SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –– The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Wednesday the Sioux Falls Stampede have been awarded the 2020–21 USHL Off-Ice Official Crew of the Year award. The annual honor is given to the crew that demonstrates a high level of professionalism and upholds the regulations set forth by the league.
The award is voted on by member clubs from both the Western and Eastern Conference. The Muskegon Lumberjacks have been selected to represent the east.
“We are extremely proud of our off-ice crew and the pride they take in their positions,” said Stampede President Jim Olander. “During a season in which it would have been easy to take a step back, each member stepped up because of their love of the team, league and game. On behalf of the organization, I would like to say thank you and congratulations on a very deserving award.”
The volunteer-based crew is led by Doug Kane who has severed as an off-ice official with the club for 21 seasons. Other members include Chris Arens, Chad Barker, Pat Brandhagen, Josh Frock, Michael Heintz, Zach Heintz, Cameron Hoverson, Paul Libra, Kyle Lingen, Chris Mercado, Alex Oppold, Jason Peterson, Jesse Peterson, Kristin Robinson, Travis Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Blake Siebelts, Todd Van Conant, and Tana Welp. The roster includes many veterans with over five years of experience in their roles.
Duties for the Stampede off-ice official crew include goal judging, penalty box attendants, game clock operators, time keeping, stat and shot keeping. The crew also works directly with the on-ice officials throughout and after the game.
The USHL Off-Ice Crew of the Year award was introduced following the 2019–20 season with the Omaha Lancers receiving the inaugural honor.