SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –– The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Thursday the Sioux Falls Stampede have been awarded the 2021–22 USHL Off-Ice Official Crew of the Year award. It marks the second straight season the crew has taken home the prize. 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 Green Bay Gamblers have been selected to represent the east.
“We are extremely proud of our off-ice official crew and the pride they take in their positions,” said Stampede President Jim Olander. “To win the award for a second straight season says a lot about the individuals and how seriously they take their jobs. 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 22 seasons. Other members include Chris Arens, Chad Barker, Pat Brandhagen, Jackie Fossum, Josh Frock, Derrick Heintz, Michael Heintz, Zach Heintz, Cameron Hoverson, Paul Libra, Kyle Lingen, Matt Marshall, 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.