Heinrich joins Rush for rookie season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush announced that rookie defenseman Blake Heinrich has signed with the team for the 2018-19 season, marking the start of his professional hockey career.

Heinrich comes to the Rush after spending the last two seasons at the University of Manitoba. He suited up in 39 games in the Canadian college ranks, and earned 11 points (5g-6a).

Before heading to college, Heinrich, a native of Cambridge, Minnesota, played two seasons each in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers and in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks. In 2013, Heinrich was named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game, and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.