The Rapid City Rush announced Thursday that forwards Cedric Montminy and Robert Lepine have joined the team for the 2018-19 season. Both players are considered rookies per ECHL roster rules.
Montminy comes to the Rush after playing his second season overseas in Germany’s third division with EHC Timmendorfer Strand 06. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward enjoyed his best professional season yet, recording well over a point-per-game average with 23 goals, 36 assists, and 59 points in 43 games. A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Montminy played his first season pro in France in the third division with Chambery, and registered 17 goals, 21 assists, and 38 points in 18 games, along with an additional nine points (7g-2ast) in five playoff games.
“I’ve always wanted to play in the ECHL, and seeing as how my team from last season ran into trouble, now was the time to try and make that a reality,” Montminy said. “I see myself as a playmaker that brings scoring chances and offense to the team, but I can also throw my body around and bring a physical aspect. I want what’s best for this team this season, and can’t wait for camp to start.”
Lepine comes to the Rush after completing his first full season of professional hockey, split between the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers and EIHL’s Braehead Clan in Scotland. The 6-1, 190-pound forward earned 22 points (6g-16ast) in 26 games with Penscola, then jumped across the pond and tabulated 14 points (5g-9ast) in 22 games with the Clan. Prior to last season, the Killaloe, Ontario native played three games with the former Elmira Jackals in the ECHL following a four-year career with the University of Guelph in USports.
“When I spoke to Coach Tetrault, he made it clear that this is a great opportunity for me, and that I would fit well with the group of guys this year. I come from a small town and enjoy the outdoors as well, so seeing the similarities between home and Rapid City added to how happy I am to sign here,” Lepine said. “As a player, I work hard every night and try to be as consistent as possible. It’s a long season in the ECHL, so consistency is key to success. I expect to be a part of a playoff team this year in Rapid City, and expect to be a solid contributor to a winning team. I can’t wait to get started.”