Sioux Falls, SD--Another former Stampede player suited up for an NHL team Tuesday, albeit a brief one. Former Stampede netminder Zach Sikich signed a one-day pro contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday for their game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul. The Ducks became in need of a goaltender when their regular backup Viktor Fasth became injured. They recalled Jeff Deslauries from Fort Wayne of the ECHL, but weren’t sure if he would make it in time for the game so Sikich got the call.
Sikich suited up for the Ducks during warm-ups and sat on the bench for half of the first period before Deslauries arrived. “It was a very cool experience,” said Sikich who currently serves as the Stampede’s goalie coach. He becomes the first ever Stampede goalie to suit up for an NHL club and marked the first time since 2007 he appeared in a pro hockey game. He may have been the lucky charm as the Ducks rallied in the third period to top the Wild, 2-1.
Sikich was part of the Stampede’s inaugural team back in 1999-2000 and spent two years with the Herd before going to the Air Force Academy for one season. He then spent three years at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota before spending four years playing pro hockey in the UHL and ECHL.
In 2006, the Eveleth, MN native founded ProHybrid Training a goalie and player Development business based out of Minneapolis, MN. He is also the Executive Director and Co-Owner of the Minnesota IceMen AAA Organization. (www.mnicemen.com) The IceMen have a total of 10 teams between the boys and girls programs. Players range between 8-16 years old.