02/08/2018 2:58 PM
Rapid City, South Dakota – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today that the team has acquired Goaltender Joel Rumpel from the Wichita Thunder in exchange for Jon Puskar.
He will fly into Rapid City tonight and join the Grizzlies for morning skate Friday morning before they continue their weekend series with Rapid City.
Rumpel was 11-8 with the Thunder this season and is 39-23-2-3 overall during the last four ECHL seasons with Allen Cincinnati and Wichita. He has a .908 Save Percentage and a 2.85 Goals-Against-Average in the ECHL.
“We’ve been struggling to find consistency at the goaltender position all season while we’ve otherwise controlled games,” said Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham. “We feel that Joel will bring that stability and be a large part of our success in the final 24 games of the regular season.”
He was signed by the San Jose Sharks out of college at the University of Wisconsin where he played with current Grizzlies forward Brad Navin.
The Six-Foot-Three Goalie was a member of two Kelly Cup Champion Teams with Allen in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 where he went 4-3 in seven playoff starts.
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee Monday, February 19 against Idaho at 1:30 p.m. Kids under 12 will be admitted for $6 and adults can Buy One Ticket and Get One Ticket Free with their Maverik Adventure Club Card.
Grizzlies Fight Cancer
Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24 the Grizzlies team with Stadler to fight cancer. For $20, fans can get a lower bowl ticket to either game, a Grizzlies Fight Cancer T-Shirt, $5 donated to the local organization of their choice fighting cancer and a ticket will be donated to someone fighting cancer or a family member. This offer can purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/fightcancer
. After Friday’s game, fans are invited onto the ice to paint the name of someone close to them who has battled or is fighting cancer; donations will be accepted. Saturday, the team will auction off the specialty jerseys that they will wear that weekend with all proceeds going to fight cancer.