The Rapid City Rush announced Friday that rookie forwards Anthony Flaherty and Danny Smith have joined the team for the upcoming 2017-18 ECHL season.
Flaherty, 25, comes to the Rush after the completion of his college hockey career. The 5-foot9, 185-pound forward played four years in the NCAA-III ranks with Norwich University, tabulating career totals of 26 goals, 38 assists, and 64 points in 101 games. As a senior last year, the South Boston, Massachusetts native was the fourth-leading scorer on the Cadets roster, and notched career-highs in every category, scoring 12 goals along with 19 assists for 31 points, helping Norwich University to the 2017 NCAA-III National Championship, the university’s fourth in program history. He scored a goal and went +1 in the title game, which was a 4-1 win over Trinity College.
Smith, 25, comes to the Rush after the completion of his college hockey career. The 5-11, 185-pound forward played four seasons in the NCAA with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and racked up career totals of 20 goals, 28 assists, and 48 points in 135 games. With the Tigers, he helped the club with 3 consecutive AHA Regular Season Championships, and made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 and 2016. In the 2015 NCAA tournament, Smith was on hand as RIT became the first #16 seed to ever defeat the #1 overall seed in the first round of the tournament, handing Minnesota State-Mankato a 2-1 loss in the contest. Prior to playing college hockey, the Edmonton, Alberta native registered 138 points (62g-76ast) in 176 games over parts of four seasons with the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL.