Pair of forwards return to Rush


RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush announced that Daniel Barczuk and Scott Brannon have re-signed with the club for the 2015-16 season.

Barczuk returns to the Rush organization for his second season, coming off of a career year that saw him set career-highs in virtually every statistical category. The 27-year-old forward recorded his first 20-goal season, scoring 22 goals, and added 12 assists for 34 points in 69 games. In the postseason against the Quad City Mallards and Allen Americans, Barczuk played in all 13 games, and finished in a three-way tie for second on the Rush roster with eight points (3g-5a). Prior to turning professional, the Livonia, Mich. played collegiate hockey for three seasons at Lake Superior State University in the NCAA before concluding his college career at NCAA D-III Adrian College.

Brannon comes back to the Rush for a fourth season, having played all 169 games of his professional career with Rapid City and recording 65 points (29g-35a). The 26-year-old forward collected 21 points (7g-14a) in 59 games in his first ECHL season, and added three points (2g-1a) in 13 playoff games. Before transitioning to the professional ranks, the New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native played for the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL, captaining his team to a 2010 QMJHL championship, and spent two seasons with St. Francis Xavier University in the CIS.