RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced that former Rush captain, Daniel Tetrault, has been named the Head Coach of the Rapid City Rush heading into the team’s 10th anniversary season.
Tetrault served as the assistant coach of the Rush in the 2016-17 season. As a defenseman for a decade and a half during his professional hockey career, Tetrault is no stranger to a major leadership position: from his junior hockey career until his final season as a professional, the blue-liner served as his team’s captain on five different occasions with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, CHL’s New Mexico Scorpions and Wichita Thunder, and the ECHL’s Evansville IceMen and Rapid City Rush. Along the way in his career, Tetrault expanded his knowledge of hockey even further by playing under many outstanding coaches, such as Bob Lowes in the WHL, Bill MacDonald and Steve Martinson in the CHL, and former NHL players Brent Hughes, Kevin McClelland, and Rich Kromm.
Originally from La Broquerie, Manitoba, Tetrault, now 37, began the coaching chapter of his career after 15 seasons as a defenseman in which he played 921 games on the blue line in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, IHL and WPHL, and notched 502 career points. He was named the best at his position as the CHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman during his stay with the Austin Ice Bats in the 2001-02 season, where he tabulated 43 points in 58 games. In the final year of the CHL’s existence back in the 2013-14 season, he joined the Allen Americans and helped them secure their second Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup in franchise history, marking his only professional championship as a player. Prior to the start of his career of a decade and a half, Tetrault played for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, winning the 1996 WHL Championship, Team Canada, where he won a U-18 World Junior Championship Gold Medal, and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (91st overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.