If it feels like its been one interesting week in Sioux Falls, you might be on to something.
The Stampede fired head coach Kevin Hartzell after six seasons on Monday and on Friday the team hired former North Dakota assistant Cary Eades and he will be introduced at a press conference at 3 p.m.
Eades tweeted around 10:45 a.m. he would be taking over the position.
What Eades will inherit will be one of the more promising yet intriguing teams in the United States Hockey League next season.
The Stampede finished last in both the USHL and the Western Conference in a year marred by a lack of offensive production. Sioux Falls struggled offensively scoring a league-worst 127 goals while its defense and goaltending gave up 215 goals after establishing itself as one of the better defenses earlier in the year.
Sioux Falls could return up to 16 players including goaltender Charlie Lindgren and Todd Skirving, who finished fourth on the team in points with 25 last season. That group also includes former Moorhead forward Eric Brenk.
The team also made six selections in last week’s USHL Futures Draft taking St. Mary’s Prep forward Cody Milan with the ninth overall selection. One of the team’s selections was Fargo South defenseman Andrew Blumer, who said last week he will stay in high school for one more season before making the jump to the USHL.
Eades, before being released by North Dakota, served as an assistant for 15 years and was promoted to associate head coach back in the 2006-07 season. Before coming to North Dakota, he spent 11 seasons as the head coach of Warroad (MN-HS) and won three MInnesota state championships.
This will be Eades’ second stint in the USHL as he was the former head coach/general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the early 1990s. Eades went 86-46-7 in his time in Dubuque.