Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede are proud to announce that forward Ean Somoza (Some-OH-Zuh) is one of five players named to the USHL All-Academic Team for the 2020-21 season.
Somoza completed his senior year locally at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls where he maintained a rigorous daily hockey schedule with the Stampede and accomplished a 3.67 GPA for the year. Despite the many challenges faced during the year, including COVID, practices, games and workouts, Somoza worked diligently to finish his course work early and ended his academic career with a 3.39 GPA.
“We are extremely proud of Ean,” stated Stampede General Manager and Head Coach Marty Murray. “Juggling school and hockey is never easy, but was even more difficult this past season due to all that was going on with COVID. Ean works extremely hard in the class room and off the ice and it is nice to see him rewarded for his work.”
The Thousand Oaks, CA native appeared in 44 of 48 games last season with the Stampede while posting 12 points. Somoza was a Phase I draft choice of the Stampede in 2019 and spent the 2019-20 season with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings 16U AAA squad where he tallied 78 points in 49 games.
Somoza is expected to return to the Stampede this fall for the 2021-22 season. The Herd begin camp on September 1st and will open the regular season on October 2nd in Sioux City. The Stampede’s home opener is slated for Saturday, October 9th at 7:05 PM against the Lincoln Stars. Season, suite and group tickets are now on sale by calling the Stampede office at 605-275-4625.