stampede has received word that 4 Stampede players out of the 7 nominated have been selected to participate on the Western States Hockey Leagues (WSHL) All-Star Teams and that Mark Lantz, the “Stampede Boss” was also tapped as an Assistant General Manager for the team!
According to Lantz, “This is just another amazing opportunity that our league sponsors for our players to showcase their skills on a national stage”
Stampede Players Selected are:
Under 20 Team
Over 20 Team
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