The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that the Sioux Falls Jr Stampede has been accepted as new full-time members for the 2017-18 season. The Jr Stampede will be joining the NAPHL in the 18U and 16U midget levels.
“The Sioux Falls Jr Stampede is excited about the opportunity to participate in the NAPHL as a league member. We look forward to building on the success our young program has had in just a couple of years and working with NAHL league members to move our players to the next level,” said Jr Stampede General Manager Matt Tobin.
“We are very excited to add the Jr Stampede to the NAPHL for the 2017-18 season. They have done a great job on and off the ice in helping to promote and advance their players. They will be a great addition to the NAPHL,” said NAPHL Director Tony Zasowski.
Dan Houck is the 18U Head Coach for the Jr Stampede. His coaching career began in 2003-04 where he led the inaugural Montgomery Blue Devils Bantam Tier I team to the PVAHA Tier I championship. In 2004-05 his Bantam Tier I team went 47-13-5 winning the PVAHA and finished second in the Southeast District Championship. In 2006, his U16 AAA team won the PVAHA Championship, the Southeast District Championship and were also quarterfinalists at the USA Hockey Tier I National Championship in Rochester, New York. In 2008, his Pewee Major team won a bronze medal at the USA Hockey National Championships in Hackensack, New Jersey. In 2007, Dan was a co-founder and organizer of the Team Maryland AAA organization where he served as the Coaching Director and Director of player Development until 2014. Dan also served as a regional scout for USHL Central Scouting from 2006-10. It was during this time that he helped secure membership for the Team Maryland Midget programs into the Midwest Elite League and served as an assistant coach for the U18 National Bronze Medalist Team in 2011. Most recently in Maryland Dan served as the U18 Head Coach of Team Maryland’s 2013-14 Silver Stick Finalist team.
Noëlle Needham is the 16U Head Coach for the Jr Stampede and is a product of Shattuck-St.Mary’s (SSM) U-19 Tier 1 program. While attending SSM, Noëlle tallied over 300 points. As a Division 1 player at Minnesota State University (WCHA), Noëlle led the Mavericks in power play goals and was awarded the Tiffany Searles Unsung Hero Award. After playing through a series of 7 major knee surgeries since her sophomore year at SSM's in 2002, Noëlle’s playing days came to an end with a repeat ACL tear during her junior year at MSU. Through this adversity, Noëlle refocused her passion for playing hockey to player development. Noëlle is founder and owner of Legend Hockey. Noëlle is also involved with her family’s business, Buffalo Ridge Ranch, located east of Brookings, SD.
Tobin and Needham set out to develop young hockey players by exposing them to experienced coaches, superior training, and the most competitive venues to showcase their talent. This was the birth of the Sioux Falls Jr Stampede Tier 1 AAA hockey program, and continues to be the driving force and cornerstone of the program. The Jr Stampede Tier 1 AAA program is committed to skill development, including an emphasis on skating, physical training, team play, and the highest levels of competition. The program provides hockey players with opportunities to grow as a player, as a member of a dedicated team made up of similarly committed players and exposure to the highest levels of competitive hockey in the United States and Canada.
The Jr Stampede AAA practice and play at the SCHEELS IcePlex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Scheels IcePlex opened in October 2014 and features three sheets of ice. The Jr Stampede AAA players train off-ice at the state-of-the-art Sanford Fieldhouse under the direction of the Sanford POWER program. Players also perform yoga, receive nutritional guidance, and participate in team video sessions.