Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Rapid City Rush Add Vernon Vipers Alumni Dancs To Teams Protected List:

The ECHL announced their Protected Lists as submitted by each of its member teams. The Rapid City Rush have twenty players listed on their protected list, one of the twenty seven players is former Vernon Vipers forward Dexter Dancs.

Dancs started the 2019-20 season with the ECHL Rapid City Rush before leaving after 36 games to sign with EHC Winterthur February 1st 2020. In 36 games with the Rush, Dancs collected (5-goals-10-assists-15-points). Dancs collected one assist in three games with EHC Winterthur before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

EHC Winterthur is a Swiss professional ice hockey team who play in Winterthur in the canton of Zurich. They have played in the Swiss League (SL) since the 2015–16 season, the second tier of the main professional ice hockey leagues in Switzerland, behind the National League.

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Dancs finished his fourth year at University of Michigan before signing his first professional contract with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads August 15th 2018.  Dancs started the 2018-19 season with the Steelheads went pointless in two games before being traded to the Manchester Monarchs October 25th 2018. Dancs collected four assists in 26 games with the Monarchs before being traded to the Rapid City Rush March 7th 2019.

Dancs played a season and a half with the Vipers (2012-2014) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees.  On December 5th 2012 the Vipers traded Jedd Soleway to Penticton for Dexter Dancs.  In 44 games with the Vipers Dancs recorded (30-goals-53-assists-83-points).

Dancs scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, scored the overtime winner at the 2014 Royal Bank Cup in Vernon giving the Vipers a 3-2 overtime victory over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, giving the Vipers a semi-final berth at the RBC Cup.

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This was posted on the Rush website:


01 Jun 2020

(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, announced, in conjunction with the ECHL, the team’s Protected List to conclude the 2019-20 season.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2019-20 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2019-20, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2019-20 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 12 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2019-20.

The Rush protected list of 27 players is as follows:


Stephane Legault
Cedric Montminy
Peter Quenneville
Brennan Saulnier
Tyler Coulter
Bo Brauer
Matt Ustaski
Darian Romanko
Tanner Karty
Dante Salituro
Chris Leibinger
Dexter Dancs
Chris Izmirlian
Justin Faryna
Jack Riley
Mason McCarty


Mark Auk
Brandon Fehd
Josh Elmes
Brett Beauvais
Joe Rutkowski
Eric Israel
Kyle Froese
Zach Phillips
Dylan Quaile


Tyler Parks
Gordon Defiel

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