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Mark Lantz, GM for the Cheyenne Stampede unveiled the team's First Responder (Hero) Jerseys for the 2017-2018 season. These jerseys will be worn during the First-Ever Stampede First Responder (Hero) Series - Date and opponent TBA, but will occur during the "Early" Season schedule. We want to recognize our outstanding jersey Sponsor - Kelly's Creations - Custom Cake Decorations

The First Responder (Hero) Jerseys will be offered to the fans during a Limited "Pre-Sale" where the Stampede Fans have the opportunity to choose their sizes, numbers, and names. Click order now - Below. After the "Pre-Sale", these jerseys will be retailed at Stampede home games with no choice of numbers and/or sizes and will retail in very limited quantities. So order yours now with your choice of size and jersey number for $125 (Local Pick-up Only)


Cheyenne Stampede Hire New Head Coach: Joe Pfleegor

CHEYENNE, WY. – The Cheyenne Stampede have hired Joe Pfleegor as Head Coach to lead the franchise into its seventh consecutive WSHL season.

"As the Stampede's new "Bench Boss" Joe presented an "Return to Excellence" vision for our hockey team during this search as well as the character, integrity, and leadership skills he has possessed as displayed during his 15+ years of college coaching makes him the right coach for the Cheyenne Stampede," said Mark Lantz, Stampede General Manager. Coach Pfleegor is a quality coach and an outstanding individual who will help us build this team the right way. He has experience as a head coach and a track record for developing young players and dynamic offenses. We understand this may take time as we rebuild the roster and bring in new coaches for Joe's staff, but we believe he has the experience and expertise to build a consistent winner."

Coach Maciej Michalik, (Interim Head Coach) who took over the reins earlier in the season will be offered a position with the 2017-18 Cheyenne Stampede coaching staff. "It is with sincere appreciation we thank Coach Maciej for his dedication to the players and to the Stampede Organization," said Mark Lantz, Stampede General Manager and Lantz went on to say that a more complete Bio of the Stampede Coaching Staff can be found here:

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The Cheyenne Stampede, General Manager, Mark Lantz are excited to announce the hiring of Coach Joe Pfleegor. Coach Pfleegor brings 31 years of coaching experience to the Stampede family. Joe has coached at all age levels including high school, Tier l & Tier ll, U18 programs with multiple championships. His resume also includes "Jr. A" experience as head coach of the Ogden Mustangs in the 2011-12 season. What stands out above the rest is what Coach Plfeegor brings to the table at the College level. Joe has coached at the college level for over 15 years, 14 of those years as assistant and head coach of the Weber State University D1 & D2 club Hockey Program where he has made 9 ACHA National appearances in which Weber took 3rd in the nation during the 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05 season, 2 of those years at the D1 club level. After taking two years off Joe took over the coaching reigns of the Ogden Mustangs during the 2011-12 inaugural season in which they made the playoffs. Coach Pfleegor was then called upon for a second time to take over and rebuild the Weber State Hockey program in the 2012-13 season. After Joe's first year back, Weber finished with a 27-10-3 record while taking them to the National Tournament in St. Louis. The following year Weber finished #1 in the West Rankings with another National appearance in Boston.

Coach Pfleegor has also multiple coaching awards including 2012-13 ACHA West Region Coach of the Year, and 2011-12 Utah Amateur Coach of the Year! Coach Pfleegor's ultimate goal is to develop all young players that come into the Stampede program and prepare them for the next step of their lives and hockey careers. Joe has an abundance of knowledge and passion for the great game of hockey and is looking forward to bringing that wealth to the Stampede family. Coach Pfleegor is looking forward to the challenge of Head Coach and bringing back the winning tradition of the Stampede!



Beinhauer reaches milestone — Scored 150th!

By: Stampede Sports
CHEYENNE: Last weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede hosted the Casper Coyotes and during the weekend series, not only did the Stampede secure their place in the 2017 WSHL Thorne Cup Playoffs, but veteran player Troy Beinhauer recorded his 150th Jr. Hockey point. Beinhauer has been with the Stampede ever since the 2016-2017 season and will be aging out of juniors at the end of this season.

I was able to ask Troy how it felt to say that he achieved this Jr. Hockey Milestone and he said, "It's a great feeling, it took a lot of hard work and dedication but I couldn't have done it without the help of my team mates."

Beinhauer has tallied up 35 points in the last 45 games after this past weekend, and with the year quickly winding down, he is certainly not going to stop there. Congratulations Troy!

The Stampede play their FINAL regular season, Home Games, Friday March 3rd versus the Superior Roughriders in-which this Game will be the Stampedes Annual Teddy Bear Toss, where the Stampede collect NEW Teddy Bears and/or Stuffed animals to give to Laramie County First Responders for traumatized local children. On Saturday, March 4th the Stampede will host the Colorado Jr. Eagles at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. Both games start at 7:35pm and tickets are still available at: http://stampedetickets.com/




Alzheimer's Awareness Weekend

By: Becca Brubaker, Stampede Sports
CHEYENNE, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede host the Casper Coyotes this coming weekend, February 17th-19th for their Alzheimer's Awareness weekend. This will be a three game "in conference" series. The team will be wearing their custom Alzheimer's Jerseys for the series.

Alzheimer's affects 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65. It is also the 6th leading cause of death in America. With no cure, it is projected that more than 50 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by 2050. The Stampede are hosting this series to raise awareness for Alzheimer's, as well as, contribute to the Alzheimer's Chapter of Wyoming.

The Custom Jersey's that the players will be wearing are sponsored by College America, and will be auctioned off during the games, and the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Chapter of Wyoming. Also, EZ Shed has built, and donated, a custom made Stampede "Zamboni" dog house to be auctioned off during the games. The proceeds from the dog house will also be donated to the Alzheimer's Chapter of Wyoming.

 Alzheimer's is so widespread, and the Stampede would like to show support for the patients, families, and loved ones of those that are facing the Alzheimer's battle. Come out and enjoy some great hockey, while also showing support for an extraordinary cause! Alzheimer's is so widespread, and the Stampede would like to show support for the patients, families, and loved ones of those that are facing the Alzheimer's battle. Come out and enjoy some great hockey, while also showing support for an extraordinary cause!


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Salts bring home more than a
World Championship!

January 26, 2017

CHEYENNE: The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League, announce today, the signing of New Zealander: Taylor Rooney to the Stampede.
Rooney who just recently played with the Stampede's Salt brothers at the World Junior Championships in New Zealand was intrigued with what the Salts told him about their team in Cheyenne, WY USA.
Rooney went on to say "I had originally planned to stay home in NZ for the rest of summer, until the Salt brothers put me in contact with the Stampede coach over dinner during the World Championships.  I'm really looking forward to coming to Cheyenne and playing some great hockey with the Stampede!"

Taylor Rooney, a 5'11", 175 pound native of Auckland, New Zealand comes to us fresh off playing for his Country (New Zealand) at the World Junior championships last week where he tallied 5 goals and 2 assists in 5 games.

Rooney had this to say about playing for his home country, "Playing for New Zealand this year was awesome - the highlight of my hockey so far.  Playing on the world stage against the best players of countries from around the world, with a group of brothers that would put their bodies on the line for each other - there's nothing like it. I was stoked to get a hat trick in a deciding game which bought NZ through to Semis.  Having family and friends watching and supporting us (this year the Worlds were held in Dunedin, NZ) was brilliant"

Rooney joins the team this week on the road as they travel to play the Wichita Jr. Thunder. The Stampede return to Home ice on February 3-5th at home against the League Leading Ogden Mustangs. Tickets go on sale TODAY at: www.StampedeTickets.com


Stampede's Salt brothers suiting up for Turkey at IIHF under-20 tourney

By: Jeremiah Johnke, WyoSports
CHEYENNE – Not all coaches would let players leave their team in the middle of the season.
Not all players get the chance to represent their country.
Kaan and Hakan Salt have that opportunity, which is why Cheyenne Stampede coach Maciej Michalik gave them the OK to leave the Western States Hockey League team this week.
The Salts will suit up for Turkey at the International Ice Hockey Federation's Division III under-20 world championship starting today in Dunedin, New Zealand.

This is the seventh time Kaan, 17, has represented Turkey at an international tournament and the fifth for 16-year-old Hakan.


FULL Article at: http://www.wyosports.net



2016 Shootout, It's a wrap!
By Becca Brubaker:

LAS VEGAS, NV The Cheyenne Stampede traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada this past week for the annual WSHL shootout. Each team at the shootout plays 4 games. The format of the shootout is different than regular season play, as each game is two- 25 minutes halves, rather than three- 20 minute periods.

The Stampede began the shootout against the San Diego Sabers. The Stampede started the game off with a goal from #24, Brody Knelsen. The Sabers quickly answered with a goal of their own, followed by a late 2nd goal. The Stampede fought hard and were able to tie the game, with a goal from #28, Dmitry Kuznetsov to end the first half. The 2nd half started with a quick goal from the Sabers. #19, Adam Edmands earned the Stampede a late goal, but the Sabers answered right back with a goal of their own. The Stampede wasn't able to find another scoring opportunity and lost the game 4-3.

In the 2nd game of the shootout, the Stampede faced off with the Tulsa Jr. Oilers. The Stampede started the game a little flat footed, allowing 2 goals. After allowing those goals, the Stampede picked up some momentum and put four goals in, all within less than two minutes of each other. The string of goals was started by #8 Hakan Salt, and followed by #15 Lukas Slansky, #24 Brody Knelsen, and #77 Will Anderson. The Stampede made a Goalie change due to injury, which allowed for the Oilers to squeeze a goal through the cold goal tender. The Stampede came back with a three goal streak. #19 Adam Edmands scored, then 14 seconds later, #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov put one in, followed by a goal from #91 Alexandre Gauthier, just 50 seconds after. The Oilers scored twice late in the 1st half, but not without a Stampede goal from #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov. The 2nd half was the Stampede show. The Stampede put four goals in, and allowed none. The 2nd half goals were scored by #23 Michael Gatz, #8 Hakan Salt, #17 Edvin Hasakovic and #24 Brody Knelsen. The Stampede dominated the Oilers 12-5, and had 53 shots on goal.

The Stampede were confident heading into day 3 against the Lake Tahoe Icemen. The Icemen started the scoring off right away, and it took the Stampede a little time to find their game, but #16, newcomer BJ Gabledon was able to find the back of the net. The Icemen were able to score late in the 1st, making it a 2-1 game at the half. The Stampede came into the 2nd half looking fired up. They scored 4 goals, to take a 5-1 lead over the Icemen. The 2nd half goals were scored by #17 Edvin Hasakovic, #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov, #91 Alexandre Gauthier, and #23 Michael Gatz. Even though there were plagued with late period penalties, all coming in the last 5 minutes, they were able to hold off the Icemen and win the game 5-4. #1 Jozef Dusekna had 33 saves, and was crucial in holding off the Icemen on their extended power play.

The 4th and final game for the Stampede was against the Vancouver Rangers. The Stampede were scoreless in the 1st, but allowed the Rangers 3 goals. The 2nd half was flat, and the Stampede only produced one goal, from #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov. The Stampede allowed the Rangers 4 goals in the 2nd half. The Stampede was outshot 49-34, and the score board showed it, with a final score of 7-1 in favor of the Rangers.

Overall the Stampede went 2-2 for the weekend. The Stampede recorded 23 goals.

The Stampede return to the ice on January 6th and 7th for their Cancer Awareness Series at home against the Superior Roughriders. Tickets go on sale January 1st, 2017 at www.StampedeTickets.com


Press Release – Immediate Release
November 28, 2016
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Stampede Announces Coaching Additions

The Cheyenne Stampede have signed on Thomas Skelton as associate coach of the hockey club. He has previously worked with the organization in a scouting and advisory role.

Skelton will assist with video analysis of Stampede games as well as spend some time on the bench when needed. He will also continue to head up Western Canadian Scouting for the team.

Skelton, a former goalie, played junior A and University hockey in Canada. He has also worked with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL and has been an analyst for the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos.

Skelton has a strong knowledge of the game of hockey, and is excited to take on this new role with the hockey club. "We are excited to have Thomas take on a bigger role in our organization, and his willingness to help make the hockey club better." notes GM Mark Lantz.

" I couldn't be more excited to take on this new role with Cheyenne." Skelton stated. "I look forward to working closely with the coaching staff with video-coaching as well as being on the bench in certain situations where I'm needed."

Skelton's work started immediately, as he is currently analyzing the Stampede's last weekend series with victories of 4-1 and 6-4 over the Superior Roughriders preparing for the next series with the Roughriders December 2nd & 3rd at the "Sports Stable" in Superior, Colorado.

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Mark Lantz, GM for the Cheyenne Stampede unveiled the team's Cancer Awareness Jerseys for the 2016-2017 season. These jerseys will be worn during the Stampede's Cancer Awareness Series – Jan 6 & 7, 2017 against the Superior Roughriders

Click here for Schedule

What Happens to the Actual Player Jerseys?

These Authentic, Game Worn, Player Autographed Jerseys will also be available through "Silent Auction" Friday Jan 6th & Saturday Jan 7th , to be awarded by player after the Saturday Evening game.

The Cancer Awareness Jerseys will be offered to the fans during a very short "Pre-Sale" where the Stampede Fans have the opportunity to choose their sizes, numbers, and names. Click order now - Below. After the "Pre-Sale", these jerseys will be retailed at Stampede home games with no choice of numbers and/or sizes and will retail in very limited quantities. So order yours now with your choice of size and jersey number for $125 (Local Pick-up Only)

The last day to purchase these jerseys is Monday, November 28th 2016. These fan jerseys will be delivered with team jersey and be available for pick-up the first game of our Cancer Awareness Series, January 6th 2017.

***Sorry Custom Orders Closed Nov 28th, you may still purchase one of these "Authentic Jerseys" By Silent Auction, Jan 6-7, 2017 during our Cancer Awareness Home Games!



Former Stampede –
Matej Klust signs Minor Professional Contract

Former Stampede Player, Matej Klust signs Minor League Professional Contract with Berlin River Drivers, of the FHL located in Berlin, New Hampshire.

Matej when playing for Cheyenne was known for his Hard Work, Hard and Never say "Never" attitude. "We are sure this is the just the first step in Matej's professional hockey journey" said Mark Lantz, Stampede GM.

 

 

 







The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Hockey Program is excited to announce that the Buffalo Hornets of the NCPHL have affiliated with the Cheyenne Stampede. According to Mark Lantz, Stampede GM, "This "Affiliation" will help both organizations with player movements, scouting, and developmental events."

Teams will be able to secure and "Promote" and/or freely move players between the teams in this deal. Lantz went on to say, "It's really all about the players, player movement and player options, for the Hornets, it is that "Carrot" of having a Tier II team to set your eyes on and for the Stampede players it's knowing there are 25 other players that want their spot or even more valuable is the ability of calling up players in the event of an injury or flu bugs"

Head Coach Gary Gill had this to say; "We will see player movement from our club down to their club. Instead of having 25 players in our system we have 50 in a two tiered program. It's exciting to see the work that the Hornets staff has done to this point. The mission of the Hornets is parallel to ours here in Cheyenne. To develop players and move them to the highest level possible. We will be inviting players from the Hornets to our main camp having them challenge our players for a spot on our team. It is our goal to have players sign two way contracts out of our Main camp. We look forward to working with the staff from the Hornets"…

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Kristoff Malcolm Commits To Play College Hockey at New York University

By Stampede Sports:

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier 2 Junior Hockey program is pleased to announce that 95 birth year forward Kristoff Malcolm has committed to play college hockey for New York University at the ACHA D1 level for the 2016-2017 season. Malcom, a native of the Turks and Caicos Islands, played in 50 games scoring 4 goals and posting 8 assists. Malcolm also took on the roll as the teams go to guy when they needed to make a statement with the gloves off. Malcolm also served as an alternate captain for the squad and was a leader on and off the ice.

Team Owner and General Manager Mark Lantz is very excited to see yet another signing from this year's team. "Kristoff was a very hard working player on and off the ice, always willing to help the team with any team community projects" stated Lantz. "We wish Kristoff the best in his hockey future!" Head Coach Gary Gill had this to say; "We are very proud of Kristoff and all his accomplishments this season. We are honored that he has committed to ACHA D1 NYU. Kristoff is a very tough young man who can also put the puck in the net. His teammates always come first. I am positive Kristoff will represent NYU both on and off the ice as a model student athlete."

Kristoff who hails from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and didn't play his first Ice Hockey game until the age of 16 is very excited to wear the sweater of NYU. "I am extremely honored and excited to be playing for NYU this fall. I couldn't imagine attending such a great school, yet alone being recruited to play hockey for them. I played my first ice hockey game at 16 years old; most of my teammates this year had already started their junior career by that time." Malcom said. "I owe a big part of my commitment to my coaches and teammates throughout that past 5 years that didn't judge me, but helped me out and pushed me way past my comfort zone. A big thanks to my parents who risked a lot for me to leave the Turks and Caicos Islands to pursue my dream." Pride of Country is also a big factor in how hard Malcolm has worked. "I also owe a lot to my Country, in which ever stall I dressed in there would be a note written in bold, TURKS and CAICOS ISLANDS, just a daily reminder on where I started from and that achieving this goal is bigger than me. I have a chance to break the border of excuses to show where you come from doesn't lead to where you are going. I am extremely honored to be the first athlete born in Turks and Caicos to play ice hockey and the first to compete in college."

Malcolm is the third player from this year's team to commit to play hockey in College. The Cheyenne Stampede are honored that Kristoff chose the Stampede program for his last year of Junior Hockey. We will miss watching the excitement he brought to the game each and every night. We wish him all the best as he starts a new chapter in his hockey dream.

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2016 Spring-Summer Showcases

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Shane Sefton Commits to Play NCAA DIII Hockey at Saint Mary's University

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Junior A Hockey Program is excited to announce that forward Shane Sefton has committed to play college hockey at NCAA DIII Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN for the 2016-2017 season. Sefton is a 6'3" 195lb forward who hails from Sudbury, MA. He managed to score 26 points despite missing 21 games this season to injury and rehabilitation. Shane finished with 15 goals and 11 assists and served as an Alternate Captain for the squad.

Saint Mary's Head Coach Bill Moore is pleased to have Sefton join the Cardinals program.

Mark Lantz, Owner and General Manager of the Stampede is very happy to see yet another Stampede player join the ranks of NCAA DIII hockey. "Shane played a huge part in the outcome of this season." Lantz said. "He showed true grit after coming back after his injury and rehabilitation."

Head Coach Gary Gill is excited to see Shane make the move to DIII. "We are very proud of Shane. He has worked so hard to get back to the ice after an early season injury. He has been an outstanding leader. His size and speed will make him an instant contributor to NCAA DIII Saint Mary's program. We here at the Cheyenne Stampede are very proud of Shane and wish him the very best."

Sefton, like most Junior Hockey players, has worked very hard in his quest to play college hockey. Shane had this to say when asked about his commitment to Saint Mary's University. "I am extremely honored and excited to be able to continue my hockey career at the DIII Level for Saint Mary's University. I want to thank Coach Moore for giving me this tremendous opportunity to play for such a great organization. I also want to thank Coach Gill of the Stampede for being such an advocate for me and pushing me to get better this year so I could have this opportunity. I am going to miss the boys in Cheyenne, but can't wait to move to the next level."

The Stampede will miss Sefton in the upcoming season. The 1995 birth year forward was a leader on and off the ice. We wish Shane well as he starts his path of college hockey. Shane is the second player from this year's Stampede program to commit to play NCAA DIII hockey.

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Thayne Trumbull Signs Commitment To Play NCAA DIII Hockey At Daniel Webster College

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Junior Hockey Program is pleased to announce that veteran leader and standout forward Thayne Trumbull has committed to play college hockey at NCAA DII Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire for the 2016-2017 season. Trumbull, a Casper, Wyoming native and a 3 year veteran with the Stampede, led the Stampede in points this season with 83 and holds the single season point record for the club all time.
Daniel Webster Head coach Eric McCambly is very excited to have secured Thayne to wear the colors of the Eagles. According to McCambly the program is very solid on the back end and he has been looking for players with an offensive touch. He really likes the vision that Trumbull has on the ice and looks to rely on him early to bring point production to the offense.

Owner and General Manager of the Stampede Mark Lantz is pleased to see Trumbull move onto the college stage. "It's only fitting that Thayne, a leader of the Stampede; lead the way on college commitments." Lantz stated. "We are extremely proud of Thayne and all of his accomplishments and knowing his attitude of never say never, it'll be a blast to watch him at Daniel Webster." Head Coach Gary Gill had this to say about Trumbull; "I am very proud that Thayne will be continuing his hockey career at NCAA DIII Daniel Webster. He has been an outstanding young man on and off the ice, and I am very confident that Thayne will be an impact player and a model student athlete for the Eagles. We here at the Cheyenne Stampede wish him the very best in his pursuit of his hockey dream."

Trumbull has worked towards playing college hockey since he moved from home when he was 14 to play AAA and has never looked back. "Going through all my options was hard, and it was a tough choice picking a school to commit too. But I feel Daniel Webster will be a good fit for me!" Stated Trumbull. "I moved from home early in my career so I would be able to play in college one day. With Juniors now coming to an end I am really excited to take my next step. Daniel Webster will give me the opportunity to play competitive hockey at the DIII level, while providing me a quality education."

Trumbull ended his Junior Career with 194 games, 96 goals, 103 assists and 1.206 points per game average. The Stampede will surely miss Trumbull next season, but look forward to cheering him on as he starts his college career with Daniel Webster College.

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Emotionally Hungover

By Stampede Sports:

For those of you looking for the usual Stampede Roundup and re-cap of the weekend's hockey from your Cheyenne Stampede I don't have it in me, so here are the cliff notes. The Stampede lost 2 games in Casper to the Casper Coyotes in the first round of the WSHL playoffs. It was a valiant effort by the boys giving Casper everything they wanted and more on Friday night, and while the scoreboard didn't show it, they fought to the bitter end on Saturday as well.

We could take the time and recap the weekend stats and do the usual thing, but I want to do something a little different in the last Stampede Roundup of the 2015-2016 season. I want to help many of you that are felling the same way I am, emotionally hungover. The Stampede is our team. We have come to know the boys and we will miss them. Some players will be back, we learn that every year. Some we will never meet face to face again as they move on or age out. Some we will banter with on Facebook or other social media remembering them when they wore the black and gold. We will follow others as they continue their hockey careers at the college level, but for us, the fans, it's over for another year and the emotions for many of us are hard to deal with. So bear with me a moment as we take a look back and a look ahead with the Cheyenne Stampede.

We could evaluate the season by simply looking at the record, 22 wins, 28 losses and 2 overtime losses in the regular season. The boys went 0 wins, and 2 losses in the playoffs. It would be easy for some to say the boys failed to measure up or they fell short, but I for one, call this season a success. Coach Gary Gill and Associate Coach Matt Lantz started this season with 1 returning veteran player. We could push the stat to 2 players if we count Veteran Thayne Trumbull who played here 2 seasons ago. They re-built this team from the ground up. They built it on character guys and not just those chosen for their skill set. They took a mixture of players with and without Junior Hockey experience and molded them into a team with only one goal in mind… Never quit. When the wins weren't coming it would have been easy to roll over and check out, but not these boys. They pulled on their work boots and gutted it out getting better each week. They proved they were getting better when they defeated some of the best teams in the league, Missoula Maulers, Colorado Eagles and Oklahoma City Blazers, all ranked number 1 in their division when we played them. Because of this I call this season a tremendous success. The development these players received and the excitement they gave us each time they hit the ice rivals any year the Stampede have had. These boys played for each other, and they played for us.

It was also successful off the ice. The Stampede Organization's commitment to the community was continued this season like never before. From helping with the Greek Festival, setting up for the Christmas Parade, ringing the bells for the Salvation Army, they were always glad to do it. They enjoyed meeting the fans as much as we enjoyed them. With your help they were able to donate over 500 stuffed animals for the Trauma Bear program. They talked at local elementary schools and looked forward to each and every "Skate with the Stampede." Many first time fans were surprised at the generosity of each and every player on this squad. From signing autographs, to helping people move furniture, these boys were always willing to be there. For this single reason alone anyone would call this season a success.

Individually this team grew leaps and bounds. Players took on rolls that are needed for every great hockey team to be successful. We saw the development of skilled hockey players that will excite us in seasons to come. Others stepped up as the protectors, the ones that put the team before themselves. We also witnessed the end of several players Junior Hockey careers. All of the players born in the year 1995 will be moving on from the Junior ranks. Some will "hang them up", while others will continue to play pro or college, even others may decide to give back and join the coaching ranks. Another reason this was a successful season, knowing that we can always be a small part of whatever these players decide to do.

I would be remiss in this article if I didn't spend some time talking about the leaders of this hockey club. The explosive offensive line of Lantz, Trumbull and Slansky played in all 54 games this season. From the first puck drop Captain Heath Lantz and Alternate Captain Thayne Trumbull or as they became known among the fans, the Dynamic Duo, were a pleasure to watch. Both playing in their final season and giving it all they had 100% of the time. The leadership they displayed on and off the ice helped keep this club on track when times were tough and helped the other players understand what it truly means to wear the Black and Gold. These 2 players now hold the following Stampede all-time records; Lantz leads games played, points, goals and assists followed closely by Trumbull in the number 2 spot. Trumbull holds the Stampede single season point record with 83 points, Lantz is right behind him with 74. These 2 young men set milestones any future Stampede player would be honored to achieve. They have set the bar high, but will be the first ones cheering another player on to beat their records. They also have left their mark upon the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). WSHL all time games played has Lantz #2 and Trumbull #6. WSHL all time points shows Lantz #6 and Trumbull #9. WSHL all time goals has Trumbull #7 and Lantz #12. WSHL all time assists has Lantz #6 and Trumbull #14. These 2 players on the same team and the same line are in the top 20 all time in each important stat category of the WSHL. Having the honor to watch these 2 men play out their final year also makes this season a success.

The true success of this season goes to you, the fans. Turning out in sell out numbers every home game to support the Stampede win or lose. You became something special to each and every one of these young men, many that were literally thousands of miles from home. It was a success because of the billets that opened their homes and mentored these young men. It was a success because of the players bonding with their billet brothers and sisters and forging relationships that will last a lifetime. It was a success because you, the fans, made it fun.

The Season was a success because of all your support.
In 5 short months a new Stampede Hockey club will take to the ice. We hope to see many returners that we already know and love, while we wait in anticipation for the announcement of new players. As we deal with our emotional hangovers let's not forget that it isn't over. The Stampede Staff and Coach Gill will be working hard all summer to put together another successful team. In the meantime we can stay in touch with the past while looking forward to another successful Cheyenne Stampede Hockey season. The best cure for an emotional hangover is to Support the Stampede Booster Club, keep in touch with your favorite player, volunteer to help this fall in preparation of the new team arriving and above all, never quit following what is going on in the off season!

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Stampede Face Casper Coyotes in 1st Round of Playoffs

By Stampede Sports:

Two weeks ago most anybody asked would have said that the Cheyenne Stampede would be heading to Ogden, UT to face off with the Ogden Mustangs in the first round of the WSHL playoffs. Any other pairing seemed to be a long shot, as several teams would have to really step up to change the seeding. Well, step up they did. With Ogden securing 3 wins on the weekend they would see themselves on Sunday 1 point ahead of the Casper Coyotes for second place in the Mountain Division. Casper had already dropped 2 games to the Colorado Junior Eagles on Friday and Saturday nights. With a win on Sunday Casper would edge out the Mustangs and secure second place and an opening week bye. The Colorado Junior Eagles had different plans however and defeated Casper on Sunday putting the Coyotes in third place, and hosting your Cheyenne Stampede March 11, 12 and 13 in the opening round.

This series on paper has not been a good one for the Stampede. They went 0-5-1 against the coyotes in the regular season and were outscored 41-19 in these contests, yet the Stampede like their chances in this pairing. The Stampede are coming off of a weekend without games giving them plenty of time to get healthy and energized for the match up. The Coyotes enter bruised and banged up after a tough three games with the Junior Eagles this past weekend. The Coyotes will only have 4 days to recover and prepare for the Stampede. They also liked the way they played Casper in the last three game set. They put up 15 goals against the Coyotes in those 3 games. The Coyotes hadn't given up 15 goals in the prior 10 games before meeting the Stampede in Cheyenne.

According to Veteran Forward and Alternate Captain Thayne Trumbull the boys are looking forward to this match up; "We feel good about this series. They have plenty of offensive firepower, but so do we. We have to play our game and keep the pucks off of our goaltender, if we do that we will be fine." When asked if he felt any added pressure heading back into his hometown and his youth arena, Trumbull, who is from Casper, had this to say; "Sure there is some added pressure to perform at a high level for my friends and family that will be there, but at the end of the day this is a playoff series and there is always added pressure. I am just focusing on what I can do to help us be successful within our game plan." Team Captain Heath LantzComing Soon had this to say about the series; "We have to be physical and everyone has to play their roll and buy into the system, if we do that we won't have a problem moving on." He was adamant when he added; "This is playoff hockey so we have to do everything the best we can. We have to be doing whatever it takes to win. It's going to come down to who makes the most mistakes and who capitalizes on the opportunities."

This weekend's playoff series is a best of 3 game format and will be held in Casper, WY on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday game if necessary. Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday. The games will be played at the Casper Ice Arena. Cheyenne fans planning on attending the games should make plans as soon as possible, as Casper is hosting the State basketball tournament this weekend as well. If you can't be there in person you can catch all the action on FastHockey.


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Stampede Trauma Bear Program (aka the Teddy Bear Toss)

By Stampede Sports:

What is the Stampede Trauma bear program? It is a program in which fans of the Stampede bring stuffed animals or teddy bears to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center to be thrown onto the ice on a predetermined night after the first goal is scored by the Stampede. It has affectionately become known as the Teddy Bear Toss Game. When you first hear the words teddy bear toss it may conjure up disturbing images. Why would anybody in their right mind want to toss perfectly good, soft, adorable teddy bears on the cold unforgiving ice surface in response to a goal in a hockey game? We have seen squid, hamburgers, hats, and other items thrown on the ice, but why teddy bears? The answer is simple, because the Stampede Organization and each and every one of the players care about our Local kids.

The Trauma Bear program is a way for the Stampede to collect donations of stuffed animals of all sizes and varieties, in a fun way. The bears that are thrown onto the ice are collected and sorted to be given to local charities throughout the Cheyenne community. The bears are then given to young people that are in traumatic situations to help calm and reassure them. As stated by one Cheyenne police department office, "What better gesture could ever be than for a police officer to provide a small child with a teddy bear or a small toy in good faith in this hard time in their life?" The players get behind this cause wholeheartedly. They talk to their adopted families, their girlfriends, everybody they know and encourage them to bring a teddy bear to toss. Many fans look forward to this every year and will provide information on Facebook as to what stores in Cheyenne have the biggest selection of stuffed animals.

This year's game was held at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on February 6th. A sold out crowd was on hand, in anticipation of the first goal. Several fans needed garbage bags to wrangle their collection of animals into the arena. Big, small, different colors and all varieties of stuffed animals could be seen anxiously waiting to be thrown from the stands. Children from 8 to 80 all ready and prepared to give their bears a good tossing. The crowd didn't have to wait long as only 3 ½ minutes into the first period Captain Heath Lantz would light the lamp assisted by Thayne Trumbull and Austin Dittenhafer. Well over 500 teddy bears rained from the stands cascading on and around the Stampede players. When I caught up with Heath after the game what he said spoke volumes about how the players feel about this great cause. When asked how it felt to get the goal to spur the toss he said, "It doesn't matter at all who scored the goal. What really feels good is knowing that we are doing something special, something that means something to some unfortunate kids in our community. That is all I am thinking about tonight." Veteran Thayne Trumbull mimicked his line mate. "It didn't matter if we were on the bench or on the ice. We are just excited to be part of this special program for the kids."

The past couple of weeks between practice and games the Stampede players have been visiting the Cheyenne organizations to distribute the bears. This season's distribution is being spearheaded by Suzanne Barto and Erin and Jason Giguere. They have worked tirelessly to coordinate the distribution effort by sorting the bears, arranging meetings with the organizations and transporting both the players and the bears to the donation venues. This year the Trauma Bear Program distributed the bears to these fine Cheyenne area organizations: the Cheyenne Police Department, the Cheyenne Fire Department, the Safe House, the Salvation Army, the UW Family Medical Clinic and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. All of the bears will find a home with a special child when they will need it the most.

I asked Mark Lantz, the General Manager and owner of the Stampede, what prompted him to start the Trauma Bear Program here in Cheyenne. "Everybody looks at hockey players as big, rough, tough, mean S.O.B.'s on the ice, but that is where it is. It stops on the ice," he said. "There's not one of our players who doesn't have a huge heart who doesn't want to help a little kid out. You see it with our 'Skate with the Stampede' after the games, where kids come out and skate with their favorite player. All of our players are just big kids. They have big hearts and it makes them feel great too. It is a pleasure to be able to do something like this which is that meaningful."

As this year's collection of bears has been distributed, it reminds us that for each time one of these special toys is handed out it means a child is suffering. The Stampede players and organization would encourage everyone to get involved in the community and lend a helping hand where we can. While they will be right back next season with the Trauma Bear Program, they want to remind us that every day is a good day to help. According to Alternate Captain Thayne Trumbull, "One of the best parts of being a member of the Cheyenne Stampede is the ability to get involved and give back to the community which supports us so much."


Cheyenne Stampede Give Back To the Community!

By Stampede Sports:

This past weekend the Cheyenne Stampede Tier II hockey club had a double header with the Colorado Junior Eagles. The Stampede couldn't find a win in either game and struggled to find their offensive capabilities. It was an emotional weekend for many of the boys as they played in the last regular season home game of their Junior Career. The Stampede faced off against a red hot Colorado Junior Eagles team that outshot them 97-50 in 2 games. Patrik Asenbrenner was stellar in net only giving up 8 goals in the 2 games. While the Stampede kept the games close (4-1 / 4/2) they will be working on tightening up their play heading into Arizona this weekend.

Friday was the last regular season home game for the Stampede. After a month long home stand, it came to an end in front of a capacity crowd at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The Stampede faithful turned out to watch many of the boys play their last home game in Cheyenne. The Stampede struggled to get it going early, and a 3 goal second period by the Eagles would be the deciding factor in this one. The final was 4-1 Eagles. Only 3 players would make the scoresheet with points in this one; Lukas Slansky had the lone goal, he was assisted by Heath Lantz and Austin Dittenhafer. Patrik Asenbrenner had an outstanding performance in net stopping 47 shots in the contest. The night wasn't all bad for the Stampede as they handed out the monies collected from donations and jersey auctions from both Cancer Awareness and Military Appreciation Games. A total of $3,000.00 was donated to local cancer charities and $1700.00 was given to military causes in the local community. The Stampede continued the tradition of giving back and will only continue to grow these numbers in the future.

Saturday found the boys playing a matinee game against the Eagles at the Budweiser Events Center, home of the ECHL Colorado Eagles.  For many of the boys this will be the largest venue they will have an opportunity to play in. The boys found themselves down midway through the first period until a goal by Thayne Trumbull, assisted by Heath Lantz would tie it up at 1 apiece. A short 3 minutes later the Eagles would take the lead and not give it up the rest of the afternoon. The Eagles picked up 2 points with the win by a score of 4-2. Goal scorers for the Stampede were; Thayne Trumbull and Parker Wall. Assists were recorded by; Heath Lantz and Shane Sefton. Patrik Asenbrenner had another great performance stopping 42 shots with limited help up front.

Feeling the effects of a goal scoring hangover from the week before, the Stampede couldn't find the offense they needed. Frustrated players and fans will shake this weekend off and look to finish out the season strong. The lack of offense and penalty trouble will all be on the docket for correction this week in preparation for the Arizona Hawks. The Stampede led by Trumbull (70 pts), Slansky (62 pts) and Lantz (61 pts), travel to Phoenix this coming weekend to soak up some sun and try to bring home the much needed 6 points. With only 6 games remaining in the regular season, all on the road, they are concentrating on picking up as many points as they can heading into the playoffs.


Trumbull Gains Single Season Scoring Record

By: Stampede Sports

The past weekend in Cheyenne found your Stampede playing host to the Colorado Evolution for a 3 game set. It was a weekend of accomplishment for the Cheyenne Stampede. In a clean 3 game sweep of the Evolution, the Stampede picked up 6 crucial points. At the end of the weekend they were tied with the Salt Lake City Moose in points. The Moose do have 3 games in hand on the Stampede. It was also the annual Teddy Bear Toss Game on Saturday. Fans were encouraged to bring teddy bears to throw on the ice after the Stampede's first goal. The fans did not disappoint. Hundreds of teddy bears rained onto the ice that will be donated by the Stampede to local organizations to give to children in stressful situations by police, fire or medical personnel. Sunday found Alternate Captain Thayne Trumbull adding his name to the top of the Cheyenne Stampede record books. On the heels of a 13 point weekend, he became the single season scoring leader all time for the Stampede. Trumbull, with the help of his line mates Heath Lantz and Lukas Slansky, had 5 goals and 8 assists on the weekend to give him 69 points on the season. The Stampede outscored the Evolution 32-6 in the 3 game set. Balanced scoring from all 4 lines proved to be the difference in the series.

Friday saw a very large enthusiastic Stampede crowd turn out at the Cheyenne Ice and events Center for a high scoring affair. The Stampede outshot the Evolution 64-19 and would win this one running away by the score of 12-5. The Stampede found themselves down 2-1 with 6 minutes left in the first. 3 unanswered Stampede goals in the last 3:30 of the first would be enough to give the Stampede a 4-2 lead at the end of 1. 4 goals in the second and 4 in the third would cement the first victory of the weekend. Goals were scored by; Craig Thurston and Lukas Slansky with 2 each, Austin Dittenhafer, Brett Howard, Heath Lantz, Shane Sefton, Dominik Taras, Thayne Trumbull and Parker Wall each had 1. Assists were picked up by; Thayne Trumbull and Austin Dittenhafer each with 3 apiece. Troy Beinhauer, Lukas Slansky and Parker wall each had 2. Casey Goodmanson, Ruslans Ignatovics, Heath Lantz, Walter Malcom, Justin Stein, Dominik Taras, Craig Thurston and Kristians Zelts each had 1. Cameron Madrid would pick up the win in goal.

Saturday saw a tremendous effort in goal by the Evolution net minder. While the Stampede put up 76 shots, only 5 would find the back of the net. The Stampede's number 1 tender Patrik Asenbrenner stopped all 21 of the shots he faced getting the shutout and the 5-0 victory for the Stampede. Heath Lantz would get the Stampede on the board first at 16:39 of the first period. His game winning goal unleashed the teddy bears to rain upon the ice. Many fans brought bags full of bears to donate and couldn't wait to throw them. Other goal scorers for your Stampede were; Thayne Trumbull, Lukas Slansky, Parker Wall and Austin Dittenhafer all with 1. Assists were tallied by; Thayne Trumbull with 2, Austin Dittenhafer, Matej Klust, and Kristians Zelts each 1. Blade Roh was solid in net picking up the win.

Super Bowl Sunday found a small group of fans turn out before the other big game. The smaller crowd in no way changed the game plan or determination of the Stampede players. Led by hat tricks from Thayne Trumbull (3 goals and 3 assists) and Craig Craig Thurston (3 goals), the Stampede would dominate this one from start to finish and win it going away by the score of 15-1. Other goal scorers were; Heath Lantz with 2, Troy Beinhauer, Austin Dittenhafer, Brett Howard, Ruslans Ignatoviks, Matej Klust, Shane Sefton, and Justin Stein each with 1. Assists were put up by; Lukas Slansky and Kristians Zelts with 4. Heath Lantz and Thayne Trumbull each had 3. Ruslans Ignatoviks had 2. Austin Dittenhafer, Brett Howard, Brody Knelsen, Mitchell Kocisis, Walter Malcom, Shane Sefton, Justin Stein, Dominik Taras, and Parker wall each had 1.

The Cheyenne Stampede spend this weekend preparing for a home and home with the Colorado Junior Eagles. Friday February 12th will be the last home game of the regular season for the Stampede faithful to see the boys at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Tickets are available at: http://stampedetickets.com/

NEWS FLASH:

The Stampede will take part in an exciting hockey double-header at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, CO on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. The Stampede will take on the Colorado Jr. Eagles at 1:30pm with an ECHL contest between the Colorado Eagles and Rapid City Rush to follow at 7:05pm.

For one ticket price, fans will be able to attend the WSHL border war game between the Jr. Eagles and Stampede as well as the ECHL contest, with a portion of every ticket sold benefiting the Stampede!


Stampede visit Air Force Falcons

By: Stampede Sports

Cheyenne's WSHL's Hockey team stampeded down to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Wednesday. The Cheyenne Stampede paid an unofficial visit to the Air Force Falcons.

The Stampede toured the Academy's athletic facilities and were impressed. They also had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with several Air Force and Army Generals, and Generals of the Canadian Armed Forces, who were touring the facility. The Stampede players noticed the friendly competition between the Air Force and Army, and the complimentary remarks comparing West Point to the Air Force Academy.

Brigadier General Stephen C. Williams, the Commandant of Cadets, greeted the hockey players, and posed for a picture with them. The Stampede also met the Air Force Falcons Hockey team's head coach, Frank Serratore. He showed them the seven national championship trophies the Falcons have earned. Serratore is in his 19th season as Falcons Hockey head coach. Under his leadership, the team won five conference championships and five NCAA appearances.

The Stampede also watched the Falcons practice, and then took to the ice themselves. Many players talked about how exciting it was to skate at the Academy, and how much they enjoyed meeting the players, coach, and officers.

The Cheyenne Stampede is a Tier II hockey team and member of the Western States Hockey League. The League includes 29 teams throughout the west. The Stampede open a 3 game Home-Stand tonight as the host the Colorado Evolution, Game tickets are still available at: http://stampedetickets.com/


Stampede Prove Tough to Play Against

By: Stampede Sports

The Colorado Junior Eagles and the Superior RoughRiders ventured north this past weekend to face off against a very determined Cheyenne Stampede hockey club. I said it last week, and the boys proved on the ice, that nobody really wants to face this club down the stretch. The Stampede put together a great weekend picking up the wins in both games this weekend. Balanced scoring and great team effort has the Stampede turning heads in the WSHL Mountain Division.

The Colorado Junior Eagles came to Cheyenne Friday with the most points in the WSHL. They left defeated in a shoot-out. A capacity crowd turned out Friday for what fans hoped would be a competitive game. The Stampede found themselves down by 3 goals midway through the second period. In what has become sort of a habit, they would find a way to battle back. The Stampede lit the lamp at 7:44 of the second on a goal by Heath Lantz assisted by Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky. The third period was the turning point of the contest. The Stampede worked hard to contain the high powered offense of the Eagles while putting up points. Thayne Trumbull found the back of the net off a turnover from a great fore-check, Heath Lantz and Lukas Slansky grabbed the assists. The Eagles would get another to make the score 4-2 with 15 minutes left in regulation. Newcomer Dominik Taras would make it 4-3. He was assisted by Parker Wall and Brody Knelsen. Craig Thurston came through big when he netted a goal to tie the game at 4 with 11 minutes to go in regulation. He was assisted by Kristians Zelts and Ruslans Ignatovics. After up and down play with neither team scoring, this game headed to overtime. Both clubs were exhausted as it went scoreless in 4 on 4 and scoreless in the nail biting 3 on 3. Lukas Slansky and Patrik Asenbrenner would both be heroes this night. Asenbrenner shut down all 3 Eagles shots in the shoot-out and Lukas Slansky would pick up the game winner on a beautiful move to beat the Eagles tender to make it 5-4 Cheyenne.

Saturday found the Superior RoughRiders come to a sold out Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Fans from all over, many first time hockey game attendees, turned out to watch the Stampede and the World Famous ZOOperstars. The ZOOperstars from America's Got Talent were on hand to entertain at intermission and didn't disappoint. Between the intermission antics, the Stampede found time to put up 9 points and handed the RoughRiders a devastating defeat. After a slow start and a scoreless first period, the RoughRiders would get on the board first at 17:35 of the second, but the lead wouldn't last for long. 29 seconds later the Stampede found the scoreboard with a goal by Heath Lantz assisted by Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky. The game winner would in the form of a shorthanded goal scored by Craig Thurston assisted by Troy Beinhauer and Brody Knelsen. The Stampede would go on to score 7 more goals including one on the power play and another shorthanded. Others picking up goals on the night were; Lukas Slansky with 2, Shane Sefton with 2, Thayne Trumbull, Troy Beinhauer and Dominik Taras each had 1. Stampede players racking up assists were; Thayne Trumbull with 3, Troy Beinhauer with 3, Heath Lantz with 2, Lukas Slansky with 2, Austin Dittenhafer with 2, Brett Howard, Ruslans Ignatovics, Brody Knelsen, Mitchell Kocsis, Parker Wall and Kristians Zelts all had 1.

Your Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club is proving to this very tough Mountain Division that they will not be taken lightly heading down the stretch. They have put up 29 points in just 5 games against the divisions best opponents. They have tightened up in the defensive end and are finding scoring throughout their depth. If they can remain healthy it will make for a very interesting division finish. The Stampede spend this week preparing for a 3 game home stand against the Colorado Evolution this weekend and Saturday night's game will be the Stampede's annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, everyone is encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal or Teddy Bear to fling onto the ice when the Stamps score their first goal!


ZOOperstars are coming to Cheyenne!


ZOOperstars! Hilarious, inflatable characters like Squidney Crosby, Whale Gretzky, Dominick Hashark, Mario LeMule, Bobby Orrangutang and more will be in Cheyenne this weekend to entertain fans during intermissions of the Cheyenne Stampede-Superior Roughriders WSHL Hockey game. The puck drops at 7:35 this Saturday, January 30 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

"Our crew has performed in front of 85,000 soccer fans in Guadalajara, 45,000 in Yokohama, and millions of TV viewers while on America's Got Talent, but this show promises to top all of those. We're really excited about coming to Cheyenne," said ZOOperstars! Co-Founder Dominic Latkovski.

The troupe has previously performed in notable venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, and Pauley Pavilion, as well as international shows in Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Canada, but this will be the Zooperstars! first appearance in Wyoming. The game is a special Faith and Family night, and several local churches are planning to bring their congregations.

Tickets are selling fast for this event and may be purchased at: http://stampedetickets.com/ According to Stampede GM, Mark Lantz "Plan on purchasing your tickets early as this game could very well sell-out prior to Saturday".


Cheyenne Stampede Pay Tribute All Affected By Cancer

By: Stampede Sports

The Cheyenne Stampede played host this past weekend to division rivals the Casper Coyotes. The Stampede paid tribute to the men, woman, and families affected by cancer. Wearing themed jerseys and playing too sold out crowds including Guest Coach NHL Star Bobby Holik; the Stampede didn't disappoint the fans. The Coyotes entered the weekend only giving up 14 goals in their last 10 games against 6 different opponents; your Cheyenne Stampede put 15 on them in just 3 games. Despite the great offensive performance, the Stampede just couldn't contain the league's most potent scoring combination and would only pick up only 1 point on the weekend. They continue getting better headed down the stretch and are proving that this team will be very difficult to play against in the next couple of weeks.

Friday night found the Stampede down by 3 goals only 6 minutes into the contest. With Head Coach Gary Gill in the stands after being ejected in the first :20 seconds of the game, the boys would battle back strong and take the lead at 4 with 1:42 left in the first on a power play goal by Thayne Trumbull assisted by Heath Lantz and Lukas Slansky. The second period was a back and forth contest with the Coyotes winning the period to make the score 5-5 at the break. The third would decide the contest when the Coyotes rallied to score 5 goals and the Stampede could only get 2 making the final 10-7. Putting up points for the Stampede were: Ruslans Ignatovics with a huge game netting 3 goals and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull had 2 goals and 1 assist, Kristians Zelts had 1 goal and 3 assists, and Heath Lantz had 1 goal and 1 assist. Others recording helpers were: Casey Goodmanson with 1, Lukas Slansky with 3 and Craig Thurston with 2.

Saturday night saw a sold out crowd not get much use from their seats, as most stood all game in another exciting contest. The first period was a chess match with both coaches matching lines and looking for the mistake that would lead to a scoring chance. The second period would see the teams capitalize on those chances and the Stampede took the lead into the locker room at 3-1. Once again it would be a deciding third period. The Coyotes tied the game at 3 with 4:26 left in the game to force OT. In fasted paced 4 on 4 it was the Coyotes with the advantage and they would score 2 minutes in to the overtime period to get the win. The Stampede took one point in a heartbreaker that saw them outplay the Coyotes for the majority of the game. Stampede players hitting the scoresheet were: Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal, Shane Sefton with 1 goal, Kristians Zelts with 1 goal and 1 assist, Ruslans Ignatovics with 1 assist, Matej Klust with 1 assist, Heath Lantz with 1 assist, and Craig Thurston with 1 assist.

Sunday afternoon found 2 tired hockey teams take to the ice for the final of the 3 game series. Beat up and sore it was no surprise that this game would be gritty and tempers would be at the surface. The game would have a total of 69 minutes of penalties, a couple of fights, and some good hockey in between. On this day it would be the second period that would make the difference. The Stampede would end the second down 6-3. Despite 2 goals in the third they just couldn't shut down the Coyotes explosive offense and would drop this one 8-5. Putting up points for your Stampede were: Kristians Zelts with 2 goals and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal, Shane Sefton with 1 goal, Ruslans Ignatovics with 1 goal. Putting up assists were: Troy Beinhauer with 1, Austin Dittenhafer with 2, Heath Lantz with 1, and Lukas Slansky with 2.

Despite the scoresheet it was a tremendous weekend of hockey for the Stampede. The Cancer Awareness themed jerseys were auctioned off and lucky bidders received authentic game worn, 1 of a kind pieces of memorabilia. All of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to local cancer charities to help benefit the community. The fans were rewarded with some old fashioned Stampede hockey, and the boys got the offensive wheels turning giving one of the best teams in the WSHL all they could handle. The boys will spend this week working with NHL Star Bobby Holik as they prepare for another home weekend with the Colorado Junior Eagles and the Superior RoughRiders.

According to Stampede GM, Mark Lantz, this coming "Saturday Night will Feature the Nationally known entertainment act "The ZOOperstars" https://youtu.be/p3IAsXuCkNg and more than 3/4's of available tickets have already been sold! Get your Tickets today at: http://StampedeTickets.com  before they sell-out!


STAMPEDE DROP 2 HEARTBREAKERS TO COLORADO RIVALS


Photo Credit: Mike Lewis

By: Stampede Sports

The Cheyenne Stampede continued the lengthy home stand on Friday and Saturday against Colorado rivals the Eagles on Friday night and the Roughriders on Saturday. Despite some bad weather the fans, some that traveled over 14 hours to get to Cheyenne, turned out in droves to enjoy some very good hockey from the Stampede and their rejuvenated roster.

Friday night found the Stampede giving up a goal just 31 seconds into the contest. The fans had flashbacks of the last meeting in which the Eagles were all over the Stampede 8-2. The boys however didn't see it that way. They were down by 2 at the end of the first, but never gave up. With just 18 seconds remaining in the second and on the penalty kill, Thayne Trumbull picked up a blocked shot and found a streaking Lukas Slansky who beat the Eagles goalie for a shorthanded goal to bring the stampede within 1. The other assist was picked up by Justin Stein. Midway through the third period Kristians Zelts tallied a power play goal assisted by Austin Dittenhafer and Heath Lantz to tie the game at 2. In a game looking to head to overtime, the Eagles managed to score with 4:02 left in the third on a very controversial goal that appeared to be scored with a high stick. The call would eventually stand and the Eagles would get one more in the form of an empty netter making the final 4-2. Patrik Asenbrenner stopped 39 shots in the contest for the Stampede. This game is sure to prove to the division opponents that this Stampede hockey club will be anything but easy to play against in the second half of the season.

Saturday saw the return of the RoughRiders to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. In front of a large enthusiastic crowd, the Stampede looked to continue with the momentum from the last meeting where Cheyenne won 4-3. The Stampede jumped out first with a goal at 10:41 of the first when Thayne Trumbull buried a rebound on the power play to make it 1-0 Cheyenne. He was assisted by Lukas Slansky and Shane Sefton. 6 minutes later the Stampede would get another from newcomer Brett Howard assisted by Lukas Slansky and Kristians Zelts to give the boys the 2-0 lead at the end of one. The lead would not hold however as the RoughRiders would score 2 unanswered in the second to tie the game at 2 apiece. The backbreaker came at 12:39 in the third when the RoughRiders scored to make it 3-2. Despite controlling the play for the last 12 minutes of the contest the Stampede couldn't find the back of the net and the RoughRiders sealed the deal with an empty net goal to make the final 4-2. Blade Roh stopped 25 shots in the net for the Stampede.

Despite two heartbreaking losses this weekend for the Stampede, these games showed the fans and the coaching staff that the boys are ready for the second half. They are playing with speed and moving the puck much better as of late. With some slight tweaking to the line combinations, the fans should expect some very good solid hockey from the boys in the weeks ahead as they continue the home stand next weekend when they spend this week gearing up for a 3 game inter division home stand with in state rivals and number one Mountain Division opponent the Casper Coyotes. This coming weekend will be the last specialty weekend as the Stampede will don their Cancer Awareness custom jerseys to raise awareness in our community Tickets for the Casper Series are now on sale at: www.StampedeTickets.com


Order Your Cancer Awareness Jersey Today!

This year the Stampede are recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness thus going with the Prostate color theme. This pre-sale will be very very short (Dec 21)… Fans have a choice of Size, Number, and Name. These fan jerseys will be delivered with team jersey and be available for pick-up the first game of our Cancer Awareness Series, January 22, 2016.

Order yours today, or you can take your chances and win your favorite player's jersey at silent auction during the weekend! Proceeds will benefit Stampede Charities! The last day to purchase these jerseys is Monday, December 21, 2015.


*Local Pick-up only

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2016 All Star Game Roster Announced

The Western States Hockey League is pleased to announce the roster for the 2016 All Star Game to be played in Oklahoma City January 2, 2016. The event will be hosted by the Oklahoma City Blazers. Oklahoma Head Coach Tyler Fleck has planned a professional style All Star event with not only a exciting game, but added features such as skills competition, player banquet, take home team jersey for each player and many other memorable features for the players.

The game will pit the Oklahoma City Blazers in a one game match against the WSHL All Star Team.

The All Star Team is represent by players from 16 separate WSHL member teams. The team will be coached by WSHL Director of Game Operations and previous owner of the San Diego Gulls - Bruce Miller, Colorado Eagles Head Coach Steve Haddon, Valencia Flyers Head Coach Jose Berge and General Manager will be Deputy Commissioner Bob Armando. Commissioner Ron White said, "The selection committee as worked long and hard to put together a very skilled and exciting roster of deserving players for this game. It will be a terrific night of hockey."

The roster is:

Goalies Team
Linius Ryttar Valencia Flyers
Austin Piquette Colorado Eagles
Noah Parker Missoula Maulers
Defense Team
Daniel Nordlander Dallas Snipers
Zach Balodis Wichita Jr. Thunder
Charlie Granath Salt Lake City Moose
Reed_Scahill Colorado Eagles
Dmitri Jones Idaho Jr. Steelheads
Niklas Giers Valencia Flyers
Brian MacDonald Arizona Hawks
Nick Short Long Beach Bombers
Forwards Team
Linus Dahlberg Springfield Express
Riley_Roberts Colorado Eagles
Heath Lantz Cheyenne Stampede
Damon Hanson Missoula Maulers
Macky Power Idaho Jr. Steelheads
Joel Lehtonen Vancouver Rangers
Jakob Kranabetter Valencia Flyers
Tomas Urbanec Long Beach Bombers
Dominick Syneek Phoenix Knights
Jacob Haynes Fresno Monsters
Vincent Dekumbis Las Vegas Storm
Donovan Shambeau Ontario Avalanche
Team Staff
Bruce Miller Coach
Josh Berge Coach
Steve Haddon Coach
Bob Armanod General Manager
Ron White League Commissioner


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Stampede Travel After Thanksgiving. Trumbull Tallies 150th Career Point

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II club traveled north the day after Thanksgiving for a 3 game match up with the Casper Coyotes. With Thanksgiving meals still settling, the boys jumped on the bus for what they knew would be a tough series against a very good Coyote club. The Coyotes came into the weekend well rested after a weekend off, while the Stampede were looking to shake off the memories from the previous weekend.

Friday's contest started fast and furious with both teams up and down the ice. Casper jumped on the early lead and was able to score 2 goals in each period to put Cheyenne on their heels. The Stampede would drop this game 6-1.The highlight of the evening for the Stampede faithful came with 1:22 left in the game when Thayne Trumbull, off a feed from Parker Wall and Heath Lantz, scored his 150th career point in junior hockey. Trumbull, who is from Casper, was able to get the 150th in front of many of his friends and family. The Stampede family and the fans would like to congratulate Thayne on this tremendous career milestone!


Saturday found the Stampede down 3-0 with 1:16 to go in the 1st period. A power play goal scored by Thayne Trumbull, assisted by Heath Lantz and Casey Goodmanson would send the boys to the locker room trailing 3-1. A 3 goal second and a 3 goal third period by the Coyotes proved too much for the boys to overcome and they would lose this one 9-1.

Sunday found 2 very tired hockey clubs take to the ice for the rubber match. The Coyotes took the 1-0 lead in to the locker room after 1 period of play. Newcomer Ruslans Ignatovics would knot things up at one with a goal at 15:25 in the second. 6 minutes later Lukas Slansky would score a shorthanded goal to give the Stampede the 2-1 lead. 2 unanswered goals in the 3rd by Casper and an empty netter on the Stampede's final push, would find the Stampede losing this one 4-2 in a very close contest. Other players picking up points for the Stampede were Heath Lantz, Parker Wall, and Justin Stein who each had an assist.

The Stampede will enjoy a much needed weekend off the ice, but will be Hosting a Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser on December 5th at Cheyenne's Applebee's. Tickets for Breakfast usually sell-out but a few are still available from Stampede Players . The Stamps will be preparing for a home and home matchup against the Superior Roughriders on December 11th and 12th. Tickets for the final Home-Game of the year are available at: www.StampedeTickets.com  

The Stampede organization would like to thank all of the fans that braved the weather and bad roads to make the trip to Casper in support of the boys. Fans from Canada, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Cheyenne were there to cheer on the Stampede. The players and the organization cannot thank you enough.

Trumbull Tallies 150th Career Goal!
Trumbull Tallies 150th Career Goal!


Lantz and Trumbull.
A not so new combination.

By: Stampede Sports

For those of you watching the Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Junior hockey team this season you cannot help but notice Heath Lantz and Thayne Trumbull. The two leaders of this hockey club are skating on the same line. To fans and opponents it might seem as though they have been skating together for years, well this is because they have been.

Trumbull and Lantz have played together since they were squirts in Wyoming youth hockey. "Heath is the kind of guy I have always found chemistry with on the ice. He is a great player and has been since I've known him from the time we were 8 until now," stated Trumbull. Their first stint together was in the 2005-2006 season playing for the Wyoming Stars Squirt Select team, made up of the better, more dedicated players from around the state. "I could tell he was going to be a good hockey player. He was always working hard for the team," stated Lantz when reminiscing about their younger years. The highlight of that year was a birth to the Squirt International Invitational held in Fargo, ND. Playing against many top level players from around the country, many of which they face off with today in the WSHL.

The two continued to skate together on Team Wyoming when they were younger. Their team was selected to be the Wyoming U14 National team in 2010, and skated to a bronze medal. Both players were instrumental in helping this team go as far as they did in the tournament. "Heath was the Captain of our team that placed third at Nationals and a big reason for our success that season," Trumbull added. They even were placed on the same line when a boost in scoring was needed. It was at the end of this season that they headed down very different hockey roads.

At the end of their U14 run Lantz stayed in Wyoming playing for Team Wyoming and his local organization in Cheyenne. Trumbull headed south to play AAA for the Colorado Roughriders. Lantz made the leap to junior hockey the next year playing for the Cheyenne Stampede, while Trumbull headed to Salt Lake City to continue in AAA with the Northwest Regulators. It was during these years that they both realized the dedication, desire, and commitment it took to play at a higher level. Lantz commented on how much he learned during his rookie year, "Everything was faster and everyone was stronger, there was fighting, I learned a lot about playing the game." Trumbull highlighted the fact that when playing AAA he had coaches that did not put up with kids not performing. It was about winning games and so they played the kids who were going to produce for them. "This taught me that everyday is a try out and you had to prove yourself because what you did yesterday didn't matter," he stated. It was the Cheyenne Stampede that would reunite the pair.

In 2012, Lantz was preparing for his second year of juniors in Cheyenne, Trumbull was not sure where he was headed. A meeting with then coach Marty Quarters and GM Mark Lantz, led Trumbull to leave offers back east as well as in Colorado, instead making the move to the junior level. Trumbull and Lantz were finally back on the same team, but it would not be until the end of the year that they would again be on the same line. "Once we got together it was just like the old days," said Trumbull with a smile. The duo would remain together the following season under coach Gary Gill both posting break out numbers while their leadership skills shined. Both served as assistant captains that season, and were a huge part of the success of the team.

The following season found both of them preparing for another year together in the black and gold. Early in the season just before games were to begin Trumbull was traded to the Colorado Roughriders leaving Lantz as his opponent in Cheyenne. Trumbull pointed out that the two of them stayed in contact. If one had a good weekend the other was calling or texting in order to congratulate the other. Even though they were on different hockey teams they remained great friends. "Staying in touch with Thayne last year was a no brainer. I missed having him on my team! The night I got my 150th point Thayne sent me a text right away," Lantz recalled. Both flashed a wry smile when asked if they talked during the season about playing together again.

With the 2015-2016 season was the return of former coach Gary Gill. Trumbull knew he wanted back in the black and gold to play for the Stampede again. After a long stint of trade negotiations the Stampede were able to secure him for the season. "When they gave me the word the trade went through I couldn't wait to head to Cheyenne. I knew then that Heath and I would make this a very good final year," Trumbull declared. Both have stepped right back into being the leaders of the team, both on and off the ice. While the first few games found them on different lines it was not long before they were put together to stimulate some much needed scoring. After 19 games together they have posted a combined 57 points to lead the team. "Playing on the same line together is a pretty special thing for us and the fans. We gel pretty good together and seem to get 2 or 3 point a night off of each other just by working hard and having fun," Lantz added. Their combined experience in junior hockey and their chemistry together made it only natural for coach Gill to lean on them as the leaders of this year's squad.

While the season has not started exactly as they would have planned, one thing is for sure, these two sure can play together. As this is the last year of junior hockey for the two 1995 birth year players they want to make it one to remember. They wish to leave a legacy for all future Stampede players to live up to. A legacy built on the ice with skill, hard work, and dedication, and just as important off the ice, as being quality young men and role models to younger hockey players.

These two will for sure be missed in seasons to come. Do not be surprised if you see them around the rink in the future mentoring the new groups of players or even coaching. Right now both are concentrating on the season ahead. They plan to do everything they can to make it a successful and enjoyable one not only for themselves, but for their teammates and the in the words of Lantz, "I guess you could say that I'm like Thayne's missing tooth, when we get together we shine like a bright smile." One thing is for sure... the boys are back in town.


Stampede Struggle to Finish.
Drop 3 At Home.

By: Stampede Sports

The Cheyenne Stampede was at home last weekend for a 3 game home stand against the visiting Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose. This will be a weekend the boys will want to soon forget as they dropped all 3 games at home.
On Friday in front of yet another sold out crowd, Thayne Trumbull was able to give the Stampede a 4-3 lead with 17 minutes left in the game. Ogden did not quit however and 2 goals in less than a minute would be enough to down the Stampede by a final score of 5-4. Point producers for the stampede were; Lukas Slansky with 1 goal and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal and 1 assist, Ryan Meyer with 1 goal, and Kristoff Malcom netting his first Junior Hockey goal . Recent additions Craig Thurston and Kristians Zelts took no time each chipping in an assist in their first game for the Stampede. Others having assists were; Troy Beinhauer, Heath Lantz, Thomas Puetz, and Justin Stein, all with one a piece.

Saturday found the Stampede taking on the Salt Lake City Moose. Last year's fan favorite playing in only his second game this season with the Stampede, Craig Thurston was able to give the stampede the early lead. Cheyenne would hold a 2 nothing lead until 14:51 of the third period. Salt Lake rallied to net 3 goals in the third, with the backbreaker coming with 11 seconds left in the period to down the Stampede 3-2. Scorers for the Stampede were; Craig Thurston with 1 goal, Justin Stein with 1 goal and Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky each had a helper. The highlight of the evening for the fans and the Captain Heath Lantz was a surprise proposal to his longtime girlfriend on the ice at the period break. In front of a packed house Heath, with the help of his team mates holding the banner, asked Taylor MacMillan for her hand in marriage. With not many dry eyes in the house she didn't hesitate to say yes! The fans wish Heath and Taylor the very best!

Sunday was the rubber match with the Ogden Mustangs. The game started fast with good pressure from the Stampede. They put Ogden on their heels when Thayne Trumbull scored at 17:56 of the first period to give the boys the 1 nothing lead. A 5 goal second period would be more than enough to take the wind out of the boys and see them drop the game with a final of 9-4. In a moment out of Miracle, Coach Gill kept the boys on the ice to skate lines as a reminder of how hard you have to work during the game. Not one fan left the arena and stayed to cheer on the boys as a testament as to how much fan support this team has. Goals were scored by; Thayne Trumbull, Lukas Slansky, Kristoff Malcom, and Kristians Zelts all with 1 goal. Assists were tallied by; Patrik Assenbrenner, Troy Beinhauer, Austin Davis, Casey Goodmanson, Brody Knelsen, Heath Lantz and Craig Thurston each with 1.

This week the boys prepare for the Thanksgiving roadie to Casper where they will take on the third place Casper Coyotes. The boys travel to Casper for a 3 game set starting on Friday November 27th at the Casper Events Center.


Stampede Honor The Armed Forces. Take 2 of 3 from Missoula

By: Stampede Sports

In a weekend full of Respect, Honor and Appreciation for our men and women in the armed forces, the Stampede were able to find time for some very good hockey. In front of sold out packed stands the Cheyenne Stampede hosted the Missoula Maulers for a 3 game set in Cheyenne. The Maulers entered Cheyenne at 15-2 and the number 2 spot in the Northwest Division. Wearing the military themed jerseys, the Stampede paid tribute to current and former members of our armed forces and their families. The quality of the hockey was a great bi product for the weekend and the fans.

On Friday night the Thayne Trumbull was able to tie the game at 5 a piece with less than 9 minutes to go. In what looked to be a game headed to overtime, the Maulers were able to find the back of the net with only 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite a last ditch effort by the boys, they came up short and dropped Friday's game 6-5. Players scoring goals were Heath Lantz with 2, Thayne Trumbull had 2, and Casey Goodmanson had 1. Others with points were Austin Davis and Mitchell Kocsis with an assist each, and Lukas Slansky that chipped in 2.

Saturdays match up found a very determined Stampede team take to the ice. A huge game that resulted in a hat trick for Lukas Slansky propelled the Stampede to the win, and handed Missoula their third loss of the season. Slansky led the team in points with his 3 goals. The other goal scorer in the 4-3 win was Justin Stein. Thayne Trumbull chipped in 3 assists to lead the team. Heath Lantz had 2 helpers and Patrick Asenbrenner, Blake Bennett, and Mitchel Kocsis each had one.

Sundays contest found the Stampede down by 2 goals early in the third period. With under 15 minutes to play the combination of Thayne Trumbull and Heath Lantz were able to combine for 4 points and help the Stampede stave off a late rally and capture the win by a score of 5-4. Thayne Trumbull led the team in points with 1 goal and 3 assists.
Heath Lantz came through big with 2 goals and the game winner. The team also got goals from Lukas Slansky and Austin Davis each with one. Others recording assists were Lukas Slansky, Ryan Meyer, Brody Knelsen, Ryan Evans and Austin Davis each with one helper.

The Stampede secured 4 much needed points on the weekend making their record 8-11. In securing the points they handed the Maulers their 3rd and 4th loss of the season. The line of Lantz, Trumbull, and Slansky continued their scoring with a combined 22 points over the course of 3 games. The Stampede spend this week gearing up for a 3 game inter division home stand with the Salt Lake City Moose and the Ogden Mustangs. Tickets for the Utah Series are now on sale at: www.StampedeTickets.com


Cheyenne Stampede Take 2 of 3 On Road Trip In Colorado

By: Stampede Sports

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II hockey team traveled south last weekend securing 4 critical points in a 3 game weekend road trip to Colorado. The Stampede was able to take 2 out of three games on the road to put them just 4 points out of 5th place in what is arguably the best division in the WSHL.
On Friday the Stampede traveled to Denver to face off with the Colorado Evolution. The very late start of the Friday night game in front of a crowd that had more stampede fans than the home team was no problem for the Stampede to get up for. The Evolution with some very skilled foreign players was no match this night for The Stampede. The boys came out hard and scored often to Cruise to an 11-1 victory. Players finding the back of the net were #17 Thomas Puetz with a goal and 3 assists to lead the team in points. #15 Lukas Slansky and #8 Ryan Meyer each had 2 goals and 1 assist. #12 Troy Beinhauer put in 2 goals. Other players with goals were #9 Blake Bennet, #11 Austin Davis, and #3 Ryan Evans. #14 Thayne Trumbull had a goal and an assist and the Captain #10 Heath Lantz put up 4 assists to lead that category.

Saturday saw the Stampede face off with a very fast very Physical Superior Roughriders Hockey Club. The boys on both sides did not disappoint the fans. It was a back and forth contest with the Stampede drawing first blood on a goal from #12 Troy Beinhauer. The Stampede also got a goal from #17 Thomas Puetz. The Stampede would come up short in the contest dropping a very close game 3-2. Other stampede players posting points were #9 Blake Bennett with 2 assists to lead the team. #3 Ryan Evans with one assist and #6 Justin Stein with one assist.

Sunday found the Cheyenne Stampede back in Denver facing off with a very disgruntled Evolution Hockey Club. The Evolution losing on Friday and Saturday saw them start the game with some determination and grit. Coach Gary Gill had this to say "Last game started off slow but we got our feet under us in the second… But a win is a win and we need them all… Good work boys" The Stampede fell 1-0 early in the contest but with a huge game by #10 Heath Lantz who posted 2 goals and 4 assists to lead the team with 6 points and #14 Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal and 3 assists for a 4 point afternoon, the Stampede were able to pick up the win and the much needed 2 points. The Stampede won the contest going away by a score of 8-4. The top line of Lantz, Trumbull and Slansky continued putting up points. This line combined 21 points in 3 games to continue to lead the Stampede in scoring. Others scoring Sunday For the stampede were Blake Bennett, Robert Fogerty, Lukas Slansky, Troy Beinhauer, Austin Davis, Brody Knelsen, Mitchell Kocsis, and Justin Stein.

The Cheyenne Stampede return home for the weekend of November 13-15th. They will play host to the Northwest Division Leading Missoula Maulers who will come into the weekend with a 15 and 2 record. The Cheyenne Stampede will be honoring all the men and women, past and present in the armed forces with their Military Appreciation weekend. Special Military themed jerseys will be worn by the players and will give the fans the chance to get a jersey off of the back of their favorite player. All proceeds will benefit local military causes. Tickets for this weekend's Military Series can be found at: www.Stampedetickets.com



From Cheyenne to Danville,
Oktavec makes secret jump to pros - Junior Hockey News

The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Tier II Hockey League announced that former Stampede Standout,Branko Oktavec has accepted a Professional Training Camp Contract with the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League. READ MORE: Click Here



Western States Hockey League Announces:
The WPL (Western Prospects League)

Tustin, Calif. 9/2/15

The Western States Hockey League and Commissioner Ron White announced today the official formation of the new Western Prospects League. Operating as a tier III junior A league under the Untied Hockey Union, the WPL will provide existing WSHL franchises an opportunity to expand their offering and accept new and younger players. Unlike other prospects leagues with no affiliation each WPL team will work hand in hand with their tier II counterpart in the Western States Hockey League. The WPL will provide their players the chance for true advancement “during” the season much like the NHL utilizes the AHL. The age group will be from 15-20 year olds all looking to gain junior hockey experience.

The WSHL League Deputy Commissioner Bob Armando commented, “it is an exciting time for the WSHL with the recent announcement of Tier II status and now the announcement of the WPL to fill the spot at Tier III.” The WPL will hit the ground running since this concept was tested last year has been redefined this year as the WPL. Both the WSHL and WPL are members of the United Hockey Union (UHU) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The UHU is the governing body for numerous independent adult leagues throughout the U.S. and as well as Junior Hockey hosted by the AAU.

This season the WPL teams will participate in 6 regional showcases, 1 college showcase co-hosted with all the WSHL teams and 1 Championship event to finish the season. The teams already participating are the El Paso Rhinos, Casper Coyotes, Ogden Mustangs, Cheyenne Stampede and the Ontario Avalanche. All new team information is available on each of the participating team's websites http://cheyennestampede.com/prospectTeam.asp. As well as the WSHL website www.wshl.org.

This brings 34 junior teams under the leadership of the Western States Hockey League which is the flag ship for AAU Ice Hockey.

Each showcase event can have a guest team if there are interested teams. You can contact our league representative, Tom Meyer @ tm.lm.service@verizon.net.

View your Cheyenne Stampede Prospect Team Schedule at: http://cheyennestampede.com/scheduleTier3.asp
and for more information about the Stampede Prospects, Contact Coach Brad Wheeler at: BWheels@CheyenneStampede.com
or Stampede General Manager, Mark Lantz at GM@CheyenneStampede.com


Ready for another season- Stampede hits the ice at home September 19th

By: SHORTGO & Rockie Hiser

lantzCheyenne Stampede Hockey is already gearing up for their 2015-2016 season. Excitement about their returning top-dog has them eager with anticipation to get on the ice. For his fifth season, and possibly his final, Heath Lantz will again aspire to be the team's leading scorer. He has been crowned the top scorer in Stampede history with roughly  162 total points. Lantz is of course surrounded by outstanding teammates, and together, they are all striving for another triumphant season.

Stampede game schedules are complete and can be viewed HERE . If you want to get pumped up for the upcoming season, be sure to watch their newest VIDEO showcasing Stampede talent and grit! The Stampede's first home game will be Saturday, September 19th vs. UNC, starting at 7:35pm.

h/t Cheyenne Stampede

h/t Cheyenne Stampede


Stampede Re-sign top returning scorer and Captain for 2015-16 Season

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Every wolf pack needs their alpha male and lion pride requires their robust leader, and in the Stampede's case, they too have their top dog returning for his fifth and ultimately final season in Cheyenne. After being crowned the top scorer in Stampede history with roughly 162 total points, it is suffice enough to say that Lantz's last season with Cheyenne will surely be an extravagant finale. Although he may be stepping down after this year due to the age limit, Heath's career will forever be an inspiration to the young Stampede that choose Cheyenne as their home for years to come.

Backing each of his games with strength and determination, Lantz has certainly set the bar high pertaining to the standards of Stampede "royalty". Along with his returning veteran line mate Thayne Trumbull, this team is certainly setting out to knock off the milestones one by one before the end of the season. For four years, Lantz has ultimately acted as the keystone for his teammates and has provided a significantly strong base for the entirety of every Cheyenne roster. As seen off the ice, Lantz has proved that a strong sense of team and community will triumph far more than a team driven on individual talent and he is certainly leading Cheyenne towards a new era that will have players working towards higher quality collaborations instead of the competitive races to the top.

The players that follow in Lantz's footsteps, whether that may be taking over the captainship or simply joining the Stampede family, will have some major shoes to fill if they wish to maintain the team's high quality of operation. Surely, Heath will carry out this year full steam ahead and will rumble the WSHL in their first year of a tier two standing. Best of luck Heath!

Stampede game schedules are complete and have been released (CLICK HERE) as final adjustments are being made to the WSHL's Tier II alignments. Stay tuned for more player announcements as the 2015-2016 season draws near.

(PHOTO Courtesy of: Mike Lewis, Stampede Photographer)


Veteran Thayne Trumbull Returns

The Cheyenne Stampede is proud to announce they have recently re-acquired veteran forward‚ Thayne Trumbull. Trumbull‚ though not in a Stampede uniform last year‚ still made his mark in the Western States Hockey League by earning his 100th career point and being a leading goal scorer for the Roughriders. Trumbull is a Cheyenne fan favorite and an excellent ambassador for the Stampede.

“I am very excited that we were able to get Thayne back in the Black and Yellow. Trumbull’s relentless pursuit of the puck and his never say die attitude are second to none. Thayne is one of the hardest working young men I have ever been around. We as an organization have instantly gotten better‚” said Head Coach Gary Gill.

“I’m excited to be returning to the black and gold in Cheyenne and Coach Gill‚ as well as the move to Tier II. With the elevated play‚ it will be a tremendous opportunity for me to finish out my junior career. Heath Lantz and I are looking to live up to the expectations of the fans‚ and have a successful season for the Cheyenne Stampede‚” said Trumbull.

Stampede game schedules are complete and will be released shortly as final adjustments are being made to the WSHL’s Tier II alignments. Stay tuned for more player announcements and schedules as the 2015–2016 season draws near.

(PHOTO Courtesy of: Mike Lewis, Stampede Photographer)


Stampede add size and experience to the roster

The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Hockey Club is proud to announce the signing of Brandyn Fogarty a native of Bridgewater Massachusetts. Brandyn a 6'3 185lb left handed forward comes from an off season trade with the Casper Coyotes. Fogarty surely will be a fan favorite, as he is known for his big hits and goal scoring touch.

We are very excited about this signing as Brandyn is a great character young man that the Organization, Community and fans will love. "Brandyn's drive and desire are things that you can't teach, you either have it or you don't and Fogarty has it! Fogarty is a player that will do whatever it takes to get the job done. His outstanding vision on the ice and his ability to be creative with the puck along with his physical style of play are skills that Cheyenne can't help but benefit from" Said Head Coach Gary Gill.

"I am very excited to play for Coach Gill and a great organization like the Stampede which has a large supportive fan base. The Stampede provides a professional atmosphere and great benefits for their players. I am looking forward to the coming season and hope to contribute significantly to the team's success". Stated Fogarty.

Stampede game schedules are due out shortly as final adjustment are being made to the WSHL's Tier II alignments, stay tuned for more player announcements and schedules as the 2014-2015 season draws near.


WSHL TO BECOME TIER II HOCKEY LEAGUE

The United Hockey Union (UHU) is proud to announce that the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) will now be competing in North America as a Tier II hockey league in the UHU. At their annual off-season League meeting, the WSHL Board of Governors voted in favor to accept and support the move to Tier II.

Due to the elevated caliber of play that the League has experienced over the past 4 years, the WSHL Board of Governors felt that the move was natural progression for the continued advancement of the League and its players. The Board of Governors simultaneously have announced the formation of the Western Prospects League (WPL), which the UHU has approved Tier III status for the 2015-2016 season.

Ron White, the president and commissioner of the WSHL, is excited about the opportunities this transition brings. "The League has grown in teams, exposure, and development and in caliber of play. These advancements combined with the move to Tier II and the formation of the WPL are all elements that together will increase the caliber of play and further enhance the brand of the WSHL."

Since its inaugural season in 1994, the Western States Hockey League has expanded to twenty-eight teams that span Texas, Washington, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nevada as well as becoming a well-known provider of hockey development internationally. Each year, the League facilitates hockey for over 850 players, allowing them to develop the skills and character to play hockey at higher levels.


Stampede Hockey Goes Tier 2 Adds New Prospect Team

The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey organization is excited to announce with the reclassification of the Stampede as a Tier 2 team that the Stampede will be forming a second team in Cheyenne to play in the Western States Prospects Hockey League. The make-up of the Prospects team will include players who are 15 to 20 years old and will focus on hockey development so they can have upward mobility.

According to Mark Lantz, General Manager of the Stampede, the new prospects team will act as a "farm team" and players could move in both directions from one team to the other. Lantz continued with, "there is an urgent search for another Professional Coach and the need for more host families and sponsorships in the Cheyenne area."

If you are interested in hosting a Stampede player or sponsoring either team, please contact Mark Lantz, General Manager at 307-630-6726 or stampede@cheyennestampede.com


Legere Commitment

The University of Northern Colorado Bears are pleased to announce that Cheyenne Stampede (WSHL Jr ‘A’) forward Max Legere has committed to join the team for the 2015-16 ACHA DII season. The 6’0” 170# native of Boulder CO played in 25 games last season for the Stampede, compiling 3 Goals – 14 Assists – 2 PIM. He also played 24 games for the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (MNJHL) at the start of the year, scoring 8 Goals – 12 Assists with 4 PIM.

“Adding Max to our line up has been a nice surprise for us”, said Bears Head Coach Kelly Newton. “He has great hands, and his ability to see the whole ice will definitely help us offensively next season.”

The Bears kick off their 2015–16 ACHA Div.II season with an exhibition series vs the Colorado Jr ‘A’ Eagles September 11-12. All home games are played at the Greeley Ice Haus in downtown Greeley, admission for UNC students is FREE. You can follow all of the Bear’s action by becoming a Facebook fan, Twitter, and through their website, www.uncbearshockey.com.


Host a Stampede Player – Foreign or Domestic

CHEYENNE, WY: The Cheyenne Stampede Minor League Hockey Team is looking for Billet/Host Families in Cheyenne for the 2015-2016 Season. These young (17-20) year old athletes/leaders live with local families, some may attend High School and/or Junior College and are chasing their dream to play College and/or professional hockey.

Host families take these players into their homes and partake in this rewarding experience. Host families provide the players with room and board for a monthly stipend. These players quickly immerse themselves into the family and assist with the day to day chores like dishes and laundry and truly become members of that family for their stay in Cheyenne. These lifelong friendships are invaluable to both the families and players.

Host families receive a monthly stipend of between $300-$350, you set the stipend. In return, these families provide Stampede players with their day to day essentials like balanced meals and sleeping arrangements.

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To become a host family, or for more information you may contact our Host (Billeting) family coordinator 307-630-3499 or the Teams General Manager at 307-630-6726.


Head Coach Gary Gill Returns

Cheyenne, WY. The Cheyenne Stampede is pleased to announce Coach Gary Gill is returning to the Stampede Organization as Head Coach. Coach Gill brings a wealth of recruiting and coaching experience to the organization. Coach Gill stated he feels as if he is returning home and is excited to get his recruiting campaign under way.

As a fan favorite, Coach Gill knows the people of this city are looking forward to seeing a lot of heart, dedication and teamwork from his players. Coach Gill plans on continuing the Stampede tradition of volunteering in the community, supporting various local charities and having young athletes that are great ambassadors to the people of Cheyenne. Please welcome back Coach Gary Gill and come support the team in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.
The Stampede have just released the 2015-2016 Season Ticket Packages and are featuring payment plans for fans to take advantage of the savings. http://www.cheyennestampede.com/tickets/

Coach Gill on KFBC’s Sport Zone on 04/08/2015
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2014-2015 Season Comes to a Close

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

As always, all things must come to an end eventually, and on March 7th, the Stampede officially wrapped everything up for their 2014-2015 season. Going into the playoffs, Cheyenne went up against the Colorado Eagles but were unfortunately denied the one way ticket into the second round of Thorne Cup playoffs as the Eagles took the series with a 2-0 record. In Game One, the Stampede saw goals from Cody Key and Ville Tikkanen, and in a valiant effort to force a game three, Cheyenne pushed their final match with a late goal from captain Heath Lantz.

Now despite having an earlier playoff exit than expected, the Stampede have shown quite a high amount of growth throughout the regular season. With this post season appearance, the Stampede have officially made the playoffs every year of the franchise's history. Not only does this show how impeccably well the team can stay together during any situation that is thrown at them, this shows the immense connection the Stampede have with Cheyenne. In a truly valorous effort to salvage the last match of the post season, the entire Cheyenne bench played probably their best game out of the whole year. Cheyenne may have made an early departure, but they certainly went out with finesse and flair. The Stampede most certainly built an incredibly strong core unit throughout the past 6 months and paired it with an out of this world sense of team confidence.

Leaving the past behind and looking towards the future, the Stampede organization has already begun their search for 2015's new batch of players. This year, the skaters set amazing examples of team chemistry, determination, and ambition, and the new faces that will show up in Cheyenne's Ice and Events Center in late August will have some particularly big shoes to fill. Along with the head start on recruiting, the Stampede are planning some big changes for the upcoming season including a new Stampede Booster Club!

Looking to have this new season follow up the great accomplishments of those of past years, the Stampede will be in full force looking for skaters that can up hold high levels of ambition, determination, and pride for the Stampede logo. If you are interested in joining the Stampede's roster, you can read up on the team and apply here!: http://www.cheyennestampede.com/play.asp. Also, if you are a skater looking to gain some attention from various WSHL organizations, check out the Junior Placement Showcase: http://www.jpshockey.com/.

(Photo Credit to Mike Lewis)


Stampede Prepare For Intense Post-Season

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

The Stampede wrapped everything up in their 2014-2015 regular season this past weekend when the Colorado Eagles participated in Cheyenne's closing series. The team was in Fort Collins for the first match of the weekend, and after three periods, the Eagles would take the game 3-1. Moving back to Wyoming for the Stampede's very last home game, Colorado would end up taking the final for this game as well with their 8-1 win. Looking into the post season, the Stampede have everything in their bag of tricks to make a very strong playoff run and that is all backed up with the tremendous passion each skater possess for the game. These players have proved throughout the season that they can pick themselves back up after any rough patch and come back fighting with an intense fury. Each skater plays with an immense heart almost every game and it is very apparent every time they step on the ice. I was able to speak with the Stampede's General Manager Mark Lantz on his opinion of the Stampede's 2014-2015 season and he stated, "Any season that doesn't end with a championship is a disappointment. We didn't finish atop of the league, but we showed tremendous growth as [an] organization, Our players worked hard and came out wanting to play and wanting to win. We didn't get the results we wanted on the scoreboard, but we won the battle for hearts, dedication, and love of the game. We have to acknowledge our tremendous fan support. The end result should have been better but the good thing about junior hockey is you don't have to rebuild...you can reload! Our off season is going to be very busy with new players, new strategies, new approaches and the addition of another team. We're excited about the prospects for the 2015 season and can't wait to get back on the ice."

Nolan Kinney and Ville Tikkanen were the Stampede's scorers for the weekend whereas Michael Ballard, Cody Key, and Cory Hurtubise were the final skaters to record assists in this season. Egor Riabchikov was the main goaltender for the series and he was able to stop a total of 67 shots on goal. Alex Groner was the series' Penalty Minute Leader with a total of 10 PIMs.

In the first round of the Thorne Cup playoffs, the Stampede will be facing off against the Colorado Eagles. The first three scheduled games will take place on March 6th, 7th, and 8th in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 6th's game will begin at 8:40 pm MST, the 7th's game will start at 8:00 pm MST, and the 8th's match will begin at 10:30 am MST. Best of luck Cheyenne!

(Photo Credit to Mike Lewis)


Teddy Best Distribution at Community Action

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Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Players delivering stuffed animals to Community Action of Laramie County.  The stuffed animals were collected during the Cheyenne Stampede "Teddy Bear Toss" game held in January.

Community Action will give the stuffed animals to children in several of their programs they administer including the Crossroads Healthcare Clinic, Interfaith Family Support Services, Laramie County Head Start, Self-Sufficiency and Housing Program, and the Kinship Support Services Program.

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to support the Cheyenne community and help anyway they can. "There's not one of our players who doesn't have a huge heart who wants to help a little kid out." said General Manager, Mark Lantz.


Stampede Sports - Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Awards CRMC Foundation

(Pictured Left to Right) Nolan Kinney, Heath Lantz, Wendy Fanning, Jeremy Szczurek

(Cheyenne, WY) The Cheyenne Stampede would like to congratulate the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation as a recipient of a $3,000 check. Cancer has touched many lives of the Stampede players, billet families, player families, and fans. The Cheyenne Stampede is proud to present this check to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's New Cancer Center. These funds will to be used specifically to purchase wigs for cancer patients. Wendy Fanning, Annual Giving and Grants Director, accepted the donation. This donation comes from the proceeds of our Cancer Awareness Jersey auction earlier this season. Thank you fans for making this happen!

(Photo credit: Mike Lewis)


Stampede Sports - Cheyenne Stampede give back to F.E. Warren AFB

(Stampede Captains Left to Right): Nolan Kinney, Jeremy Szczurek, and Heath Lantz (Front) Deanna Black, Youth Center Director.

(Cheyenne, WY.)  Last weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede played host to new conference rivals, the Colorado Evolution Jr. "A" Hockey team. During the first intermission the Stampede Captains (pictured below) presented 2 checks to F.E. Warren Air Force Base 90th Force Support Squadron as a recipient of a $2,000 donation. Deanna Black, Youth Center Director, accepted this check on behalf of the Squadron. The Squadron is responsible for the Airman Support Family Readiness Center. Its mission is to support the men and women, and their families, assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, including the men and women who work on the base, support the missile complex, or are deployed overseas.

(Stampede Captains Left to Right): Nolan Kinney, Jeremy Szczurek, and Heath Lantz

The second presentation was to the Warren Spouses' Club as a recipient of a $500 check to go towards their Academic Scholarship Fund. Sabrina Dalton, Chairperson of their 9th Annual Auction, accepted this check on behalf of the Club. These scholarships help spouses and dependents of Active Duty Military, Retired, Air National Guard, and Army Guard personnel in our community purse a bachelors or master's degree.

These funds presented where donations from charitable contributions collected during the Cheyenne Stampede's "Military Appreciation" Weekend earlier this Winter. According to Mark Lantz, GM of the Cheyenne Stampede "We always have an awesome turn-out for our Military Appreciation weekend and especially for the Military Jersey Auctions"

(Photo credit: Mike Lewis)


Lantz Scored 150th!

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Last weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede visited Salt Lake City, Utah to take on the Moose while on a three day road trip. During that time, not only did the Stampede secure their place in the 2015 WSHL Thorne Cup Playoffs, but veteran captain Heath Lantz recorded his 150th WSHL point. Lantz has been with the Stampede ever since the 2011-2012 season and the impact he has made on the hockey community in Cheyenne is outstanding. Heath is quickly becoming the face of the Stampede as well as one the WSHL's best players. With hard work, strength, and determination, Heath never fails to give a heartbeat to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center or to give an absolutely amazing showing during his ice time.

I was able to ask Heath how it felt to say that he tackled this great accomplishment and he said, "It's a great feeling, it took a lot of hard work and dedication but I couldn't have done it without the help of my team mates."

Lantz has racked up 50 points in 41 games after this past weekend, and with the year quickly winding down, he is certainly not going to stop there. It is in no doubt that Lantz has a very bright future ahead of him and he has quite a strong start for college puck if he decides to transition forward. Congratulations Heath!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Stampede Buckle Down for Post Season

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Traveling to Utah this past weekend, Cheyenne had a very strenuous weekend, but in the end, there was a very big pay off. According to Pointstreak, the Stampede have officially clinched the playoff berth in the Mountain Division. Going to both Ogden and Salt Lake City, the team had a record of 1-2 for the weekend. On Friday, February 6th, Cheyenne went toe to toe against the Mustangs but it would be the Mustangs who would pocket the 7-3 win. On the 7th, the Moose were the next opponents scheduled and the Stampede were able take home their first win of the weekend 5-4 in double overtime. As their last day in Utah came to a close on February 8th, Cheyenne would take on the Mustangs once again, but it would be home team who recorded the 4-1 final. Now that the team will be in the post season, it is time to buckle down and watch what the bench is capable of doing best; playing with power and intensity.

Collectively, this weekend's scorers were Cody Key, Nolan Kinney, Branko Oktavec, Michael Ballard, Craig Thurston, Norbert Micik, and Max Legere. The skaters that would record assists were Ballard (2), Thurston (3), Kinney, Key, Heath Lantz (2), Micik, Sebastian Crystal, Legere, Markus Bergsten, and Jeremy Szczurek. The Stampede's goaltending duo of Corey Foster and Egor Riabchikov produced some impressive numbers in goal as they saved a total of 117 shots over the course of the three days.

Coming up this weekend, the team has a two game home series against the Colorado Evolution. On Friday, February 13th, the puck will drop at 7:35 pm MST, and then on Saturday (February 14th), the game will begin at 7:35 pm as well. This is sure to be a great series full of great hockey so don't miss out! ALSO! Saturday's game is Scout Night! (Night's details in picture)


Stampede Look To End Season With Force

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

The Stampede had quite the strenuous weekend seeing as they took on the Mountain Division's top placed team as well as the fourth place spot holder. On Friday, January 30th, Cheyenne took a two hour bus ride to Casper to take on their fellow Wyoming rival. After three periods, the Coyotes would return to their dressing room with a 6-3 win. With a new day, the WSHL brought another opponent, and this time it was the Colorado RoughRiders. Following a short road trip to Superior (Boulder), Colorado, it would be the RoughRiders who would take home the 8-0 shut out. With the last playoff spot in the Mountain Division a few wins away, Cheyenne needs to kick things into high gear in order to make a post season appearance. This team has the potential and then some in order to reach this spot but it takes an entire bench in order to survive the crunch time. Hopefully, this roster can gain some pep back into their step and push past the final barrier.

Branko Oktavec and Parker Moskal (2) were the scorers for this weekend, and the lone assist came from Jack Speer. There was a tie for the title of this weekend's Penalty Minute Leader between Niklavs Balgalvis and Michael Ballard. Each of these skaters recorded five penalty minutes. The net was guarded by both Riabchikov and Foster, and in total, 60 shots were prevented.

Cheyenne has a very intense weekend coming up seeing as they are headed down to Utah to take on not only the Ogden Mustangs, but the Salt Lake City Moose as well on a three day road trip. On February 6th and 8th, the team will take on the Mustangs. Transferring over to Salt Lake City on February 7th, the Stampede will battle the Moose forty miles away. The 6th's game has a 7:30 pm MST puck drop, the 7th will start at 6:35 pm MST, and the 8th's game will begin at 12:00 pm MST. After this series, the team only has 6 remaining games!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Stampede Drop Gloves With RoughRiders in Boulder

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

The Stampede have traveled down to Boulder, Colorado to take on the RoughRiders, and what an action packed game this match turned out to be. Not only did both teams fight fire with fire, there were two major fights and 38 total penalty minutes recorded. At the end of the night, Colorado would walk back to their locker room with an 8-0 win.

Cheyenne was able to tally 26 total shots on the RoughRiders' goaltender Ashton Opperman. The shot record at the end of the night rounded out to be 5-13-8 and officials had to whistle 18 penalty minutes on five different Stampede skaters. Players that were placed in the sin bin were Heath Lantz (High Sticking), Garrett Pitter (Hooking), Michael Ballard (Fighting (Major)), Scott Taylor (Hooking) (Tripping), and Niklavs Balgalvis (Fighting (Major)). Corey Foster and Egor Riabchikov occupied the Stampede's cage throughout this game, and collectively, both of these goaltenders stopped 33 shots on goal. It is very apparent that with the playoffs in arm's reach, every team's defense system has been kicked into over drive and every team will be playing at their absolute top level. No matter who the opponent is, every organization in the WSHL will be sending out their top scorers, their fiercest defenseman, and their most solid goaltender. The Stampede most definitely showed the defensive potential the team is capable of as well as the fantastic team chemistry the roster possesses.

In their next scheduled match up, the Stampede will partake in a three game series against the Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose in Utah. On February 6th and 8th, Cheyenne will play in Ogden, and on the 7th, the team will briefly transfer game play over to Salt Lake City. The 6th's game has a 7:30 pm MST puck drop, the 7th's game will begin at 6:35 pm MST, and the 8th has a start time of 12:00 pm MST. After this series, the Stampede only have six game remaining in their 2014-2015 season.


Stampede Show Strength Against Eagles

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

The Stampede showed quite the edge they have brought into this season with the very progressive weekend they had over the past few days. In their teddy bear toss game (January 23rd), the team was able to bring home a 5-2 win over the Colorado Eagles. Traveling to Fort Collins the next night, Cheyenne put up a very well fought battle against the Eagles, but at the end of the night, the home team picked up the 5-2 final. As the season continues to wind down at a rapid pace, the Stampede players continue to make their mark on the WSHL. The bench consistently puts a very strong and powerful foot forward no matter the opponent.

Garrett Pitter, Nolan Kinney, Jeremy Szczurek, Heath Lantz (2), Norbert Micik, and Cody Key were the collective scorers for the weekend. Assists were picked up by Robert Crawford, Branko Oktavec, Heath Lantz (2), Cody Key (2), Nolan Kinney (2), and Craig Thurston. Corey Foster was Cheyenne's main goaltender for the weekend and was able to stop 73 shots on goal out of a total 79. Sebastian Crystal is this weekend's Penalty Minute Leader with 12 total penalty minutes. Even though the season is coming to a close, these players' fire for the game grows by leaps and bounds with each shift and each practice.

11 games are remaining in the Stampede's 2014-2015 regular season schedule, and from here on out, it will be absolute full steam ahead. The team is never done with a season until the very final second ticks off the clock. This organization will certainly make the Mountain Division rumble. This weekend, January 30th and 31st, the Stampede will take on the Casper Coyotes and the Colorado RoughRiders in a two game road series. On Friday, Cheyenne will be in Casper for a 7:30 pm MST start time, and on Saturday, the team will be in Boulder for a 7:00 pm game.

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)



Stampede Make Appearances in Colorado

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

During this past weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede continued to wind down the rest of their 2014-2015 regular season schedule with a two game road trip to the Centennial State. Who were the opponents? The rival organizations were two very familiar names; the Colorado RoughRiders and the Colorado Evolution. With stops in both Boulder and Denver, the Stampede ended up going 1-1 in the weekend. On Friday, Cheyenne went 2-8 against the RoughRiders, but on Saturday, the Stampede rumbled past the Evolution with a 7-2 victory. Looking at the rest of the year, there are only 13 games remaining in the season. After persevering through injuries, illnesses, and player transfers, the entire roster is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. It is most certainly noticeable that after this past holiday break, Cheyenne is ready to take on anything that is thrown at them.

The goal scorers for this weekend were Garrett Hughes (2), Branko Oktavec, Norbert Micik, Robert Crawford, Nolan Kinney (2), Alec Sara, and Craig Thurston. Those who picked up assists were Craig Thurston, Heath Lantz (2), Jack Speer, Alec Sara, Garrett Hughes, Max Legere, Jeremy Szczurek, Cody Key (3), Michael Ballard, Garrett Pitter, Norbert Micik, Sebastian Crystal, and Alex Groner. Both Corey Foster and Egor Riabchikov saw ice time for the Stampede this past weekend, and collectively, they stopped 41 shots on goal. The title of Penalty Minute Leader went to Michael Ballard for his 15 total minutes in the sin bin. As the Stampede continue to run down the remainder of the schedule, the skaters are battening down the hatches, preparing for battle, and are taking on any challenge with immense spirit and ambition.

Cheyenne will be back this upcoming weekend for a very important home series. First off, the Stampede will have home ice on Friday (January 23rd) but on Saturday, the team will travel back to Colorado to take on the Colorado Eagles. Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday night seeing as this is a very special event. On the 23rd, the Stampede are having their 2015 Teddy Bear Toss game! Don't miss out on this home game and don't forget your stuffed animals to throw after the first Cheyenne goal scored! Friday night's match has a 7:35 pm MST puck drop whereas Saturday's game will start at 7:30 pm MST.

(Photo Credit to Cheyenne Stampede)


Caroline Scott, Miss Wyoming USA 2015 to make appearance at Teddy Bear Toss Game

Miss Wyoming USA 2015, Caroline Scott
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Friday Night, Jan 23rd, Miss Wyoming USA 2015, Caroline Scott will be dropping the ceremonial puck and signing autographs at the Checks Autograph Party(Post-Game).

Miss Wyoming USA 2015 is Caroline Scott. Caroline is a native of Cheyenne and graduated from East High School where in 2010 won the title of Miss Wyoming Teen. Caroline then attended and graduated from Creighton University and now works as a social worker for DFS where she works in the interests of children.

Miss Wyoming Teen 2015, Payton Sanders
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Joining Caroline will be Miss Wyoming Teen 2015, Payton Sanders. Payton is from Casper, WY and is currently a senior at Natrona County High School. Payton currently works at Apple Tree Learning Center where she is teacher in the toddler classroom. It was there where Payton found her passion for teaching! Payton hopes to get her degree in elementary teaching. She sees the way we teach our children, determines our future just as much as theirs.

Miss Wyoming USA 2015 - Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming with her parents and older sister.

As a senior at East High School, Caroline won the title of Miss Wyoming Teen USA in 2010. At the national Miss Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas, she placed in the top 15 as a semifinalist. In September of 2010, Caroline crowned her successor and turned her attention towards her academics at Creighton University.

While at Creighton, Caroline became involved in a variety of different activities. Caroline joined the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where she made lifelong friends. She went on a medical mission trip to Costa Rica with the International Service Learning program; during her trip she set up small clinics in different towns and invited locals to come receive a consultation and medicine. Her senior year at Creighton, Caroline acted as a peer mentor for youth at an intercity junior high school.

After graduating from Creighton in May 2014, Caroline was hired by the Department of Family Services as a social services worker where she works in the interests of children to preserve families whenever possible and prevent abuse and neglect.

Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2015 - Payton Sanders

Payton Sanders was born in Orange, California on April 28th, 1997. She moved to Casper, Wyoming when she was three years old and she is now a senior at Natrona County High School.

Payton currently works at Apple Tree Learning Center where she is a teacher in the toddler classroom. It was there that Payton found her passion for teaching! Payton hopes to get her degree in elementary teaching. She says the way we teach our children determines our future just as much as theirs.

While Payton is not at work, she is singing in two of the choirs her High School offers. Payton has been singing in elite choirs since she was in the third grade, many of which she has competed in at a national level.

Payton is grateful for the amazing support system she has had growing up. Her parents are Annie and Fred Sanders and she has two older sisters, Ally and Karlie. Her family is very close and has always been very involved with Payton's countless activities. She knows that she can always count on her family being her #1 fan.


Cheyenne Steps Up in Colorado Series

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

As the team continues to mend their wounds and recover from a bout of illnesses, they have moved forward with their schedule and were paired up with two of their Colorado rivals; the Evolution and the RoughRiders. On Friday night, the Stampede skaters pushed past the Evolution to gain a 4-2 win, but on Saturday night, the RoughRiders would edge the team 4-3 in overtime. This has been a minor trying time for the entire team but it is being overcome by the strength that the roster holds. Many players have stepped up to fill empty spots and multiple players have also taken on extra positions in order to keep the team in line. The skaters have really pulled together and have shown that nothing will bring them down. An extra work load is nothing compared to a win at the end of the night. Cheyenne has definitely proved that though they may get knocked down at times, they get right back up and come back competing twice as much. The team has produced great hockey so far this season, and as the games run down, performances will only continue to improve.

Many of the leading names this year, such as Key, Kinney, and Oktavec, put up points this weekend and have aided the team greatly. Collectively, points were scored by Cody Key (3), Branko Oktavec, Craig Thurston, Nolan Kinney, and Max Legere. Continuing on with this weekend's review, assists were recorded by Nolan Kinney (3), Scott Taylor, Jack Speer, Markus Bergsten (2), Craig Thurston, Sebastian Crystal, Jeremy Szczurek, Branko Oktavec, and Michael Ballard. Both Corey Foster and Egor Riabchikov were between the pipes for the home team this weekend and stopped a total of 79 shots. Forward Garrett Pitter was this weekend's Penalty Minute Leader with 6 total penalty minutes on 3 infractions.

The Stampede will be back in full gear starting on January 16th and ending on the 17th when the team heads to Colorado to take on the Evolution and the RoughRiders in both Boulder and Denver. Friday's game has a 7:00 pm MST puck drop and Saturday is scheduled for a 7:30 pm MST start. We are quickly winding down to the end of the 2014-2015 season so make sure to cheer on the Stampede skaters if you have the chance!

(Photo Credit to Mike Lewis)


Stampede Open 2015 On Home Ice

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

The Cheyenne Stampede opened the New Year in a three game home series against the Salt Lake City Moose and the Ogden Mustangs. The boys went 0 for 3 in the weekend, but this was certainly not due to lack of effort seeing as the team has been in quite the predicament as of late. To quote GM Mark Lantz, "We are banged up and bruised and now with the flu bug and strep running through the team we are piecing together unfamiliar line mates and playing some younger players in key roles." That's right, the Cheyenne Stampede have been hit with another type of goon; the seasonal flu. You have to give a great amount of credit to the team during this situation seeing as they are playing the best they can under the restrictions the team has been handed.

Five collective goals were scored over the course of these three games and they were netted by Jack Speer (2), Nolan Kinney, Michael Ballard, and Robert Crawford. A definite round of congratulation is due to these skaters for their involvement in keeping the team running smoothly. Knowing the roster, this is only a minor set back as to what will be achieved when the team returns to full strength. The Stampede had a great ending to 2014 and will certainly back that up with a very remarkable 2015. Also, a round of applause should be given to the players who were absolutely peppered with shots in between the pipes this weekend. Egor Riabchikov, Corey Foster, and Quinn Gillespie all put up a very well fought battle taking on two of the WSHL's leading teams. Hopefully, everyone will be back to full health soon enough and the team will be back on their feet looking to make a ferocious playoff push.

To quote GM Mark Lantz on this situation, "As the GM, we will continue to make Team Personnel/player adjustments until we find the right pieces to the puzzle. We will continue to search for those with heart and compassion for the game, but more importantly those that fit the Stampede ideal."

The Cheyenne Stampede will be back in game mode on January 9th and 10th when they have a two part Colorado series. The first game will be on the Colorado Evolution's home ice in Denver, Colorado, but on the 10th, the Stampede will be back in Cheyenne taking on the Colorado Rough Riders. Saturday's home game has a 7:35 pm MST start time. Don't miss out!

(Photo Credit to Mike Lewis)


Cheyenne Cruises Through 2014 WSHL Showcase - Junior Hockey News

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Traveling to Las Vegas, everything was uncertain for the entire WSHL. This was an opportunity for teams to turn their entire season around or to forge a new path for themselves in hopes of making an early playoff run. The entire week was unpredictable and it was a prize for anyone's taking. Records were a mere factor of what teams could bring to the table, more importantly, it was levels of ambition and perseverance that set organizations apart. After four days of play, the Stampede were able to win three out of their four games and they were also able to make quite an impact on their out of division rivals.

As to not make this article full of statistics, here are the final scores of each day:

December 17th, 2014: At San Diego; 8:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)
RESULT: Stampede 6 - Gulls 1 (Goals from Heath Lantz, Craig Thurston (2), Branko Oktavec, Drake DeBerry, and Jack Speer)Goaltender: Corey Foster (20 saves out of 21 shots)

December 18th, 2014: Vs. Ontario; 10:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center South)
RESULT: Stampede 4 - Avalanche 1 (Goals from Craig Thurston, Garrett Hughes, Michael Ballard, and Max Legere) Goaltender: Egor Riabchikov (36 saves out of 37 shots)

December 19th, 2014: At Seattle; 7:45 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)
RESULT: Stampede 5 - Totems 0 (Goals from Jack Speer, Cody Key, Branko Oktavec, Jeremy Szczurek, and Heath Lantz) Goaltender:Corey Foster (21 saves out of 21 shots)

December 20th, 2014: Vs. Whitefish; 8:30 AM start time (SoBe Ice Arena at Rancho Fiesta)
RESULT: Stampede 2 - Wolverines 5 (Goals from Sebastian Crystal and Garrett Hughes) Goaltender: Egor Riabchikov (11 saves out of 16 shots)

The Stampede skaters earned their time in the victory lane with consistent hard work, and it will be an easy guess that those types of wins and games will carry over to the rest of Cheyenne's season throughout 2015. This showcase was certainly a lifting point for the team and they are going into the new year stronger than ever. Cheyenne will be back on home ice for their first series of 2015 and it will span January 2nd-4th. Their opponents will be the Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose. Puck drop times are 7:35 pm (January 2nd and 3rd) as well as 1:00 pm (January 4th). Don't miss out on any of the new and surprising action the Stampede will be bring to Cheyenne! Best of luck!

Stampede Witness Big Win Before Showcase

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

In the weekend before the WSHL's Showcase, the Colorado Evolution traveled to Cheyenne to take on the Stampede in a one-game series. As each Stampede skater walked out of the rink after the last home game of 2014, they could successfully pat themselves on the back after a night of hard work that led them to a 7-3 victory over the Evolution. Looking at the WSHL's Special Teams, the Stampede are ranked 6th overall for power play percentage (23.21%), 15th overall for the penalty kill (80.39%), and 6th overall for average attendance at 499.

During Saturday's game, the Stampede saw goals from Nolan Kinney (2), Jeremy Szczurek, Heath Lantz, Craig Thurston (2), and Michael Ballard. Assists came from Cody Key (4), Michael Ballard (2), Sebastian Crystal, Nolan Kinney (2), Markus Bergsten, Heath Lantz, and Jeremy Szczurek. Nolan Kinney was the weekend's Penalty Minute Leader as he racked up 6 penalty minutes on 3 infractions against Colorado. Both of Cheyenne's goaltenders, Donovan Roy and Egor Riabchikov, guarded the cage against the Evolution's skaters and prevented 29 shots on goal out of 32. Roy saw 36:31 minutes of ice time whereas Riabchikov saw the remaining 23:29.

Now, the Stampede will head into 2015 on a regular season win streak but they are still not over with what 2014 has in store for them. As I stated above, the Stampede will be participating in the WSHL's annual Showcase where all 28 of the league's teams are to travel to Las Vegas for the annual four day showcase where teams battle out-of-division organizations in match ups that will test talent as well as the ability to adapt and change in order to equally match multiple opponents. They will be taking on two California teams (the San Diego Gulls and Ontario Avalanche) as well as two teams from the Northwest Division (Seattle Totems and Whitefish Wolverines). I have recently posted the Stampede's schedule for the weekend but I will rewrite it as a helpful reminder:

December 17th, 2014: At San Diego; 8:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)
December 18th, 2014: Vs. Ontario; 10:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center South)
December 19th, 2014: At Seattle; 7:45 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)

December 20th, 2014: Vs. Whitefish; 8:30 AM start time (SoBe Ice Arena at Rancho Fiesta)

Best of luck Cheyenne!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Stampede Showed Great Advancement in Weekend Versus RoughRiders

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Game day weekend rolled around and along with it came the Colorado RoughRiders. Going into these games it was predicted that it would be quite the show down and indeed it was. On Friday night, the Stampede shook Colorado's bearings and rocketed all the way to an outstanding (and well earned) 8-5 win.Saturday night told a different tale however and the Boulder Valley Rink saw a neck to neck double overtime game before Colorado took the match with a 2-1 win. Solely by scores and statistics alone, anyone can see that the team has grown stronger, more aggressive in both their physical game and in front of the net, and they are going into games with more of a ferocious manner. To conclude the weekend, the Stampede went 2 for 7 on the power play and had 58 total shots on goal. Cheyenne is currently ranked 6th overall in the WSHL on the power play at 23.81% and they are 15th overall for the penalty kill at 80.41%. The team currently has the 6th best total attendance at 5,056 for the season so far and they are also 6th overall for average attendance at 505.

In the first game, points were produced by Heath Lantz (3), Michael Ballard, Branko Oktavec, Jack Speer, Alex Groner, and Craig Thurston. In Saturday's match up, Drake DeBerry was the only Stampede skater to score on the RoughRiders goaltender Josh Aycock. Markus Bergsten, Thurston, Oktavec, Cody Key, Scott Taylor, Alec Sara, Garrett Pitter, Nolan Kinney, Robert Crawford, and Jeremy Szczurek all assisted on Cheyenne's collective nine goals. Both Corey Foster and Egor Riabchikov protected the Stampede cage, and together, stopped 52 total shots on goal out of 59. Cody Key, Jack Speer, and Nolan Kinney are this weekend's Penalty Minute Leaders with 4 total penalty minutes each.

Looking at the games scheduled before the end of the year, the Stampede will play one game before going to the WSHL Showcase in Las Vegas. On Saturday, December 13th, Cheyenne will host the Colorado Evolution for one night. This match has a 7:35 PM puck drop. As for the WSHL Showcase, here are the teams and dates the Stampede will face while in Vegas December 17th-20th (All Times Local):

December 17th, 2014: At San Diego; 8:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)
December 18th, 2014: Vs. Ontario; 10:00 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center South)
December 19th, 2014: At Seattle; 7:45 AM start time (Las Vegas Ice Center North)

December 20th, 2014: Vs. Whitefish; 8:30 AM start time (SoBe Ice Arena at Rancho Fiesta)

These are the final games of 2014 so make sure you don't miss out on any Stampede action!

(Photo Credit to ixposeimages.com via Cheyenne Stampede Facebook Page)


Holly Harrington, Miss Wyoming High School America, to make appearance

Holly Harrington, Miss Wyoming High School America 2015 will be the featured guest this Friday night, when the Cheyenne Stampede take on the Boulder Roughriders at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Holly will be dropping the puck and signing autographs. Holly is a junior in high school and have consistently been on the honor role as well as a member of National Honor Society. She was also chosen as her school's Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador for 2014.

Holly's platform is the V-Day Organization. It is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She says she strongly supports this cause and believes in working towards building a better future for all women. Her charity of choice is the Shriners Hospital for Children. Holly says the Shriner's Hospital hits close to home for her because her sister was treated there multiple times, and her grandfather was a Shriner. Holly believes they allow all families to feel confident that their children will receive the best care no matter their financial status.

Holly is involved in many activities. She's trained in seven styles of dance and has been dancing for seven years. Holly has played basketball and volleyball and is on the varsity track and field team. She's been in various school plays and is in the choir. Holly just recently got involved with pageantry this year and says she fell in love with what she has experienced. The pageant system allows women to build confidence and grow. It presents incredible opportunities as well. Holly says she has met many unique and wonderful people on her journey and created amazing memories. She says she has learned a lot about myself and is excited to see what the future has in store for her in the pageant world and her life.

Holly says she is blessed to have the opportunity to represent young women in Wyoming and is thankful for everyone who has supported her.

Cheyenne Sweep Evolution in Two Game Series

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

What a weekend for the Cheyenne Stampede! Traveling to Denver for a two game road trip against the Colorado Evolution, the Stampede were on a visitors' disadvantage but that was all in the wind by the time of the first puck drop. On Friday night, the Big Bear Ice Arena watched as goaltender Corey Foster and the rest of the Stampede shut out the Evolution with a very impressive 6-0 final. Saturday night's score was a little close for comfort one might say, but Cheyenne still pulled out of Denver with a 4-3 victory. The distribution of the 10 collective Cheyenne goals was vastly spread out throughout the roster, a definite sign of improvement for any team, and 9 different players scored the points. Over the two days of play, the Stampede was for 3-10 on the power play and out shot the Evolution with a total of 74 shots to Colorado's 61. Both Foster and Riabchikov guarded the Stampede cage over the weekend, and together, collectively stopped 58 shots on goal out of 61.

The 28th brought Game One of this series, and as stated above, the Stampede went back to the dressing room after the third period with an uplifting 6-0 shut out win. Cheyenne's goal scorers for the night were Cory Hurtubise, Garrett Hughes, Alec Sara, Markus Bergsten, Branko Oktavec, and Drake DeBerry. Assists came from Sebastian Crystal, Nolan Kinney, Robert Crawford, Garrett Hughes, Cody Key, Branko Oktavec, and Heath Lantz. Coming in hot from a fresh win the night before, Saturday's points were put up by Michael Ballard, Cody Key, and Heath Lantz. Kinney, Key, Bergsten, Szczurek, Niklavs Balgavis, Sara, and Thurston all recorded apples (assists). Drake DeBerry was this weekend's Penalty Minute Leader with 5 total PIMs after a fight Saturday night with Colorado Evolution forward Nick Rems 12 minutes and 10 seconds into the second period.

Looking at the schedule for this next weekend, the Colorado Rough Riders are the next opponents Cheyenne will face. The Stampede will be on home ice for Game One taking place on Friday, December 5th, and then they will be in Boulder for Game Two on December 6th. Puck drop for Friday night will be 7:35 pm MST and it will be 7:00 pm MST Saturday night. December 13th brings the Evolution back to Cheyenne, and January 2nd-4th, the Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose will be present for a 3 game weekend all on Cheyenne's home ice. Quite the schedule to look forward as we head into 2015 so make sure you don't miss out on any Stampede action!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Colorado Opponents Battle Stampede in Weekend Competition

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

This weekend packed quite the amount of action for the Stampede but that was also paired with an exponential amount of team growth shown. On November 21st, the Colorado Evolution drove into Cheyenne, and on the 22nd, the tables were turned and the Stampede were the out-of-town rivals to the Colorado Jr Eagles. After a great 3 periods of hockey, the Evolution went back to Denver after being scored on eight times by Heath Lantz, Cody Key, Craig Thurston, Branko Oktavec, and Jeremy Szczurek and shut out by Egor Riabchikov. During their stay in Windsor, Colorado, Cheyenne unfortunately suffered a 6-2 loss. Lantz and Nolan Kinney were the only ones to score on Eagles goaltender Quinn Wold. With the additions of DeBerry, Taylor, and Riabchikov, you can certainly tell that these players were some of the missing puzzle pieces needed for the team the to see a more complete final picture. After these few games this weekend, you can see an undeniable strengthening in the team connection as well as a better balance throughout the roster.

Cheyenne has risen to 10th overall in the WSHL Special Team rankings for power play percentage with 22.73% and 15th overall for penalty kill percentage which is at 79.52%. Branko Oktavec continues to sit comfortably as the Stampede's top point leader with 26 total points. He is trailed by Heath Lantz (22 pts) Cody Key (16 pts) and Jeremy Szczurek (14 pts). Michael Ballard has beaten Bailey Shaver out for the title of PIM leader with 33 penalty minutes and goaltender Egor Riabchikov has improved to a .898 save percentage along with only 3.25 goals against average. It should also be noted that in the 21st's game, Heath Lantz was able to record a hat trick against the Evolution. Lantz's third goal of the game was scored at 18:14 in the third period and came in the form of a short handed goal.

The Stampede will be back this Friday and Saturday night, November 28th and 29th, when the Stampede head to the Evolutions ice for a heated rematch series. Puck drop for both nights is scheduled for 7:30 pm MST and these games will surely blow anyone in the stands away so don't miss out! Looking at games coming up, the teams that will be taking on the Stampede are the Colorado RoughRiders (December 5th and 6th), the Colorado Evolution (December 13th), and the Ogden Mustangs/Salt Lake City Moose (January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th).

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)

Emily Stevens, Miss Wyoming Collegiate America to make appearance

Friday Night, Nov. 21st, Miss Wyoming Collegiate America, Emily Stevens will be dropping the ceremonial puck and signing autographs at the Checks Autograph Party(Post-Game).

Miss Wyoming Collegiate America 2015 is Emily Stevens. Emily is a native of Cheyenne and graduated from East High School in 2013. Emily is now attending Laramie County Community College where she is working to get her degree in nursing. She one day hopes to work as an intensive care nurse. During Emily's reign as Miss Wyoming Collegiate she would like to be active in the community and around the state bringing awareness to suicide and bullying. In July she will be traveling to Orlando, Florida to represent Wyoming in the Miss Collegiate America pageant.


Cheyenne and Casper Battle in Single Game Weekend

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

On the 14th, Casper traveled to Cheyenne for the Stampede's single game of the weekend, and when they left, the Coyotes took a 5-3 win with them. Now despite the final outcome, the Stampede put up an absolutely wicked fight against the WSHL's #1 ranked team. Cheyenne's players were rough, tough, and definitely ruffled Casper's feathers. The Stampede most certainly gave the Coyotes a run for their money and even kept the game at a tie until 13:32 in the third period. Cheyenne is currently sitting at 14th in the league for power play percentage at 19.18% and are 19th in the league for penalty kill percentage with 76.81%.

Garrett Hughes, Nolan Kinney, and Heath Lantz lit the lamp for the Cheyenne while Cody Key, Sebastian Crystal, and Branko Oktavec all took home points for assists. Sebastian Crystal was given a 5 minute penalty for fighting Coyotes forward Toni Haikarainen while Stampede teammates Niklavs Balgavis, Branko Oktavec, and Jeremy Szczurek also contributed to Cheyenne's 15 total penalty minutes for the night. Corey Foster was in the cage for 59:31 minutes and was able to stop 38 out of 42 shots on goal. Oktavec continues to lead the pack with 22 total points so far this season and is still followed closely behind by Heath Lantz who has racked up 16. Bailey Shaver is Cheyenne's PIM leader clocking in with 30 penalty minutes, and out of all the goaltenders, Egor Riabchikov currently has the best save percentage at .896.

The next time the Stampede will be back on the ice will be on November 21st and 22nd. On the 21st, the Stampede are hosting the Colorado (Denver) Evolution and on the 22nd Cheyenne is heading down to Colorado to take on the Colorado (Jr) Eagles! The 21st's game will start at 7:35 pm MST and puck drop for the 22nd will be at 7:30 pm MST. Don't miss out!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Stampede Beat Eagles, Rough Riders for Back to Back Wins

By: Sophia Etier

The Stampede are quickly climbing the ladder to the top of the WSHL's Mountain Division with back to back wins this weekend against Colorado rivals, the Eagles and the Rough Riders. After a very successful readjustment of the roster, Cheyenne was able to gain Ogden skaters Drake DeBerry and defenseman Scott Taylor as well as a new goaltender Egor Riabchikov. Stampede defenseman Mitch Mueller has left Cheyenne to sign with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. Going back to this weekend's events, the Stampede brought the Eagles down with a 5-4 win on the 7th and went back to the locker room on the 8th with a 6-3 win for the stats sheet. After a rough start to the season, things are looking up for this very ambitious team and this is only the start of what the Stampede can accomplish. With the right team chemistry and very strong goal scorers leading the pack, you can expect to see a rumble in the standings from Cheyenne.

Stampede skaters Nolan Kinney and Cody Key racked up an amazing 5 points throughout these past two game and they are setting quite a strong trend for the rest of the team to join along with. That would be strong and fast hockey with as many smart shots on goal as possible. Nolan Kinney, Cody Key, Chaydyn Johnson, Craig Thurston, Sebastian Crystal, Heath Lantz, and Drake DeBerry all put this biscuit in the basket at least once to close the weekend with 11 total goals. To continue on a very solid point streak, Branko Oktavec is leading the team with 21 total points for this season so far. That would be 12 goals and 9 assists in 14 games.

As you can see, this was a phenomenal Military Appreciation weekend for the organization and should be the spark that gets the team on the fast track for a fruitful 2014-2015 season. For upcoming games, the Cheyenne will play one game against the Casper Coyotes on November 14th on home ice. On November 21st, the Colorado Evolution will take a road trip to face off against the Stampede in Cheyenne and on the 22nd the team will meet the Eagles once again in Colorado. Make sure you don't miss out on any of this great hockey!

(Photo Credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)

Stampede Looking Forward to Military Appreciation Games This Weekend!

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Over this Halloween weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede took a 2 game road trip to the Centennial State to take on both the Colorado Jr Eagles as well as the Colorado Rough Riders. On the 29th, the Stampede faced off against the Jr. Eagles and saw a 6-2 Eagle final. November 1st's opponents were the Colorado Rough Riders, and to settle this game, the teams had to go into not one but two overtimes. The final 4-3 2OT score went to the Rough Riders. If you watch the Stampede, you don't see defeat or regret. Not when you watch this team, you can see the fire in their eyes and the drive to win. They skate with ice in their veins and they know that hard work will always pay off. Yesterday is never looked at as something that didn't quite go right, it is looked at as a lesson and opportunity to change tomorrow.

What the Cheyenne Stampede have this season a young group of players that are very loyal to the logo as well as to each other and giving up is not in their dictionary. The start of this season is just a minor rough patch as to what will surely come this season. This year's group are fighters and they won't stop going ten times the extra mile for the team until the very end of the season. After this weekend's action, Oktavec and Lantz are still leading the roster in points; Branko with 17 and Heath with 12. Collectively over the past two games, Cheyenne has had goals from Craig Thurston, Nolan Kinney, Cody Key, Branko Oktavec, and Bailey Shaver. Cody Key, Kinney, Markus Bergsten, Scott Taylor, and Heath Lantz all picked up points as well for assists. Tallying up all Cheyenne's points for the games, Cody Key is your weekend point leader with 3 total!

The Stampede are set to play on November 7th and 8th on home ice and this will be Cheyenne's Military Appreciation Weekend! These games will be a rematch against the Jr Eagles (November 7th) and the Rough Riders (November 8th). This weekend is surely to be packed with great hockey and great rivalries! Make sure you don't miss out!


Stampede Battle Ogden and Salt Lake City in 3 Game Match Up

By: Sophia Etier, Stampede Sports

Both the Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose took on Cheyenne this past weekend and despite an 0-3 record for the three games, the Stampede showed the great potential each of their players have. Throughout all 3 games there was no more than a 2 point difference in the final score and every game was neck to neck. Success is not always in the numbers and when the players show that they have the determination to fight full force for their logo no matter the score and they will play their hardest until the very last second, sometimes that's all that matters at the end of the night.

After this weekend's games, two Stampede forwards and one defenseman have recorded double digit points for the season so far. Forward Branko Oktavec is clocking in with 16 total points (11g, 5a) while defenseman Mitchell Mueller (4g, 7a) and forward Heath Lantz (2g, 9a) are tied at 11 each. Goaltender Corey Foster currently has a .883 save percentage with 263 total saves. Jacob Rudloff is the current PIM leader with 27 total penalty minutes as of date.

It is still early in the season, and if you look at the players individually, there is a great amount of talent in Cheyenne's roster. For example last year, Oktavec had 49 points in 44 games and Lantz had 57 points in 42. This is a very young group of skaters and they are still trying to find a team rhythm. A majority of the players are in their first years of junior hockey and it will take a while for the rookies to find team chemistry with the 9 or so veterans. Once the team finds their groove, I believe, they will hit the ice running. They will most certainly be a powerful presence in the WSHL.

I was able to ask Coach Matt Lantz a few questions over the weekend and here is what he had to say!:

SE: At this point, what is the future looking like for the Stampede?

Coach Lantz: We are being optimistic about the future for our team and still trying to figure out what works best for this group of kids. But in the long run no team wins championships in October

SE: Going into next weekend's games against the Rough Riders and the Eagles, will there be any changes made to the team?

Coach Lantz: Going into this week's games there will be some changes to systems and overall style of play and player personnel

This was Breast Cancer Awareness weekend and the next two games the Stampede will play will be in Colorado on October 29th against the Colorado Jr Eagles and November 1st against the Colorado Rough Riders. Best of luck Stampede!

(Photo credit to Vicki Kiefer Dowdy)


Stampede add Size and Skill

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of Andrew Burton from West Dundee, Illinois.

The 6'1 200 lbs right winger will be in the lineup this coming weekend in Cheyenne as the Stampede square up with the University of Northern Colorado Bears on Friday and the Oklahoma City Blazers on Saturday and Sunday.

Burton who was a 5th round, 62 overall pick to the Chicago Steel of the USHL in 2011, will be a great addition to the lineup."Andrew will bring size and skill to our team and we couldn't be happier that we will have him in a Stampede uniform on Friday," Stampede Head Coach Eric Ballard said on Tuesday.

Burton played last season for the High Performance Hockey League's Team Illinois AAA where he posted 12 goals and 10 assists in 25 games.

"Players like Burton only add credibility to our program and what we have here in Cheyenne as far as a tremendous platform, we are very excited to have acquired Andrew and look forward to big things from him," Ballard added.

Stay tuned for game updates from the weekend as the Stampede start the 2014-2015 season with exhibition games this weekend.

The Cheyenne Stampede open their Home Exhibition Season in 2 days, September 19th against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado and just announced, the Oklahoma City Blazers will make their first WSHL Appearance in Cheyenne on Saturday, Sept 20 and 21st, Saturdays game will feature $5.00 tickets as a "Pack the House" Promotion! Single game tickets go on Sale this weekend Click here

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Stampede Roster 2014-2015

The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey team is pleased to announce the official 2014-15 team roster.

The Stampede will be experienced with a balanced younger core that will be very entertaining to watch this season. This includes four veteran Stampede players, eleven new faces that have junior experience, and nine very talented young players.

"I think we have a good mix of young athletes balanced by some great experienced leadership," said head coach Eric Ballard. "I'm very excited to start the season with this group of talented young men."

Below is a copy of the roster. Listed beside each player is their height, weight, shot hand and most recent team they played on.

Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Team Roster

Goaltenders
31 Corey Foster, 6'2 190lbs, Left, Hamilton Redwings
1 Quinn Gillespie, 5'10 175lbs, Left Calgary Midget
29 Jack Shultz, 5'8 155lbs, Left, Cheyenne Capitals
30 Donovan Roy, 6'4 185lbs, Left, Oswego High School Defensemen
4 Mitchell Mueller, 6'4 225lbs, Left, Wichita Falls
27 Jeremy Szczurek, 5'11 185lbs, Right, Chicago Bulldogs
6 Sebastian Crystal, 6'2 195lbs, Right, SDE HF Elite - Sweden
11 Cory Hurtubise, 6'1 185lbs, Left, Dallas Penguins
5 Markus Bergsten, 5'11 185lbs, Right, Grums IK Elite - Sweden
9 Alex Groner, 6'4 190lbs, Right, Potomic Patriots
Forwards
18 Nolan Kinney, 6'3 220lbs, Right, Dryden Ice Dogs
8 Branco Oktavec, 6'4 215lbs, Right, Cheyenne Stampede
7 Craig Thurston, 5'10 185lbs, Right, Solway Sharks
10 Heath Lantz, 6'5 195lbs, Right, Cheyenne Stampede
26 Cody Key, 6' 180lbs, Left, California Titans
21 Jacob Rudloff, 6' 180lbs, Left, NW Regulators
24 Jack Speer, 6'2 200lbs, Left, Bellingham Blazers
19 Garrett Hughes, 6'1 195lbs, Left, NW Stampeders
77 Bailey Shaver, 6'1 185lbs, Right, Bellingham Blazers
23 Mitch Reynders, 5'11 190lbs, Left, University of Colorado
14 Thayne Trumbull, 5'10 175lbs, Right, Cheyenne Stampede
28 Mike Ballard, 5'9 155lbs, Right, Apple Valley MSHL
32 Alec Sara, 6'1 155lbs, Right, Cheyenne Stampede
15 Chaydyn Johnson, 6'1 190lbs, Right, Kelowna Warriors

More exciting news to come as the season draws closer every day!

The Cheyenne Stampede open their Home Exhibition Season in 8 days, September 19th against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado and just announced, the Oklahoma City Blazers will make their first WSHL Appearance in Cheyenne on Saturday, Sept 20 and 21st, Saturdays game will feature $5.00 tickets as a "Pack the House" Promotion! Single game tickets go on Sale this weekend HERE

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Stampede Add NAHL veteran to the blue line

The Cheyenne Stampede are excited to announce the signing of Mitchell Mueller to the roster.

Mueller is a 6'4 220 pound left shot defenseman from Bakersfield California. The veteran blueliner comes to the Stampede with over 70 games played in the North American Hockey League.

Mueller who played with three different teams in the North American Hockey League, spending time with the Texas Tornado, Lone Star Brahmas and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The talented defenseman scored one goal with four assists and 100 penalty minutes.

"Mitchell is going to be a great addition to our club and we will be leaning on him to add some experience and leadership with extreme grit and toughness," Cheyenne Head Coach Eric Ballard said of his new defenseman. "We are very excited to add Mueller to the roster."

Mueller is another piece of the puzzle that Ballard has been trying to put in place for the upcoming season and after speaking with him he was elated to have acquired Mueller.

"Getting players of Mitchell's caliber has been our goal from the beginning. He will be given every opportunity to push the organization to a level of play that we are so excited to be at," Ballard concluded. "The big D man is excited to become a part of the team and is eager to get started."

More exciting news to come as the season draws closer every day!

The Cheyenne Stampede open their Home Exhibition Season in 16 days, September 19th against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado.

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Stampede Ink Some Offense from England

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of British born forward Craig Thurston from Billingham, England.

Thurston, a 5'10" and 175 pound right shot forward, spent last season with the Solway Sharks. He spent time with the National Ice Hockey League team where he posted 6 goals and 11 assists in 23 games. He tallied 17 goals and ten assists in 15 lower division games.

"Craig is a great pick up for us as he has a drive and determination to excel to the collegiate level. He will stop at nothing to achieve those goals," Stampede Head Coach Eric Ballard said of the young Englishman. "His skating is one of his best assets but make no mistake, that's not all he brings to the table."
Thurston is already in Cheyenne and has made an impression on the coaching staff as well as the ownership and fans that have shown up to get a glimpse of the Stampede players.

"We are very excited to add Craig to our family and look for him to be a huge contributor in many ways both on and off the ice," concluded Ballard.

More important news to follow! Stay tuned!

The Cheyenne Stampede open their Home Exhibition Season in 16 days, September 19th against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado.

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Stampede Sign High Energy Forward

The Cheyenne Stampede are very proud to announce the signing of Mike Ballard, Head Coach Eric Ballard's son, from Minnesota.

Ballard played last season for the Apple Valley Eagles of the Minnesota High School League, posting 3 goals and 9 assists in 26 games.

"Mike is a high energy, good skating forward that will bring a lot of tenacity to our team," the coach said of his son. "Mike has played in the Western States Hockey League with the Fresno Monsters and also spent a season in the Tier I Elite League with the Las Vegas Storm. He plays hard every shift and will fit in very well with the team's direction and we are very excited to have him on board for the upcoming season. He skates very well and has a high level of compete and that dynamic will be well received amongst his team mates."

According to GM, Mark Lantz, "Mike is the 4th Parent-Son duo that will be featured on the Ice this year with the Stampede, The 4 Parent/Son duo's are, Heath Lantz - Mark Lantz, GM, Mike Ballard - Eric Ballard, HC, Alec Sara - Dianna Sara, Stampede Sales and Marketing, and Shane Henning - Josh Henning, Prior Equipment Manager for the Stampede. We really believe in building from the inside, if the opportunity exists and fits for the team"

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The GMHL Seguin Huskies, Add 3 former Stampede Standouts to roster

Aug 27, 2014

The Seguin Huskies have signed three more players for the upcoming 2014-2015 season and have finalized their 29-man training camp roster. "We worked extremely hard this summer to put together a balanced roster; training camp will be extremely competitive for players to come in and start working right away; these three players will help us compete to be a contender for the Russell Cup this Winter." stated assistant coach Martin Jansson.

All three players spent last season with the Cheyenne Stampede Jr. A Hockey Club in the WSHL and originally hail from Sweden. All three players are also 1993 forwards.

The first player is Jimmie Kotilainen. Jimmie put up 26 goals, 27 assists for 53 points in 40 games last season for the Stampede. Jimmie also started last season with the Wenacthee Wild of the NAHL.

The second player is Mans Gustavsson. Mans contributed 13 goals, 19 assists for 32 points in only 24 games with the Stampede. Mans also spent time with Vänersborgs HC in Swedens Division 2 League.

The third player is Alexander Daly Andersson who had 26 goals, 42 assists and 68 points, leading the entire Stampede team last season in points.

"All three of these forwards are elite players who will help us compete. I have worked with Their Player Advisor for a couple years now and we have a great business relationship where he helps players from all over the world reach their goals. I am really happy to have these guys on board with our program" stated head coach Gary Astalos.

The Cheyenne Stampede have opened Training this past Monday with 23 players hitting the for first year veteran coach Eric Ballard and open their Home Exhibition Season in 23 days, September 19th against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado.


Stampede sign talented NAHL tendered forward

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of California forward Cody Key.

Key, who is from Fresno, played last season with the California Titans 16AAA team where he led his team with 79 points (29 goals and 50 assists) and had 67 penalty minutes.

Key, a 6' left shot center was a huge signing for the Stampede as they start to build a team in Cheyenne that has head coach Eric Ballard very excited for the season to begin.

"I have known Cody for some time now and I have watched him turn into a player with tremendous upside potential and will be an impact player for the Stampede," Ballard stated.

Key tendered with the North American Hockey League's Bismarck Bobcats and was very close to making the NAHL team. He now gets another chance to develop his skills this season with coach Ballard and the Stampede.

"We are extremely proud of the fact our organization is attracting players of Cody's caliber," Ballard continued. "That is a great compliment to the ownership and staff and the time and effort they have invested to attract high caliber prospects like Key."

Key has arrived in Cheyenne and will be starting to training this week.

"The off season is over", Ballard chuckled about the term off season as he believes there is no such thing. "They call it off season and the only thing that is constant is the fact you never shut anything off," Ballard explained. "However I am very enthusiastic to get the season started."

Stay tuned this week for more exciting signings and fun facts about the upcoming season of Stampede Hockey.


Stampede Sign Power Forward from Canada

The Cheyenne Stampede are very proud to announce the signing of 6'1 190 right winger Chaydyn Johnson from Kelowna, British Columbia.

Johnson, who played for the West Kelowna minor hockey Warriors last season, posted 13 goals, 6 assists and 19 penalty minutes in 33 games.

"Johnson is a hard working power forward that has a passion and determination that makes him a very great fit for us in Cheyenne," Stampede Head Coach Eric Ballard said of the new addition. "He is big, strong and has a nasty edge to his compete level and will do whatever it takes for his team to succeed."

Johnson is the sixth Canadian born player to join the Stampede for the upcoming season and will be an important part of the building a great team in Cheyenne. "With Chaydyn's size and skill set he will fill a role either on the right side or even up the middle," Ballard added. "His presence will be a great asset to us and we are very excited to have him part of our Stampede family!"

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede Sign another Defenseman
from Sweden

The Cheyenne Stampede are pleased to announce the signing of Sebastian Jalmert-Crystal from Sweden. Jalmert-Crystal stands 6'2 and weighs in at 195 pounds and will patrol the blue line for the Stampede this fall.

Last season the big offensive D man played for the J18 SDE HF Elite junior team in Sweden where he posted 23 points in 34 games with 11 goals, 12 assists and 58 minutes in penalty minutes.

Sebastian has a scoring and puck distributing skill set that coach Eric Ballard is very excited to have. "His skating and offensive output will be extremely well received in my system and his decision making is very high," said Ballard. "Jalmert-Crystal's goals are to play college hockey in the US and because of his skill sets he will open up many options for himself and we are very enthused to have Cheyenne be a crucial stop on his career path."

"His abilities on the back end will be utilized tremendously and we couldn't be more excited to add him to the already highly skilled defensive core, so he will fit our model nicely," Ballard concluded.

The Stampede have been working very hard recruiting players from all over the world and the organization is very pleased on where the team sits in early August.

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede Nab NY Net Minder

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of Donovan Roy, a 6'4" goaltender from Oswego New York.

Remember the name as he has a tremendous presence and upside that only coaches get real excited about. At 6'4", and loaded with pure raw talent, Donovan Roy has found himself in a position to excel and be a part of the Cheyenne Stampede.

"Roy is a client of Endeavor Sports group and Mike Pilon, one of my very dear friends, and has given us a chance to help this young man fulfill his hockey dreams by starting his junior career here in Cheyenne, Ballard stated. We are very excited to have Donavan part of the Stampede and with all the recommendations from coaches we know we are getting a true diamond in the rough."

Donovan played for the Oswego High School team last season where he posted 2.37 GAA and a .899 save percentage in 19 games. He is expected to have a great break out season as he will see a higher caliber of shooter and player in Cheyenne. "With Donovan's desire to get better and his unrelenting work ethic, there is only one way for this young man to go and that is up," said the coach.

Ballard has had some very fortunate seasons with 6 division 1 NCAA goalies and says that Roy just may be the next big deal.

"We are very excited to have secured Donovan for the season and we are eager to get started with players like Roy," Ballard finished saying.

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede Add Offensive Blueliner

The Cheyenne Stampede are pleased to announce the signing of offensive defenseman Jeremy Szczurzek to the 2014-2015 roster.

Szczureck, a 6' 185 right shot defenseman from Chicago, has experience, an unbelievable hockey IQ and vision. A converted defenseman from the forward position Szczhureck, will bring an offensive dynamic that the Stampede are looking for.

Jeremy had great numbers last season as he split between two teams and posted 5 goals and 24 assists in 39 games with 10 power play points (4g, 6a) and a +14 rating.

"Szczurek is very important to the direction of our club as he will bring some offense and will be counted upon to make an immediate impact," Head Coach Eric Ballard said of his new player. "We are very excited to have a player like Jeremy joining our club as after numerous conversations with this young man he will fit into our new model in Cheyenne."

Szczurek is the fourth new defenseman that Cheyenne has signed during the offseason and coach Ballard couldn't be more excited about this recruit. "Jeremy has a quality that is hard to find in a player and we are very excited he has decided to be a part of the Cheyenne Stampede!"

Szczurek will be making his way to Cheyenne in a week and will be a major impact player right out of the gate.

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede add size and experience

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of 6'3, 200 pound Canadian right winger Nolan Kinney.

Kinney has had stops in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, Maritime Hockey League and just recently finished up last season with the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

"Kinney is big, strong and skates extremely well for his size. His shot and presence will serve the Cheyenne Stampede well as they build for a great season ahead," said Head Coach Eric Ballard. "Kinney played last season with the Bridgewater Lumberjacks of the Maritime league before being traded to Dryden for a play-off run in the SIJHL. I have had the opportunity to not only watch Nolan but get to know him over the past few weeks and he is full of character and leadership qualities that will only benefit our organization."

Kinney has a wealth of junior hockey experience and because of his size and skill he will be a force to be reckoned with as he dawns a Stampede jersey in little less than a month. "We as an organization just took a huge step in the right direction by acquiring a player like Nolan and what he will bring to the table," an elated Ballard said after the signing of Kinney. "We couldn't be happier of where our club sits today as far as recruits and the caliber of player that will be in Cheyenne this season."

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Scandinavian Hockey, Bergsten Signs with Stampede

The Cheyenne Stampede are excited to announce the signing of Swedish defenseman Markus Bergsten. Bergsten come to Cheyenne through the very reputable placement agency, Scandinavian Hockey Consulting.

Coach Ballard has worked with SHC and has had a great deal of success in the past. General Manager Mark Lantz has played a crucial role in the recruiting of this particular player as he has been in continuous contact with SHC and Pelle Bergsten (father of Markus,) a very reputable scout within Europe.

Bergsten is a solid defenseman who last played for Grums IK J20 Elite team. The 1995 born player should bring puck skills and solid play on the back end for the Stampede this season. Bergsten also has set his sight on college hockey in the future. Bergsten tallied 3 goals and 3 assists in 15 games last season for the J20 Elite team and will be relied on for some offensive output for the Stampede.

"We are very excited to have Markus for the season. His skating, puck skills and vision are very high and we see him making the adjustment nicely to add some stability to our blue line," said coach Ballard.

Bergsten is just the second European player signed this year behind Oktavec who is a returning veteran player.

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede Re-sign Slovakian veteran forward Oktavec

The Cheyenne Stampede is proud to announce the return of veteran Branko Oktavec for the 2014-2015 season.

Oktavec, a 6'4 210 right shot forward, had 22 goals and 28 assists in 47 games last season. "Oktavec is very skilled and has a keen eye for scoring goals and he will be a great addition to the team again this season," Ballard said.

The Slovakian born player will bring offensive punch alongside Trumbull and Lantz where combined they accounted for 157 points last season. "When you can return that kind of offense with veteran players you always get excited," stated coach Ballard.

Branko is the third veteran Stampede player to sign for the upcoming season and is excited to return. "I am very excited to be a part of the Cheyenne Stampede team again and I will do my best to contribute to the team's success again this season," stated Oktavec.

Oktavec played two seasons ago for the HC Banska Bystrica U20 team where he tallied 5 goals and 7 assists in 40 games. Oktavec is going to be able to hit the ground running as the Stampede look to improve on the 29 win season from 2013-2014.

Stay tuned for more exciting news all the way to main camp August 15-17 in Cheyenne, For more information on Main Camp, Click here


Stampede's Radbjer commits
to Marian University

The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League are proud to announce that netminder Fredrik Radbjer has committed to attend Marian University (Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin) this fall.

The 6'5 goaltender was 1-4-1 ( 3.24 GAA, .900 SV%) last season before suffering a major injury.

"We are very proud of Radbjer's commitment to Marian and look forward to following his progress," team General Manager, Mark Lantz said of the big European goaltender. "It's always good news when one of our guys gets into school, we could not be any happier."

Radbjer went on to say "I'm looking forward to this opportunity so I can continue my hockey career and pursue an education. I'm grateful for the Stampede and the support I got last season"


Stampede Corral Power Forward
Jack Speer

The Cheyenne Stampede, members of the Western States Hockey League are proud to announce the signing of forward Jack Speer.

Speer, a 6'2 200 lb. left shot power forward had 15 points (4g, 11a) last season before an injury sidelined him. "Jack has a tremendous upside and will be an immediate impact to my club. He's your prototypical power forward that can skate, see the ice and can set up his teammates. I am very excited to have acquired Jack and look for big things from him," Coach Eric Ballard said.

The coach explained that when trying to build his team he needs to find pieces that make sense and that will give the Stampede depth. "Speer has a year of junior experience and has played AAA so his ability to step right in and be an everyday player on the left side is crucial and we are excited what kind of player he is and what he brings to the table." Ballard stated

Speer is the 6th forward signed by Ballard and will be counted on out of the gate to make contributions to Stampede's success.


Cheyenne acquires another offensive weapon from the Stampeders of Calgary

The Cheyenne Stampede hockey team, members of the Western States Hockey League is proud to announce the signing of Canadian, Garrett Hughes.

Hughes, a 6'1 left shot forward, played 27 games last season for the NWCAA Stampeders out of Calgary Canada where he tallied 11 goals and 23 assists. "He is big and strong on his skates and sees the ice very well," replied Ballard. "Hughes will add some more offense and has a great nose for the net and is very offensive minded."

Hughes, a Calgary resident, is the third Canadian born player to join the Stampede for the upcoming fall. "With the Western States Hockey League opening up the country north of us I will be taking full advantage of recruiting players like Hughes to our team," said Coach Ballard. "It is a great opportunity to add high end players and depth with still maximizing the player's exposure that may not have existed elsewhere."

More signings of future Cheyenne Stampede players to come so stay tuned!

Open Stampede Tryout Camps have been scheduled: July 25-27 at the Schwan Super Rink, Blaine,MN

August 15-17 at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center, Cheyenne, WY


Stampede add offensive spark to the roster

The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League announce the signing of forward Bailey Shaver.

Shaver, a 5'11 180 right winger, will be in a Stampede sweater came fall. Shaver, who hails from the State of Washington, played his first full season of junior hockey in 2013-2014 for the Bellingham Blazers of the North Pacific Hockey League. Shaver had 25 points in 36 games and then exploded in play offs with 12 points in 7 games. "Bailey will add some scoring and play making that will be very crucial to our success," Head Coach Eric Ballard said about Shaver. "He is a very good skater that has a knack for the net and can make timely plays."

The pieces of the puzzle that coach Eric Ballard has been putting in place this off season are starting to bring about a picture he's enjoying. "It's always exciting to build a hockey team every spring. Getting out and watching players and imagining what that player can be in four months, or even more in seven months, is extremely exciting to me," concluded the coach. "Players like Bailey Shaver, who has a tremendous upside, will absolutely be a huge contributor to our success on the ice."

Stampede Add Size and experience to the Blue Line

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce the signing of Alexander Groner. Groner is a 6'4 200 pound right shot defenseman from Fairfax Station, Virginia who played junior hockey this past season.

In 40 games Groner had six goals and three assists from the point as one of the youngest players on the team. "Groner is going to be a big asset for us on the back end," Ballard stated. "He is big, mobile and shoots the puck well. He is again another player that will fit our model in Cheyenne. We as an organization are excited to have Alex's services for the upcoming season."

Groner is the second defenseman to have signed with the Stampede in the past week.

"The recruiting season is long, and can be a grind, but acquiring players like Alex makes it all worth it. We see big things with Alex and believe he will make an immediate impact for us," Ballard concluded.

The Stampede will be running a Showcase in Minnesota on July 25-27 with the Southern Oregon Spartans. Cost is $195.00 per player and there will be teams in attendance from the USHL, NAHL, BCHL Division III college teams. Spaces are filling up fast so sign up now! Click here now for more information.


The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey league is proud to announce the signing of Cory Hurtubise.

The 6' 175 lb. left handed defenseman will be In a Stampede uniform come fall.

Hurtubise, a Dallas native, was spotted at the CCM Showcase in Denver where Coach Ballard recognized his abilities and immediately honed in on acquiring Hurtubise. "Cory is exactly what the Stampede and I am looking for in a player, he is a diamond in the rough that will be a great addition to our club," Ballard said of his new player. "His skating and ability to jump into the play is what I noticed the most. He is very smart with the puck and competes on every shift."

Hurtubise is the first defenseman that Ballard has signed and has been on the road extensively looking at talent to fill a roster. "I have spent the past seven weeks on the road and will now settle in for the recruiting battles to acquire top end talent to bring the Cheyenne Stampede family for the upcoming season. Players like Cory Hurtubise are the new direction of the club and I am very excited to start putting all the pieces of the puzzle in place," said concluded.

More exciting news to follow in the upcoming weeks!


Trumbull returns to Stampede - Junior Hockey News
By: Stampede Staff

The Western States Hockey League's Cheyenne Stampede have secured the services Thayne Trumbull for the 2014-2015 season.

Trumbull scored 50 points (27g, 23a) while on a line with co-captain Heath Lantz.

The high scoring forward is the second returning Alternate Captain signed by new Head Coach Eric Ballard, following Lantz.

Trumbull signed his agreement at the Banner Ranch located just outside of Casper, Wyoming, during his high school graduation party with all his family present. Lantz and his father Mark Lantz were also present for the signing.

"I'm very excited to have Trumbull back and we are expecting bigger and better from the offensive duo of Trumbull & Lantz this season," the GM said on Sunday.


Stampede Re-sign top returning scorer for the 2014-15 season

Coach Eric Ballard and the Cheyenne Stampede are pleased to announce the signing of top returning scorer Heath Lantz to the roster.

Lantz a 6'5 205 power forward tallied 57 points (24 goal, 33 assists) in 42 regular season games last season for the Stampede. Heath also nominated to the Best of the Rest All-Star team in Las Vegas where he rang up 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in four games.

"Lantz is a great addition to what we feel will be a very strong team this fall. His ability to shoot the puck, along with his prowess around the net, is very good. Heath takes a ton of shots and will be a focal point on a power play with his ability to find the back of the net," Ballard said. "With 22 power play points (8 goals, 14 assists) and a trio of game winning goals, Lantz will add some great depth to the front end of the Stampede roster."

Lantz's signing comes as the third player acquired by the Stampede in just over a month of Ballard's tenure in Cheyenne and he's very excited about this signing.

"Signing Heath for me is a crucial piece of the puzzle that will yield some many benefits as we start the season. Lantz was also assistant captain last season and is expected to be in a position to lead the team again this season. He is a force to be acknowledged and it will be a great year working with Heath, I expect him to come right in and be a strong leader and contributor to our success immediately," Ballard concluded.

Stampede Ink Goalie

The Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League are pleased to announce they have signed goaltender Corey Foster for the 2014-2015 season.

Foster is no stranger to the Western States Hockey League as he spent half a season in Fresno with the Monsters.

Foster was a 4th round OHL draft pick and was recruited to play for the now defunct North American Hockey League Monsters and Ballard. "I am thrilled to have the chance to work with Corey again, Ballard replied, he is a very talented goalie and I am looking forward to having Corey backstop the Stampede this season."

"I am very excited to be back with coach Ballard and be a part of the Stampede hockey team. I just want the season to be here now," said Foster of his signing with Cheyenne.

This is the second signing for the Stampede in the past week and stay tuned as there will be more exciting news to follow each week.


Stampede Sign New Forward

The Cheyenne Stampede are proud to announce signing of left shot power forward Mitch Reynders. Mitch was a member of the University of Colorado ACHA D1 college team last season before suffering a season ending injury that sidelined him for the majority of the year.

"Mitch is a tough hard hitting forward that will be a great penalty kill guy while adding some toughness up front," replied Ballard. "His relentless work ethic will be the solid piece of the foundation in Cheyenne I am looking for."

"I am very excited to play for coach Ballard again and hope to make a big impact with the Stampede," Reynders said. "With my injury last season I felt like I lost out on a good season and I am out to prove myself back in juniors again." Reynders played for the Florida Eels of the Eastern Junior League during the 2012- 2013 season.

The 6'0", 195 lbs left shot forward will add great depth, leadership and a work ethic that Ballard is excited to be coaching.

Stay tuned for more exciting news on the forming of the 2014-2015 Cheyenne Stampede roster.

Biscuits and Breezers on Stampede Forward Heath Lantz

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(Photo by Mike Lewis)

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.
Heath is 6 ft 5 in, 185 lbs, and is from Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. For the 2013-2014 season, he had 24 goals in 42 games played, 33 assists, 57 TPs, and 12 PIMs.

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

Thayne Trumbull.jpgThayne Trumbull, #14, Forward, 5'10", 170lbs from Casper, WY Who played 47 games for the Stampede and had 27 goals, 23 assists for 50 total points. Thayne was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 5th in points for the Stampede.
Heath Lantz.jpgHeath Lantz, #10, Forward, 6'5", 195lbs from Cheyenne, WY Who Played 45 games for the Stampede and had 25 goals, 33 assists for 58 total points. Heath was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 3rd in points for the Stampede.

Over 20 Team

Russell Armbruster.jpgRussell Armbruster, #28, Forward, 5'10', 175lbs from Ridgeville, OH Who Played 46 games for the Stampede and had 28 goals, 39 assists for 67 total points. Russell was also the Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 2nd in points for the Stampede.
Tyler Elkins.jpgTyler Elkins, #21, Defense, 5'6", 185lbs from Cody, WY Who Played 49 games for the Stampede and had 4 goals, 16 assists for 20 total points. Tyler was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede.

Cheyenne Stampede nominates 8 players for the WSHL's All-Star Games

(Cheyenne, WY) The Cheyenne Stampede has nominated 8 Stampede players' for consideration to play in the United Hockey Unions (UHU) National Championships on the Western States Hockey Leagues (WSHL) Teams. The WSHL is planning on entering 2 teams to this tournament to be held in mid-April in Las Vegas, NV. The WSHL will have one team made up entirely of "Aged-Out" players, and another team of current players under the 20 year old benchmark.

According to Mark Lantz, Stampede GM "This is a huge honor and allows players to show their hockey skills one more time in front of college scouts and coaches on a national stage"

The Cheyenne Stampede Nominee's are:
Nominated for the "Under 20 Team"
Thayne Trumbull.jpgThayne Trumbull, #14, Forward, 5'10", 170lbs from Casper, WY Who played 47 games for the Stampede and had 27 goals, 23 assists for 50 total points. Thayne was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 5th in points for the Stampede.
Heath Lantz.jpgHeath Lantz, #10, Forward, 6'5", 195lbs from Cheyenne, WY Who Played 45 games for the Stampede and had 25 goals, 33 assists for 58 total points. Heath was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 3rd in points for the Stampede.
Nominated for the "Over 20 Team"
Russell Armbruster.jpgRussell Armbruster, #28, Forward, 5'10', 175lbs from Ridgeville, OH Who Played 46 games for the Stampede and had 28 goals, 39 assists for 67 total points. Russell was also the Captain for the Stampede and was ranked 2nd in points for the Stampede.
Tyler Elkins.jpgTyler Elkins, #21, Defense, 5'6", 185lbs from Cody, WY Who Played 49 games for the Stampede and had 4 goals, 16 assists for 20 total points. Tyler was also an Alternate Captain for the Stampede.
Jacob Eisenstat.jpgJacob Eisenstat, #77, Defense, 6'2", 170lbs from Provo, UT Who Played 44 games for the Stampede and had 6 goals, 24 assists for 30 total points and was ranked in the Top 10 in points for the Stampede.
Alexander Daly-Andersson.JPGAlexander Daly Andersson, #11, Forward, 5'11", 175lbs from Lerum, Sweden. Who Played 48 games for the Stampede and had 27 goals, 45 assists for 72 total points and was ranked as the top in points for the Stampede.
Filip Oravec.JPGFilip Oravec, #9, Defense, 6'2", 177lbs from Liptousky, Slovakia Who Played 42 games for the Stampede and had 7 goals, 24 assists for 31 total points and was ranked and was ranked in the Top 10 in points for the Stampede.
WSHL_Logo20Yrs4.jpgMans Gustavsson (not pictured) #12, Forward, 5'11", 175lbs from Uddevalla, Sweden. Who Played 27 games for the Stampede and had 13 goals, 19 assists for 32 total points and was ranked and was ranked in the Top 10 in points for the Stampede.

Stampede Captain - Russell Armbruster Commits to Lebanon Valley College

(Cheyenne, WY) - The Cheyenne Stampede, proud members of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) are very pleased to announce that Forward and Team Captain Russell Armbruster has made his commitment to Lebanon Valley College (LVC). Lebanon Valley Hockey currently competes in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL).

Armbruster (5'10"/180), has played 48 games with the Stampede this season. As a forward he has 27 goals, 39 assists. Russell also has been nominated to play in the United Hockey Union's/AAU Best of the Rest "All-Star" Tournament on the WSHL 20+ Team this coming April in Las Vegas, NV at the AAU/UHU National Championships.

"LVC was the perfect fit for me, because they are close to home and I can start my education while continuing my hockey career," said Armbruster. "It's an awesome feeling having my college and hockey commitment laid out in front of me and I'm confident it will be a great future at LVC" stated Armbruster.

"Russ will be coming in to LVC as my top recruit! From the first shift I saw him play at the WSHL's Las Vegas showcase I knew he was a player I had to have. His hockey IQ , skill set and character set him above most players at this level. I look forward to Russ coming in here next year as a #2 center and contributing right away." Said LVC Head Coach and ESCHL "Coach of the Year" Don Parsons.

Parsons went on to say "He (Armbruster) will also spend a lot of time on special teams and critical situations. Russ will be an impact player that will provide an immediate boost to our programs quest for a National title. Russ will not only be an asset to our program but our school and campus as well! I look forward to working with Russ for the next 4 years!"

"We are very happy for Russell on his commitment to LVC. He has been a key part of our success this season. We will miss his leadership and passion for the game and his team. We wish him good luck and we expect him to bring that same passion to LVC." said Stampede General Manager, Mark Lantz.

The Cheyenne Stampede is in its' third season in the Western States Hockey League. The Stampede clinched a third consecutive playoff spot early in January 2014 and has an overall record of 29-18-2-0 on the 2013-2014 season. They are based in Cheyenne, WY and play their home contests at Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in front of huge enthusiastic crowds.


Military Award Presentation

The Cheyenne Stampede would like to congratulate the F.E. Warren Air Force Base 90th Force Support Squadron as a recipient of a $2,500 check. Commander Major Guidt is here to accept this check on behalf of the Squadron. The Squadron is responsible for the Airman Support Family Readiness Center. Its mission is to support the men and women, and their families, assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, including the men and women who work on the base, support the missile complex, or are deployed overseas. Congratulations to the F.E. Warren Air Force Base 90th Force Support Squadron. Also here to accept this check is Trisha Dean, Co-ordinator of Youth Programs, and several teenagers representing the youth group.  $500 of the $2,500 is given specifically to the youth group for their activities. These funds are a result of the Cheyenne Stampede Military Jersey sales.  FE Warren personnel are huge supporters of the Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Organization and we are happy to give back to the Military for their support.

Photo's Courtesy of Mike Lewis


Cancer Award Presentation

The Cheyenne Stampede would like to congratulate the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Foundation as a recipient of a $3,000 check. Cancer has touched many lives of the Stampede players, billet families, player families, and fans. The Cheyenne Stampede is proud to present this check to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center's New Cancer Center. These funds will to be used specifically to purchase wigs for cancer patients.  Dani Best, Director of Cancer Resource Services and Barbara Lawyer, a Foundation Board member, will be accepting the donation. This donation comes from the proceeds of our Cancer Awareness Jersey auction and donations. Thank you fans for making this happen!

Photo's Courtesy of Mike Lewis


Stampede Outscores the Renegades 26 to 3

The Cheyenne Stampede rode the New Mexico Renegades out of town over the past weekend and behind three big wins, now sit just two points behind the first place Phoenix Knights. The Stampede outscored the Renegades 26 to 3.

With two games to go, this coming weekend the Stampede have locked up home ice in the opening round of the Thorne Cup playoffs but will be gunning for the top spot, as they are just two points back of Phoenix. If the Stampede can win both ends of a home-and-home against Colorado this weekend, they'll be hoping New Mexico can steal a game or two from the Phoenix Knights.

The Cheyenne Stampede will play their final home league game against the Colorado Jr. Eagles this Saturday, March 8th, at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, the puck drops at 7:35pm. The following weekend (March 14-16) the Stampede will open play in the WSHL's Thorne Cup 1st round playoff's. According to General Manager, Mark Lantz "this is the first time in the franchise history that the Stampede will host a Thorne Cup Playoff series at home" Lantz was also quick to say "that the Stampede have qualified for the playoff's every year since coming to Cheyenne"

Thorne Cup Playoff tickets go on sale today through the Teams website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or in person at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center located at 1530 W. Lincolnway. Lantz is encouraging fans to get their Playoff tickets early as they are "forecasting a sell-out for both Friday and Saturday nights".


New Mexico Renegades (5-37-1, 6th in Mountain Division) @
Cheyenne Stampede (28-14-2, 2nd in Mountain Division
)

Three-game series in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Story by Brent Maranto

The Cheyenne Stampede beat-up on the New Mexico Renegades over the weekend and behind three big wins, now sit just two points behind the first place Phoenix Knights.
The Stampede left their mark early in the opener, as they came out hard and fast and possessed the puck nearly the entire 60 minutes, in an 8-0 win.

Ian Teal and Russell Armbruster each picked up four points in the big win, while Rasmus Hansson stopped all 11 shots he faced in net to earn his first shutout of the season.
Heath Lantz, Filip Oravec, Collin Plitt, Jimmie Kotilainen and Ryan Plessinger each recorded two points for the Stampede, as well.

Austin Borchert stopped 50 of 58 in the New Mexico crease.
Armbruster had another big night in game two, as the veteran forward recorded four points but Maans Gustavsson led the way for Cheyenne with five, in a 9-1 victory.

Sam Mallory stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in net for the win and Jimmie Kotilainen chipped in another three points for the Stampede.

Rasmus Alamaa notched the lone Renegades goal while Austin Borchert stopped 55 of 64 in net.

Armbruster finished up a terrific weekend for himself in the finale, as he notched three goals and two assists to help lead the Stampede to a 9-2 win and series sweep.

Thayne Trumbull, Heath Lantz and Jimmie Kotilainen each notched three points as well, while Sam Mallory stopped 13 of 15 in net.

Rasmus Alamaa and Alex Nau each tallied for New Mexico and Jacob Garvey stopped 63 of 72 in net.

With two games to go, the Stampede have locked up home ice in the opening round of the playoffs but will be gunning for the top spot, as they are just two points back of Phoenix.
If they can win both ends of a home-and-home against Colorado this weekend, they'll be hoping New Mexico can steal a couple from the Knights.

The likely scenario has the Stampede hosting the same Colorado Jr. Eagles to open the post-season but anything can happen and if the Knights don't come to play, they the Renegades will be happy to take some points from them.
New Mexico weren't able to get anything going all weekend and aside from a handful of forwards, they just aren't able to create much offense.

They finish up their season this weekend against the Phoenix Knights and the Stampede will be rooting for them.


Stampede Teddy Bears Given
To CFD Station #1


Cheyenne Stampede (25-14-1, 2nd in Mountain Division) @ Seattle Totems (11-29-4, 6th in Northwest Division)
Three-game series in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

The Cheyenne Stampede continue to surge and with a strong showing in a weekend sweep of the Seattle Totems, now find themselves just two points back of Phoenix for the top spot in the Mountain Division. With the Knights getting swept in Long Beach over the weekend, the Stampede made the most of their opportunity and have now made things very interesting in the race for the #1 seed.

Despite outshooting the host Totems by nearly double in the opener on Friday night, the Stampede needed a strong third period to pull out a 6-4 win, as rookie goaltender Eli Alyakin kept Seattle in the game as long as he could.

The Stampede led 3-1 after a Alexander Andersson goal at 7:57 of the middle frame but the Totems fought back to knot it up before the end of the period, as Lucas Walsh and Nikolay Mamadzhanov tallied to make it three-all.Coming out firing to begin the third, Cheyenne took the lead back for good just 46 seconds in, as veteran forward Thayne Trumbull made it 4-3, before Jimmie Kotilainen and Liam Slyne added on to it.

Seattle would get a late goal from Lucas Walsh abut that would be as close as they'd get, in the two-goal loss.
Thayne Trumbull, Alexander Andersson, Maans Gusatavsson and Jimmie Kotilianen led the way with two points each for Cheyenne, while Rasmus Hansson stopped 32 of 36 in net.
Lucas Walsh's three points led Seattle, while Alyakin played well in net but was hit with the loss, allowing six goals on 68 shots.

After a scoreless first period the next night, a Robin Bjoernstad goal gave Seattle a 1-0 lead just 1:51 into the second. Cheyenne came roaring back however and notched the game's next six goals in a 6-1 victory.Showing their great depth yet again, six different Stampede players scored goals, four of which came via the power play, in the win.

Alexander Andersson, who has come on to lead the team in scoring now, led the way with three points, while six other players, including veterans Heath Lantz and Ryan Plessinger, notched two in the Cheyenne win. Veteran netminder Sam Mallory, who started the season slow but has really settled in as of late, stopped 28 of 29 in net.

Cody Stein (former Stampede Tender) was bombarded with 66 shots in the Seattle crease and stopped 60 of them in the loss.

Wrapping things up with a bow on Sunday, the Stampede broke a 2-2 tie with a Thayne Trumbull goal at 3:07 of the middle frame and never looked back, winning by a score of 7-2 behind five straight goals.Trumbull finished up a solid weekend for himself with another three points to lead the way, while Ian Teal and Alexander Andersson each nabbed two.

Seattle was led by Nikolay Mamadzhanov and his two points, with linemate and leading scorer, Frank Flight, held in-check by the Stampede defense over the three games.

Sam Mallory took over for starter Fredrik Radbjer ato begin the second period and stopped 28 of the 29 shots over 40 minutes of play in the win. Eli Alyakin stopped 46 of 53 in the loss for the Totems.

The Stampede continue to play well as a team, as they come out you in waves and make you pay for your mistakes, with their physicality and finishing ability.Although they're just two points back of Phoenix, it might be tough to catch the Knights, as Phoenix has a game in-hand and six games left, including three against New Mexico.

The Stampede will also face New Mexico this weekend and finish things up with a home-and-home against Colorado, so anything can happen, especially if they win-out, which they are very capable of doing.



Stampede Complete Series Sweep with Shootout Win

By Jeremiah Johnke

CHEYENNE - Call this one the comeback with a twist.

After two nights of overcoming two-goal deficits to win, the Cheyenne Stampede used a shootout to pull out a victory.

Cheyenne got shootout goals from Russell Armbruster and Ian Teal and three saves from goaltender Sam Mallory to grab a 4-3 (2-1) win over the Southern Oregon Spartans on Sunday.

"I'm not a big fan of shootouts because I don't think they show a lot of team skill," Teal said. "But I'm glad that we came out on top."

Read more at www.WyoSports.net.


Head games doom Stampede as Knights complete series sweep

By Jeremiah Johnke

CHEYENNE - The Cheyenne Stampede started and finished strong Sunday.

The middle portion, however, proved costly in a 5-4 loss to the Phoenix Knights at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

"We have to put 60 minutes of hockey together," first-year Cheyenne coach Gary Gill said. "If we don't do that, we can't expect to win."

Read more at www.WyoSports.net.


Stampede season opens with night of firsts, including the ‘W'

By Kasey M. Orr

It was a night of season firsts at the Cheyenne Stampede 2013-2014 home opening 4-3 win against the Colorado Junior Eagles at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. A packed rink from both sides of the state line witnessed the first goals, the first double-overtime and even the first fights of the Stampede year.

The first shot on goal and first save for Stampede goalie Fredrik Radbjer took only 12 seconds to arrive, and the crowd was rumbling fifty seconds later as the first scuffle of the season started between Alexander Andersson and Junior Eagle Lance Pennington. With these two in the penalty box, the year's first four-on-four situation battled across the ice.

Unfortunately, the Eagles landed the first goal eight minutes into the game. "We came out not playing like ourselves," Head Coach Gary Gill said about the first period. The Stampede finally answered with their first score of the season four minutes into the second period on a quick one-two pass and shot from Thayne Trumbull, Alexander Andersson with the assist.

"They played extremely well, I'll give [the Eagles] credit for that," Gill said, "They came out banging and they came out ready to play."

With two minutes left in the second period the game was tied 2-2 as Junior Eagle Levi Weber was set upon by all 270 pounds of Stampede big brother Michal Marousek. Weber, who had three penalties on the night, had just gotten out of the box for putting his stick into the face of Stampede defenseman Tyler Elkins. "If you mess with one of our guys Marousek is gonna come for you," said one his fellow players. This move took Marousek out of the game after initiating the first open fight of the season.

This night of firsts took place in the stands as well as the ice as Gabe Yurek, a grade school Cheyenne native, enjoyed his first ever live hockey game. He was all questions as he soaked up the game and cheered on the home team with the zeal a veteran fan.

"This game is really fun," Yurek exclaimed as the first five minutes of overtime began for the night. The Stampede had tied it up 3-3 with a late third-period power-play goal from Ian Teal (Andersson's second assist).

The WSHL has new rules this year regarding overtime: The first round of is five minutes of four-on-four. If the game is still unresolved, it moves to three-on-three for five more minutes, followed by a three-man shootout and sudden death if necessary.

The crowd was on the edge of their seats through the first five minutes as the Stampede continued the pressure they had exhibited in the third period. The crowd was then on their feet when the Eagles and Stampede faced off at three-on-three.

In the final minutes of double-overtime Heath Lantz, already with a goal in the second period, gained an advantage near the slot on Eagle's ice. "I beat the defenseman around wide, picked up the puck and threw it at the net, and was just hoping," Lantz said. "Then I looked up and it was a goal." The puck was in and the game was over with a Stampede 4-3 victory.


Can you hear it?

Rumble returns to Cheyenne with new coaches, bigger bodies

By Kasey M. Orr

The wait is finally over as the days grow shorter and hockey season returns to Wyoming with the Cheyenne Stampede home opener against the newly formed Colorado Junior A Eagles 7:35 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Ice and Events Center. The rumble is back and packing a new punch with a new head coach and a fistful of fresh, big-bodied players ready to put blade to ice for the 2013-2014 season.

Originally from Aston, Penn., Head Coach Gary Gill comes to Cheyenne this year after spending the 2011-2012 season with the Mississippi River Kings of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). He immediately began reassembling the Stampede team by taking the stalwart players of last season and bringing in a new (and quite large) pack of talent from over land and sea. Gill brought with him a new philosophy and cadre of assistant coaches, and the 25 members of this new and improved Stampede team have been hard at work both on and off the ice for the past several months preparing to bring a new level of game play to the state capital.

"This is a different team than any that has been here before," Gill said. "We're bigger, stronger and faster."
Friday night this bigger, stronger Stampede faces off with the Colorado Junior Eagles out of Fort Collins. This junior A level franchise of the Colorado Eagles minor league team just formed during the off-season, which makes two teams that have yet to be seen on the ice—both of which will surely look to prove themselves Oct. 18 and set a strong pace for the season. "The fans are going to really have something to watch," Gill said.

With these two clubs going head-to-head in six games over the coming months, Wyoming and Colorado fans could witness the spark of a new border war.
Gill said he was confident in his players, and has the full support of General Manager Mark Lantz as he and his team head into the season with new philosophies and new goals. "I believe in what Mark is doing here, and he believes in my coaching style. The foundation has been laid here. We're just adding more blocks to it," Gill explained. "We're adding new elements to the team with the size and the speed; the dedication to the team and to the fans."

The young men of the team, hailing from as close as across town to as far as across the Atlantic in Oxelosund, Sweden, had their final two-day rest last week marking the start of a straight shot of practice, pucks and putting away goals from now until Christmas break. "It's been a constant evolution," Gill said of building the new Stampede. "We are always putting together pieces of the puzzle."

The players have found a good home for such a rigorous schedule with resources and support systems abound. From the carefully selected host-family homes for out-of-town players to the in-house masseuse, the coaches and GM say they are here to provide each team member with a strong foundation to a long and healthy career. The Stampede boasts a wealth of provided game and training equipment, well-kept facilities and a horde of medical and training staff including a team dentist for when they take one in the chicklets.

The Stampede will host Central High School Night for their Friday opener. The cheerleading squad Central Cheer has been selling tickets for the game as a fundraiser to help cover equipment and travel expenses for this year's high school sports season. Friday night's game will start at 7:35 p.m. with warm-ups beginning approximately 30 minutes prior at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center at 1530 West Lincolnway. The following night the teams will swap venues with the Stampede traveling to the Edora Pool & Ice Center (EPIC) located at 1801 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins, Colo. The Saturday night game is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m.
"The fans have been so supportive over the last couple of years," Gill said, "they are really going to have something to be proud of this year." With as many as 60 games during the regular season, Stampede fans can look forward to plenty of rumble in the Rocky Mountains.

Photo's attached, courtesy of DNA Media




Mark Lantz, GM for the Cheyenne Stampede unveiled the teams Cancer Awareness & Military Appreciation jerseys for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. These jerseys will be worn during the respective weekend series'.

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The Specialty Jerseys will be offered to the fans during a very short "Pre-Sale" where the Stampede Fans have the opportunity to choose their sizes, numbers, and names. Click order now - Below. After the "Pre-Sale" these jerseys will be retailed at Stampede home games with No choice of numbers and/or sizes and will retail for at least $135 in very limited quantities. So order yours now with your choice of size and jersey number for $99 (Local Pick-up Only)

According to Lantz, "you can always wait and take a chance to get your players Authentic Game Worn jersey at a live auction during the game" Your jersey will be ordered with the team order and will arrive just prior to the respective game(s)

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Cheyenne Stampede 2013-2014 Season Preview - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013

By: Brent Maranto

The super-competitive mountain of a man was at wits end, after his Cheyenne Stampede were swept in the opening round of the playoffs by the rival Boulder Bison for the second straight season, this past March, prompting him to make some serious changes.

Now heading into their third year in Wyoming's capital, the Stampede will now be featuring their third head coach, after both Jeff Heimel and Marty Quarters failed to roll over their regular season success into the playoffs, the only time it matters to Lantz.

Instead of re-tooling, as he had the previous two off-seasons, Lantz went out and purchased a whole new tool chest, as he put it to me. In the process, he adopted a new frame of mind and mentality when it comes to finding the right players and he hopes it will lead to more late season success for a team that has always been tough in the regular season but just can't seem to find their groove when it matters the most.

So he went out and got a head coach that has been seemingly everywhere, coaching all over the United States and having success at just about every stop, and that man is Gary Gill.

Gill, a native of Aston, Pennsylvania, began coaching in 2006 at Penn State University (Berks Campus), where he helped lead the ACHA club team to a record of 55-8 over his time behind the bench.

He's also served on staffs in minor pro leagues like the ECHL, SPHL and FHL and he's excited to take on his first head coaching job at the junior hockey level with Lantz and the Stampede, a team that many feel are on the verge of big things.

Gill saw the success the team had last year under Quarters, before falling flat on their face in the playoffs and thinks that a few changes will help them go even farther than their 26-17-3 regular season record eventually got them.

Gill and assistant coach Rick Scarsella, who played under Gill with the Rome Frenzy of the Federal Hockey League, have been recruiting hard this off-season and are going after a different breed of player, as Lantz put it, stating that his team won't be "so fickle" this time around and a "real terror" to deal with night in and night out.

Stampede players are already taking to Gill and staff, who have run things noticeably different and hold their players accountable, pushing them to play at their best.

The team has become used to great amenities like the downtown arena and beautiful locker room they call home, as well as the adoring fans that support them in droves, a huge bus equipped with everything they could need on the road and a top notch medical and training staff but not even they could believe what they saw this week when they showed up for training camp.

Former New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Holik, who now calls Wyoming home, stopped in and got a few skates in with Gill and company, helping put players through drills, showing them anything he can and displaying an overall level of support for a group of players in awe of everything that he did.

Lantz, always one to pull strings, actually met Holik while hunting in the Wyoming wilderness and the two-time Stanley Cup champion was more than happy to help out. There have even been rumors of more NHL star power coming to Cheyenne in the next few weeks but Lantz wouldn't let that secret out of the bag.

So despite the letdowns the last couple of seasons, Lantz and Gill are optimistic about their chances in the Mountain Division this time around, as they mold a different brand of hockey and a team they feel is built to last.

Regular season success is fine and dandy but Lantz knows anything but a division title this time around is a letdown, so look for the Stampede to rumble into the playoffs with a different mindset and mentality.

Players Moving Up:

The Stampede have formed a great relationship with nearby Colorado State University and are happy to be sending three top-end forwards to play for head coach Kelly Newton, as Ryan Carroll, Noah Eckebrecht and Drew Baggen, three of the Stampede's leaders last season, will play nearby and actually face their former team in two exhibition contests in September.

Defenseman Ian Johnson, who played very well for the WSHL "Best of the Rest" team at the United Hockey Union National Championships back in April, is headed to the University of Central Oklahoma.

Swedish defenseman Dario Trupina had an outstanding rookie season with the Stampede and will be playing at Morrisville State College this fall, while veteran tough guy Dorran Masters is still mulling over an opportunity to do the same at Monroe Community College.

Swiss forward Kevin Rosset, who led the team with 68 points during the regular season, is headed back overseas to Sweden to play professionally.

Having coached at both the college and semi-professional levels, Gill knows what it takes to move his players up the ladder and combined with Lantz' passion for seeing his players move on, they should be able to continue the momentum and move their 20 year-olds on.

Players Coming Back:

The Stampede have a solid group of forwards returning to the team and Gill knows they'll work hard for him, having tasted bitter defeat in Boulder last year.

Heath Lantz, Mark's youngest son, will play his third season in a Stampede uniform and the hulking forward will be expected to do even more than his respectable 27 points last season. Also returning is Russell Armbruster, who really caught my eye when I saw him play at the All-League Showcase in Las Vegas. He is all over the place on the ice, constantly laying hits, picking off passes and possesses a heck of a shot, It was amazing to me that he only had 26 points last season, so look for that number to go up as well.

Also coming back are three energy guys that are always moving their feet, in Tyler Elkins, Ryan Plessinger and Thayne Trumbull. The trio is really in tune with what the Stampede are going to be about this season.

There's been a lot of turnover on the backend but Gill is excited to see New Jersey native Dominick Manochio return and the rough-and-tumble d-man will definitely be seeing an increase in ice time.

Top goaltender Daniel Cepila, who starred as a 16 year-old rookie last season, is hopeful he'll catch on with an NAHL team and with Sam Mallory not slated to come back, it leaves Seth Edeen, who spent most of last season working on his game in practice and developing nicely, as the only returner between the pipes.

New Faces:

Gill was glib when asked about new players he has coming in, almost like a poker player trying to keep his opponent guessing.

He did tell me that he's very excited about the signing of defenseman Jacob Eisenstat, who played two seasons ago for the Idaho Jr. Steelheads but was hampered by various injuries. He also informed me that he's signed a couple of defensemen that are huge, one standing 6'6" tall, showing that new mentality the Stampede are trying to project.

I didn't get much from them but I did get the sense that Lantz and Gill have a few things up their sleeves, as they were extremely optimistic about some new guys they have coming in.

Schedule:

Gill and Lantz agree the Mountain Division title, despite the loss of the El Paso Rhinos, is going to be tough but very attainable to get.

They love the fact that the Colorado Jr. Eagles have joined on, which creates a three-way regional rivalry with Cheyenne, Fort Collins and Boulder and those games will be sure to get the blood boiling in home-and-home series.

Lantz is most excited about the chance it gives his die-hard fans, which he lovingly characterized as "despicable" another chance to take a road trip and follow the Stampede into other arenas. The rowdy group has become notorious for getting under the opponent's skin and adding a different element to the game, the 7th man, if you will.

Outside of their six games against each division opponent (the Colorado Jr. Eagles, Boulder Bison, Phoenix Knights, Arizona Redhawks and New Mexico Renegades) the Stampede will play host to the Southern Oregon Spartans and Wichita Jr. Thunder and travel to take on the Idaho Jr. Steelheads and Seattle Totems.

Gill was quick to point out that although their schedule is pretty tough, they don't look at the teams they play in terms of their overall record, rather they know they'll have to battle every night and look only at the team right in front of them. Gill loves the competition he's seen from the WSHL and the fact that any team can jump up and bite you.

Is the third time a charm for the Stampede? I'm don't know but I do know is that if it isn't, I don't want to be anywhere near Mark Lantz when it happens.

Brent Maranto is the Western States Hockey League's Director of Communications


The Stampede are excited to announce, NHL Great Bobby Holik will be the Guest Coach during the Teams first week of Training Camp. "We are ecstatic to have Mr. Holik on the ice teaching and mentoring our Stampede Players" said GM Mark Lantz


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Third Jersey on Pre-Sale

Mark Lantz, GM for the Cheyenne Stampede unveiled the teams Wyoming State Bank third jersey for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. This jersey will be worn when the boys need a change up or a change of pace during the 2014 campaign! The Wyoming State Bank Third Jersey will be offered to the fans during a very short "Pre-Sale" where the Stampede Fans have the opportunity to choose their sizes and numbers (But No Name Plates) . After the "Pre-Sale" these jerseys will be retailed at Stampede home games with No choice of numbers and/or sizes and will retail for $25 more or $135. So order yours now with your choice of size and jersey number for $110 (Local Pick-up Only)

Your jersey will be ordered with the
Team Order and will arrive by the
start of the WSHL Season!


Eckebrecht Commitment

The Colorado State Rams are pleased to announce that Cheyenne Stampede (WSHL Jr 'A') forward Noah Eckebrecht has committed to join the team for the 2013/14 ACHA DI season. The 6'3" 200 lb native of Littleton, CO played in 46 games last season for the Stampede, compiling 28G / 26A / 39 PIMs.

"Noah is a going to be a great addition to our team", said Rams Head Coach Kelly Newton. "He has great size and was a real offensive threat last year in Juniors. He had the option of pursuing some NAHL opportunities this fall but chose to come to CSU."

The Rams kick off their 2013-14 season with an exhibition series vs the Cheyenne Jr 'A' Stampede September 13-14. All home games are played at the NoCo Ice Center in Windsor, CO. You can follow all of the Ram's action by becoming a Facebook Fan, on our Twitter feed, and also on their website www.csuhockey.com.


May 20, 2013

Stampede Name Head Coach to Lead the 2013-14 Campaign!

Cheyenne, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede hockey club are proud to announce the addition of Gary Gill to the coaching staff. Gill will be joining the Stampede organization as the Head Coach for the 2013-2014 season.

A native of Aston, Pa Gill brings a wealth of professional experience to the Stampede. He spent the 2011-2012 season with the Mississippi River Kings of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). "We are ecstatic to have Coach Gill take over the Head Coaching duties" says General Manager Mark Lantz. "Coach Gill comes from an extensive hockey background with a great track record coaching juniors, collegiately and professionally."

Gill's professional experience is expansive, he was head coach of the Rome Frenzy of the Federal Hockey League, an assistant coach/ video analyst for the Reading Royals of the ECHL and the head coach of the Penn State University (Berks Campus) ice hockey club.

Gill started at Penn State University in 2006 as the assistant coach of their ACHA Div III team. While in role he grew the program to include a Div I and III squad. He was promoted to head coach and during his tenure had a record of 55-8.

"Gary will be looked upon to add many new elements to the Stampede's already exciting brand of hockey. "Coach Gill brings such a wealth of hockey knowledge, systems, and team protocols to the Stampede, you can probably already Hear the Rumble" said GM Mark Lantz.

With experience coaching at the ECHL, CHL, SPHL, FHL and collegiate levels, Gill is primed for success with the Stampede this season and will be hitting the recruiting trail immediately before moving his family to Wyoming.


April 11, 2013

Baggen Commit's to CSU


The Colorado State Rams are pleased to announce that Cheyenne Stampede (WSHL Jr 'A') forward Drew Baggen has committed to join the team for the 2013/14 ACHA DI season. The 5'9" 180 lb native of Fairbanks, AK played in 92 games in two seasons for the Stampede, compiling 11G / 16A / 113 PIMs, and was Captain for the team this past season.

"Drew is a good pickup for us", said Rams Head Coach Kelly Newton. "He will provide a lot of the grit and toughness that we were missing last season. The leadership he provided Cheyenne this season as team Captain will be a great asset for us."

The Rams kick off their 2013-14 season with an exhibition series vs the Cheyenne Jr 'A' Stampede September 13-14. All home games are played at the NoCo Ice Center in Windsor, CO. You can follow all of the Ram's action by becoming a Facebook Fan, on our Twitter feed, and also on their website www.csuhockey.com.


April 11, 2013

Carroll Commit's to CSU


The Colorado State Rams are pleased to announce that Cheyenne Stampede (WSHL Jr 'A') forward Ryan Carroll has committed to join the team for the 2013/14 ACHA DI season. The 5'10" 160 lb native of Colorado Springs, CO played in 89 games in two seasons for the Stampede, compiling 33G / 43A / 24 PIMs.

"Ryan is a very hard worker who can contribute offensively to our team.", said Rams Head Coach Kelly Newton. "We look forward to the energy that he brings every night. We'll need to outwork every team we play this season to be successful, and Ryan will be a big part of that."

The Rams kick off their 2013-14 season with an exhibition series vs the Cheyenne Jr 'A' Stampede September 13-14. All home games are played at the NoCo Ice Center in Windsor, CO. You can follow all of the Ram's action by becoming a Facebook Fan, on our Twitter feed, and also on their website www.csuhockey.com.


STAMPEDE "ALL-STARS" SELECTED

The Stampede Hockey season may be over for most, but accolades are still coming in for these 4 Cheyenne Stampede "All Stars".

The Western States Hockey League (WSHL) announced selections for the Leagues "Best of the Rest" All-Star Teams. Stampede Players Dario Trupina and Kevin Rosset have been selected to play on the 20+ Team AND Heath Lantz and Ian Johnson have been selected to play on the U20 Team this week in Las Vegas,NV at the National AAU Ice Hockey Tournament!

The "Best of the Rest" All-Star teams are comprised of All-Star players from WSHL Teams that did not qualify for the National Tournament. According to Stampede GM, Mark Lantz, "It's a way for the League to Showcase the talent of all the member teams in the WSHL"

Lantz went on to explain the selection process "Each team in the League is asked to select or nominate 4-6 players from their team and then those selections are whittled down to a 20 man roster by the "ALL-Star" General Managers and Coaches" Stampede Head Coach Marty Quarters added that both him and Lantz are "very pleased and honored to have 4 outstanding young men selected to this years team."

Dario Trupina #4 Heath Lantz #6 Kevin Rosset #8 Ian Johnson #12

March 12th, 2013

Stampede drops final two games to Boulder, rematch coming in the playoffs
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede lost their final two games of the regular season against the Boulder Jr. Bison on March 8 in Cheyenne losing by a score of 3-2, and March 9 in Boulder, again falling 3-2.

The Stampedes final home game saw the team playing in front of a packed house, with a buzz in the air as there is always intensity when these two teams play. After 15 minutes of back-and-forth play, Boulder chipped in the first goal of the game, and scored again early in the second period. Ryan Carroll responded not two minutes later when he put one past the goaltender off an assist from Tyler Elkins. Towards the end of the period, Drew Baggen scored to tie the game up. Kevin Rosset and goaltender Daniel Cepila both had assists on the play. The teams continued the back and forth play through the remainder of the second, and the first half of the third period before Boulder scored the eventual game winner.

The Stampede looked to bounce back in game two of the series at Boulder on March 9. Again, Boulder got a two goal lead, scoring two goals under a minute apart. Not a minute after Boulder's second goal, the Stampede converted on a powerplay when Heath Lantz deflected one past the goalie, with Johnson and Rosset notching the assists. The second period was scoreless until the last thirty seconds when Noah Eckebrecht put in a shorthanded goal following passes from Ryan Demyen and Dominic Manochio to tie the game at 2 apiece. The teams held each other scoreless through the third period, and the game had to be decided in overtime. Boulder netted the goal only a minute into it to win the game.

The Stampede will see their rivals again, as they will play the Boulder Bison in the opening round of the WSHL playoffs on March 15th at 7:00pm at the Boulder Valley Ice Center in Superior, CO.


March 6th, 2013

Stampede escalate scoring against Jr. Oilers.
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede took two games in their series against the Tulsa Jr. Oilers in their last three game series of the season on March 1-3. The Stampede came up short in their first game, falling by a score of 5-2, before rebounding for a shootout win on Saturday night, and then dominating on Sunday with a 6-2 victory.

The Stampede opened up the scoring on Friday, March 1 with a Kevin Rosset goal from Noah Eckebrecht midway through the first period. Tulsa would go on to score four goals before Drew Baggen and Rosset would connect to score the second goal of the game for the Stampede. Tulsa would top the win off with a fifth goal late in the game to give the Stampede a 5-2 loss.

The Stampede came back strong in the second game of the weekend. Tulsa opened the scoring by putting two goals up in the first half of the game, before the Stampede came back to score three goals late in the period. Jimmie Kotilainen scored the first goal for Cheyenne, following an assist from Eckebrecht. Eckebrecht would notch another assist minutes later on Kevin Rosset's goal, before scoring one himself in the final seconds of the period, with Kotilainen and Heath Lantz getting the helpers on the goal. Tulsa would score the tying goal in the second period. Both teams were scoreless in the third and in the short overtime period. The game would need to be decided in a shootout, where Eckebrecht stepped up big for Cheyenne scoring the only goal from both teams in the best-of-five shootout. Goaltender Daniel Cepila stopped 29 of 32 shots in the game, as well as stopping all five shootout attempts.

Sunday morning, Cheyenne showed up ready to play. Ryan Carroll netted the first goal of the game five minutes into the first period with Russell Armbruster and Cody Miller getting the assists. Tulsa would tie the game ten minutes later, but Rosset answered late in the first to take the lead, with Kotilainen and Eckebrecht both getting assists. The second period saw the Stampede explode to three goals, two from Armbruster and one from Kotilainen. Armbruster's two goals were both assisted by Miller and Carroll, while Kotilainen's goal came from Rosset and Eckebrecht. Tulsa would manage to put one more goal up towards the end of the period, but it was for not, as Carroll would score the last goal of the game in the third period, this time being assisted on the play by Dominic Manochio. Carroll finished the game with 4 points, while linemates Miller and Armbruster both had three points. Sam Mallory stopped 21 shots out of 23 in the Cheyenne victory.

The Stampede will return home for a final regular season game against the rival Boulder Bison on March 8, before heading to Boulder on March 9. Following that, the Stampede will enter the WSHL playoffs in pursuit of the Thorne Cup.


February 19, 2013

Cheyenne Stampede Donate "Military Appreciation" Funds

The Cheyenne Stampede Jr. "A" Hockey Team recently donated funds to, two local Military Charities from the Cheyenne area. These Funds were raised as part of the proceeds from the sale of the teams Military Appreciation Custom Jersey sale and other donations received.

Our first recipient was: The Cheyenne Community AIM Foundation founded by Glen and Annette Chavez. Cheyenne Community AIM Foundation supports military personnel as well as veterans with a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner. They also give out food baskets, Christmas trees, and have set up a support network to help military personnel. AIM stands for (Appreciates its Military).

Our second and final recipient was: F.E. Warren Air Force Base 90th Force Support Squadron. The Squadron is responsible for the Airman Support Family Readiness Center. Its mission is to support the men and women, and their families, assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, including the men and women who work on the base, support the missile complex, or are deployed overseas.

Both organizations received $500 from the Cheyenne Stampede Jr "A" Hockey Team, According to Mark Lantz, The Stampede's GM/Owner "the boys were very excited about these donations and are looking forward to making the "Military Appreciation Weekend" an annual event"

The Stampede are on the road for the next 2 weeks, but return home on March 8th at 7:35pm to play their final regular season game, before heading into playoffs!

Photos Courtesy of Kevin Mallory


February 10, 2013

Stampede split home and home series against rival Bison
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede split their home-and-home series against the Boulder Bison on Feb. 8-9, losing the first game in Boulder by a score of 3-1, and bouncing back in Cheyenne to win 4-1. The Stampede and the Bison are battling for 2nd place in the Mountain Division of the Western States Hockey League, and both are fighting hard to get ahold of home ice advantage, which the Stampede have as of now.

The first matchup was on Friday Feb. 8, in Boulder. The game started with the Stampede coming out fast in the first period to start the game, in which the Stampede had multiple shots that rang off the post. The second period was a different story though, as the Stampede were not able to get anything going, and 9 minutes into the period, Boulder struck first. Boulder put two more into the net at two minute intervals each to take a 3-0 lead. The third period saw the Stampede get on the board on a powerplay, when Noah Eckebrecht threaded a pass from the corner to Kevin Rosset on the far post for the quick snap shot. It would be the Stampede's lone tally of the game.

Looking to avenge their loss the previous night, the Stampede came out strong at home on Feb. 9. Noah Eckebrecht chiseled in the first goal following assists from Heath Lantz and Ryan Demyen. Eckebrecht stuffed the puck in off the rebound late in the first period. The Bison put a powerplay goal in mid-way through the second period to the tie the game. New Swedish import Jimmie Kotilainen broke the tie with his first goal of the year for the Stampede. Russell Armbruster and new defensemen Cody Miller both had assists on the play. Defenseman Dario Trupina scored just under a minute later, where he rifled a shot home following an assist from Demyen. Midway through the third period, Cody Miller completed a stretch pass to Kevin Rosset, who went in on a breakaway and beat the goalie clean to seal the 4-1 victory.

The Stampede will next head to Ogden, Utah to take on the Ogden Mustangs Feb. 15-17 starting a three week period of away games for the Stampede. The next home game for the Stampede will be on March 8.


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January 28, 2013

Stampede sweep the Moose
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede swept the Salt Lake City Moose in the final three game home series of the season over Jan. 25-27. The Stampede started the weekend by shutting out the Moose 2-0, and then went on to win the 6-5 wide open style game Saturday night, before sealing the sweep with a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

The Cheyenne Stampede opened their three game home series with a 2-0 win against the Salt Lake City Moose on Jan. 25. The game was not only the first game of the weekend for the Stampede though, it was also the first hockey game Wyoming Governor Matt Mead had ever attended. The 32nd Governor of Wyoming arrived to the game early, just after the warm up and met all of the players, and gave a bit of a pre-game speech. He told the team that he wanted them to play well, before going player to player and shaking all of their hands. He said that seeing them get suited up brought back memories of his own high school and college football days. "I love the competitive atmosphere" he said. The Governor also did the ceremonial puck drop to start the game.

The game's first period passed scoreless, as the game quickly turned into a dual between goaltenders. Sam Mallory for the Stampede stood tall throughout the game, shutting out the Moose, stopping all 35 shots. The Stampede got on the board just 42 seconds into the second period, when Russell Armbruster scored the go ahead goal. Ryan Carroll had the assist on the play, and would finish the game with two points, as he scored the empty netter at the end of the game to give the Stampede the 2-0 lead.

The Cheyenne Stampede followed up their Friday night victory with a 6-5 win Saturday Jan. 26. The Stampede were first to get on the board when Tyler Elkins passed the puck to Noah Eckebrecht, who set up Ryan Demyen for the first goal of the night. Former Stampede players Brandon Luke and Wayne Hoffman teamed up for the tying goal by Salt Lake. The Moose netted another goal on a shorthanded attempt to take a 2-1 lead. On a powerplay late in the period though, Heath Lantz jammed a puck in for Stampede following a play in which Trevor Zakrajsek and Eckebrecht moved the puck around to Lantz. Salt Lake managed to take the lead again though in the final minutes of the first period. The Stampede again tied the game in the second period when Eckebrecht scored the lone goal of the period following an assist from Kevin Rosset. The first ten minutes of the third period showcased an aggressive Stampede, as both Kevin Rosset and Ryan Demyen scored powerplay goals. Rosset then went on a tear and scored an unassisted shorthanded goal, in which he dangled through the offensive zone and put the puck past the goaltender. Salt Lake managed to score twice more, but were unable to get the equalizer as the Stampede won 6-5.

The stage was set for a final showdown on Sunday, Jan. 27, and the teams did not disappoint. Both teams came out flying and played an aggressive style. This resulted in a scoreless first period, with both goaltenders playing strong in net. Salt Lake City opened the scoring just under a minute into the second period though to take a 1-0 lead. The Stampede converted on a powerplay, when Dominick Manochio let a blast go from the point, that was deflected by Dorran Masters in front of the net. Russell Armbruster also had an assist on the play. Late in the period, the Stampede converted with the extra man again, as Demyen moved the puck to Heath Lantz, who then deflected the puck across the crease to Rosset who hammered the puck home from the doorstep. In the third period, Noah Eckebrecht scored to give Cheyenne a 3-1 lead. Rosset and Demyen had the assists on the goal. The Moose managed to score just 24 seconds later, but Cheyenne withstood a concerted effort and managed to score the empty netter when Eckebrecht threaded a pass through the neutral zone to Rosset, who then scored on the empty goal.

The Stampede will next head to El Paso on Jan. 27, the beginning of a long series of road games. The Stampede will next play at home against the Boulder Bison on Feb. 9.


January 26, 2013

Stampede shutout Salt Lake City Moose
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede opened their three game home series with a 2-0 win against the Salt Lake City Moose on Jan. 25. The game was not only the first game of the weekend for the Stampede though, it was also the first hockey game Wyoming Governor Matt Mead had ever attended. The 32nd Governor of Wyoming arrived to the game early, just after the warm up and met all of the players, and gave a bit of a pre-game speech. He told the team that he wanted them to play well, before going player to player and shaking all of their hands. He said that seeing them get suited up brought back memories of his own high school and college football days. "I love the competitive atmosphere" he said. The Governor also did the ceremonial puck drop to start the game.

The game's first period passed scoreless, as the game quickly turned into a dual between goaltenders. Sam Mallory for the Stampede stood tall throughout the game, shutting out the Moose, stopping all 35 shots. The Stampede got on the board just 42 seconds into the second period, when Russell Armbruster scored the go ahead goal. Ryan Carroll had the assist on the play, and would finish the game with two points, as he scored the empty netter at the end of the game to give the Stampede the 2-0 lead.

Stampede Coach Marty Quarters said after the game that "our guys should be thankful Sam was in net" praising the strong goaltending performance from the Cheyenne native. He went on to say that the team was outworked by Salt Lake though, and that they will need a better effort going forward. He also said that, "This team has found a way to respond," referring to the team's ability to adjust to difficult situations throughout the season.

The Stampede will take on the Salt Lake City Moose again on Saturday Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.


November 25, 2012

Stampede show strong effort against Division leading El Paso
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede took on the El Paso Rhinos Jan. 11-13. The Stampede went 1-2 on the weekend, dropping their game Friday night by a score of 6-0, before bouncing back for a huge 4-3 win on Saturday night. Sunday's game saw El Paso win 7-5. The Stampede also raised money for breast cancer awareness over the weekend, with the fans all wearing pink, and the players wearing special pink jerseys for the weekend.

The Stampede's first game of the weekend was on Jan. 11, and saw a strong offense performance from the visiting Rhinos. El Paso put 6 goals up on the Stampede, while shutting them out. Goaltender Daniel Cepila faced 55 shots and made 49 shots on the night. The Stampede finished the game going 0-7 on the powerplay, and hungry for a win.

The Stampede came out strong on Satuday night, getting on the board midway through the first period on a powerplay goal by Ryan Demyen, with the assists coming from Kevin Rosset and Noah Eckebrecht. El Paso tied the game three minutes later off an Aaron Rasmussen goal that tied the game. The Stampede went on a 5-on-3 powerplay late in the period. The Stampede moved the puck well down low, defenseman Dario Trupina moving the puck to Heath Lantz, who then hooked up on a pass to Rosset who drove the net and scored a go ahead goal to go up 2-1 at the end of the first. The second period saw Rosset score again, as he received a pass from Dorran Masters and wheeled up the ice before beating the goaltender high with a quick shot. The second period also saw the Stampede go on a 5-on-3 penalty kill following a 5 minute major penalty. The Stampede stood strong though, as they weathered the storm and killed the penalty in what could have been a game changer for El Paso. Instead, the Stampede turned around and scored on their own powerplay at the tail end of the second period. Ryan Demyen netted a goal of a shot just left of the slot, in which he beat the goaltender on the low far side. Dario Trupina got his second assist of the night while goaltender Sam Mallory also chipped in an assist on the play. El Paso did manage to score twice in the third period, but the Stampede held the Rhino's, and with a strong showing in net, in which Mallory faced 50 shots, they held on to win the game.

The stage was set for a big finale on Sunday, and the teams did not disappoint. El Paso got on the board first, and quick, scoring just fourteen seconds into the game. They followed that up with another goal just 20 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. The Stampede made some changes, and put in goaltender Sam Mallory for the rest of the game. Kevin Rosset got the Stampede on the board with a powerplay goal that saw both Ryan Demyen and Heath Lantz get assists on the play. Ryan Carroll scored a little under two minutes later. Ian Johnson moved the puck to Alex Johansons who then passed to Carroll, where he drove the net hard and tucked the puck in on the backhand to tie the game at two apiece. Cheyenne started the second period on the powerplay, but surrendered a shorthanded goal early in the period. It wasn't until later in the period that the Stampede capitalized on a powerplay, where Ryan Demyen buried a goal with Rosset and Eckebrecht notching the assists. The teams continued trading powerplay goals, as El Paso scored again, only for Noah Eckebrecht to tie the game at 4 apiece at the end of the second. Ryan Demyen scored again on the powerplay to give the Stampede a short lived lead. El Paso managed to tie the game midway through the third period. Late in the third period, Ryan Demyen moved the puck up the ice before sliding it to Noah Eckebrecht, who then fired a low shot far side that beat the goaltender and wrapped around the inside of the net and shot out. It was a lightning quick play, and the referees nullified the goal. El Paso then capitalized on the second chance, and scored the go ahead goal, before then scoring on the empty net to finish the game 7-5.

The Stampede will next head to Arizona to take on the Red Hawks, before coming home to play the Salt Lake City Moose in their last three game series at home.


Stampede split showcase series 2-2
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede wrapped up the Western States Hockey League Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 21, 2012, beating the Seattle Totems 4-2. The Stampede won two and lost two in the Showcase, starting with a loss to the Dallas Ice Jets on Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012 losing 3-2, and then dropping their next game against the Idaho Junior Steelheads 4-1 on Wednesday Dec. 19. The Stampede then won their next two, topping the San Diego Gulls 3-2 on Thursday Dec. 20, and then the Totems 4-2.

The Stampede's powerplay put on a clinic against the Seattle Totems on Dec. 21, going 3-for-5. The Stampede started the game aggressive and got on the board early when Noah Eckebrecht netted the opening goal early in the first. Petr Novak responded for Seattle on a powerplay late in the first to tie the game. The second half of the game truly showcased the Stampede's powerplay. Only two minutes into the period, Ryan Demyen scored a goal off a Heath Lantz assist. The Stampede scored on the powerplay again when Ryan Carroll scored following assists from both Kevin Rosset and Eckebrecht. The final Stampede goal came from Ian Johnson, after receiving passes from Dorran Masters and Ryan Demyen. Seattle managed one more goal late in the game, but the Stampede were victorious, winning 4-2. Goaltender Sam Mallory also stood tall in net for the Stampede, stopping 42 of 44 shots.

Cheyenne got their first win of the tournament on Dec. 20, when they topped the San Diego Gulls 3-2. Noah Eckebrecht got the opening goal off an Alex Johansons assist just 33 seconds into the game. San Diego scored twice to take a lead heading into the second period, but the Stampede rebounded. Johansons scored to tie the game, with the assists going to Drew Baggen and Trevor Zakrajsek. Defenseman Dominick Manochio scored the game winner on the powerplay following an assist from Kevin Rosset. The Stampede played Daniel Cepila in net, where he blocked 34 of 36 shots.

The Stampede lost the second game of the tournament on Dec. 19, when they lost to the Idaho Junior Steelheads 4-1. Idaho scored twice in the first period, and twice in the second period, while the Stampede scored once in the second when Noah Eckebrecht and Kevin Rosset teamed up on a play, allowing Eckebrecht to score. Sam Mallory played in net, and had 35 saves on 38 shots, the last goal was on an empty net.

The Stampede got on the board first and early with Armbruster's unassisted goal, and then continued to put on the pressure. The Ice Jets got on the board in the second period with a goal from Yannick Aube, but the Stampede came back aggressive on the powerplay less than a minute later, when Ryan Demyen buried a goal with Armbruster and Denver Lloyd notching the assists. Dallas responded with a powerplay of their own before scoring the go ahead goal late in the game. Goaltender Daniel Cepila played well in net for Cheyenne, stopping 28 of 31 shots.


December 19th, 2012

Stampede drops first game of WSHL showcase
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede fell to the Dallas Ice Jets by a score of 3-2 on Dec. 18, at the WSHL Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Stampede played a tight game, with Russell Armbruster coming away with two points in the game.

The Stampede got on the board first and early with Armbruster's unassisted goal, and then continued to put on the pressure. The Ice Jets got on the board in the second period with a goal from Yannick Aube, but the Stampede came back aggressive on the powerplay less than a minute later, when Ryan Demyen buried a goal with Armbruster and Denver Lloyd notching the assists. Dallas responded with a powerplay of their own before scoring the go ahead goal late in the game. Goaltender Daniel Cepila stood tall in net for Cheyenne, stopping 28 of 31 shots.

The Stampede look to rebound in today's matchup against the defending Idaho Junior Steelheads. The puck drop is at 11:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.


December 16th, 2012

Stampede take home and home series against Cowboys
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede defeated the University of Wyoming Cowboys Saturday Dec. 15, 2012 by a score of 6-2 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The Stampede also routed the Cowboys in Laramie on Friday Dec. 14, by a score of 9-2.

The Stampede faced off against the University of Wyoming Cowboys in what is becoming a yearly matchup of heated interstate rivals. The Stampede are now 4-0 all-time against the Cowboys. In addition to the victory on Saturday night, the Stampede also had their first ever teddy bear toss, whereupon scoring the first goal of the game, fans showered the ice with over 500 teddy bears to be donated to local charities.

Friday night's game started with both teams playing a gritty physical style that both teams are known for. The Stampede showed an offensive onslaught that saw team captain Drew Baggen chip in the first goal off of an assist from defenseman Dorran Masters early in the first period. Alex Johansons scored the second goal of the game with Baggen picking up an assist on the play. This was followed by Ryan Demyen scoring with the assists from Denver Lloyd and Russell Armbruster. The Cowboys managed to get on the board in the first when Mitch Nelson took the puck on a breakaway and scored through the five hole.

The second period saw the Stampede's powerplay go to work, as Ryan Carroll netted a powerplay goal for the Stampede. The tic-tac-toe style goal saw Noah Eckebrecht move the puck to Ian Johnson, who then fed it across to Carroll for the tap in goal. Demyen picked up his second goal of the game a little over a minute later. Dorran Masters was next credited with a goal following a clearing attempt on the penalty kill that hit the goaltender, and was then knocked in by the UW defensemen into his own net. Demyen struck again on the powerplay to complete his hat-trick for the night. In the third period, Elliot Bauder for UW scored an even strength goal, but that was the final tally for the Pokes as Levi Shryack and Austin Krants both scored to give the Stampede the 9-2 win. Stampede goaltender Cody Stein played phenomenally, only allowing 2 goals on 33 shots.

Saturday night's game saw the Stampede play in front of a record crowd at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The Stampede scored a little over four minutes into the game when Denver Lloyd scored following an assist from Dario Trupina. Following the goal the ice was showered in teddy bears by fans for charity. A few minutes later, the Stampede scored again when Kevin Rosset moved the puck to Trevor Zakrajsek in the slot, who then fired a snapshot that beat the goaltender high. UW got on the board early in the second period when Ben Squires scored to pull UW within one. Rosset responded shortly afterward with a goal assisted by Ryan Carroll. Russell Armbruster scored a shorthanded goal a few moments later to give the Stampede a hearty lead. The goal was assisted by Ryan Demyen. UW managed one more tally in the second period, but any hope of a comeback was crushed when Armbruster scored again following him and Demyen hooking up on the play for a second time. The final goal of the game saw the roles reversed, as Armbruster assisted on Demyen's goal to give the Stampede the 6-2 victory over the UW Cowboys.

The Stampede will head to Las Vegas to play in the Western States Hockey League Showcase, and will play four games, starting with a matchup against the Dallas Ice Jets on Tuesday Dec. 18. The Stampede will return home January 11th, 2013 for a matchup against league powerhouse, the El Paso Rhino's. According to Mark Lantz, GM for the Stampede "these games will be our Cancer Awareness Weekend and the Stampede will don their newest jersey's in honor of the awareness weekend" Lantz went onto say that they are encouraging everyone who attends to wear pink"


December 9th, 2012


Stampede go 1-1 against Boulder in home-and-home series.
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Vickie Dowdy

The Cheyenne Stampede went 1-1 during their home-and-home series against the Boulder Bison on Dec. 7- through-8. The Stampede won handily in Boulder on Friday night Dec. 7 by a score of 4-1, before returning home Saturday night where Boulder went up 3-0 to win the game.

The Stampede headed to Boulder for the first game of their two game weekend against the Boulder Bison. The Stampede wasted no time getting on the board Dec. 7, when Ryan Carroll scored just 45 seconds into the first period off of an assist from Dario Trupina and Dominick Manochio. The Stampede went up 2-0 midway through the first period on the powerplay. Noah Eckebrecht and Carroll both assisted on Kevin Rosset's powerplay goal. Boulder's Jake Spinder managed to chip in a goal for Boulder at the end of the first, but it would prove to be the lone goal the Bison would score all game. Ryan Demyen and Russell Armbruster both scored unassisted goals in the second period, with Demyen scoring short handed. The third period went scoreless giving the Stampede the win over their rivals from last year.

Saturday, Dec. 8 saw the Stampede return home for their game against the Bison. The game started out aggressive and showcased both teams physical presence. The first period went scoreless as both teams spent a lot of time on the penalty kill. Boulder was the first team to get on the board when Ryan Gauthier scored on the powerplay late in the second period. The third period saw the Boulder's Ryan Gauthier score twice more, another on the powerplay and one shorthanded to give Boulder the 3-0 win.

The Stampede will next play the University of Wyoming Cowboys in home-and-home series, starting with Dec. 14 in Laramie and concluding Saturday Dec. 15 back in Cheyenne at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, with puck drop at 7:30 p.m. The Stampede will also have their first Teddy Bear toss against the UW Cowboys, in which fans will shower the ice with teddy bears after the first goal scored by the Stampede. The bears will then be donated to local charities for Christmas.


November 28, 2012

Stampede Hockey Announces First Teddy Bear Toss, Presented by WIPEOUT COFFEE

Cheyenne, WY: The forecast is for a downpour of teddy bears when the first goal is scored by the Cheyenne Stampede in their game against the University of Wyoming Cowboys on December 15. New teddy bears will rain down on the ice from fans in the stands. High drifts are expected, as the teddy bears pile up.

The teddy bears will be donated to local charities just in time for Christmas. Mark Lantz, General Manager of the Cheyenne Stampede, says he hopes the blizzard of bears will become an annual tradition. "We want every child in Cheyenne to get a teddy bear for Christmas. Our fans are the most giving and caring in the world. Teddy bear drops are a hockey tradition, and we're proud to bring it to Cheyenne!"

Anyone bringing a new teddy bear to the game on December 15th will get a dollar off their ticket, Lantz added.

There is a regular season matchup scheduled the week before the teddy bear blitz. The Stampede are hosting their most fierce rivals, the Boulder Bison on Saturday Dec. 8th, with the puck dropping at 7:35pm at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. As always they will be inviting fans of all ages to join them for the post game skate, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A.

The week after that, on December 15th, watch for flying teddy bears in the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

Want to see what it looks like? Here's a video of a teddy bear blitz held by the Green Bay Gamblers:


November 25, 2012

Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Stampede cruise by Renegades for the sweep

By Matt Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede completed the sweep of the New Mexico Renegades Sunday Nov. 25 with an 8-3 victory, sealing up all six points for the weekend. They opened up the series Friday Nov. 23 with a 7-4 victory, and then followed it up with a 10-2 win.

The Stampede completed the sweep Nov. 25 and they set the tone early. The Stampede scored in the first minutes of the game with a Kevin Rosset goal that was assisted by Noah Eckebrecht. New Mexico tied the game up after killing off a five minute penalty, but the Stampede offense roared back, scoring 2 more goals in the first period. Defenseman Dominick Manochio unleashed a slapshot from the point that Thayne Trumbull tipped in on the powerplay. Levi Shryack then tipped in a shot from Ian Johnson to give the Stampede the lead heading into the second. Not even a minute into the second period, Andrew Baggen assisted on Rosset's second goal of the day. New Mexico answered with a goal, but the Stampede quickly returned the favor, when Trevor Zakrajsek sniped a goal from the faceoff dot on a rush. New Mexico only managed one more goal, before the Stampede scored three unanswered through the second and third to give them an 8-3 win. Noah Eckebrecht, Ryan Demyen and Kevin Rosset had the last three goals. Rosset also had a hat-trick on the night.

The Stampede put on an absolute clinic Saturday Nov. 24, scoring six goals in the first period alone. Ryan Demyen, Noah Eckebrecht, and Kevin Rosset each had two goals apiece in the game, with Derek Smith, Levi Shryack, Russell Armbruster, and Thayne Trumbull all scoring goals as well. Everything clicked for the Stampede as they scored on the powerplay, killed off all their penalties, and never let off the gas, cruising to a 10-2 victory.

Friday Nov. 23 saw the Stampede open their weekend against New Mexico, and both teams traded goals throughout the game. Trevor Zakrajsek netted the first goal off a Ryan Carroll assist as the lone goal in the first period. The second period saw the Renegades get on the board off a powerplay goal, but the Stampede answered with two powerplay goals of their own. Levi Shryack and Dorran Masters both scored to give the Stampede a 3-1 lead heading into the third. The Renegades scored early in the third only to be answered by Kevin Rosset who connected a pass to Noah Eckebrecht who then scored. New Mexico scored two more goals to tie the game at four apiece. The Stampede rallied, and took the game into their hands scoring three goals in the last seven minutes of the game. Andrew Baggen scored the game winner, followed by Dorran Masters getting his second of the game on the powerplay. Ryan Demyen wrapped the game up with a final goal.

The Stampede will have a week off from games, before heading to Boulder for a game on Dec. 7, and then returning home for a game against Boulder on Dec. 8.


November 19, 2012

Stampede digs deep, take two of three games over the weekend
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

PHOTO COURTESY OF
Kevin Mallory

The Cheyenne Stampede took two of their three games over the weekend of Nov. 16-17 against the Arizona Red Hawks. The Stampede opened up their weekend with 2-0 shut-out victory on Friday Nov. 16, before falling to Arizona 3-1 on Saturday Nov. 17. They then rebounded and grinded out a 2-1 overtime victory Sunday afternoon on Nov. 18.

The Stampede were first to get on the board on Friday night with a Kevin Rosset goal midway through the first period off a Noah Eckebrecht pass from the corner. Eckebrecht found Rosset alone in the slot and fed him a pass that he buried into the goal to give the Stampede a 1-0 lead. Throughout a penalty filled second and third period, the Stampede penalty kill unit showed up big, and backstopped by goaltender Daniel Cepila, they held off the Red Hawks throughout the game. The Stampede clinched the game late in the third period with a goal from Ryan Demyen with assists from Ryan Carroll and Kevin Rosset. Cepila held in for the shutout as well, stopping all 25 shots that Arizona threw at him.

Saturday night's game saw Arizona score late in the first and early in the second to take a 2-0 lead. The Stampede responded when Kevin Rosset took the puck coast to coast to score the Stampede's lone tally of the game. Arizona managed to score once more in the second period, and were able to hold the Stampede off throughout the rest of the game. The Stampede never stopped coming and fired off 36 shots on goal but to no avail as Arizona held on for the victory with a 3-1 score.

Sunday afternoon saw the Stampede come out with renewed intensity, but surrendered the first goal to Arizona six minutes into the first period. The Stampede and the Red Hawks engaged in a gritty, grind it out style game with a lot of physicality. In the second period, the Stampede tied the game with a Kevin Rosset shorthanded goal. The rest of the second and the third period went by with both teams having multiple scoring opportunities. The teams also pounded each other the whole game. Late in the third period, the Stampede went on a 5-on-3 powerplay to finish the period and to start the 5 minute overtime period. During this powerplay, Ryan Demyen netted the game winner off a rebound from Heath Lantz. Russell Armbruster also notched an assist on the play to give the Stampede the win.

Coach Marty Quarters commented on the weekend saying, "We're happy we got four points, but would like to get the full six." He said the key to the team is "to focus on the task at hand." Following their two losses against the Brahmas the previous week, Quarters said that the team needed to gain some confidence and they came out strong on Friday night to get the win. He also praised Arizona, saying "they're better than their record." Quarters said the key to their rebound Sunday was they renewed their physical play, nearly doubling their hits per game from Saturday night. "We're in the grind right now." Quarters said, referring to being in the middle of a junior hockey season.

The Stampede will next host the New Mexico Renegades on Nov. 23 with puck drop at 7:35 p.m. at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Tickets are available by calling 307-433-0024 or at www.CheyenneStampede.com "This should be an emotional matchup as the Stampede opened their WSHL Season against the Renegades with a sweep at New Mexico, Kind of a Blood in their Eye Game" , according to Mark Lantz the Stampede's GM.


November 17, 2012


Stampede back in the win column, shut out Red hawks

By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer


The Cheyenne Stampede defeated the Arizona Red Hawks by a score of 2-0 on Friday Nov. 16 to open up their weekend in front of a record crowd in which the team held Central night for Central High School. The Cheyenne Stampede are back in the win column as they look to press on for Saturday night's game.

The Stampede were first to get on the board with a Kevin Rosset goal midway through the first period off a Noah Eckebrecht pass from the corner found Rosset alone in the slot. He buried the goal to give the Stampede a 1-0 lead. Throughout a penalty filled second and third period, the Stampede penalty kill unit showed up big, and backstopped by goaltender Daniel Cepila, they held off the Red Hawks throughout the game.

The Stampede clinched the game late in the third period with a goal from Ryan Demyen with assists from Ryan Carroll and Kevin Rosset. Cepila held in for the shutout as well, stopping all 25 shots that Arizona threw at him. Rosset also continued his run in points, adding two on the night to give him a team high 8 goals and 13 points.

The Stampede will continue their three game series against the Red Hawks on Saturday Nov. 17 at 7:35 p.m. The Stampede will wear their military uniforms for the final times to finish up the series against Arizona as well.


November 15, 2012

Stampede sign Central High football star
By Matthew Humphrey Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede have recently signed Central High School football star, Seth Edeen. Edeen, a goaltender who in addition to playing football also played goalie for the Cheyenne Capitals Youth Hockey Association.

Edeen is relishing the challenge of advancing his career. "I feel good moving up from the high school team. Taking a step up and playing with the big boys." Edeen's football coach, Brick Cegelski commented on Edeen's work ethic and athleticism, saying "His work ethic is above and beyond. He loves competition. He's a real tough competitor." Stampede coach Marty Quarters also mentioned Edeen's work ethic commenting, "He brings desire and work ethic."

Seth Edeen is another example of homegrown talent joining the ranks of the Stampede, in addition to forward Heath Lantz, and goaltender Sam Mallory. Edeen joining the Stampede is also a boost to local hockey, as Cheyenne fans have another home town boy to root for. Edeen played last year for the Cheyenne Capitals high school team. Quarters hopes that Edeen's time with the Stampede will help his development as a player, and allow him to move on in the hockey world.

Edeen is well known not only for hockey, but also for football, where Coach Cegelski commented on his game, "Seth had a great year, always gave 100%." He went on to say that Edeen was a main factor on the field throughout the season as well. Cegelski wishes Edeen the best as he heads on to play junior hockey, mentioning, "He'll be an outstanding player, he is a tough young man and as tough as he is in football, it will carry over." Edeen also touched on the similarities between football and hockey. "Long bus trips, working out with the team, a lot of time and dedication to play at the highest level." Edeen also said that he hopes to eventually move on to play in either the USHL or the NAHL, or possibly even attain a scholarship to college.

The Cheyenne Stampede take on the Arizona Redhawks this weekend at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, The puck drops at 7:35pm both Friday and Saturday and at 1:00pm for the Sunday Matinee. According to Mark Lantz, Stampede GM, "Friday night has been dubbed as Central High Night and is a fundraiser for CHS Cheer. Special discounted tickets are available from Central Cheerleaders, and then during the Saturday and Sunday games the Stampede will don their Military Jerseys for the last time this season, in a final salute to our military"


November 11, 2012

Cheyenne Stampede come close, drop two games to Texas Brahmas
By Matthew Humphrey
Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampeded wrapped up their weekend series against the Texas Brahmas, dropping the last two games on Nov. 10-11. The Stampede hoped to follow up their Friday night success, but could not quite get the goals when they needed them.

The Stampede won their first game of the weekend on Friday Nov. 9 by a score of 2-1. The First period was scoreless, with both teams' goaltenders outperforming each other. The period was a physical one, as both teams fought hard in the corners to gain possession of the puck. The second period continued to showcase the goaltending, as Stampede net minder Sam Mallory turned away shot after shot. The Stampede managed to get on the board first as Ryan Carroll moved the puck into the offensive zone before dishing it off to Noah Eckebrecht in the high slot. Eckebrecht then launched a wrist shot that beat the Texas goalie cleanly, giving the Stampede a 1-0 lead.

The game deciding goal was early in the third period. On a powerplay, Dario Trupina held the puck behind his own net, as Russell Armbruster swooped low and picked up the puck, before going end to end, splitting the Texas defense and putting a shot over the blocker of the goalie. The Brahmas managed one goal in the third, with Jack Norling netting a powerplay goal. Texas was unable to get anything else though, as the Stampede defense and goaltender held the line.

The Stampede came out aggressive in their second game of the weekend, with Noah Eckebrecht scoring a dazzling goal to get the Stampede on the board first. Kevin Rosset and Ryan Carroll worked the puck around the back of the net, before Carroll made a pass to Eckebrecht. Eckebrecht was hit on the play and as he fell, spun around and slid the puck straight into the net. Texas got on the net only a minute later with Petter Bulling chipping in a rebound to tie the game. The Stampede managed another goal on their powerplay late in the first, with Ryan Demyen scoring a goal off a Heath Lantz assist.

The second period showcased the Texas offense though, as they scored three goals to take the lead. Kevin Rosset scored on a shorthanded attempt late in the period, but it was the last offense the Stampede would get, as they could not solve the opposing goaltender Eric Messer. The third period saw Texas score one last goal to bring the score to 5-3, even as the Stampede continued to barrage the opposing team with shots.

Game three of the series opened with both teams showcasing their defense, as the first period went scoreless. The second period showed more offense though, as Texas got on the board first. The Stampede's powerplay went to work mid-way through the period, as Heath Lantz netted what turned out to be the lone tally for the Stampede of the game. The third period saw the Brahmas score the game winner, but the Stampede never let up, continually pummeling the opposing team with both hits and shots. The Stampede racked up 54 shots, (compared to 22 from Texas(, on goal, and was relentless in front of the net, but to no avail as the Brahmas defense and goalie shut the door, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the Stampede.

The Stampede will look to bounce back as they take on the Arizona Redhawks Nov. 16-18. Nov. 16 is also Central High School night for fans. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. local time.

November 5, 2012

Cheyenne Stampede Sweep First Road Trip
By Matthew Humphrey
Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

PHOTO COURTESY OF
Kevin Mallory

The Cheyenne Stampede had a successful road trip, taking all six points in their first away game series of the season against the New Mexico Renegades on Nov. 2-4. The Stampede won Friday night's game in a shootout 3-2, but followed it up with a powerhouse performance Saturday night winning 9-3 before coming back strong again Sunday morning with a 4-1 win.

The Cheyenne Stampede started the weekend on Nov. 2, this following the long bus drive to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The Renegades got on the board early in the first period on a powerplay goal. The Renegades banked again early in the second to have the two goal advantage. Midway through the period though, the Stampede struck, with a goal coming from Kevin Rosset assisted by Noah Eckebrecht. The Stampede continued to unleash shot after shot on the New Mexico goaltender, amounting 44 shots throughout the game. Midway in the third period, on a powerplay, Kevin Rosset tied the game for his second goal of the night. The goal was assisted by Ian Johnson and Noah Eckebrecht. The game went into overtime, but to no avail, as the game had to be decided in a shootout. Through 5 rounds of shooters, the Stampede emerged on top with goals coming from Noah Eckebrecht, Ryan Demyen, and Russell Armbruster, while goaltender Daniel Cepila stood tall in net to give the Stampede the 3-2 victory.

Game two of the series took place on Saturday Nov. 3, in which the Stampede offense put on a clinic, blasting 54 shots on goal, and netting nine of them. New Mexico struck first, within the first minute of the opening period, only to see Ryan Carroll tie the game off an assist from Dorran Masters and Josh Greenaker. The Renegades scored again in the first, but the Stampede answered back with three more goals in the first period. Trevor Zakrajesk, Russell Armbruster, and Dario Trupina all netted goals in the first period. The second period continued to showcase the Stampede offense as Noah Eckebrecht scored the lone goal of the second period. Eckebrecht found the back of the net again early in the third period. The Renegades found a little offense as they got their third goal, but the Stampede answered with another three goals, this time from Ryan Demyen, Alex Johansons, and Thayne Trumbull.

Game three of the series took place Sunday Nov. 4, and saw the Stampede again show up big. Kevin Rosset and Noah Eckebrecht teamed up again to net the first goal, as Rosset again found the back of the net at the midpoint of the first period. Josh Greenaker had an assist on Thayne Trumbull's second period goal to give the Stampede the 2-0 lead. New Mexico managed one goal in the game, but it was to no avail as the Stampede saw Heath Lantz score late in the second off assists from Ryan Demyen and Dario Trupina. Ryan Carroll finished off the scoring at the ten minute mark in the third. Tyler Elkins had the assist on the goal.

General manager Mark Lantz commented on the weekend, specifically on Saturday night's performance, saying "The team was very businesslike; they came to get their job done." He went on to say how important road wins are, and that they will play a large part in the conference standings. The Stampede will return home for their military appreciation weekend on Nov. 9-11. They will host the Texas Brahmas, with puck drop at 7:30 Friday night.


November 1, 2012

Stampede Honoring U.S. Military
By Matthew Humphrey
Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede will be honoring the United States Military the weekend of Nov. 9 while hosting the Texas Brahmas for Military Appreciation Weekend. The Stampede has teamed up with the Wyoming Army National Guard to show respect to the men and women who serve in the military.

On Nov. 9, the Stampede will be taking to the ice in customized camouflage uniforms, which serve to represent all of the military. These jerseys will be auctioned off the following week, with all the proceeds going to local military charities to help families in the Cheyenne community. The jerseys are just a small part of the weekend festivities though, as several high ranking dignitaries from the Air Force, the Wyoming Army National Guard, and the Wyoming Air National Guard. Brigadier General Steve Mount will conduct the ceremonial puck drop to start the weekend's games. The Cheyenne Ice and Events Center will also serve as a home for several military vehicles, including two armored HMMWVs, as well as a wrapped HMMWV. 2 Guard recruiters will be at the rink as well to speak with anyone interested in the joining the military. In addition, there will be almost 200 plus tickets given away for free to military personnel.

The Stampede has been working with Sergeant First Class Paul Peterson, as well as Major Deb Mutter to not only help support the military, but the families of those in the armed forces. Peterson said that the Guard is thrilled to be a part of the weekend's festivities, as well as the primary sponsor of the Cheyenne Stampede. Citing community involvement, the Guard hopes to raise awareness of how they serve, as well as to help the Stampede, who is also heavily involved within the Cheyenne community.

Mutter, who is in the Guard herself, is also a hockey mom with both a son who plays as well as a billet mom for the Stampede, acted as an unofficial liaison to help set up the weekend. The plans for military appreciation weekend have been almost a year in the making. Mutter was at the forefront of helping organize the weekend.

While the military will be a significant part of the weekend, there will also be hockey played. The Cheyenne Stampede will be hosting the Texas Brahmas for the second home series of the weekend. The Stampede will be playing a three game road series Nov. 2-4 against the New Mexico Renegades, before returning home to play the Brahmas for the military appreciation series.

Tickets for the Brahmas weekend series are selling at a "Feverish Pitch", according to Mark Lantz, GM of the Cheyenne Stampede and he is forecasting a "Complete Sell-Out" of the arena. Warm-ups start at 7:00PM and it is recommended that fans get there early for all the festivities.


October 16, 2012


Stampede take 5 out 6 points for opening weekend

By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede finished their weekend with a win on Sunday Oct. 21 against the Phoenix Knights by a score of 6-3. The game was the Stampede's third game in three days, and saw the team walk away with five out of six points on the weekend. The Stampede played their first game Friday Oct. 19 and fell in overtime by a score of 4-3, and bounced back on Saturday Oct. 20 beating the Knights 6-3.

The Cheyenne Stampede's power play led the way to their Oct. 21 victory, as the team went four for six on the day, and helped propel the team to their second win of the 2012-13 season. The Stampede got the scoring rolling with a power play goal from Kevin Rosset, with assists coming from Dorran Masters, and Ryan Carroll only seven minutes into the game. Phoenix then converted on a power play to even the score at 1-1 going into the second. The Stampede surrendered a shorthanded goal early in the second period, but then scored on the same power play, to bring the score back even to 2-2. The goal came from Trevor Zakrajsek with assists coming from Ryan Demyen and Josh Greenaker.

The Stampede power play continued to click, as they tallied two more goals in the second with the man advantage, first with a goal from Ryan Demyen who was assisted by Ian Johnson and Dorran Masters, and then with a goal from Ryan Carroll who received the puck from Kevin Rosset. Phoenix scored one more goal before the end of the second, but they were never able to come back as the Stampede clinched the game with two more goals in the third, one from Ryan Demyen, and empty netter from Noah Eckebrecht.

The game saw the Stampede solidify themselves as legitimate contenders in the WSHL. The team saw a bit of everything during the weekend, but Coach Marty Quarters said, "We need to keep improving, we want to get all six points every weekend. We're forming an identity." Assistant Coach Ty Smith commented on Sunday's game as well, saying, "We came out flying, things got hectic in the second, but we got back to our game, and forechecked hard."

Saturday, Oct. 20 saw Quarters rally his team following the overtime loss the previous night, and appealed to the team to stay aggressive and stick to their game. The team responded by coming out fast and hard in the first period of play, and got on the board first with a goal from Thayne Trumbull assisted by Drew Baggen at 3:05 into the first period. Phoenix responded at the nine minute mark, and the game was tied going into the second period.

The second period saw the Stampede get a four minute power play following a high sticking double minor only seconds into the period. The Stampede power play wasted no time going to work as Dario Trupina unleashed a rocket from the point that beat the Phoenix goaltender on the far side. Russell Armbruster had the assist on the goal. Not thirty seconds later, on the second part of the power play, Kevin Rosset brought the puck in alone and scored to give the Stampede a 3-1 lead after an unbelievable individual effort. The latter half of the second period saw the Phoenix team come back, scoring two goals in a penalty filled ten minutes to end the second period.

The Stampede settled things down in the third period, and showcased their offensive flair. Alex Johansons scored a goal with an assist from hometown boy Heath Lantz and Ryan Demyen. This was followed only minutes later by a goal from Heath Lantz in the slot that was assisted by Kevin Rosset and Ryan Carroll. Trevor Zakrajsek set up the final goal of the game, assisting on Ryan Demyen's goal that gave the Stampede a 6-3 victory.

The Stampede's first game of the season began as a defensive match on Friday Oct. 19. The first period showcased both teams goaltending and defense as the period went scoreless. The Stampede got to the net fast and often, getting multiple shots on goal and crashing the net. The Knights got on the board first early in the second period, and followed it up at the ten minute mark to take a 2-0 lead going into the third.

The Stampede readjusted and came out fast in the third. Following a Cheyenne penalty, the Stampede's penalty kill was beyond efficient, as defenseman Dario Trupina threw a long stretch pass to Russell Armbruster who went in on a breakaway behind the defense. Armbruster scored on the breakaway to pull the Stampede within one of the Knights. Minutes later, Phoenix scored again to give them a 3-1 lead. Noah Eckebrecht scored for the Stampede following more passing wizardry from Dario Trupina, who took the puck along the boards and behind the net, before dishing the puck off to Eckebrecht across the crease for a tap in goal. Trupina had his third assist of the night when he passed the puck to Kevin Rosset in the defensive zone. Rosset weaved his way up the ice and through the Knights' defense, before pulling the puck around the goalie and scoring to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:43 left on the clock.

The Stampede played 4-on-4 through the five minute overtime. The Stampede had several great opportunities, each time to be met by the Phoenix goaltender. Carrying the play for the majority of the period, the Stampede kept the puck in the offensive zone and cycled the puck extremely well. With just under a minute left though, Phoenix got a breakaway, which led to the game winning goal.

The Stampede will have a week of rest, before embarking on their first road trip of the season to New Mexico on Nov. 2 through 4. The team is 2-0-1 on the season now and will continue to work and improve all season. The Stampede's next home series will be our Military Appreciation Weekend against the Texas Brahmas Nov. 9 through 11.


October 16, 2012

Stampede Mark One Year Anniversary

By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede celebrated their one year anniversary on Oct. 15 2012 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center while also holding the team media day. The Stampede kicked off their anniversary with a press conference featuring both General Manager Mark Lantz and Head Coach Marty Quarters giving statements about the team and introducing the players.

The Cheyenne Stampede is a member of the Western States Hockey League, and play within the Mountain Conference. General Manager Mark Lantz stated that this is one of the toughest conferences and the team will play against tough opponents such as the Phoenix Knights, who they open their season against on Oct. 19, the Arizona Redhawks, the El Paso Rhinos, the Boulder Bison, and the New Mexico Renegades.
While the Stampede has several familiar faces, the coaching staff also recruited many new players. These include home grown Sam Mallory, as well as Czech Republic product Daniel Cipila in net. "I feel we have two starting goalies that we feel confident in rotating game in and game out with a chance to win every night." New offensive players like Russell Armbruster, Noah Eckebrecht, and Kevin Rosset will give some added firepower to the returning players such as Ryan Carroll, Drew Baggen, and Heath Lantz. "On offense we like our speed and skill plus our size which enables us to play a physical style of hockey" Quarters mentioned. Assistant coach Ty Smith stated that the team is more well rounded than last year, and has a lot of depth. This depth includes their sizeable and tough defensive core which has returning players such as Dorran Masters, as well as newcomers such as Swedish born Dario Trupina and Ian Johnson.

Both Coach Quarters and Mark Lantz expressed hope that the team will have a definite home advantage with the ice rink being at 6200 feet, which makes it one of the highest points of play in the WSHL. The team has been training hard, both on and off the ice. The team practices are highly intense, with an emphasis on skating. The team also makes extensive use out of Smart Sports, where the team trains on a near daily basis.

The Cheyenne Stampede also plays a large part in helping grow hockey in Cheyenne. With player assistance as well as help from the coaching staff, the Stampede routinely help during practices with the Cheyenne Capitals Youth Hockey Association. Many Capitals families are billet families for members of the Stampede. On the subject, Quarters had this to say, "Having players live with younger players helps grow stronger hockey players and it gives them a goal to work for of someday playing for the Stampede."

The Cheyenne Stampede will begin their season against the Phoenix Knights on Oct. 19-21 at home. The Friday and Saturday games begin at 7:35 p.m., and the Sunday game starts at 1 p.m. The Knights are a tough opponent, but everyone involved with the Stampede cannot wait to get the season underway.
2012-2013 Cheyenne Stampede
Jr. "A" Hockey Media Day

Mark Lantz, General Manager of the Cheyenne Stampede announced today that the Stampede will be holding the 2012-2013 Team Media Day on October 15th, 2012 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, 1530 W. Lincolnway. The Media Day will start promptly at 1:00pm.

All Stampede Players, Coaches, and Staff will be available for comments and interviews after brief presentations by Head Coach Marty Quarters and General Manager, Mark Lantz.

The Stampede are also marking this opening date, Oct 15, 2012 as their 1 year Anniversary in Cheyenne, WY.

We hope all the S.E. Wyoming Media and Stampede Fans can make this event!

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Press Release - Immediate Release
September 27, 2012

Journal of a Sport Psychology Consultant
By Mike Margolies, Cheyenne Stampede Sport Psychology Consultant

On returning from working with the Cheyenne Stampede
I spent a week with the Cheyenne Stampede working with them on the mental game. I thought I would take a brief moment to talk about the process. It is a process I have used many times, but it is always different in the sense that flexibility is critical. I had worked out a rough schedule with the GM prior to my flying in. He and the head coach had worked it into a posted schedule on the website so the players were aware of what we were going to be doing. I flew into Denver and drove up to Cheyenne where I met the GM at the Holiday Inn (a team sponsor).

Our first session was at 5PM, but our first stop was practice. I met briefly with Coach Quarters as the players hit the ice. Right after practice we headed to Smart Sports which is where they do strength and conditioning. It's a great facility with its own medical facility. I met the facility owner and head physician Dr. Skip Ross and the personal trainers and physical therapist. There were a few players getting PT while Ro the personal trainer was killing it with the team doing core and strength work.

Headed to the Arena for my first session with the team


Ceremonial Puck Drop prior to Stampede vs Weber State

Talked a little more with Coach Quarters about my plan and then met the team officially. I was introduced to the team by GM and owner Mark Lantz. GM & coach sat in on introductory session. This is important to establish that what we are doing is important to the team's success. I've often been asked to work with teams and the team coaches and front office more or less go play golf. This hurts the programs credibility as players see it as there is no buy in from staff.

First session Introduction to The Mental Game
Session covered Discipline, Motivation, Stress, Self-talk and how your game is affected by these things. It was a quick intro and meant to get them interested and excited about the coming week. They were also given their first homework. Remember the Coin exercise. (I really need a better name from it).

After our session many of the players had responsibilities to assist with the Stampede Academy. Players work with kids in the community on the ice. Program is run by the coaching staff. There is also study hall for High School players on Monday/Tuesday night so 6 or 8 players were there.

First Relaxation and Imagery Session
I taught players importance of being able to relax. Took them through a relaxation / imagery rehearsal session with emphasis on developing relaxation and visualization ability. Finally went to dinner at 9:45 with GM and his family.

Coaches Radio Show
Wednesday morning 10am I was on the Coaches Radio Show on KRAE-KYOY Radio Cheyenne promoting what we were doing in the community. I actively participate as a full team member when working with a team. After that we got back into the routine with practice and two sessions. One session was on Mental Toughness followed after dinner with a relaxation/imagery session. Focus was on Mental Toughness. I also met with three players at their request during their PT and dry land sessions. These were short sessions focused on individual questions. One was to help a player return to action following a concussion. He was undoubtedly ok to return to play, but still had to pass his cognitive test the next day. I helped reduce his stress and he easily passed the test. To be clear he had been symptom free.

Thursday's schedule was the same. Focus was on overcoming Stress and Fear in both sessions. Met with six other players individually. Also joined GM, Coach and 4 players at a networking event sponsored by the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. While I was there to promote the team I was also able to talk with the players about college and other opportunities they were looking for in the future.

Friday - Game Day
The routine changes today because of the game at 730pm. Met with players at 5 to talk about game day routines and emotional intelligence. At lunch with GM I am told to bring my sport coat. I figure it is team rules like a lot of professional teams. I get to the arena around 630 for game prep. I go into team meeting with players and coaches now as an observer. Players are getting ready, coaches doing last minute preparation. GM tells me I am dropping the ceremonial puck at 7:30. He also hopes I don't fall on my rear end. This was a surprise and an honor. I've done a lot of things, but never got to participate in pregame like this.

Games vs. Weber State
Details are not really important. Stampede wins 5-2. A few lapses in focus and a few in judgment, but I'm told they played better than the week before.

Saturday - Last Sport Psychology session
Last session with players. Used the time to summarize what we had worked on and to emphasize the importance of practicing the skills we have focused on. Weber State came out with more fire. End was similar with score 5-3. Stampede had to step up and did. Winning a couple of pre-season games was not really critical, but playing well is. Winning of course helps athletes realize that the mental work they were putting in this week will serve them well and with winning it is easier to see from the beginning.

During the week I had a lot of time to talk with coaching staff. I got a good feel for what they were trying to do and we talked about some of the ways to integrate mental skills into practice.

Sunday there is a team meeting. I'm asked to say a few words and of course never pass up the opportunity. It is also my chance to shake hands with all of the players and let them know what to expect in their emails in the coming weeks. Copies of my book, mp3's for Relaxation and Imagery sessions and other exercises.

It was a really good week. Tough week for the players and coaches adding my work in to their regular schedule. Players were very appreciative, as was all of the staff. We are looking to see I can make the trip out again later in the season. It was one of my favorite weeks with a team. My thanks to Mark and Tammy Lantz, Coaches Marty Quarters, Ty Smith and UAA Goalie coach Scott Johnson and of course all of the players.

Returned to Seattle having worked with and met a lot of people. Typical week in the life of a sport psychology consultant. Maybe next time it will be with your team.

I can be found as always at www.TheMental-Game.com


September 21, 2012

Stampede Trample Wildcats

By Matthew Humphrey, Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede swept the two game series against the Weber State University Wildcats over the past weekend of Sept. 21-22. The Stampede won the games 5-2 and 5-3 to finish out their preseason schedule. With a packed house for both the games, the Stampede finished the preseason with a 2-1-1 record and are now preparing for the regular season.

The Stampede and the Wildcats took to the ice Friday Sept. 21 for the first game of their two game series. The first period passed with no goals by either team. The Stampede established an aggressive forecheck early in the game and continued to pressure the Weber State team throughout the game. The second period saw Weber State score a goal early in the period, only to have it waved off by a high stick. The Stampede quickly capitalized on the ensuing faceoff with a goal by Ian Johnson.

The Cheyenne team scored twice more in the second period, with goals coming from Noah Echebrecht, and a shorthanded goal from Russell Armbruster. The Wildcats came out in the third period and got on the board, only to see the Stampede come back on the powerplay with Noah Echebrechts second goal of the night. Trailing 4-2, Weber State scored one more goal, but lost on the empty net gamble in the waning seconds of the game, as Ryan Demyen popped in the empty netter to finish the game 5-2 for the Stampede.

Game 2 of the Stampede-Weber State series saw the Wildcats hungry for revenge against the Stampede. The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead early, but the Cheyenne powerplay went to work again, with Dario Trupina scoring off a slapshot from the point. The Stampede scored again to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the period with a goal from Noah Echebrecht.

Noah Echebrecht scored again to continue the Stampede's onslaught at the start of the second period and bring the score to 3-1 in favor of the Stampede. The Wildcats popped in a powerplay goal, only to see Ryan Demyen score on the Cheyenne powerplay minutes later. Weber had one more goal in the game, but ultimately to no avail, as Cheyenne's Ian Johnson scored a goal in the third period to bring the final score to 5-3.

The Cheyenne Stampede have a little under a month until their Oct. 19 regular season opener against the Phoenix Knights at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.


September 21, 2012

Stampede using Mental Drills for on Ice Preparations
By Matthew Humphrey, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede is more focused than ever this season. A large part of this is that they have brought in Mike Margolies to help the team not only win on the ice, but also to win the mental game. Margolies is a Sport Psychology Consultant with 35 years of experience. He has worked with over 2000 athletes in every kind of sport imaginable. He also has published a book, "The Athlete Within You."

Stampede General Manager Mark Lantz brought in Magolies to help give the team the mental edge required to win in Junior A hockey. Margolies stated "it is all about performance enhancement, the mental game." He utilizes a number of different techniques to help athletes develop mental strength. These often include teaching players how to cope with stress, how to stay relaxed in high intensity situations, and how to keep negative thoughts out.

Margolies arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday Sept. 18 and has been busy ever since working with the players. In that span, several of the players have said that his teachings are "life changing." Margolies works to help players prepare their minds much in the same way they do their bodies. He allows the team to be able to turn their focus, their dedication, and to channel it on command. The difference between great athletes and subpar athletes is they know how to deal with the pressure of competition. Margolies helps athletes learn not only how to deal with the pressure and stress, but how to turn it to their advantage.

The Stampede was mentioned as a top notch organization by Margolies. "Players want to come here, it is a very inviting environment." He said that the level of professionalism he has seen in Cheyenne from the front office to the coaching to the players themselves has been incredible. "It provides a psychological comfort zone." He went on to say that "it's a very inviting environment." He also expressed that he would like to keep up a relationship with the Stampede in the future.

Another place where sports psychology is being used, especially in hockey, is on the issue of concussions. Margolies said that he is going to work on a research project soon to fully test the methods of mind imagery and "mindfulness" to help players recover from concussions faster. He went on to say that the understanding of concussions has grown and that players, coaches, and medical staff are all far more aware of concussions now than in the past.

The Cheyenne Stampede will take on the Weber State University Wildcats on Friday Sept. 21 and Saturday Sept.22 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, Puck drops at 7:35pm. Tickets available on line or at the door.

Sept. 16, 2012

The Cheyenne Stampede open the Exhibition Hockey Season

By Matthew Humphrey, Stampede Staff Writer

The Cheyenne Stampede fell in a shootout to the Colorado State University Rams on Friday Sept. 14 by a score of 3-2. The Stampede, in their second year now as a member of the Western States Hockey League got their season off to a start with an exhibition match at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

Cheyenne took an early lead on a power play goal by Josh Greenaker, assisted by Trevor Zakrajsek and Wayne Hoffman. The Stampede power play goal was the lone tally of the first period, which saw a lot of back and forth action along with intense physicality between the two teams. The second period saw more scoring as CSU scored two unanswered goals through the second. In the waning moments of the period, the Stampede power play again went to work, resulting in a goal by Russell Armbruster with just 0.22 remaining on the clock. The goal was assisted by Dario Trupina and Ryan Carroll.

The third period was a scoreless affair, with both teams getting multiple opportunities on the power play, with neither team yielding a goal. The period continued the hitting though, as both teams continued to bludgeon each other. The five minute overtime period passed scoreless as well and the game had to be decided in a shootout. CSU scored first on a backhand toe drag by Paul Jenkins that beat the goaltender Daniel Cepila. The Stampede rebounded and Kevin Rossett pulled the CSU goaltender completely out of his crease with a move that resulted in a goal. Both goaltenders stood tall for several rounds of the shootout before Austen Burgh from CSU scored a goal by shooting the puck up between his legs that won the game.

The Stampede had several offseason changes following their inaugural year. Marty Quarters was hired as the new head coach and many new players were recruited after a summer wide search by the coaching staff. Looking to build off the success from last year, the team has been working hard on and off the ice preparing for the season. They play several exhibition games before they start the regular season, including a rematch against CSU on Sept. 15 and two games against Weber State Sept. 21-22 at home.

The Cheyenne Stampede will start their regular season at home against the Phoenix Knights on Oct. 19 at the Cheyenne Ice and Event's Center. The team is also awaiting the return of Heath Lantz, who is coming back off IR.


Coach Quarters Ready To Start Season

By Alex Muscat, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

After the inaugural season in which the Cheyenne Stampede finished 22-20-3-1, and with a quick first-round exit by their Mountain Division rival, the Boulder Bison, Stampede owner and general manager Mark Lantz felt that he needed to make a change in the coaching ranks.

Enter Stampede head coach Marty Quarters. After spending last season at the Toronto-based Hill Academy as the Director of Recruiting, Coach Quarters was brought into the fold back in April shortly after the Stampede's season ended. Both Lantz and Coach Quarters have the same goals and likeminded plan, which Coach Quarters found "intriguing."
Coach Quarters' main goal for his players is "to making [them] play the best they can and develop an atmosphere where kids want to play and they can use it as a stepping stone to develop." He has made it a priority to always "put my players first and foremost-and not just my players, but any hockey player- by trying to help them."

On what type of team Coach Quarters wants out on the ice, he wants a team with a blue collar mentality. Coach Quarters began his coaching in the Detroit-based Little Caesar's hockey program. "Those are the type of players that I had and it's kind of what I demand." He also said that the people in Cheyenne "they have to get their hands dirty to work so we kind of fit the image of the town."

With the Stampede players making an impact on and off the ice, it is important for the organization to be a part of the community. "We have a good fan base right off the bat starting with what Mark Lantz has generated. He has done an outstanding job," Coach Quarters replied.

Recently married this past July, Coach Quarters has settled in just fine in his new city not only on a hockey level, but on a family level as well. The transition wasn't difficult because his family had been living in Montana, which made the move much easier.

When asked if the players are tired of playing against each other in Training Camp, Coach Quarters said, "Yeah, we're getting tired of hitting each other now and getting yelled at all the time. We're ready to channel that energy as a team and go out there. We can hit someone else, that's for sure."

Speaking of which, the Stampede will start the exhibition season this Friday night at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center as they welcome the Colorado State Rams' Men's Hockey Team to town with a 7:35pm start. Pre-game warmups begin 30 minutes before the start of the game. This will be the first of a home-and-home series as both teams will wrap up the two-game set on Saturday night at the NOCO Ice Center in Windsor, Colorado.


Press Release - Immediate Release
July 2, 2012

Stampede Hockey Opens the 2012-2013 Campaign

By Alex Muscat, Stampede Staff Writer
I have been a part of the juniorhockey.com staff for over three months now. Even though the OHL regular season is less than 10 days away, I'll have an added hockey fix.
Besides my coverage of the OHL and other obligations, I have also signed on to cover the Cheyenne Stampede of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Now for those who are not familiar with Junior A Hockey in the Western United States, you are probably asking yourself "Hockey in Cheyenne?". Yes, there is definitely Hockey in the state of Wyoming.

Once known as the Tulsa Rampage, the team moved to Cheyenne and was re-named the Stampede, thus began a rumbling in Wyoming. In their first season, the Stampede finished with a record over .500 as they went 22-20-3-1 and made the playoffs. The end result in the postseason was an early exit as they were quickly ousted by the Boulder Bison.

To quote a song by the '90s band Stereo MCs, the Stamps "want to go higher" as they've attained the services of Marty Quarters as the team's new bench boss. Coach Quarters has plenty of experience. Whether it would be coaching or scouting, he will infuse his wisdom into his team.

More than 20 years ago, there were hockey fans, like me, who thought that it was unusual to have NHL teams in San Jose and Tampa Bay, but they're still there and they have strong followings around the NHL. Just like how an NFL Quarterback studies all of the plays that are designed by his Head Coach, I have grasped the WSHL by doing my homework. To me, it's still Junior Hockey and the sport itself is and always will be fun to watch and I'm looking forward to covering the Stampede in the coming months.

After having a conversation with Stampede General Manager Mark Lantz yesterday, I can tell he is excited to get the season started. As am I.

The Stampede will kick-off the exhibition season this coming weekend as they go up against the Colorado State University Rams. They will host the Rams as part of a home-and home series that starts Friday September 14 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center with a 7:35pm face off time. The Stampede and will wrap up the series at the next night at the NOCO Ice Center in Windsor, Colorado at 7:15pm. Please note that the pre-game warm-ups begin 30 minutes before game time.



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August 30, 2012

Cutthroats to Appear at Hockey Camp in Cheyenne
September 5 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center

DENVER, CO - On September 5 the Denver Cutthroats will be on the ice with kids from the Northern Colorado and Cheyenne, Wyoming area as part of the Cheyenne Stampede's annual youth hockey camp.

Cutthroats Director of Hockey Operations Brent Cullaton will be working with the kids to improve their skill sets in a variety of areas on the ice. Cullaton will also be assisted by Stampede Head Coach Marty Quarters and various Stampede players.

"The youth hockey community is an important piece to our success as a franchise," said Cullaton. "It's important for the Cutthroats to be active in the community, especially with youth hockey players who have a chance to improve their game and learn from players who've competed at the pro level."

Cullaton will be participating in the Wendesday, September 5 session of the youth camp, which begins at 6:45 PM. The Stampede camp is scheduled to run all the way through early October.

For more information call the Cheyenne Stampede at 307-630-4926 or visit cheyennestampede.com.

ABOUT THE DENVER CUTTHROATS

The Denver Cutthroats are the Central Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche. The team drops the puck on their inaugural season on October 19th, bringing professional hockey back to the historic Denver Coliseum for the first time since 1989. Season ticket packages and mini-plans are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling (303) 295-FISH (3474). The most up-to-date information can be found at denvercutthroats.com

Congratulations Stampede on being approved for the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation - Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education (PACE) program. According to GM, Mark Lantz, this means all our players will be tested and a "Baseline" recorded and established in case of future injury. Our testing will be supervised by Dr. Skip Ross from Smart Sports Medicine, the "Official" Sports Medicine Supplier to the Stampede!


Cheyenne Stampede 2012-2013 Season Preview - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012
By: Brent Maranto
Back to Junior Hockey News

Prior to the beginning of last season, Mark Lantz purchased the Tulsa Rampage franchise, which had been mired in mediocrity for a couple of seasons and moved it to the colder climate of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Lantz gave the team a complete makeover, coming up with a new name, logo, color scheme, coaching staff and adding amenities that hockey players covet.

Lantz, who also handles the General Manager duties, recruited hard throughout the summer, looking to build a true contender in the Western States Hockey League's Mountain Division.

Along with some exceptional players, Lantz also brought in Jeff Heimel, who had just finished up a successful season at the helm of the Phoenix Polar Bears, to become the first head coach in Cheyenne Stampede history.

Early in Heimel's tenure, the Stampede were a force, rattling off seven straight wins and picking up at least one point in 10 straight, after dropping their season opener to the Boulder Bison.

They also showed some resiliency early on, rebounding nicely with a sweep of the Ogden Mustangs after being swept themselves by the Idaho Jr. Steelheads.

Through the first month or so of the season, the Stampede were at the top of their division but admittedly, they hadn't really gotten into the meat of their schedule yet.

After the sweep of Ogden, who they formed a nice little rivalry with, the Stampede went on to lose their last eight games of the first half and headed to Las Vegas for the Showcase in search of offense.

Lantz, always looking to better his team, made a move to pick up skilled Russian forward Danny Kulikov from the Phoenix Knights, just days before the mid-season tournament began. Up to that point, Taylor Crawford and Ryan Carroll had been the only real offense to speak of and the elusive Kulikov would be the first of many roster moves for Cheyenne.

After losing their first two games of the Showcase, Lantz made yet another deal to bring in a premier forward, this time picking up Swedish-born Carl Graf from the El Paso Rhinos.

The first-ever deal made while at the Showcase was an odd one, as Graf merely switched locker rooms after the game, in which his Rhinos had defeated the Stampede in overtime.

Despite leading the Rhinos in scoring at that point in the season, Graf never quite fit into Cory Herman's system but Lantz and Heimel were more than happy to have him.

It didn't take him long to make his presence felt, as Graf tallied two assists in an overtime loss to Arizona in the Stampede's third game of the Showcase.

In their final game of the event, it was Kulikov who shined, notching two key goals in a 5-3 victory over Long Beach, giving his team some momentum heading into the holiday break.

After beginning the New Year with two losses to Boulder, the Stampede again bounced back nicely and won four in a row.

Although the Stampede pretty much had the third spot locked up in the Mountain Division with a couple of months left in the regular season, the team was still a bit of mystery.

Some nights they looked as though they could contend for the division crown and on others, they seemed disinterested.

After another sweep at the hands of the Jr. Steelheads, Lantz was again active right up until the trade deadline. This time he went out and picked up Bobby Watson, who had been one of the final roster cuts in the North American Hockey League. Lantz and the rest of the league knew Watson well, as the undersized forward had led the Tulsa Rampage in points during the 2010-2011 season.

Another key addition for Lantz, another guy that paid dividends immediately, as Cheyenne finished up the regular season by picking up points in their final six games and clinching the third playoff spot in the Mountain Division.

With some new fire in the lineup, the Stampede made the short trip to Boulder for their opening round series with the Bison.

Despite only besting their nearby rivals once in six regular season meetings, a lot of people in and around the league felt as though the Stampede had a great chance to win the series, due to their rash of roster moves and recent hot play.

They couldn't have been more wrong however, as the Bison took it to the Stampede over two games and won the series without much of a fight.

Lantz didn't sugarcoat his answer when asked about the series that ended the Stampede's season, calling it a, "waste of fuel to make the 45 minute trip to Boulder."

As much as the loss left a sour taste in Lantz' mouth, he couldn't help but be excited about what the future holds for his Stampede in Cheyenne.

He raved about the city, the arena they call home and the people that come out in droves to watch his team play.

He loves the dedication of the Cheyenne people and told me that fans often times would load up the Stampede bus with care packages and food for long road trips.

Lantz has worked hard to put the Stampede on the map and it seems that he has found his spot in Cheyenne.

As much as he likes the situation in Cheyenne, Lantz is a competitor in every sense of the word. He was and probably still is fuming after the sweep in Boulder to end the season and it wound up being one of the key factors in his decision to relieve Jeff Heimel of his coaching duties.

He explained to me that it wasn't just the series defeat in which his team fell, "flat on their faces" that helped Lantz make his decision but that it was also based on a handful of other things that transpired throughout the year.

The Stampede's coaching search did not last long however, as Lantz brought in a long-time junior hockey veteran in Marty Quarters.

Quarters has seemingly been everywhere in junior hockey, having coached in the NORPAC, NAHL and USHL, amongst others. His most recent gig was as the Recruiting Director for the prestigious Hill Academy in Toronto, Ontario.

Although he loved the job, where he also was also able to remain a scout for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, Quarters did not like being far away from his wife and kids in Montana.

He jumped at the chance to be closer to home, while also joining a great up and coming organization in Cheyenne.

Lantz likes that he can trust Quarters a bit more, as he has a proven track record, having been around the block a few times. He doesn't have to be as hands-on with him and can relax a bit, although if you've ever met Lantz, you know he doesn't do much relaxing.

Since the duo have been together, Cheyenne's camps have been full with players eager to don a Stampede uniform.

A new franchise is back in Tulsa this season and it's definitely a location that can work but Lantz feels the Stampede are a perfect fit in Cheyenne and I couldn't agree with him more.

Players Moving Up:
Lantz and Quarters both strongly believe that junior hockey is not all about the victories. Instead, they are more concerned with molding their players into better young men and also pushing them on to college.

Moving on to play college hockey is the captain and leading scorer from last season's squad, Taylor Crawford, who will join a large group of WSHL players at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. Goaltender Michael Porter will also play collegiately but at the ACHA club level for Colorado State University.

From last season's squad, two players will actually be playing professional hockey in the fall. Goaltender Vladislav Kornienko will play in the Moscow City Elite League, while defenseman Tobias Pehrson will play professionally in Stockholm, Sweden.

Lantz also mentioned to me that forward Sean Sayers is working talking with a few teams in the Western Hockey League, while a "handful" of other Stampede players made North American Hockey League main camps, before returning to Cheyenne for the upcoming season.

Offense:
A big reason for Lantz and Quarters' high expectations for the upcoming season, is the large group of forwards returning to the team.

The smallish Ryan Carroll will play his second season with the Stampede, after a rookie season in which he averaged exactly a point per game.

Heath Lantz will also return to the team but it won't be back until October, after inuring himself during the Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) main camp, in which he looked on track to make the team. Both his father and Quarters feel that Heath is due for an offensive breakthrough this season.

The two Fairbanks boys, Andrew Baggen and Dorran Masters also return, providing grit and leadership to the team once more. Masters is also one of the most feared fighters in the entire league.

Another guy coming back that helps in the grit category, while also chipping in with a decent amount of offense is Wayne Hoffman, who put up a respectable 24 points last season.

A solid supporting cast of "youngsters" will also return, as Levi Shryack, Denver Lloyd and Austin Krantz round out a great group of returning forwards.

Lantz and Quarters have also been recruiting vigorously and they've already signed a sparkling class of fresh faces.

Swiss-born forward Kevin Rossett possesses the top-end skill that the Stampede lose with Crawford heading to college and is expected to make an immediate impact.

Alex Johansons comes over from the Yellowstone Quake of the NORPAC, where he amassed 55 points in 42 games last season.

Three promising rookies also make the jump from high-level youth hockey, as Trevor Zakrajsek makes his way to Cheyenne from Seattle, Ryan Demyen comes by way of Pittsburgh and a local kid, Wyoming native Thayne Trumbull, will all compete for a spot on one of the top three forward lines.

In all, the Stampede are very happy with the group of forwards they have going into the season. They have assembled a solid mix of veterans and rookies, skill and grit and overall competitors.

If this group can do what Lantz and Quarters expect of them, there will be no need to make mid-season trades for offense.

Defense:
The Stampede blue line got a huge return in defenseman Reilly Moore, who many believe is one of the most skilled in the entire league.

He led all Cheyenne defenseman last year with 30 points and if he focuses more on the game and less on the chatter, I feel he could almost double that number.

Also returning his hulking defenseman Matt Broman, who is a serviceable defenseman who can also play as a checking line forward, if needed.

New faces will be needed to round out the top six and the Stampede believe they have a few that are more than capable.

Ian Johnson and Tyler Elkins are two guys with previous junior hockey experience who should step right in and hold down a roster spot. Johnson comes over from the Missoula Maulers of the AWHL, while Elkins is another former Yellowstone Quake. Both make very few mistakes and seem to be on top of their game when you don't notice them at all.

Swedish defenseman Dario Trupina was one of the final cuts in an NAHL main camp and the big body landed in Cheyenne. He is expected, along with Moore, to provide a good amount of offense from the back end.

Lastly, Josh Greenaker moves up from the Cleveland Jr. Barons 18AAA program and should fit right in with the solid group of d-men.

In all, a lot of new faces will hold down the Cheyenne blue line this fall and it will be interesting to see how they gel as a group.

Goaltending:
The only real soft spot for the Stampede over the entirety of the 2011-2012 season was in between the pipes and so far this offseason, it still seems to be a question mark.

The Stampede went through five different netminders last year, with mixed reviews on most and only Kornienko, who has since moved on, getting the majority of the starts.

This season, the only returner is Cacy Wilfer, who won eight games with less than stellar numbers last year.

A kid they have extremely high hopes for is Daniel Cepila, who played for the Czech Republic's U16 national team last season. He's very young but Lantz and Quarters think he has the skill to be a good one.

The third spot is still up for grabs and just like many other teams around the WSHL, the Stampede hope that a guy rises to the top to take the reins and hold onto them for the entire season.

The Stampede will remain in the Mountain Division this fall but will be joined by a new group of foes.

Gone are the two Utah teams and the Idaho Jr. Steelheads, which I'm sure doesn't upset Cheyenne at all. Coming in are the two Arizona teams (Phoenix Knights and Arizona Redhawks) and the two southwest teams (El Paso Rhino and New Mexico Renegades.)

The Boulder Bison will stick around as well, where they'll continue a competitive geographical rivalry with the Stampede.

Lantz feels that top to bottom, the new Mountain Division could be the toughest in all of the WSHL, telling me that the division will be separated by just a few points and will be an "absolute dog fight."

Aside from their divisional schedule, the Stampede will also play a weekend of home games against the Salt Lake City Moose and Texas Brahmas.

They'll make out of division road trips to Ogden, Utah, where they'll certainly continue a heated rivalry with the Mustangs and to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to play a series that will pit the former Tulsa franchise against the current.

The schedule shouldn't be too tough for the Stampede, especially with a lighter intra-division travel load and they now have better depth, which will come in handy over long weekends on the road.

Lantz has found a coach with experience, whom he trusts to make decisions on and off the ice, who also shares his passion for the game, which is hard to match.

He and Quarters have brought back an impressive group of both forwards and defenseman and have worked hard to pull in a fantastic crop of rookies as well. The only real question is in the crease but even if it doesn't work out right away, you know Lantz will be on the phone looking to better his team.

Between Lantz' dedication to winning, an improved coaching staff and the support of the rowdy Stampede fans, I see Cheyenne making a move; possibly even stampeding up the standings this season.

Brent Maranto is the Director of Communications for the Western States Hockey League


Press Release - Immediate Release
July 2, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726
Smith Brothers keep it in the Stampede Family

Cheyenne, WY: A new addition to The Cheyenne Stampede roster for the 2012-2013 season, forward Derek Smith from Tulsa, Ok is the youngest player on the roster at 15 years old but no worries because 16 is just right around corner. The young Stampede forward attended Frank Serratore's Air Force Academy Midget Showcase last month. Smith posted 4 assists, 2 goals for 6 points in 4 games. First game of the showcase Smith was awarded MVP of the game. Smith was also selected to play on the 1st line for the black team for the 96's - 97's age group all star game. Derek was one of the top 6 forwards out of 100+ players, in 96's-97's age group. Jaws dropped in the crowd from parents, scouts, and coaches, for The Youngest Stampede forward because of his play making ability. Scouts along with coaches from other teams and leagues asked Derek what his plans were for next year. Derek proudly smiled with a reply of "I'm going to play for The Cheyenne Stampede for Coach Marty Quarters and my "big" brother Coach Ty Smith". The adjustment won't be easy for Smith at the Junior "A" level, as he will be facing bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter players at the Junior "A" level than he ever has played against. Although with the right coaching, and right training Derek Smith should be a big factor in the up-coming season for the Cheyenne Stampede Junior "A" Hockey Team!


Press Release - Immediate Release
June 25, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726


Cheyenne, WY.
- The Cheyenne Stampede hockey team will hold a tryout camp for prospective players this summer as part of preparations for their season in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL). The final "Open" Tryout camp, sponsored by JuniorHockey.com,will takes place August 10-12th, 2012 at the APEX Ice Arena in Arvada, CO. The Stampede welcomes and encourages the top players in the 16-20 age brackets to attend.

Prospective Players will have the opportunity to display their skills during two (2) on-ice practice sessions and three (3) scrimmage games, which will be held in the evenings. On the final day of camp, an "All-Star" scrimmage game will be held for select players in order to the staff complete their evaluations.

The camp will conclude with Player exit interviews. Registered players will also receive an international recruiting profile to be placed on www.JuniorHockey.com

The Cheyenne Stampede is one of six teams in the Mountain Division of the Western States Hockey League. The Stampede season is set to begin September 14, 2012. Ticket packages are now available for the season. For more information E-mail:GM@CheyenneStampede.com


Cheyenne Stampede Announce Their 2012-13 Regular Season Schedule

CHEYENNE, WY. - The Cheyenne Stampede, Cheyenne's Junior Hockey League team, announced its 2012-13 regular season schedule today. The upcoming season will be the Stampede's second season and the Western States Hockey League's 19th. A highlight for both will be the 2012 WSHL Shootout and festivities in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 18-22, 2012.

The WSHL features a 45-game regular league season, with the Stampede playing 25 games at home and 27 on the road. The schedule includes Pre-Season Exhibition games against ACHA Div II Colorado State University, and ACHA Div II Weber State, and a mid-December series with the University of Wyoming Cowboys, ACHA Div III. Most contests will feature teams from within the same conference; however, this season's schedule will feature some inter-conference games, which, for the Stampede, will be championship-caliber match-ups. The Texas Brahmas and the Salt Lake City Moose will both challenge the Stampede in Cheyenne with 3 game series.

The Cheyenne Stampede has changed conferences within the WSHL and will now square off with opponents from the Southwest Conference. The Stampede's most heated rival, the Boulder Bison also made the change in conference joining new conference foes, the El Paso Rhinos, New Mexico Renegades, Arizona Red Hawks, and the Phoenix Knights. November also features the team's longest home stand (9 games) and February 2013 features the longest road swing (13 games) of the season.

Click Here to Download the 2012-13 Schedule
(Times Coming Soon)


Press Release - Immediate Release
April 29, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Crawford Stampedes to College
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Apr. 29, 2012
Cheyenne, WY - After a long hard-fought inaugural season, the Cheyenne Stampede can proudly say they have officially moved their first team Captain to the collegiate level. Taylor Crawford, the speedy forward who tallied 66 points for the expansion team out of southern Wyoming announced his commitment to St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Despite his small stature, Crawford will be expected to fill a desperate scoring need of the Cardinals who ranked second to last in goals (60) in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. While playing for Cheyenne, Crawford had a phenomenal regular season finishing third in scoring in the Mountain Conference but seemed to hit a wall during the playoffs. Despite the setback, he is still the first Stampede player to commit to an NCAA institution, one of the biggest goals of WSHL franchises.

Cheyenne's General Manager, Mark Lantz spoke of his young forward with high regard. "Taylor is a great player and it's no doubt this is a big moment for us. This is what teams at this level set out to do, move a player to college." Lantz continued, "That alone reflects highly of our franchise and we're very proud of that."

Taylor will join his new team after summer while the Stamps set their focus on preparing for next season without him, beginning with the Denver Futures & Prospects Camp this July. For more information on Taylor Crawford, the aforementioned camp, the Cheyenne Stampede, or Saint Mary's University of Minnesota please click the links below.

Taylor Crawford:
http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=74636
Futures & Prospects Camp:
http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=75452
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota:
http://www.saintmaryssports.com/index.aspx?path=mhockey


Press Release - Immediate Release
April 14, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Stampede Hockey Names New Head Coach

Cheyenne, WY: Marty Quarters, a native of Southfield, Michigan, comes to the Stampede with nearly twenty years of successful coaching experience. His proven track record in coaching, recruiting, and player promotion spanning across teams at the NCAA D1, USHL, NAHL, Jr. A Tier 3, and AAA levels.

During the 2011-2012 season, Coach Quarters served as the Director of Recruiting for the prestigious Hill Academy in Toronto, Canada. During this time, he also served on the scouting staff for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.

Prior to the Hill Academy, Coach Quarters spent the 2010-2011 season as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Director for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. During this stint, Marty successfully moved multiple players on to NCAA D1 programs.

Before Des Moines, Quarters was responsible for the "worst to first" turnaround of the Yellowstone Quake of Cody, Wyoming. Under his tenure as Head Coach, The Quake experienced a dramatic turnaround which included the capture of the program's first ever league championship and the promotion of over half of the team to higher leagues including NCAA D1, NCAA D3, USHL, NAHL, and WHL.

Coach Quarters also brings with him previous success and experience as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator with NCAA D1 Merrimack College and Sioux City Musketeers of the Tier 1 USHL. Quarters helped the Musketeers become one of the top teams in the USHL during his tenure, reaching the playoffs in all three of his seasons with the Musketeers, including a Clark Cup Championship in 2004 and another appearance in the Finals in 2005. Quarters recruited and helped produce over 40 players who have gone on to play at NCAA Division I institutions, and nine of his players have been drafted by NHL teams.


Prior to his stint at Sioux City, Quarters was the head coach and director of player development with the Motor City Chiefs in the Central States Hockey League (CSHL) for the 2001-02 season. He served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cleveland Barons Jr. A team in the North American Hockey League from 1998-2001 and was the team's general manager in 2001. Quarters was the head coach for Cleveland's Midget Major AAA team during the same time period, leading the team to two Mid-Am Regional championships, one Michigan National Hockey League championship, and two National Tournament appearances.

Coach Quarters began his coaching career with the prestigious Little Caesar's AAA program and then Honeybaked AAA organization, serving as head coach and winning multiple state, league, and international tournament titles and consistently producing National Tournament appearances for the programs.

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Press Release - Immediate Release
March 12, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Success for Denver, Wyoming?
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Mar. 28, 2012
Cheyenne, WY
- The final game of a hockey season is fun for just a single team: the one that wins it all. The Cheyenne Stampede may not have been that team this year, but they learned the sweet taste of success throughout the year in various "firsts" for the franchise.

First game: 09/23/11 vs. Boulder L; 5-3
First win: 09/24/11 at Boulder W; 5-4OT
First home win: 10/14/11 vs. Park City W; 6-1
First series victory and sweep: 10/14/11 - 10/16/11 vs. Park City
First win streak: 10/14/11 - 10/23/11
(6 games)
First game to score double-digit Goals: 11/11/11 vs. Ogden W; 11-8
First shutout: 01/15/12 vs. Phoenix W; 10-0
First playoff game: 03/09/12 at Boulder L; 5-1

You get the picture now right? While the season may have ended though, there is a new "first" to celebrate; the third youngest player on the team is the first Stampede player to be selected to participate in Wyoming Boys State.

Every year since 1937, the American Legion chooses a small number of young men between their junior and senior year of high school to spend a week of their summer learning how to be the future members of their state and local government. Each of the 50 states (besides Hawaii) runs their own event and this year the state of Wyoming has chosen Denver Lloyd of the Cheyenne Stampede to participate.

After the news broke, I had a chance to talk with Denver about his great accomplishment.

Name: Denver Lloyd
Age: 17
Height: 6'1
Weight: 175lbs
Hometown: Pinedale
Current Status: Amateur
Tenure with Cheyenne Franchise: 1 season

MP: First of all, congratulations on this great accomplishment. Your family must be very excited for you. What was it like when they found out?

LLOYD: They all hit me up and congratulated me so it's been a pretty big deal. They've been great

MP: So in your own words, what is Wyoming Boys State?

LLOYD: Basically a few people each year are selected from the junior class to go to this camp. You go there for six days and it's all about Wyoming state legislature. You do a lot of role play and you get divided up and simulate what it would be like to be elected to different offices so you can see what it's like.

MP: Do you want to get into government or is it something to add to a resume or a college application?

LLOYD: It's good for that too but at this point I'm just playing it by ear. I just got the letter for it and thought it was a great opportunity. Rolled with it, got selected, and going now.

MP: People learn vast amounts of life lessons playing junior hockey. What is something you feel you learned about yourself this year that will help you with Wyoming Boys State?

LLOYD: Probably that I'm more motivated and driven now. I learned to stay focused in school and the team has been really supportive so staying motivated is probably going to help a lot.

MP: You're going to be attending one of the most influential summer programs in the US for government and influential positions. Some of the notable alumni of this event include Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, Nick Saban, and Michael Jordan. What goes through your mind when knowing you will be attending the same event that helped put these men at the top of their fields?

LLOYD: The opportunity to learn a lot is exciting. It's a good chance to get somewhere in life so, exciting.
MP: Aside from the stuff coming up this summer, lets reflect on the past season for a moment. The playoff series was a bit rough but after all is said and done, how do you look back on the year?

LLOYD: I think it was really good for me developing. Being on my own with school has been huge. Coach Heimel is coaching me up and getting my overall hockey skills better and the Stampede were very supportive with school so it was a good deal.

MP: You didn't have an outstanding year with 3 points in 39 games really because your role wasn't to score; but with age comes more ice time and skills so do you expect to come back next season and if so what role do you see yourself filling?

LLOYD: I'm not really sure what role to be honest. This year I was more of a grinder role but I'd like to be a more active player and get on the scoreboard a bit more. Still worked hard but not in a position to score a lot of points.

MP: Again, congratulations on a great accomplishment. Have a great time and good luck.

LLOYD: Hey thank you very much, take it easy.

If you would like more information on the American Legion Boys State in your state visit www.boysandgirlsstate.org.

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Press Release - Immediate Release
March 12, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Mar. 12, 2012
Boulder, CO - It wasn't exactly the kind of showing the Cheyenne Stampede had hoped for in their first trip to the playoffs; and getting outscored 12-2 in two games against your earliest/geographically-closest rivals is plain unacceptable if you expect to move on. Neither game was very impressive for the Stamps as the Boulder Bison outworked them on both occasions and won the best-of-three series 2-0.

Taylor Porrier got Boulder off to a hot start by scoring five minutes into the series off of a dish by Ryan Gauthier. Will Neff improved upon it four minutes later on the powerplay. And while two goals would have been enough to beat Cheyenne at that point, the Stampede notched their first playoff goal in franchise history as Ryan Carroll put one past Chris Komma on the man-advantage. Unfortunately, they would be silenced after that goal. Dante Ruscitti made it 3-1 in the second period while Porrier would end the night with a hat trick; the third goal coming on an empty netter to win it for the Bison 5-1.

Saturday, would be even worse for the boys from Wyoming. A horrendous first period would seal their fate as Boulder jumped to a 4-0 lead going into intermission with goals by Gauthier, Neff, Mathieu Gauthier-Cote, and Porrier. Jake Bauer would add another before Cheyenne showed any signs of life with a goal of their own by Heath Lantz on the power play. That too would be answered with another Neff goal. Chris Guidotti scored one more for good measure and Boulder won the game 7-1.

The game three scheduled for Sunday was unnecessary and therefore was cancelled. Cheyenne will go home with missed opportunities at the forefront of their minds as they went 2 for 18 on the powerplay, a dismal 11%. What is most stunning though is how the big players for the Stampede didn't even show up. There were no goals by Taylor Crawford, Joe Bellotti, Carl Graf, or Daniil Kulikov. Reily Moore and Tobias Pehrson went silent as well. Out of the six best players on the team, only Carroll was able to get one past Komma.

And while the series loss is an extremely difficult pill to swallow now, in a few days' time the Cheyenne Stampede will look back on this season as a monstrous success. The Stamps and everyone associated with the organization has a lot to be proud of regardless of the playoff outcome.

The team as a whole had an impressive rookie season and has built a solid platform to grow on. Arguably the hardest thing to do is create an addictive atmosphere for the fans, and that was pretty much the first thing Cheyenne did. Week after week, fans flocked to the rink to support this team through everything. They were there for both the ten game win-streak, and the ten game losing-streak. Fans have been established, and that is critical to the success of a franchise, just ask the Atlanta Thrashers...or should I say the Winnipeg Jets?

On top of that, their front office knew when changes needed to be made and they did so. They brought in two of the best scorers in the league and gave up virtually nothing for them. The blue-line improved due to great coaching, and the goaltending had some healthy competition. When all is said and done, the team that moved from Tulsa ended with a 22-20-3-1 record, good enough for 48 points and third place in the Mountain Conference regular season. Fellow expansion teams like the Ogden Mustangs, Park City Moose, and the Dallas Snipers cannot say that about their seasons. In fact, the only team with a more impressive rookie season has to be the Dallas Ice Jets as they will be playing for the Mid-West title.

Aside from everything on the ice, the team worked hard off of it as well. They had promotions, community service, great advertising, a good relationship with local media, five-star billeting, and the best team cohesion that anyone has ever heard of. They have built an environment that players will want to play in next season, which begins now. Yes they will lick their wounds, but now that the team has established a reputation, recruiting will go much easier and more talent will find its way to Southern Wyoming; which means the playoff wins will come.

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Press Release - Immediate Release
March 06, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Border War for Opening Round
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Mar. 06, 2012
Boulder, CO - Playoffs. This is the time that everything from the season gets thrown out. Yes, the broadcasters, the media, and all the fans remember the big plays made and missed during the grind; but what good does any of that do now? What does it matter if a team had a 10 game winning streak if they lose two of the next three? No, the only thing that truly makes a difference at this point is how you play today.

When it comes to every practice, every meal, every game from here on out is what means everything and the Cheyenne Stampede are going to experience this for the first time in its young existence; and after talking with head coach Jeff Heimel, it is a challenge they are ready for.

"It's all been about positivity. Staying positive and doing the work is what's going to get it done." Heimel continued, "The team's been working hard and staying focused which is really what you need after so much time off, they're just ready to go."

He's not kidding either. After locking up third place in the Mountain Conference of the WSHL, Cheyenne has had two weeks to ponder how they will face their opponents: The Boulder Bison. Having gone 1-5 against their neighbors to the south, the Stamps will need to have a short term memory as they will only have a best-of-three game series to prove their mettle.

Heimel went on to say, "they played us tough this season, but we're a different team than the last time we faced them. We only had 16 guys and Mark [Lantz], GM has made some great moves to help us out. Picking up Tobias [Pehrson] and Carl Graf from El Paso has really made an impact; and our blue-line has been working hard to pick it up as well."

Those are a couple of guys who have stepped up big for Cheyenne, but so have the goalies. In fact, the postseason opener is still up for grabs as Heimel has opened it up for battle. All netminders will have a shot at earning the start before the coaches make a decision on Thursday.

What they will need to look out for though is the one-two punch of the Bison: Chris Guidotti and Ryan Gauthier. These two are no strangers to Cheyenne as they both have at least ten points in the six games the teams have played each other. Boulder's star defenseman, Preston James also has more points than anyone in a Cheyenne sweater not named Taylor Crawford, Carl Graf, Daniil Kulikov, or Ryan Carroll. This team can score, and they can score fast.

So who will Cheyenne start? How will Boulder play in front of their home crowd? Which team will win? There are still many questions left to be answered before the puck drops on Friday, but one thing is for sure: This war is just getting started.

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Press Release - Immediate Release

February 20, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Stamp Production at an All-Time High
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Feb. 19, 2012
Ogden, UT - After months of a hard fought season, the Cheyenne Stampede have gotten hot just in time for playoffs as they finished up the regular season in style by sweeping the Ogden Mustangs. This weekend was much more than just three games for Cheyenne, this weekend symbolized their entire maiden voyage.

It was a frustrating start to something that would eventually turn out better than anyone had thought it could. Once established, the franchise embarked on a hot streak taking 9 out of 11 games to start the season off. Not bad. However, the bad would end up coming as they would go on to drop 13 out of 14 midway through the season.

That officially became gut check time. Most teams have those moments where they have to ask themselves from the top down, is everybody giving their all. In the end, adjustments and transactions were made which would end up shaping the look and direction of the franchise for good.

The addition of Carl Graf really had a lot to do with the Stamps turning point as his presence was felt in just about every game he laced up. In just 19 games with the club he racked up 30 points including 5 game winning goals and got at least one point in all but five games. Other players stepped up big for Cheyenne including Daniil Kulikov and Taylor Crawford.

Down the stretch they hit another streak that was less than perfect while facing the Dallas Ice Jets and the Idaho Junior Steelheads, however this time it was different. They kept scoring in the midst of adversity and eventually it would lead to success as they finished out the regular season on a 4 game win streak.

Playing the Ogden Mustangs isn't exactly like playing the Fresno Monsters but Ogden has also made strides to improve their team. It's just going to take a little more time for them though before anything turns into lasting success. Cheyenne put up 20 goals in just three games against the Mustangs and while the goaltending was serviceable, there will need to be some fine tuning before playoffs begin. The Stamps will enjoy some time to lick their regular season wounds and get ready for the post-season but as for now, they have much to be proud of after their first year in the WSHL.

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It's a Family Affair

Feb. 17, 2012
Ogden, UT - The Cheyenne Stampede played possibly the most physical series of the season in a heated battle against the New Mexico Renegades and were rewarded with time for some R&R. Well break time is over. Today marks the first day of the rest of the season for Cheyenne as they go in to face off against the Ogden Mustangs for the last series on the schedule. This is more than the final game of the regular season. It's prepping for the playoffs.

Since this will probably be the last chance to see the players before the pressure of the playoffs, I wanted to talk with two players who deal with a lot of pressure every day: Matt and Heath Lantz. Matt and Heath not only have to deal with hockey on the ice, but their parents are the owners of the team. Think there's some interesting dinner conversation there? Count on it.

Name: Matt Lantz
Age: 20
Height: 6'1
Weight: 185lbs
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming


Name: Heath Lantz
Age: 16
Height: 6'4
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming

MP: Describe this roller coaster of a season
M LANTZ: Honestly I think it's been good. We hit that rough patch a little but it forced us to make some moves for the team and that has really strengthened us in the long run. I think we have a real shot to go deep in playoffs because of it. It was stressful but in the end, it's been worth it.
H LANTZ: It's been a silly season but we're a pretty good team and have a lot of skills. We're just looking to put that stuff behind us and focus on this weekend. We have Ogden so we should be able to get three wins going into Utah.

MP: Matt this is your last year of eligibility correct? What's next for you?
M LANTZ: Well this is going to just about do it for hockey. I've got too many injuries, surgeries, and concussions so I'm just going to take some time and go to fire school to become a firefighter. It's hard to hang it up but when your body tells you it's time then it's time. I've enjoyed playing but I'm ready to move on.

MP: Heath, on the opposite end, this is your first season of juniors. What do you think so far?
H LANTZ: It's been a great experience for me. A lot of the older guys have been pushing me to get better, to help me develop my skills, and to move onto the next level. I feel like I will be ready for that in the future but I'll probably be back here in Cheyenne next season which will be nice.

MP: This is kind of an all in the family type of deal where you two play together, your mom handles accounting stuff and your dad GM's the team. Is that better or more stressful?
M LANTZ: You know it's nice but you definitely have to deal with things that the other players don't have to. Obviously it's better being at home than living with billets like I did last year but having your parents around all the time gets kind of stressful too.
H LANTZ: I think it's a little more stressful sometimes. The team kind of gives us some crap sometime but it's nice to be home and sleep in your own bed. Its bittersweet dealing with your parents and playing but it's helpful because we can give good feedback to how things are with the team.

MP: From your perspective, what was it like to watch your family go through the process of starting this team up?
M LANTZ: (begins laughing) Frustrating is the word for it. Oh my gosh it was extremely frustrating and stressful just dealing with the start-up process. Things have since calmed down but yeah it wasn't easy at first. You know every family that runs their own business goes through that kind of thing and gets into arguments but in the end, it has been great and makes me proud that we bought the team from Tulsa.
H LANTZ: It was pretty stressful on my parents to get everything done. When they were starting it up there were family dinners, looking for coaches, finding host families, and all that so it was tough but it sure paid off in the end.

MP: Playoffs are just on the horizon, what are your expectations?
M LANTZ: I'm really excited for it. I think that after everything this team has been through it will be exciting to be put to the test. I don't think anybody on this team thinks we don't have a chance to win and I think we're all ready to take care of business.
H LANTZ: I expect us to do well in the first round. Against Boulder, we'll do well. They're definitely beatable and we have a good chance to go play in El Paso.

MP: Before that you have this weekend, and the Mustangs are a team that were on a hot streak but have since simmered down. Do you expect a lot this weekend?
M LANTZ: Honestly I'm not sure. It's been a while since we've played each other. They're a different team and we're a different team so we just need to go in there with the expectation that we can take them, get the six points, and get ready for playoffs.
H LANTZ: I expect us to get six points, but it's been a while since we've faced them so as long as we play Stampede hockey and get the puck deep then the outcome should go our way.

The Stampede is already starting their Camp and Recruiting process to get ready for next season. For more information you can go to www.cheyennestampede.com or check out their Facebook or Twitter accounts. You can find those links on their website.

Matt Prosser is the Cheyenne Stampede Beat Writer for JuniorHockey.com.

Balancing act

In playing junior hockey, high schoolers adjust to professional demands

By Jeremiah Johnke
jjohnke@wyosports.net

CHEYENNE -- Denver Lloyd thought he knew what to expect when he decided to play Junior A hockey with the first-year Cheyenne Stampede.

Still, his first month with the Western States Hockey League team was quite an eye-opener, both academically and athletically.

"There were times early on where it was really tough to go back to my host family's house and get all of my stuff done after a long day of school, practice, weight lifting and all of that," said Lloyd, who hails from Pinedale.

"Even now, as we try to make a playoff push, there's a bigger time commitment and it's been more difficult. It takes some getting used to, but you learn to make do."

Lloyd, a 17-year-old left winger, said it took him a solid month to grow comfortable with his juggling act. He is the only Stampede player attending Cheyenne East and was recently nominated to take part in the American Legion's Boys State program this coming summer.

The Stampede have defenseman Matt Broman and forwards Austin Krantz, Sean Sayers and Levi Shryack at Cheyenne Central. Forward Heath Lantz is home-schooled. And goaltender Vlodislav Kornienko takes online courses through a school in his native Russia as well as English classes at Laramie County Community College.

Playing junior hockey differs from playing at the high-school level.

The players are 16-21 years old, but the teams are operated like pro franchises and they often make one-way bus trips that can last up to 20 hours. Many prep teams practice only a few times per week, but Cheyenne practices and lifts weights almost daily.

"There are some really good players at this level, so you have to work hard every day," said Lloyd, who has scored a goal and dished out two assists in 37 games. "I'm not 100 percent there yet, but I'm comfortable with the level of play and have enjoyed what I've been doing."

He does admit to having been homesick.

Shryack, who hails from Sheridan, had the same feelings last year when he played Triple-A hockey in Billings, Mont. Triple-A is a step below the junior level.

"For a lot of us, it's our first time away from home and that in itself can be overwhelming," Shryack said. "We have a lot on our plates. Some guys deal with it well and others need that extra push.

"Having gone through it last year, I've tried to be there for my teammates as much as I can."

The primary mission of junior hockey is to prepare players for the rigors of college hockey.

"They're in a pretty special circumstance, so they have to learn how to balance hockey and school," Cheyenne coach Jeff Heimel said. "We've all heard stories about guys who go to college and can't manage all of the balls they have to juggle.

"Keeping them in a structured environment but giving them the freedom to make choices is going to prepare them for a much more demanding college hockey schedule."

Heimel expects his players to be committed to the team, but he's flexible when it comes to their schedules. Every now and then he will let them miss film study or a team meeting for study sessions and projects.

"As long as they communicate with us, I'm OK with them missing things," he said. "We can work our schedule around their schedule. We have some good students on this team, so we haven't had a lot of problems."

Assistant Ty Smith has the high-schoolers' log-ins for Laramie County School District 1's online report cards and sets aside 15 minutes each Thursday to check grades. If a player isn't taking care of business in the classroom, he doesn't play that weekend.

Broman learned that lesson earlier this season when he missed out on a trip to his native Utah.

"It was hard, but it was the motivation I needed to keep up with things and get things done," Broman said.

The Stampede do more than merely punish the players for slacking in the classroom.

Owner and general manager Mark Lantz invested in a sleeper bus so his players could get more rest on return trips after Sunday games and be fresher for school. Some of the beds also convert into tables and it's not uncommon to see players doing homework on the bus.

Said Smith, "The schools have been really great about working with our schedules. They'll let us know what assignments our guys are going to miss and what they need to do to make them up.

"They know these guys are here to chase their dream and they've been really helpful."

The team has a pair of tutors, and forward Ryan Carroll became its unofficial math mentor after a teammate saw him studying for an advanced math class he was taking LCCC and asked for help.

That single interaction has turned into teammates regularly dropping by the home of Carroll's host family for assistance.

Mark Lantz doesn't expect next year's team to be heavy on high-schoolers, but he still plans to raise the amount of academic support the club provides.

"We'll probably institute a study hall," he said. "If these guys want to play college hockey, they've got to keep their grades up. It's definitely a necessary part of junior hockey."


Press Release - Immediate Release

January 30, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Greener Pastures Ahead
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Jan. 30, 2012
Cheyenne, WY - It wasn't exactly the weekend the Cheyenne Stampede had in mind, but then again they aren't the first team to be swept by the best team in the Mountain Conference and second best in the WSHL. Yes, they Stamps have dropped five of their last six, but let's take a moment to review who they've lost to. The Dallas Ice Jets and the Idaho Junior Steelheads have such a high reputation for a reason, they're really good. The two teams have a combined 55 wins in 70 games; they know what they're doing.

The bigger story here is seeing Cheyenne do what they were failing to do throughout the middle of the season: score. In the last two series they notched 22 goals, five more than they scored in the entire month of December, and they did so against two of the three stingiest teams in the league. This team is still on the up and up regardless of the current losing streak.

What is nice for the Stampede is that they are going into New Mexico and Ogden to finish out the season. That's not to say that these will be pushover games, but they will be highly competitive which is what Cheyenne needs. Since they have already secured their playoff spot, it would be easy to rest. However, they will be tested more than they ever have once they start playing for the Thorne Cup and they will need to be primed and ready for it. New Mexico shouldn't be too much of a problem since the Renegades find themselves in a scoring dry spell, but the Ogden series will be their first feeling of playoff intensity since that series could decide seeding.

Once the Stamps can clean up the defense, this team will be among the top in the league. As for now, the biggest thing they have going for them besides their upcoming schedule, is that they are finding scoring amongst the entire team. Ryan Carroll, Reilly Moore, Wayne Hoffman, Carl Graf, Taylor Crawford, Daniil Kulikov, and Matthew Broman all found twine this weekend. This kind of puck sharing and second/third line scoring can make up for problems in other areas; they just need to keep it up...a task that shouldn't be too difficult in the last two weeks of the season.

The Cheyenne Stampede will go on the road for the next 6 league games starting this weekend playing the New Mexico Renegades in the first outdoor WSHL "Winter Classic" game in Los Alamos, NM then onto Ogden, UT to take on the Mustangs in their final League Game.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


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Press Release - Immediate Release

January 23, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Stamp a Ticket to Playoffs

By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Jan. 23, 2012
Cheyenne, WY - After a stunning 6-3 victory against the Dallas Ice Jets on Friday and the Park City Moose getting the broom from the Ogden Mustangs, the Cheyenne Stampede have officially clinched a playoff berth in their maiden voyage. It has been what you would expect of a rookie season for the Stampede as they have had both high points with marked low ones as well, but this achievement is exactly what the front office was looking for all year. GM Mark Lantz has stated on several occasions that their most prominent goal was to make it to playoffs in their first year of existence, and after all the hard work, numerous trades, and battling through adversity on the ice, Cheyenne will be playing for the Thorne Cup.

While this occasion deserves celebration, the next question is where will their focus be now? This team is now in the same situation that every college graduate faces: after working your whole life on the goal of getting the bachelor's degree, now that you have it what next? The Stamps received the degree they sought, but now will they go backpacking through Europe or go for the career? And will the fan base be happy with the fact that they've made playoffs or will they expect a deep run this season? These are all questions that Cheyenne must address. They have made their mark on this season, but what will it say when it is all over?

This team may have started out with a prominent run of wins, but during their losing stint we saw that they had deficiencies that were a cause for concern. They made good trades to put speed on the blueline instead of just brawn, added skill to the top two lines that desperately needed it, and enforced better discipline. It appears now that this team is finally constructed to play at a high level and their win on Friday and close defeat on Saturday and Sunday showed that they can compete with the best of them. The Dallas Ice Jets are no joke. For the entire season they have been fighting tooth and nail with the El Paso Rhinos to see who will stand alone atop the Mid-West Conference. And while the Stamps went 1-2 against them this weekend, they showed tenacity and the ability to score which was missing earlier this season.

The hardest part of the season begins this Friday as the Stampede will play their final three home games in front of a crowd full of support. The league-leading Idaho Junior Steelheads will travel to Cheyenne for a three game series that will challenge the Stampede in all aspects of the game. They won't face a big scoring threat, but what they will see is the best goalie in all of the WSHL, Jordyn Kaufer, and the most efficient penalty kill as well. This weekend will really tell us what to expect from the post-season and whether or not they can readjust their season-long objective, or if they should go buy a copy of Backpacking for Dummies.

The Cheyenne Stampede will play hosts to the League Leading Idaho Jr. Steelheads for a 3 game series, starting Friday at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. Puck Drops at 7:35pm Friday (Jan 27) and Saturday (Jan 28), 11:30am Sunday (Jan 29). For tickets call 433-0024.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


Press Release - Immediate Release

February 06, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Bad Blood Boils Over
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Feb. 06, 2012
Rio Rancho, NM - After losing their last five games, the Cheyenne Stampede needed a big weekend when they travelled to face the New Mexico Renegades in the WSHL's version of the Winter Classic; and a big weekend was what they had. Taking five of the possible six points has put Cheyenne back on track and solidified 3rd place in the Mountain Conference of the WSHL. With 42 points now, the Stampede have pulled away from the Ogden Mustangs but still don't have enough points to catch a Boulder Bison team that is currently riding a modest, yet important, four game win streak.

Friday started with a heated battle that resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Stamps off of the brilliant play of the team's penalty kill. The Renegades on six different occasions failed to convert on the man advantage and that cost them in the end. Cheyenne's special teams ability was also evident when they scored twice on their own powerplays (one being Tobias Pehrson's game winning goal in the third period) in what was overall a poorly disciplined game that saw 14 different players across the two teams sit for various infractions.

The big story for this one was that goaltender Michael Porter received more defensive help that any other game this season. He only faced 21 shots and stood tall for all but two of them. It has been the D-core that has needed improvement for Cheyenne just about all season and when they were needed to, they stepped up in game one of this series.

One day later, it was a different story. The Stampede will remember Saturday as a perfect example of what happens when you let up for just a moment, because it came back to bite them where it hurts. Overall it was a great game for Cheyenne. They scored five goals, they had four of them on the powerplay, and they even outshot their opponents. However what will be remembered was Jake Peterson's shorthanded goal with under a minute remaining in the first period to give New Mexico a one goal lead. That is the goal that would end up costing Cheyenne as the two teams battled it out for the lead throughout the game.

Tied at 5 they went into overtime where nothing transpired and was then followed by a shootout which was won by New Mexico to give them a 6-5 win. All it took was one second of being behind a play and allowing a goal that should have never happened go in for what could have been a 5-4 victory turn into a 6-5 defeat. However, lesson learned and they moved on to Sunday.

After a defeat like Saturday's it is important to see how a team will recover the following day. There are a lot of questions that come up such as: Do they have the energy to push through this? Do they have the mental strength to come back from that? Will they go back to fundamentals? Who will try to make reparations for the loss? All of these things swirl around a team's aura and what everyone looks for is that sign that the previous game wasn't debilitating…and it wasn't.

Cheyenne came out hot taking over 40 shots in the game, scoring all but one goal on special teams, and battling against the Renegades laughable brand of hockey. It seemed that all New Mexico wanted was to go head hunting which didn't make any sense for a playoff-bound team. Colton Burkett, Michael Pisarevsky, Matt Uvodich, and Cole Dodson's play was an example of everything that is wrong with hockey. These four jokers were all charged with head contact infractions which is a nice way of saying they either don't know how to hit, which is probably true for Burkett and Uvodich, or they're out to injure people which is more likely for Pisarevsky and Dodson who has 20 PIMs in his 3 games with New Mexico. Add on Dodson's fifth penalty of the game for checking from behind which got him kicked out, and you have all you need to know about how this one went down.

The Stampede weren't innocent in this one either with a few unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, but when players are being cheap shot, what else do you expect? In a game where concussions are literally the biggest subject, the exhibition that took place on Sunday deserves harsh penalties and I'm not talking about on the ice. The WSHL needs to make a statement after a game like that, because if they don't then this is only going to be the beginning. People watch hockey for the intensity, not for the life-threatening injuries. Head contact cannot be a simple two minute minor if you want it taken out of the game. If nothing is done about hits to the head, pretty soon every hockey player will have nothing but scrambled eggs floating where a brain used to be. Maybe the bright lights and being outdoors got to the players, even so it is unacceptable.

For Cheyenne to battle through the adversity they faced and win game 3 in their final series against New Mexico by a score of 4-3 proves that this team is truly on the up and up. The crisp outdoors provided all they needed to get back on track. The slip up against the Ice Jets and the Junior Steelheads isn't a good pool to test the waters in when it comes to record, however this series was indicative of what the Stampede have the ability to do. They will have a bye weekend before closing out the regular season in Utah when they play the Odgen Mustangs in two weeks. Playoff Ticket availability will be announced soon on the Teams Website for the first round to be held in Boulder, CO.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


Stampede rally falls short
By Jeremiah Johnke
jjohnke@wyosports.net

CHEYENNE n The spark came a little too late for the Cheyenne Stampede.

The Western States Hockey League squad scored four goals over a three-minute stretch in the third period, but still lost to the visiting Dallas Ice Jets 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

"We just couldn't find the spark we needed n I don't know what it was," said forward Carl Graf, who scored a pair of third-period goals and assisted on another. "We played 12 minutes of good hockey and only lost by two goals, so that's frustrating."

Dallas (22-7-2) dominated a flat and relatively lifeless Stampede squad well into the third period. The Ice Jets built a 6-0 lead by the 14:18 mark of the second period.

Cheyenne (17-17-3) didn't get on the scoreboard until Daniil Kulikov's power play goal with 5 minutes, 8 seconds to play in the second.

Sunday's game played out in a similar fashion to Saturday's contest, which Dallas won 4-3.

In that game, the Ice Jets scored three goals in the first period and led 4-1 a mere 42 seconds into the second.

It didn't surprise Stampede coach Jeff Heimel that his team lacked energy Saturday night after picking up a hard-fought 6-3 win to open the series Friday.

He was surprised that Cheyenne was flat Sunday.

"I definitely expected more from the get-go," he said. "For whatever reason, the legs weren't there. They weren't down (on themselves), though.

"I thought our guys stayed pretty positive because they knew that if we got a couple of power plays and a couple of goals, we'd be right back in the game."

Graf got the Cheyenne offense going with his goal at the 14:38 mark of the third period.

The Stampede then got goals from Wayne Hoffman (16:09), Graf (16:36) and Joe Bellotti (17:50) to narrow Dallas' advantage to 6-5.

"We've been such a momentum team this year," Heimel said. "When things are going our way, we play unreal. When things aren't going our way and we're not at our best, we really struggle.

"We got a couple of goals and guys got fired up."

With his team trailing 6-4 and Dallas' Bryan Siersma called for hooking, Heimel pulled goaltender Cacy Wilfer to give his team two extra attackers.

The strategy resulted in Bellotti's goal.

The defenseman wrapped around the net and snuck the puck between Dallas goalie Michael Baldwin and the left pipe.

"Guys finally started working and feeling that competitive greatness that we needed from the start," Graf said. "We got one goal, and then people started moving their feet and we got another and built off of that," Graf added. "We just needed to play that way from the beginning."

Ice Jets' forward Christian Elsborg snuffed out Cheyenne's comeback hopes with an empty net goal with 34 seconds to play. It was Elsborg's second goal of the game.

"We had an opportunity to come back and win the game, which you wouldn't have thought we would when we were down five goals," Heimel said.

Cheyenne plays its final home series of the year starting Friday when it hosts the Mountain Conference-leading Idaho Junior Steelheads (28-2-2) at 7:35 p.m.


Press Release - Immediate Release
January 20, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Time for the Stamped to Act-Out Their Namesake
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer

Jan. 20, 2012

Cheyenne, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede have never had more in common with their namesake as they have recently. Merriam-Webster, the most well-known English dictionary, defines a stampede as "a mass movement of people at a common impulse". That impulse for the juniors in southern Wyoming: winning.

After coming off of a long losing streak, Cheyenne burst forward with a huge weekend against the Phoenix Knights. Once the dust settled, the Stampede out-shot, out-scored, out-saved, out-played, and just about out-everything-else-positive against the Knights and rolled to their most impressive series sweep in the short history of the franchise. Now they have a much more difficult task in front of them as the Dallas Ice Jets come to town and they have something to prove as they have fallen out of the top spot in the Mid-West Conference.

With Cheyenne just 10 points away from locking up their first ever playoff appearance, don't think they aren't just as fired up. The front office has been active in making their team better and it certainly paid off last weekend. Carl Graf, recent acquisition from the El Paso Rhinos, went on a scoring tear knotting up 7 points in the three games, one of which included a hat trick. Teammate Daniil Kulikov matched him point-for-point as well.

It seems as though Cheyenne has found their groove, but will Dallas have something to say about it? The league's number 4 and 5 goaltenders, Thomas Scoggin and Michael Baldwin, provide a dual threat in between the pipes for Dallas. However, the Stampede had a remarkable upturn in goals with 21 total against Phoenix. The question is which streak will remain intact? Can the Stampede continue their momentum forward with guns blazing? Or will the Ice Jets defense and netminding prove to be just too much for the young bucks? Find out this weekend as the Stampede host the Ice Jets for another three game series of WSHL action.

The Cheyenne Stampede will play hosts to the Dallas Ice Jets for a 3 game series, starting Friday at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. Puck Drops at 7:35pm Friday (Jan 20) and Saturday (Jan 21), 11:30am Sunday (Jan 22). For tickets call 433-0024.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


Press Release - Immediate Release

January 18, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Welcome Back Cheyenne!

By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer
Jan. 18, 2012

Cheyenne, WY - 180 minutes...that's all it took to change the shape of a season. After losing 13 out of its last 14 games, it looked as though the Stampede had just about given up with a horrific schedule ahead of them. However, 180 minutes later, this team has a new lease on life and the Cheyenne Stampede welcomed back their winning ways with open arms as if it were the Prodigal Son who had returned home. After living a comfortable life just above the Colorado border, he (being "winning ways") left home and had gotten caught in his wayward life while hanging out with the likes of Bison and Brahmas, Monsters and Rhinos, and Flyers and Red Hawks. But then he realized a change was needed so he came home and lit up the net against some Knights that came to visit, and the town was there to celebrate his return home by slaughtering the fatted calf in victory.

Ok maybe not so much that last part, but in no way is there exaggeration in saying that the Cheyenne Stampede went Biblical in their recent home series against the Phoenix Knights. It hasn't been an easy road for the Stampede in recent weeks, but thanks to new addition Carl Graf and the surprising awakening of Daniil Kulikov, they put together their first series sweep since early November. This team looked like one of the WSHL's elite as they ripped shot after shot after shot against a Phoenix team that has endured one of the most painful seasons in franchise history out in the desert; pair that up with some outstanding goaltending for three nights, one including a shutout by Vladislav Kornienko, and the Stampede finally found their recipe for success.

The weekend got off to a hot start with not one but two hat tricks for the home squad by Graf and Kulikov, while netminder Cacy Wilfer only allowed one goal on 18 attempts. They came out with all kinds of aggression and won in dominating fashion 7-1. Riley Moore also punched in a power play goal for the Stampede. This however, wouldn't be the most remarkable evening out of the three either. After licking its wounds, the Knights came back and put three up on Wilfer, however goalie Sebastian Ramirez for Phoenix couldn't match and allowed four off of an amazing 48 shots. Graf and Kulikov both scored in this one again to give each of them 4 after two nights; Taylor Crawford and Joe Bellotti also tallied a goal to win 4-3. Sunday however, that is when the big beatdown of Phoenix came as they lost 11-0 and couldn't even scrape together 20 shots. Goals came by Graf, Matthew Broman, Graf again, Crawford, recent acquisition Tobias Pehrson, Sean Sayers, Kulikov, Bellotti, Crawford again, and Dorren Masters who earned a Gordie Howe hat trick after his scrap with Gage Mitchell and his assist on the Sayers goal. Graf finished the weekend with 7 points, not a bad welcoming party; and Kulikov matched with 7 himself.

It's as if Phoenix poked at a sleeping bear that was hibernating and woke it up, because the Stampede apparently had enough of losing. Their play was remarkably better than possibly any other series they've played in, and if they continue this against the Dallas Ice Jets this coming weekend, they could possibly be sitting on a nice six game winning streak. Shot production was at an all-time high with 160 shots in those 180 minutes, that's almost one shot on goal per minute. With all this scoring as a result, let's hope that they took notes and can hit the repeat button because this is fun hockey.

The Cheyenne Stampede will play hosts to the Dallas Ice Jets for a 3 game series, starting Friday at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. Puck Drops at 7:35pm Friday (Jan 20) and Saturday (Jan 21), 11:30am Sunday (Jan 22). For tickets call 433-0024.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


Press Release - Immediate Release
January 13, 2012
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Clinch Could Be Coming
By: Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Staff Writer
Jan. 13, 2012

Cheyenne, WY - Welcome to the weekend of reckoning for the Cheyenne Stampede. They have made it no secret that they have one main goal: to make playoffs in their first year of existence. Today they find themselves in position to fulfill that vision and all they need to do is win 4 out of their 15 remaining games. They start this weekend with a three game series against the easiest team they will play the rest of the season, the Phoenix Knights.

It hasn't exactly been the season the Knights were hoping for. After following taking the reins from the seven-time champion Phoenix Polar Bears, the new purple and black find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference with mathematically no chance of breaking even. This is the team that should make the Stampede begin salivating at the thought of playing them as Cheyenne hasn't been playing their best hockey in recent games either. Another bright note for the home team is that Phoenix is absolutely horrible on the road with a record of 3-10-1.

This weekend will also be the first chance for fans to see the new faces on the club. They already saw Carl Graf in the Stampede's 3-1 loss to Boulder a week ago, but this time they get to check out recently acquired defenseman, Tobias Pehrson of the El Paso Rhinos. They did need to give up statesman Brandon Luke in the process but Pehrson will add much needed depth at the blueline with reports of more trades coming.

If there were ever a time for Cheyenne to right the ship, it's this weekend. Why you may ask? Because after this they have six games in a row against the Mid-West and Mountain Conference leaders in the Dallas Ice Jets and Idaho Junior Steelheads; two teams who are determined to make things very difficult for the Stampede. It will be tough sledding ahead for the new franchise in Wyoming but they just have to remember the goal: 4 wins out of 15 games. If they can do that, they will be playoff-bound and who knows, maybe the last-place Park City Moose will help them out with a few losses this weekend against the Arizona Red Hawks. Although it's always better to make that an unnecessary need.

The Cheyenne Stampede will play hosts to the Phoenix Knights for a 3 game series, starting tonight at the Cheyenne Ice & Events Center. Puck Drops at 7:35pm Friday(Jan 13) and Saturday(Jan 14), 11:30am Sunday (Jan 15). For tickets call 433-0024.

Friday and Saturdays home game will also be designated Carey Jr. High Night as the Stampede players have been on the ice again this week with all Carey Physical Education classes teaching, encouraging, giving tips and learning the game of Ice Hockey. The Team has invited all PE Class members to the Phoenix series and waived their admission fees by giving the Carey PE Coaches over 250 Free Tickets to the games!

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


In-Depth Look at Taylor Crawford of the Cheyenne Stampede - Jan. 06, 2012

Cheyenne, WY - Currently the WSHL has just passed its half-way point and so far, the expansion (or transfer) Cheyenne Stampede have had a decent season. After starting the season with a loss, the team immediately took off going on a hot ten game win streak. Then they hit a bit of a rough stretch just before break but currently stand at 15-12-3. The Stampede have gone through some growing pains but overall seems to be developing nicely and are eagerly waiting their return from break.

But since the teams of the WSHL are just now reporting back to their respective facilities after a nice two-week vacation, it's a good time to get to know the players a bit. So this week, I took a few minutes to chat it up with Stampede Captain, Taylor Crawford. Below are some specifics on him to start:

Age: 20
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 155lbs
Birthplace: Anchorage, AK
Current Status: Amateur
GPA: 3.8
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Tenure with Cheyenne Franchise: First season

MP: So how's the break been treating you? Enjoying yourself?
CRAWFORD: Oh my gosh it's been great! Definitely what I needed so it's been real nice.
MP: Haha I'm sure it has been; you guys had a tough finale to the first half of the season. By the way, congratulations on your early success this season. You lead the team with 41 points so far, what would you attribute your success to?
CRAWFORD: Well to be honest with you, it's really all about the group of guys I have around me. I've been on a line with Ryan Carroll all season long and we've just been able to develop some really good chemistry and it's worked out great. Because of my size, I'm more of a guy who doesn't play in front of the net so much and I just look for ways to get open and my teammates do a really good job of getting the puck to me; it also helps open things up for me to pass.
MP: You went from 10 games without a loss to 11 games without a win. This season has been rather hot and cold wouldn't you say? What happened?
CRAWFORD: Yeah we've been through lots of adversity you know. I mean really here's what happened, we played well against some pretty weak teams in the beginning of the season and that built up a lot of confidence for us which was good. The problem though was we got complacent just before playing some elite teams and that just brought us back down which was also good. It really wasn't fun during that rough patch but the adversity was healthy for this team and I think we'll be ready to go coming off this break
MP: The franchise moved from Tulsa, a city that loved its team, to Cheyenne this year. How has the fan support been for a team that is really starting from scratch?
CRAWFORD: Oh the fan support has been a huge surprise to me. This wasn't a hockey town before we came here and I really wasn't expecting much but we have some crazy, die-hard fans that are awesome. And it really helps when you're in an 0-11 funk to have a lot of support to back you up.
MP: So the fans kept coming during the losing streak?
CRAWFORD: Honestly, I think there were more fans there when we were losing than when we were winning. They wanted us to get out of that losing streak just as much if not more than we did haha. You know and credit Mark Lantz, our GM. He and our coaches worked really hard to spread the word before we even got here and the fans have been great.
MP: And I'm sure you've had to compete with the college crowds around there for attention too which wouldn't make things easy, especially because people don't really know how intense junior hockey is.
CRAWFORD: Well yeah, when people hear "junior hockey" they think of little kids going to play some recreation stuff, but once they realize that it's grown adults playing extremely physical hockey then they get hooked
MP: Do you think it's because it's called "junior" hockey that people are turned off by that?
CRAWFORD: Yeah I really do. People, especially those who don't know hockey but even some who do, don't understand that the people playing aren't minors and that turns them off.
MP: So if you could pick anything you wanted to change it to, what would it be?
CRAWFORD: Oh man that's a tough one. You've caught me off guard for this. Um, I don't really know; maybe Big Boy Hockey haha.
MP: Alright not too shabby, but I'll give you a few weeks to come up with something better. In the meantime, you're from Idaho and last year you played for the Junior Steelheads, what was it like going back there earlier this season to face off against them?
CRAWFORD: It was fun going back there and you know my best friend is the captain of the team; so yeah that was fun. Don't get me wrong though, I definitely wanted to take it to them because we aren't friends during the game. We've got 60 minutes of playtime and then we can go back to being friends afterwards. It really motivates you to have a good showing though.
MP: Trades have been a big part of this team's young history as they are with most expansion franchises. As the captain of the team, how have you been able to keep your team together and cohesive through the changes?
CRAWFORD: It's been pretty easy since we are such a close team. There isn't really much to do around Cheyenne and a lot of teams end up splitting into cliques but because we don't have much else to do, we stick together a lot. It doesn't stop guys from worrying about being traded but that's part of hockey and you just have to learn to deal with it. And when it comes to the guy we trade for, we just accept him as another one of the guys. Nobody is safe, but that's what keeps us together.

To update you on the team Crawford plays for…GM Mark Lantz and Coach Jeff Heimel have been working tirelessly to add some scoring to their offensive core. Already they have made three big splashes by acquiring Carl Graf from the El Paso Rhinos, Daniil Kulikov from the Phoenix Knights, and they have added 6'1" forward Sean Sayers. Even after all of this, they may not be done. Lantz has a lofty goal in sight and is determined to make it a reality; "That goal is earning a playoff berth in our first year of existence." If his team continues making great trades and key pickups, they may just have a shot.

Cheyenne returns to the ice this weekend against the Boulder Bison, a team they are 1-3 against so far. This has quickly turned into a nice border brawl and it looks to be even more heated come Saturday. Afterwards, the Stampede will enjoy an extended home stretch. They will host the Phoenix Knights, Dallas Ice Jets, and the Idaho Junior Steelheads for a trifecta of three-game series'. For more information go to www.cheyennestampede.com.

Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Writer for JuniorHockey.com. E-mail him at MProsser58@gmail.com.


Stampede set to open 2012 with a Bang on Saturday

CHEYENNE, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede are set to open the 2012 portion of their home schedule with a bang this Saturday January 7, 2012 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center by facing off with the Boulder Jr. Bison of Colorado. Puck drops at 7:35pm.

General Manager, Mark Lantz is excited about getting team going into 2012. "The Stampede are poised and looking forward to completing another team goal within a few short games! That Goal is earning a Play-off berth in their first year of existence."

The entire Stampede Staff has been working tirelessly to add depth and scoring punch to the lines, and Head Coach Jeff Heimel is happy about the new additions, "GM Lantz has acquired three such players within the last 25 days." Starting off with Danill Kulikov, 6'1" Forward from Moscow, Russia who joined the roster just prior to the WSHL's Showcase in late December. Carl Graf, 6'2" Forward from Stockholm, SWE who was added to the roster during the showcase and recently acquired Sean Sayers, 6'1" Forward from Calgary, AB. "We still are in the Playoff building mode, looking to add maturity and depth to the defensive squad," added Assistant Coach Ty Smith.

Saturdays home game will also be designated Carey Jr. High Night as the Stampede players have been on the ice with the Carey Physical Education classes all week teaching, encouraging, and giving tips. The Team has invited all PE Class members to the Boulder Game Saturday night and waived their admission fees by giving the Carey PE Coaches over 200 Free Tickets to Saturday's game!

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


R&R: Rest & Rumors

Dec. 27, 2011

CHEYENNE, WY - December is usually a month of cold weather for The Equality State, but this year there is a Chinook Wind blowing Cheyenne's way that is bringing the warming feeling of trade acquisitions on the horizon. After a historical start to the expansion Stampede's season, things have simmered down in the win column and the Western States Shootout is a great summary for how the level of play has been lately. The team went just 1-1-2 on their trip to Las Vegas before the break where they had a remarkable come-from-behind win against the Long Beach Bombers in the finale. Other than that, there wasn't much to write home about.

However, there was a stir in the pot that occurred on the trip. After the Stampede fell to the El Paso Rhinos in game two of the weekend, the two franchises reached a trade agreement that brought star forward Carl Graf to Cheyenne. The Stampede needed to give up D-man Travis Cornwell but that is a small price to pay for a player on track to score 60+ points this season, especially considering Cheyenne's scoring struggles.

Just to give you an idea of what the Stampede are receiving, this 6'2", 190lbs Swedish sensation is averaging 1.28 points per game, adds much needed size to crash the net, and quick hands. This is the player that Cheyenne has been waiting for all season to support Taylor Crawford and Ryan Carroll. With these three scoring threats, the Stampede should be able to turn their fortunes around when they return from their two-week vacation.

The exciting thing about all of this is that sources are saying that the Stampede are still throwing feelers out there for other possible transactions. Assumptions are that this time it is to put some speed on their blue-line. Also, nothing is confirmed yet, but rumors are swirling around the organization starting up an Independent U-16 or U-18 team under the AAU. It is unlikely that the franchise will choose both but if this comes to fruition, only good things will come for hockey in southern Wyoming so stay tuned for more info. For up-to-the-minute info you can go to the Cheyenne Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or the team website www.cheyennestampede.com.

When the season gets underway again on January 6th, the team will be playing against the team they started the year with: The Boulder Bison. As a fun thing for the fans to get involved with, the Stampede are planning a "Fan Party Bus" to travel down to Boulder, Colorado. Again, for more information please go to the websites. Things are looking bright for Cheyenne, and if these trades culminate with a lot of hard work then they may have a Thorne Cup in the near future.

Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Writer for JuniorHockey.com. E-mail him at MProsser58@gmail.com.


Herded In and Out of Showcase

Dec. 21, 2011
LAS VEGAS, NV - Well it wasn't necessarily the most glorious weekend of hockey for the Cheyenne Stampede, but there were some bright spots. On Friday, the Stampede travelled to Las Vegas to play in the WSHL Western States Shootout Tournament where they finished with a record of 1-1-2. For an expansion team, it could've been much worse than it ended up.

In game one on Saturday, Cheyenne drew one of the more elite squads on-site: The Valencia Flyers. The contest got off to a great start with Joe Bellotti netting the first goal of the game, but that was pretty much the only great thing in the game for the Stampede. Valencia scored the following four goals to win 4-1. The key to this one was blown chances. The boys in brown had four chances on the power play and couldn't capitalize on any of them. And who knows, maybe if they had scored on the Ryan Smith penalty about midway through the first period when the Stampede were down 2-1, we could be talking about a different ending. Momentum leads to momentous moments, and by missing out on those chances, Cheyenne didn't have a prayer.

After licking the wounds, the Stampede moved to Sunday; playing the El Paso Rhinos, Cheyenne's General Manager, Mark Lantz, stated afterwards that it was the best game he's seen his team play. He even added that they "played more as a team than when [they] were leading the [Mountain] Division." Unfortunately, this came in a losing effort as the Rhinos won the game 3-2. Some highlights though were that the passes were crisp, the shots were smart, and just the fact that they pushed a great team like El Paso to overtime. If there was ever such a thing as a moral victory, this was as close as it would come.

Monday marked game three of the Shootout for Cheyenne and they were matched up with yet another capable opponent, the Arizona Red Hawks. This one was another heart-breaker for the Stampede as they once again forced the game into overtime, but just as the previous night, they fell short 3-2. Vladislav Kornienko played well between the pipes, stopping a flurry of 34 shots hurled his way, but there were just too many defensive breakdowns that led to his second overtime loss of the season.

Even after starting the tournament 0-3, the silver-lining was found in the Stampede's game against the Long Beach Bombers on Tuesday. They had to do it in dramatic fashion, coming from behind after trailing 3-0, but somehow they found a way to pull together and walk away with a victory on the biggest stage the franchise has ever played on. And just as special teams played horribly on Saturday, the exact opposite happened in this one. Cheyenne got back into the game by getting their first two goals on the powerplay; the first one was scored by Bellotti and the second by Matthew Lantz. Coming back from the intermission, the Stampede needed just one to tie, but were given two goals by Daniil Kulikov about midway through the second period. Andrew Baggen put the icing on top of the cake with a shorthanded empty net goal to seal it 5-3 in one of the most shocking comebacks of the entire tournament.

The other accolade the team receive was for start defenseman, Joe Bellotti, who was named HockeyShot.com's National Defensive Player of the Week. This is the highest honor any player for the Stampede has accomplished in its young existence. Cheyenne will be on break until January 6th like everyone else in the WSHL. They travel to Boulder Colorado for yet another attempt at redemption against the Bison. So far, the Stampede is 1-3 in the season series.

Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Writer for JuniorHockey.com. E-mail him at MProsser58@gmail.com.


Cheyenne's Bellotti Named HockeyShot.com Defensive POTW - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011
By: JuniorHockey.com Staff

JuniorHockey.com today announced that Joe Bellotti, of the Western States Hockey League's Cheyenne Stampede, has been named HockeyShot.com's National Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending December 20th.

Bellotti recorded two goals and a pair of assists as Cheyenne went 1-1-2 at the Western States Shootout in Las Vegas.

The 6'1" / 185 lb. 20-year-old from Malboro, New Jersey has collected a total of eight goals and seven assists in 29 WSHL games this season.

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MEDIA ADVISORY - Immediate Release
December 11, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

What Happens When Expansion Meets Champion

Dec. 18, 2011

LAS VEGAS , NV - It was the most anticipated game of Day 3 at the Western States Shootout Tournament. The up-and-coming expansion Cheyenne Stampede faced off against the reigning Mid-West Division Champion El Paso Rhinos in a dual that was so good, it wouldn't have been right if it didn't go into overtime.

The Stampede got off to an early lead when Andrew Baggen's shot was deflected by Dorren Masters at just under four minutes in. It would take nearly 16 minutes but the Rhinos did answer with a goal of their own by Alex Koopmeiners to tie it at 1 going into the intermission. When the puck dropped for the second period, it was a sluggish start for both squads. There would be three penalties over a span of ten minutes before a goal would be scored at the 14:07 mark by Dallas Szustak to give the Rhinos the lead. Not to be outdone, Cheyenne responded six minutes later to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Once a player for each team was removed from the playing surface and the extra period began, it was only a matter of time before this thriller would find a winner. That winner would come in the shape of Trey Hughes on a breakaway. After receiving a puck bounced off the boards by Szustak, Hughes caught a burst of speed, split the defense, and buried the rubber to end the game with just over a minute remaining. When asked if he could give a player of the game award, Coach Cory Herman explained "the Hughes, Morales, and Szustak line played like magic all game so I'll go with all of them." Magic is a great word for it. The three of them together recorded six points from the three goals in a great win for the Rhinos.

Despite the loss, there were still some bright spots for Cheyenne. Goalie Michael Porter gave a fascinating performance, stopping 38 of El Paso's 41 shots. When asked what he thought in his team's losing effort, Cheyenne GM Mark Lantz stated "this was the best game I've seen our team play. I don't look at this as a defeat, our guys played more like a team than back when we were in first place. We played a great team [from] El Paso and got a point out of it."

Up next in the Shootout for the Rhinos are the dominant Idaho Junior Steelheads; and Cheyenne will play the Arizona Red Hawks. Both teams will have their hands full playing very capable teams. However if they show up with the same intensity as they did today and get a couple of breaks then they have a better than good shot at winning.

Matt Prosser, Cheyenne Stampede Writer for JuniorHockey.com. E-mail him at MProsser58@gmail.com.


STAMPEDE SNAP LOSING STREAK

CHEYENNE, WY: Finally after dropping 8 games in a row the Cheyenne Stampede played a scheduled exhibition game against the University of Wyoming's ACHA Div III Team on Friday in Laramie, WY and won in a fairly convincing manner. 4-1, before returning home to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on Saturday to play in front of one of largest crowds to date.
The Stampede didn't spoil their fans enthusiasm and want for a home victory. The Stampede battled hard in front of their fans, giving them a 5-2 win in this home and home series.
Scoring Summary
Game 1- Laramie WY, Dec 9th, 2011

Period 1-No Scoring
Period 2- Cheyenne (1) Masters (Cornwell, Moore) 1:50; Cheyenne (2) Tucker (Cornwell, Moore) 7:57; Cheyenne (3) Masters (Crawford) 9:28
Period 3-Cheyenne (4) Hoffman (unassisted) 11:29; UW (1) Lang (unassisted)
Shots 43-35 Cheyenne
Winning Goal-Tender: Cacey Wilfer
Final 4-1 Cheyenne
Game 2 - Cheyenne WY, Dec 10

Period 1-Cheyenne (1) Carroll (Crawford) 1:06 ; UW (1) Freeman (Bates) 2:11
Period 2-Cheyenne (2) Crawford (Lantz, Carroll) 4:35; Cheyenne (3) Lantz (Crawford, Carroll) 7:44; UW(2) Squire (Nelson, Roberts)
Period 3-Cheyenne (4) Carroll (Lantz, Moore) 1:19; Cheyenne (5) Lantz (Moore, Cornwell) 10:43
Shots 36-22 Cheyenne
Winning Goal-Tender: Michael Porter
Final 5-2 Cheyenne
Cheyenne's Heath Lantz and Ryan Carroll recorded 4pts each during this game and showed some impressive work ethic and seemed to be returning to their production habits of earlier this season.

Coach Heimel had this to say, "It was nice to get something in the win column. We have been plagued by injuries and have been dealing with a ton of adversity lately. I am happy to see some players turning things around but still we have a long way to go and many pieces to add to the puzzle if we are going to win when it matters come playoff time." "Overall it was a positive weekend". Asked about what he thought about his GM scheduling an "Exhibition Series" in the middle of the season Heimel added, "This was a great exhibition series. Both the fans of Cheyenne and Laramie really got involved and it was a great opportunity to provide the state of Wyoming with some high caliber hockey. I can see this turning into a heated rivalry and a yearly tradition based on the success of last weekend. What a great experience."
The Stampede take their game on the road to Las Vegas to play in the Western States Hockey League Showcase featuring 18 teams and over 60+ College coaches and recruiters later this week and afterward will go on a Holiday break, returning home to the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on January 7, 2012 to face their most heated rivals, the Boulder Bison for a home and home series!

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


MEDIA ADVISORY - Immediate Release
November 18, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

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CHEYENNE, WY - This coming weekends game, Saturday, November 19th between #1 Cheyenne Stampede and #3 Boulder Jr. Bison has been designated as "Stamp out Hunger" at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

The Cheyenne Stampede will be joining CBS Channel 5, Cheyenne Spradley Bar, and Sierra Trading Post with a food drive this weekend to benefit the Comea Shelter and the Salvation Army. The Stampede players will deliver the food early next week. There will be a collection box at the Rink for canned goods, cereal, jello or cake mixes. Please bring a few items to donate to these great organizations and help feed the hungry in Cheyenne.

Come out and enjoy a Cheyenne Stampede hockey game vs. Boulder Jr. Bison on November 19th at 7:35pm! Saturday night the Stampede will also host Autograph Night with selected Stampede Players and a FREE Skate with the players after the game. Call 307-433-0024 for tickets or visit www.CheyenneStampede.com for more information!


MEDIA ADVISORY - Immediate Release
November 22, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

By: David Briggs - Stampede Staff

Boulder, Cheyenne Establish Heated Rivalry

It was Russ Tyler who coined the term "It's Knuckle Puck Time," in D2: The Mighty Ducks.

The "Knuckle Puck" was a weapon used by Coach Gordon Bombay to effectively change the momentum of a game. But, what was the "Knuckle Puck," really? It was a next to impossible shot for any goalie to stop, including Team Iceland's goalie, and that is saying something. Although, the literal term "It's Knuckle Puck Time" never really made a whole lot of sense to me speaking strictly in a hockey sense.

Don't get me wrong. The "Knuckle Puck" was one of the most well known entities in one of the best hockey movies ever made. However, it would make more sense to me to apply the term: "It's Knuckle Puck Time" to a phenomenon that makes the term more credible in a hockey sense, to a phenomenon that has knuckles and pucks flying, to a phenomenon that after this past weekend can only be described as a bitter fierce WSHL rivalry established for the ages.

So I am borrowing the term "It's Knuckle Puck Time" for the time being. It is certainly fitting to describe the newly established border war between the Boulder Bison and the Cheyenne Stampede.

It's Knuckle Puck Time. Lets see how the home-and-home series panned out over the weekend.

From the get go on Friday night in Boulder in game one of the home-and-home, it was all Cheyenne. Just :57 into the game Taylor Crawford scored on a nasty backhand on an odd man rush. The Stampede controlled possession by a wide margin and took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

A goalie change in the second after surrendering three straight goals to the Stampede may have been the catalyst for a sudden change in momentum that worked in Boulder's favor.

Hunter Fernandez entered the game in relief of Dax Deadrick. In short work Boulder easily tied the game at three.

The Bison came out in the third period with a chip on their shoulder and easily controlled the remainder of the game. The Bison skated past the Stampede 6-4.

The hard fought battle from zone to zone was easily overshadowed however by the number of fists flying and less than complimentary words chirped from bench to bench all night long.

It was like Fight Club on ice, except this time everyone's talking about it. Isn't that breaking the number one rule?

Overall Friday night, in a game in which the first match penalty in recent memory was handed out, was goal-to-goal and fist-to-fist, one of the most exciting hockey games I have watched in a while, at any level.

Here is a round of applause for my three Stars of the night: Taylor Porrier, for his three goal night for the Bison, Hunter Fernandez for his stellar relief appearance that effectively flipped momentum Boulder's way, and Andrew Baggen for the Stampede, who in the spirit of Mustache November or "Movember" was rocking one of the best horseshoe ‘staches I have seen on ice since Johnny Upton from "Slap Shot."

The second game of the home-and-home series was held at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. But, home ice wasn't as sweet for the Stampede as it was for the Bison.

The Bison came out firing in the first. They picked up right where they left off on Friday night, scoring the first five goals of the game, on their way to a much easier 7-2 win and a sweep of the Stampede.

There were 22 penalties called in this one, including five majors and a game ejection. Enough said.

It was a very rough weekend for the Stampede. Here is what Coach Jeffrey Heimel had to say following the two game sweep. "This was a tough weekend for us. We had control of the game Friday night with a 3-0 lead and were unable to finish the job. We have a big series coming up this weekend against Fresno and need to refocus and get back to what has made us successful this season."

The Stampede now sits at 12-6-1 and in third place in the Mountain Conference of the WSHL. It has a very tough test this weekend in Fresno against the Monsters. The Monsters sit at 17-1-0 on the season, in first place in the Western Conference.

Lets face it. The kind of hockey played against the Bison this weekend won't get the job done in Fresno. Hopefully the Stampede can keep its emotions at bay.

The next installment of "It's Knuckle Puck Time" kicks of January 6, 2012. It should be one heck of a new year.

The Stampede's next home stand will be Dec 2-4 when the Texas Brahmas come to town for a 3 game stand against the Stampede. Tickets can be reserved for this game and the upcoming University of Wyoming game, by call 307-433-0024.

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


Stampede Speed Past Mustangs
David Briggs - Stampede Staff

It is safe to say that overcoming defeat is no problem for the Cheyenne Stampede.

After a less than stellar showing against the Junior Steelheads in Idaho last weekend, where it suffered its first three game losing streak on the season, the Cheyenne Stampede welcomed in the Ogden Mustangs on Military Appreciation Weekend for a three game set, hoping to inflict a little pain of its own.

It did just that.

"I was happy with the leadership our team showed this weekend," said coach Jeffrey Heimel, "We had many players step up at the right times in big moments in the series and I believe that is a testament to our team and its desire to win hockey games."

The weekend started off with a bang in game one on Friday night in Cheyenne. 19 goals were scored, 11 by the Stampede. To say that the Stampede was able to get its offense back on track would be an understatement. It averaged more than one shot a minute, 67 to be exact.

Taylor Crawford proved why he is deserving of wearing the "C". He tallied three goals and four assists on Friday on his way to a seven-point night and a 13-point weekend overall.

Special teams were also a huge factor in the game. The Stampede was nearly perfect in that aspect, going 5 for 6 on the power play and only surrendering one goal on the Mustangs seven chances with the man advantage.

The Stampede sped past the Mustangs with relative ease, 11-8.

The Stampede found its offense again on Saturday night at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. This time though, it was more evenly distributed. It got goals from five different players on it way to a 6-3 win over the Mustangs.

Cacy Wilfer got the win after stopping 28 of 31 pucks thrown his way.

After two games against the Mustangs the Stampede had already thrown 119 shots at net. That trend would not change in the final game on Sunday.

The Stampede recorded another 51 shots. Over its three game set with the Mustangs, the Stampede recorded a total of 170 shots on net.

The cliché of giving credit where credit is due is certainly fitting here. Although the Stampede skated past the Mustangs with relative ease this weekend, Alex Glockner, the Ogden Mustangs goaltender, deserves a ton of praise. He kept every game close. If his team could have found a bit more offense, the mood of this article may have been a lot different.

Glockner faced all 170 shots that the Stampede threw the Mustangs way this weekend and he only let 21 by him. That is a .876 save percentage. Not bad.

The Stampede are now 12-4-1 on the season after completing the three game sweep of the Mustangs and once again hold sole possession of first place in the Mountain Conference of the WSHL.

The Stampede welcome the Boulder Bison to town this upcoming weekend and Coach Heimel couldn't be more thrilled with the momentum his team stands to carry into the series. "It was great to see the team bounce back after a rough series last weekend in Idaho. Our goal was to win three games this weekend and continue to improve as a team and at the end of the series coming away with six points feels pretty good. We are looking forward to a great series next weekend against the Boulder Bison."

The Bison are just three points back of the Stampede with three games in hand. It should be a fun weekend.

MEDIA ADVISORY - Immediate Release
November 8, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

CHEYENNE, WY - This coming weekends games between #2 Cheyenne Stampede and #4 Ogden Mustangs has been declared Military Appreciation Weekend at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

The Stampede will be paying homage to all those we have served and still are serving in our nation's armed forces. Are you a member of the U.S. Military? Regardless of whether you're an active member, a reserve or retired, we want to thank you for serving this great country with a special Stampede ticket offer.

All Members of the U.S. Military will receive a discounted ticket for $7.00 per ticket and we have arranged for all Stampede Merchandise to be sold at a 10% discount with Military I.D. also we will have $2 Draft Beer and Concessions discounts available.

Come out and support our Military folks and Wyoming's newest sports franchise, The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club. The puck drops at 7:35pm both Friday and Saturday Night and at 11:30am Sunday at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center!

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey or follow our Tweets (@stampshockey)


MEDIA ADVISORY - IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Jr. "A" Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

PARK CITY, UT: During last Saturday's game preparations the Cheyenne Stampede had some very special visitors come to the Park City Moose -vs- Cheyenne Stampede, Western State Hockey League Game (WSHL).

Pictured right to left:
Reilly Moore, Travis Carpenter, Taylor Crawford, Nolan Carpenter ,Barrett Carpenter, and Matt Lantz…
Carpenters visit Stampede Locker Room during Pre-Game preparations.

Travis Carpenter, age (4) and his brothers Barrett (7) and Nolan (9) were accompanied of course by their mother Kelly Carpenter and the Stampede Captains: Taylor Crawford(C), Matt Lantz (A), and Reilly Moore (A) for a very special pre-game locker room visit.

The Carpenters previously from Cheyenne, WY were they were highly involved in youth hockey and were supporters in the formation of the Cheyenne Stampede Jr. "A" Hockey Club. Travis and his brothers fell in love with hockey, but Travis was unable to try the sport his brothers were so involved in, see Travis was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1, a condition that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue and creates skin and bone abnormalities. There's no cure, but the tumors can be removed in some cases, but, not in Travis condition.

Travis Carpenter (4) showing off his new Stampede Gear.

The Cheyenne Stampede Captains presented the Carpenter boys with Official Stampede gear and front row seats to watch the Stampede in a very entertaining game which the Stampede won in a Shoot-Out. The Stampede return to action this weekend on the road in a key match-up against the defending league champions, the Idaho Jr. Steelheads in McCall, ID.

For more information about neurofibromatosis please see the Children's Tumor Foundation, www.ctf.org or contact the Colorado Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation. The Chapter President is Mark Ebel, Mark.Ebel@Newmont.com

For more details about the Cheyenne Stampede, please visit our website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or find us on Face book at: http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey


Media Advisory
Immediate Release
October 31, 2011

CHEYENNE STAMPEDE MOVE INTO FIRST PLACE IN MOUNTAIN DIVISION OF WSHL!

PARK CITY, UT: The Cheyenne Stampede have moved into first place of the highly competitive Mountain Division of the Western States Hockey League after a 5 point weekend against the Park City Moose. The Stampede are now 3 points ahead of the defending league champion Idaho Junior Steelheads heading into a 3 game series this upcoming weekend against the steelheads in McCall Idaho.

On Friday night the Park City Moose snapped the Stampede's 7 game winning streak in a dramatic overtime finish that ended in a 5-4 overtime loss. The Stampede went down early and fought back to secure a point for a regulation tie but fell short when the Moose struck roughly 3 minutes into the overtime period.

Scoring Summary:

Period 1- Cheyenne (1) Joe Bellotti (Powerplay) (Travis Cornwell) 5:00; Park City (1) Nate Garcia (unassisted) 8:52 ; Park City(2) Devin Holmes (Devan Beck, Aaron Rio) 11:02
Period 2- Park City (3) Devin Holmes (Robert Bass) 3:46; Cheyenne (2) Brandon Luke (Joe Bellotti, Wayne Hoffman) 4:08; Park City(4) Skyler Metcalfe(pp) (Devin Holmes) 10:44; Cheyenne(3) Brandon Luke(Braden Johnson) 12:43;
Period 3- Cheyenne (4) Taylor Crawford (Braden Johnson, Ryan Carroll) 5:08
Overtime: Park City (5) Austin Teel (Devin Holmes) 0:50
Shots: 34-19 Cheyenne
Final 5-4 Park City

On Saturday night the Stampede bounced back with a 5-1 victory. Strong Goaltending from Vladislav Kornienko and multi point games from Brandon Luke, Taylor Crawford, Curtis Tucker and Wayne Hoffman were keys to the Stampede Victory.

Coach Heimel had this to comment. "Saturday was a big day for us. We had been inconsistent in our preparation and intensity the last series against Dallas and we really put these kids to the test during our pregame meeting Saturday. I am happy to see us moving back in the right direction."

Scoring Summary

Period 1- No Scoring
Period 2- Park City(1) Skyler Metcalfe (Devan Beck, Robert Bass) 2:32; Cheyenne (1) Curtis Tucker (Wayne Hoffman, Brandon Luke) 4:15; Cheyenne (2) Ryan Carroll (Crawford, H Lantz) 10:22; Cheyenne (3) Brandon Luke (Hoffman, Tucker) 10:43; Cheyenne (4) Reilly Moore (Crawford, Carroll) 17:44
Period 3- Cheyenne (5) Braden Johnson (Crawford, Fiedorek) 9:12
Shots: 37-20 Cheyenne
Final 5-1 Cheyenne Stampede

Sunday morning proved to be an intense battle ending in an exciting shootout in which the Stampede prevailed 5-4. Strong goaltending from Park City was enough to quite the Stampede offense in the 3rd period forcing an overtime period.

Coach Heimel commented "The score did not fully reflect how well of a game we played Sunday. We really did a great job managing the puck and creating opportunities. We ran into a very good goaltender and fortunately we were able to get 2 points and win the series."

Scoring Summary

Period 1- Park City (1) Jordan Matthys (SH) (Unassisted) 7:33; Cheyenne (1) Wayne Hoffman (pp) (Cornwell, Jorgensen); Cheyenne (2) Lantz, H (pp) (Carroll, Crawford) 13:27
Period 2- Cheyenne (3) Joe Bellotti (pp) (Johnson, Hoffman) 3:25; Park City(2) James Talmage (Bass) 13:02
Period 3 Park City (3) Michael Bauerfeind (dommer, McConnel) 3:47; Park City (4) Austin Teel (pp) (Rio, Metcalfe) 7:45; Cheyenne (4) Brandon Luke (Unassisted) 10:15
Overtime- No Scoring
Shootout Winner: Cheyenne Stampede
Shots 42-25 Cheyenne
Final 5-4 Cheyenne Stampede

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MEDIA ADVISORY - IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2011
Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club

Stampede Corrals Dallas in a 3 Game Sweep

The Cheyenne Stampede swept the Dallas Snipers this past weekend bringing their record to 7-1, third in the WSHL's Mountain Conference. The Stampede won 3-2 on Friday night, after a 16 hour bus ride, 4-2 on Saturday evening and 4-3 on Sunday.

This past weekend's contest the Stampede came out flat, which quickly turned to re-focusing on the game at hand, especially during Friday's game when the Stampede endured a 16 hour bus trip to open their first long road swing as an inaugural team. According to Head Coach Jeff Heimel, "This weekend we faced a lot of adversity as a team. In all 3 games Dallas jumped out to an early lead and in all 3 games we had to battle back and sacrifice in order to get the wins. It would have been very easy for us to get frustrated and let our emotions take over but we managed to stay focused and level headed and that was definitely a key to our success this weekend."

Game 1 - Scoring Summary:
Period 1- Dallas (1) Shane Bonds (Arnie Osuna) 0:32
Period 2- Cheyenne (1) Joe Bellotti (powerplay) (Wayne Hoffman, Travis Cornwell) 3:12; Dallas (2) Shane Bonds (shorthanded) (unassisted) 12:07
Period 3- Cheyenne (2) Joe Bellotti (Denver Lloyd, Jakob Jorgensen) 6:12; Cheyenne (3) Braden Johnson (Ryan Carroll, Patryk Fiedorek) 11:58

POWERPLAYS
Cheyenne 1 for 9: Dallas 0 for 7
Final 3-2 Cheyenne; Shots 38-20 Cheyenne
Winning Goal-Tender: Vladislav Kornienko .916 SV% (Ranked 3rd in the WSHL)

Game 2 - Scoring Summary:
Period 1- Dallas (1) Chris Green (powerplay) (Numan Arango) 2:38
Period 2- Dallas (2) Jake Gorden (powerplay) (Arnie Osuna, Craig Brubaker) 0:53; Cheyenne (1) Taylor Crawford (powerplay) (Reilly Moore) 3:49; Cheyenne (2) Taylor Crawford (Braden Johnson, Travis Cornwell) 10:58; Cheyenne (3) Curtis Tucker (Wayne Hoffman, Reilly Moore) 15:12
Period 3- Cheyenne (4) Ryan Carroll (Taylor Crawford) 0:17

POWERPLAYS
Cheyenne 1 for 6 : Dallas 2 for 8
Final 4-2 Cheyenne; Shots 40-25 Cheyenne
Winning Goal-Tender: Cacy Wilfer .890 SV%

Game 3 - Scoring Summary:
Period 1- Dallas (1) Cole Dodson (Powerplay) (Chris Green, Tristen Pierce) 7:50; Dallas (2) Jake Gordon (Arnie Osuna) 13:44; Cheyenne (1) Braden Johnson (Powerplay) (Wayne Hoffman, Matthew Lantz)
Period 2-Dallas (3) Arnie Osuna (Powerplay) (Shane Bonds) 3:55; Cheyenne (2) Levi Shryack (shorthanded) (Brandon Luke) 14:40 Cheyenne (3) Andrew Baggen (unassisted) 15:25; Cheyenne (4) Reilly Moore (Powerplay) (Taylor Crawford) 16:51
Period 3- No Scoring.

POWERPLAYS
Cheyenne 2 for 9 : Dallas 2 for 6
Final 4-3 Cheyenne: Shots 36-29 Cheyenne
Winning Goal-Tender: Cacy Wilfer .890 SV%

Next up for the Stampede is a trip to Park City, UT. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to take on the Park City Moose. The Stampede went a combined 3-0-0 against the Moose earlier this season at home.


MEDIA ADVISORY
October 17, 2011
Cheyenne, WY
CHEYENNE STAMPEDE HOCKEY

CHEYENNE STAMPEDE EARNS THREE GAME SWEEP AGAINST THE PARK CITY MOOSE

CHEYENNE, WY, The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club earned its first sweep in the Western States Hockey League with a 5-2 victory yesterday over the Park City Moose at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Improving their League (WSHL) record to 4-1-0 and their over-all record to 6-2-0 as the Stampede continue to tally a 4 game winning streak to their credit.

The Stampede dominated the opening period Friday night , and can continued pursuing a balanced and coordinated scoring attack throughout the weekend, and came out in front on the scoreboard in all three games as a result. The Scoring attack was lead by Stampede Captain Taylor Crawford (F) who tallied 7 total points (2 goals, 5 assists), followed by Braden Johnson (F) with 6 points (Assists) and Ryan Carroll (F) (3 goals) over two games as Carroll was unavailable for Saturday night's contest.

Three Stampede Rookies blotted their first Junior Goals of their careers lead by Heath Lantz (D/F) with 2 points (1 Goal, 1 Assist), Austin Krantz (F) and David Sweatt (F) each recorded their first Junior goals.

Head Coach Jeff Heimel had this to say "I'm very pleased with our performance this weekend. We continue to build and grow as a team. It's very important to start the season with some wins and this weekend was another positive step in our eventual goal of winning a league championship."

Game 1 Scoring Summary

Park City versus Cheyenne 10/14/11
First Period - Cheyenne (1) Luke (Tucker) 8:35
Second Period - Cheyenne (2) Austin Krantz (unassisted) 2:42; Cheyenne (3) Matthew Lantz (Braden Johnson) PP 8:10; Cheyenne (4) Ryan Carroll (Taylor Crawford, Braden Johnson) 14:34 ; Park City Moose (1) Ville Rantanen (Devin Beck, Devin Holmes) 19:49
Third Period - Cheyenne- (5) Ryan Carroll (Braden Johnson, Taylor Crawford) 7:05; Cheyenne- (6) David Sweatt (unassisted) 17:12
Shots 58-13 Cheyenne
Winning Goalie: Vladislav Kornienko .92 SV%

Game 2- 10/15/11 Scoring Summary

First Period - Cheyenne (1) Braden Johnson (Taylor Crawford) 1:21; Cheyenne (2) Matthew Boente (unassisted) 4:12; Park City (1) Skyler Metcalfe (Devin Holmes) 10:26; Park City (2) Ville Rantanen (unassisted) 12:14
Second Period - Cheyenne (3) Brandon Luke (Curtis Tucker, Wayne Hoffman) 3:45; Cheyenne (4) Braden Johnson (Reilly Moore) 14:23; Cheyenne (5) Braden Johnson (Taylor Crawford) 17:47
Third Period - -No Scoring
Shots: Cheyenne 58; Park City 18
Winning Goalie: Cacy Wilfer, .873 SV%

Game 3 10/16/11 Scoring Summary

First Period - Cheyenne (1) Matthew Boente (Heath Lantz) 2:07 PP; Cheyenne (2) Taylor Crawford (Reilly Moore) 7:34; Cheyenne (3) Taylor Crawford (Braden Johnson) 14:58; Park City (1) Nate Garcia (Aaron Rio, Jordan Matthys) 16:55; Cheyenne (4) Ryan Carroll (Taylor Crawford) 17:15;
Second Period - Cheyenne (5) Heath Lantz pp(Taylor Crawford, Joe Bellotti) 15:23
Third Period - Park City (2) Jordan Matthys (Devin Beck) 1:33
Shots: 53- 34 Cheyenne
Winning Goalie: Vladislav Kornienko .92 SV%

The Stampede start a 9 game road swing this weekend with the Dallas Snipers, then back to Park City and finishing their road swing November 6th in Boise, ID against the Idaho Jr. Steelheads. The Stampede's next Home Series will be November 11-13 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center against the Mustangs of Ogden, UT. Tickets are now available on-line at: www.CheyenneStampede.com or by call (307) 433-0024.


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Cheyenne, Wyoming
Cheyenne Stampede Junior "A" Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

CHEYENNE STAMPEDE JR. "A" HOCKEY CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

CHEYENNE, WY: Coach Jeffrey Heimel is proud to announce this year's Captains and Alternate Captains for the 2011-2012 Cheyenne Stampede Jr. "A" Hockey Club.

Taylot Crawford will serve as this year's Team Captain.
Player Profile

According to couch Heimel "Weare very blessed to have Taylor Crawford as part if our team this year. A veteran forward in his last yeat of Junior Hockey, Taylor spent the last season with both the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the WSHL and the Edina Lakers of the MNJHL. It was an easy choice to make Taylor the very first captain ever of the Cheyenne Stampede. His work ethic, determination, passion for the game, and strong leadership skills represent with excellence the indentity that we want to establish as a new organization. Welook forward to a great season with Taylor at the helm.


Matt Lantz will serve as this year's Alternate Team Captain.
Player Profile

A native of Cheyenne Wyoming," Matt brings balance to an already strong group of leadership this season. His levelheadedness is one of his greatest assets. His ability to keep focus and come ready to the rink day in and day out was one of the many reasons Matt was selected as an associate captain for the stampede. Another veteran player in his last junior season, Matt spent last year with the Yellowstone Quake of the Northern Pacific Hockey League. Matt also has an incredible passion for the game of hockey" said Heimel.


Reilly Moore will serve as this year's Alternate Team Captain.
Player Profile

Heimel said "Riley is a great asset to our organization. Arriving in Cheyenne two weeks into the season Riley's presence was immediately felt. A veteran player who spent last season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League has stepped up to the plate and made a huge impact thus far. His strong defensive play along with his rapport with the team this season are just a few reasons why Riley was selected as an associate captain for the Stampede in their inaugural season. "

According to Assistant Coach Ty Smith, (Former WSHL Veteran) the Stampede return to action this weekend at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center with WSHL Opponent the Park City Moose on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:35pm and a Sunday Matinee Game that starts at 11:30am. Sunday's game features a Buy One - Get One Free Ticket offer. The Stampede then go on the road for a 9 game swing, their first road swing playing the Dallas Snipers, Park City Moose, and finishing the long trip against Cup Champions the Idaho Jr. Steelheads. Tickets and great seats are still available for this weekend's home series at: www.CheyenneStampede.com or at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

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Cheyenne Stampede splits Opening Weekend with the Boulder Bison (WSHL)

CHEYENNE, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Team split their first games of the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) season this past weekend, losing a tough battle at home 3-5 to the Boulder Bison Junior "A" Hockey Club but rebounding with a 5-4 Over Time victory over the Bison during their home opener. Brandon Luke (CO) tallied the winning historic, inaugural, goal for the Stampede's first WSHL Win!

Luke had this to say," Scoring any game's winning goal is just the best feeling. I can't even explain what it was like when I saw the puck hit the back of the net to seal the deal after the boys worked so hard all game"

The Stampede's season opener was a tough test as Boulder entered the game ranked 2nd in the WSHL's Mid-Western Conference. With 14 Rookies in the lineup, the Stampede struck early in the Home-Opener in Cheyenne and led the game 2-1 at the first intermission. The Stampede were unable to mount any offense during the second period and allowed 4 unanswered goals in the second. During the third period, the Stampede showed their grit and determination, but fell short only tallying 1 goal. Meanwhile, Veteran Goal-Tender Cacy Wilfer (AK) was impressive in net for the Stampede, stopping 32 of 37 shots as he contends for the starting job.

Head Coach Jeff Heimel had this to say about the Stampede's home opener, "It was a great weekend against the Boulder Bison. Boulder is a well established, professional program and we had every expectation that they would have a great team on the ice. We came out hard in our first regular season home game going up 2-0 quickly in the first. However we were unable to stay disciplined and composed during the game as we let penalties and turnovers paralyze us during a 4 goal 2nd period from Boulder."

Against the Boulder Bison in Superior, Colorado during their Home-opener, the Stampede took a commanding lead in the first period 3-1, but Boulder regrouped and battled back with three second period goals. During the third period, the lead changed hands and the regulation game ended in a 4-4 tie. Rookie Brandon Luke Scored the Winning Goal in overtime with just under 1 minute left in the period! Rookie Goal-Tender, Vladislav Kornienko (Moscow, Russia) turned away 33 of 37 shots on goal and records his and the Stampede's first win ever in League play improving the team's WSHL standings to 1-1-0.

According to Heimel, "I was pleased with how we rebounded on Saturday Night. We had very strong goaltending from Vladislav and did a much better job at defending the front of the net blocking many shots and clearing pucks away from our goaltender. We fought hard to the very end winning in OT despite Boulder climbing back into the game early into the 3rd period. I am looking forward to continuing to build as a team both on and off the ice this season."

The Cheyenne Stampede begins a 3 week break in the season until the Park City Moose come to town for a 3 game home stand October 14-16, 2011 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Friday (OCT 14) and Saturday (OCT 15) the puck will drop at 7:35pm and the Sunday (OCT 16) Matinee Game will start at 11:30am.

Scoring Summary:

Cheyenne-vs-Boulder 9/23/11

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Cheyenne
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Boulder Bison 5 at Cheyenne Stampede 3

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297

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FINAL

Scoring

1

2

3

T

Boulder Biso

1

4

0

5

Cheyenne Sta

2

0

1

3

Shots

Total

Boulder Biso

37

Cheyenne Sta

32

Power Plays

PP

PIM

Boulder Biso

3-9

17

Cheyenne Sta

1-5

25

V - H

#

Per

Team

Time

Scored By

Assists

PP

SH

0 - 1

1

1

CHS

3:28

W.Hoffman

0 - 2

2

1

CHS

8:33

R.Carroll

H.Lantz

x

1 - 2

3

1

BBI

17:57

W.Neff

C.Guidotti

P.James

x

2 - 2

4

2

BBI

0:22

W.Neff

C.Guidotti

P.James

x

3 - 2

5

2

BBI

2:16

P.Grace

R.Gauthier

x

4 - 2

6

2

BBI

13:11

D.Hassell

J.Bauer

5 - 2

7

2

BBI

18:50

J.Bauer

P.James

C.Guidotti

5 - 3

8

3

CHS

18:22

W.Hoffman

C.Tucker

Boulder-vs-Cheyenne 9/24/11

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Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Cheyenne Stampede 5 at Boulder Bison 4

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OT

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Cheyenne Sta

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2

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1

5

Boulder Biso

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4

Shots

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30

Boulder Biso

37

Power Plays

PP

PIM

Cheyenne Sta

0-6

18

Boulder Biso

2-7

16

V - H

#

Per

Team

Time

Scored By

Assists

PP

SH

0 - 1

1

1

BBI

4:07

R.Gauthier

P.Grace

T.Porrier

x

1 - 1

2

1

CHS

6:09

B.Johnson

R.Carroll

2 - 1

3

2

CHS

6:36

R.Carroll

T.Crawford

B.Johnson

3 - 1

4

2

CHS

11:36

R.Moore

R.Carroll

T.Crawford

3 - 2

5

2

BBI

16:32

C.Yoder

S.Folden

P.James

3 - 3

6

3

BBI

0:56

R.Gauthier

C.Guidotti

P.Grace

x

4 - 3

7

3

CHS

1:41

W.Hoffman

B.Luke

M.Broman

4 - 4

8

3

BBI

10:59

S.Ensor

J.Rolfe

S.Folden

5 - 4

9

OT

CHS

4:11

B.Luke


Stampede Opening Night at Cheyenne Ice & Events Center Takes Place Tomorrow Night

Thursday September 22, 2011
Cheyenne, WY

It's down to business for the Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club this week as they kick off their 49-game regular season schedule against the Boulder Bison Friday night at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

The Stampede finished pre-season with a record of 2-1 over ACHA opponents. The pre-season goal was to spot and replace weaknesses and continue to grow on positive momentum.

The Stampede continue to build on their team game as they get set for a home-and-home with the Boulder Bison, which starts with the first Western States Hockey League regular season game in the history of the Cheyenne Stampede on Friday night. The Bison and Stampede are forecasted to build a fiery rivalry since the two teams are the closest league opponents and will meet for a total of 6 encounters this season. For WSHL veterans like Forward Taylor Crawford (ID), there are no secrets about what to prepare for with Boulder.

"We know they are going to come hard," said Crawford, a 20-year old who played in all three of the Stampedes' pre-season games. "They finish their checks. Their coach (Brent Cullaton) makes them all finish their checks so we have to be able to move the puck. We have to be able to finish our checks and make them think that we're coming hard at them, as well."

The stage has been set for the home opener after 300+ fans took in the Stampedes' final pre-season game against the CSU Rams last Saturday. The vets have gone through home-openers, but for Stampede rookies like forward Austin Krantz (CO), this weekend could be quite an eye-opener.

"My first pre-season game I was pretty nervous, so I can only imagine how it's going to be in the first regular season game," said Krantz, "I'm just excited and hoping for the best. Last year I played in a Youth League in Colorado and we didn't get that many fans, so I was a bit nervous coming out to a pretty packed house (Saturday). I can only imagine what the home opener is going to be like."

Guarantee your spot at this historic game by purchasing season tickets (starting at $190) or single game tickets. For further details or to purchase your tickets today, visit the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, as game day tickets can only be purchased at the venue. www.CheyenneStampede.com , e-mail GM@CheyenneStampede.com, or call 307-433-0024.

Tomorrow night's Game is sponsored by Laramie County Community College (LCCC) and all Faculty, Staff, and Students of LCCC may purchase tickets at the "Student-Youth" Rate by showing your LCCC ID. Also the first 500 in the door Friday night will receive a LCCC Cow Bell to help the Stampede ring in a victory!


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Cheyenne, Wyoming
Cheyenne Stampede Junior "A" Hockey
Mark Lantz, GM
307-630-6726

Cheyenne Stampede of the WSHL complete preseason with a record of 2-1

Cheyenne, WY; The Cheyenne Stampede completed their 2011 WSHL preseason ACHA schedule Saturday night with a disappointing loss against the Rams of Colorado State University (ACHA Div II) at home with over 300+ new hockey fans in attendance at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

The Stampede, Wyoming's newest Junior "A" Program finished their exhibition season with a record of 2-1 against ACHA programs.

The Stampede are preparing for their WSHL Home League Opener Friday night against Mountain Conference Rivals, the Boulder Bison at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, Puck Drops at 7:35pm. This Friday's Game is sponsored by LCCC (Laramie County Community College) and they will be giving the first 500 fans in the door LCCC/Stampede Cowbells to help cheer on the Stampede!

According to Head Coach Jeff Heimel, "I am extremely pleased with our pre-season performance over the last two-weeks. We learned a lot during our 5-2 victory over the University of Northern Colorado last Sunday and we were able to carry that momentum into Friday Night against Colorado State with a strong 4-3 Overtime Victory. On Saturday we jumped out to an early 2-0 after period 1. The second period we lost our composure on several penalties and gave up 5 unanswered goals. Despite a strong 3rd period showing in which we outshot the opponent 16-7 we were unable to mount any offense eventually losing the game 5-2.

I am looking forward to taking our momentum into our regular season opener this Friday against the Boulder Bison. "

According to one of the Stampede fans, "It is great to come out to the ice rink and watch this high level of hockey and enjoy a nice cold beer."

Season ticket packages are still available for Friday's game. Fans who would like to purchase ticket packages can do so at www. CheyenneStampede.com or at the Front Desk of the Ice and Events Center before and during the game.

For more information about season ticket packages, call the Cheyenne Stampede office at (307) 630-6726, and don't forget to follow the Cheyenne Stampede on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey


MEDIA ADVISORY
September 11, 2011
CHEYENNE STAMPEDE JUNIOR "A" HOCKEY

The Cheyenne Stampede corral the UNC Bears 5-2 in a hard fought battle to win the Stampede's first inaugural game!

CHEYENNE, WY - The Cheyenne Stampede faced off with the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO) in a pre-season matchup Sunday at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The Stampede ran over the UNC Bears 5-2 in a hard fought battle.

The game was the first pre-season tilt in four days, as the Stampede will face off with the Rams from Colorado State University on Friday (Sept 16) night in Ft. Collins and Saturday(Sept 17) night at 7:35pm at home. Saturday's game is the last pre-season game action the Stampede will see until their regular season opener September 23rd against the WSHL's Boulder Bison at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

Scoring the First Inaugural Goal for the Cheyenne Stampede was forward Taylor Crawford (Idaho), un-assisted followed by Brandon Luke (Colorado), assisted by David Sweatt(Colorado), The Stampede's Third goal was scored by Matt Broman (Utah), assisted by Joe Bellotti (New Jersey) and Hometown Rookie sensation Heath Lantz of Cheyenne tallied goals 4 and 5 assisted by Elliot Langford (Alaska) Reilly Moore (Penn) and Curtis Tucker (Alaska). Three out of four net minders saw action Sunday with Cacy Wilfer (Alaska) recording the win.

Building on the momentum of Sunday's victory is the Cheyenne Stampede's goal, as they look to finish the pre-season against the Rams of Colorado State University this coming weekend. According to Stampede Head Coach, Jeffrey Heimel, "I was extremely encouraged by our performance against UNC today. We have been working very hard in practice the last two weeks and will continue to build off the foundation that has been built during training camp. Although this is a positive first step for our team we still have much to work on to get where we need to make a run for a league championship this season. I am looking forward to seeing this organization grow as the season goes on."

Season ticket packages are still available for Saturday's game. Fans who would like to purchase ticket packages can do so at www. CheyenneStampede.com or at the Front Desk of the Ice and Events Center before and during the game.

For more information about season ticket packages, call the Cheyenne Stampede office at (307) 630-6726, and don't forget to follow the Cheyenne Stampede on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StampedeHockey


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MEDIA ADVISORY
September 9, 2011
CHEYENNE, WY

The Cheyenne Stampede will host a "Controlled Scrimmage" Sunday afternoon , Sept 11th at 1:45pm against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado. Doors open at 1:30pm and we will have a Coaches Controlled Scrimmage for 2 hours.

Cost of admission is a suggested $2-5 donation at the door…Season Ticket holder FREE.


Cheyenne Stampede Complete
First Week of Training Camp

Media Release
Friday, September 2, 2011

The Cheyenne Stampede has just about completed their first week of pre-season training camp in preparation for their inaugural season at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.

The Stampede will play up to three preseason games during their three week camp, which includes one home game when the Stampede host the Rams of Colorado State University (CSU), A ACHA Division II Team at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on Saturday, September 17th at 7:35pm. Head Coach Jeff Heimel has also hinted at a possible scrimmage game against the Bears of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), details are still underway and will be announced soon.

Tickets to the Sept. 17th Exhibition game are available and can be purchased at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center or by visiting the Stampede Website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or Fans can call the Ice and Events at 307-433-0024 for more information.

The Stampede have entered camp with 23 recruited, talented players from throughout the United States and sprinkled in an interesting blend of international players from Russia and Canada which should provide a good blend of talent for the Stampede. According to Coach Heimel, "there are still roster positions on the Stampede's WSHL roster for new players and we will be bringing in new players throughout the season"

Heidi Peterson, Director of Stampede Public Relations had this to add "When building a new team you have very little time to get everything done just right. Few realize the work that goes into building your team and assume the only team is the players on the bench. Not true. So many more people are needed and we are excited because of the involvement the people of Cheyenne bring."

From getting involved by being a host family, game night volunteer, letting us speak at your luncheons or events to get the word out is only the beginning. I am very happy to be a part of this new team. After owning and operating our baseball team for 5 years it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Watching the players develop and move on was one of the best thing I have had the opportunity to do - but don't forget about the others, I have seen staff go on to work in the major leagues because of the experience they got from working with us. I have also seen players/team members go on and finish college and work in the real world and I only hope that some of what we taught them by working in the community and becoming a part of the community they have taking to their new home towns.

Getting to do what you love is so exciting. These boys are getting to play at a higher level of hockey in Cheyenne, Wyoming and I am getting to let Cheyenne know about them.

Can you hear the RUMBLE - if not - I am not doing my job and I will be at your business soon getting the news out!"

The Stampede will open their Western State Hockey League (WSHL) season at home when they battle Mountain Conference rivals the Boulder Bison at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on Friday, Sept. 23rd, at 7:35 p.m. Note Date Change, as the Stampede Fans have requested this new date to not interfere with the Wyoming-vs-Nebraska home game! For more information on Ticket Packages, Single Game Tickets, or sponsorship opportunities visit www.CheyenneStampede.com

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GAME NIGHT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Cheyenne Stampede's Home opener is just 24 days Away. The Stampede will face off Against the Division II ACHA Rams of CSU in an Exhibition game at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center at 7:35pm, September 17th…Tickets are available from this website!

Game Night Volunteers Needed...Are you interested in being a part of our Stampede team? The Stampede are in need of the following volunteer Positions: Off Ice Officials, (Goal Judges, Penalty Box Attendants, Score Keepers) - Tickets/Merchandise, Play by Play Announcer, Color Commentator, Rink Announcer, Arena Music, Videographer...
A few of these positions pay a small stipend For more information or to join our Game Night Team, please email GM@CheyenneStampede.com


MEDIA ADVISORY - AUGUST 16, 2011
Cheyenne, Wy

Becoming a Billet (Host) Family for the Cheyenne Stampede

The Cheyenne Stampede Junior "A" Hockey Team is in need of local Cheyenne Families to become Host Families for our aspiring players arriving near the end of August.

The Cheyenne Stampede Junior program offers opportunities for players from all over the country to be a part of our Junior team and further their development both on and off the ice. Much of that development comes from having a healthy home environment provided by a host or billet family. Hosting a Stampede player is a great experience, whether you have a house full of your own kids or you live alone. They'll bring energy and excitement under your roof and you'll get to know a great bunch of people associated with the team

Players arrive in late August for training camp and will be here until the end of the playing season usually in March or the end of the school year in June depending on the player's school situation.

Becoming a host family for a Stampede player is a great way to get involved in the community, as well as develop some very special bonds with the players and their families. For many of the players, this will be their first time away from home and they will need a stable living environment for their move to Wonderful Wyoming. Players on the Stampede are generally between the ages of 16 and 20.

Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to help provide them with a good home. The players often become just like one of the family. In fact the Stampede Head Coach Jeff Heimel, still keeps in contact with his Billet Family from his Junior playing years and believes that our motivated young men can be positive role models for many of the younger host family members..

Host families must be able to provide the player with his own room, and nutritious food that is available for him to prepare. We have team guidelines and policies that the player must abide by with our organization and we expect out host families to enforce these team rules. We also ask the player to abide by your house rules as outlined to him by you upon his arrival.

Each host family is paid a monthly stipend to house a player in their home and will also receive two season (VIP) tickets to all home games. Generally the players and the families develop a special bond and remain close long after the player has left the. organization. We try to make it possible to make sure that this experience is a rewarding one for both the player and the host family.

If you are interested in becoming a host family for a Cheyenne Stampede Junior player this upcoming season, or just would like some more information, please contact Tammy Lantz at Tamlantz@Wyoming.com or 307-630-3499. More Host Family information can also be found at the Teams Website: http://www.cheyennestampede.com/

Thank you for considering this great opportunity to help further the development of an aspiring Stampede Junior player and your family as well!


Immediate Release

August 5, 2011

Cheyenne Stampede and the Western States Hockey League

Cheyenne,WY

This First year, Inaugural season is really starting to take shape and the puzzle pieces are starting to "fall into place" according to Mark Lantz, the Teams General Manager.

Recruiting efforts have been non-stop for the Coaching Staff which has spent the last 60 plus days on the road at national and regional camps. According to Jeff Heimel, Stampede Head Coach, we've signed and contracted players from Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska, and New Jersey.

"We Understand the challenges we face as a new team in a very competitive division but expect much in our first season in the Western States hockey League," Heimel said. " We believe this season will be a great first step to our ultimate goal of winning a league championship," he added.

Both Heimel and Associate Coach Ty Smith feel that the time spent on the road and the phones will pay big dividends when the season starts.

There is a renewed sense of excitement at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. The Stampede Center ice logo has shipped this week along with several other team and rink sponsored in-ice logo's. The ice is scheduled to return August 19th and the Stampede's training camp is scheduled to start August 29th and run for roughly three weeks. The team dressing room and equipment are now being dusted off and critical team items will begin arriving throughout the month of August and early September. According to Robin Feezer, Recreation Coordinator - City Ice and Events, "We are so excited to be working with the Cheyenne Stampede to make this a fun and exciting inaugural season."

For those players who do not have a team to play for, Lantz recommends getting in contact with the Stampede Coaching Staff.

The Stampede "Front Office" is also growing very rapidly, According to Lantz "the team is close to inking a marketing deal with another Wyoming company that has extensive Sports Marketing and Team Ownership experience."

Lantz also announce the hiring of Jon Jonasson, a Bloomington, MN native who has played Junior and Professional Hockey as the Director of Scouting. Jon's wealth of hockey experience and business skills will be a huge boost to our team development. According to Jonasson, he hopes to have 6-8 other regional scouts in place before the season arrives, and has begun working on this and next season's roster.

Asked what the team is in most need of, Lantz replied, "Host Families, we are currently seeking local Cheyenne Families to host a hockey player. Host families provide the players with room and board for a monthly stipend. Hosting can be a very exciting and rewarding experience for all those willing to open up their homes to dedicated players. Many families who have hosted players in the past usually look back at their experience with fond memories. The Cheyenne Stampede also offer the host families several benefits."

For more information regarding the Stampede or hosting a player please see the clubs website: http://www.CheyenneStampede.com


FROM A RAMPAGE TO A STAMPEDE!
After years of working in Junior Hockey, both in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) and the Central States Hockey League (CSHL), Tulsa Rampage owner, Julie Wilson, will be moving on to other interests. Yet in doing so, her heart remains with ensuring that her players still have the opportunity to develop and advance to higher levels in the future.

With that goal in mind, Wilson chose to transfer ownership of the team to an organization that will provide outstanding training and advancement opportunities for the players. The Cheyenne Stampede is owned by highly respected, longtime USA Hockey member, Mark Lantz, who has been involved in a variety of capacities including Junior hockey. "It was a difficult decision to move the team," Wilson says, "but having someone with the experience, knowledge, and heart for players that Mark has, made that choice an obviously good one."

Giving Wilson further reason to be pleased was Lantz's coaching selection. Jeff Heimel, Head Coach of the Phoenix Polar Bears, has taken the reigns for the Stampede. Heimel's recruiting and coaching lead the Polar Bears to an outstanding season including stellar performances at the WSHL Western Conference Finals. "Jeff Heimel is a great coach who will have a highly successful season on the ice but won't stop there," Wilson says "he continues to work in the off season to advance his players to higher levels. While that's what Junior Hockey team's are in business to do, it doesn't always happen as it should but with Jeff at the helm I feel very confident for the future of the players."

To add to the benefits, the local businesses including the rink are lending their support to the team in a variety of capacities from financial support to scheduling fun events for the players. "When an entire town gets behind a program, it makes for a far better experience for the players," Wilson says "Cheyenne is a nice place to begin with - right on the border of Colorado - and that level of involvement will generate a great atmosphere for the players."

The transfer of ownership will be bittersweet for the Tulsa area fans as the players make the move to Wyoming but Wilson is at peace with that tough change. "I had initially wanted to keep the team in Tulsa because the roster of players does transfer with the team," she said "but this opportunity is such a good one for them, it eases the pain of having the guys move away. While I'll definitely miss them, I'm very excited." The players begin with the Stampede in September.


STAMPEDE HIRE HEIMEL AS HEAD COACH

The Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club has announced the hiring of new head coach Jeff Heimel to lead the Stampede during its inaugural season in the Western States Hockey League.

Heimel, a native of Saint Paul Minnesota, is happy to be a part of the newly formed Stampede organization. "When searching for a coaching position this spring I really wanted to find an ownership group that was committed not only to winning, but developing a strong community relationship and hockey culture with their fans and supporters. I believe I have found that with the Lantz family and the city of Cheyenne".

Heimel became the youngest Head coach in the history of the WSHL last season at 24 years old when he took the helm of the 7 time Western States Hockey League champion Phoenix Polar Bears. Heimel, who won a league championship as a player and co-captain of the Polar Bears during the 2005-2006 season, is no stranger to winning in the WSHL.

In his first season as head coach Heimel led the Polar Bears to a regular season record of 25-15-6 finishing 3rd in the highly competitive Western Division. He then led the Bears to the WSHL division finals where Phoenix was defeated by the eventual league champion Idaho Steelheads.

Heimel was also selected to represent the Western States Hockey League at the 2011 USA Hockey National Championships held in Rochester Minnesota as coach of the "best of the rest" team. The annual event features players whose teams did not qualify for the national tournament form together as a league all star team to compete against other junior league teams in the country. Heimel posted the first ever undefeated record for the WSHL with an impressive 3-0 record winning their division and helping several league players gain exposure at the collegiate and professional level in the process.

Heimel holds a level 4 coaching certificate from USA Hockey and in addition to coaching Junior A hockey he has been actively involved with teaching kids at the youth and high school level for the last 6 years.

With over 130 applicants applying for the position the stampede General Manager Mark Lantz is happy to have ended this exhaustive search for a head coach. "We are so excited to have Jeff joining our staff. The energy and excitement that he brings to the organization is contagious and I know that he will do a great job in helping us build a nationally recognized Junior Hockey Program". - Added Lantz.

In addition to his coaching experience Heimel brings a unique business management element to the Stampede Organization. Jeff has a background in finance from Arizona State University and held a position as a banker with JPMorgan Chase for two years prior to his tenure in Phoenix. When Harry Mahood, the long time coach and owner of the polar bears, stepped down from the day to day operations of the team Heimel had no choice but to take on the financial and administrative responsibilities of the team. "It was difficult managing both the day to day business operations and the day to day hockey operations. I was fortunate that my background in business allowed me to learn and adapt quickly.

When asked about the adjustment in responsibilities from Phoenix to Cheyenne Heimel added "I'm just happy to focus on coaching hockey. Dedicating 100% of my time to the development of a winning hockey team will be a nice change".

"Still, I wouldn't take away my time in Phoenix for anything in the world. I have learned so much from all the people I met throughout the Polar Bears organization and it has given me an opportunity to accept this amazing opportunity given to me by the Cheyenne Stampede."

The Cheyenne Stampede will play a 50 game schedule starting in Mid-September at the Taco Johns event center.


Junior "A" Hockey Comes to Cheyenne

Wyoming Stampede to take to the ice!

January 6, 2011
For Immediate Release

(Cheyenne) Representatives of the Western States Hockey League have announced plans to create a new hockey team for the state of Wyoming. The team will be based in Cheyenne, but will recruit players from all over the nation as well as Wyoming.

"We're excited to bring Junior "A" hockey to the Cowboy State," said Ron White, Commissioner and President of the Western States Hockey League. "Players who get their start in Wyoming could wind up playing in NCAA College Hockey and even in the NHL, and that's a result we'd all like to see," he added.

Dwayne Dillinger, President of the Wyoming Amateur Hockey Association, sent a letter supporting the new team.

"I was very excited to hear that you and the City of Cheyenne are pursuing a junior hockey team and this letter is to support your endeavor.

In many cases junior teams are the highest level of hockey in a community and the players become involved with and help promote the growth of the game. Junior teams are a great resource for youth hockey and help with the development of coaches and players.
As the President of the Wyoming Amateur Hockey Association I fully support your efforts and will assist in any way to help bring more growth in hockey to Wyoming and it's communities."

The name for the new team will be the Wyoming Stampede. "We want our opponents to worry about a stampede of outstanding hockey players heading down the ice toward them," said Mark Lantz, General Manager. "We think we can have a lot of fun with the name".

Lantz is actively recruiting a paid coaching staff, and will work with the coaches to assemble the team. Players will not be paid so they can maintain their amateur status and college eligibility. Players will range in age from 16 to 20 years old.

Practices and games will take place at the Taco John's Event Center in Cheyenne. The league season begins in September. The Western States Hockey League includes teams based in Boulder, Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and North Ridgeland Hills just outside Dallas, and El Paso, Texas as well as Western Conference teams in Boise ID, San Diego, Long Beach, Valencia, Bakersfield, Fresno all in California, and 2 teams in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lantz says the team will be looking for billeting families to help house the players when they are in Cheyenne for practices and games.

"This is an important step for young hockey players and their families," Lantz said. "It gives them an opportunity to see what life is like for professional hockey players. They'll play in real arenas in front of cheering crowds, and some will start their professional careers right here in Wyoming."

For more information, contact Mark Lantz at (307) 630-6726 or GM@WyomingStampede.com.

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