(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush announced today that second-year forward Andrew Radjenovic has returned to the Rush for the 2018-19 ECHL season.
Radjenovic spent the 2017-18 campaign, his first full season of professional hockey, with three different teams. The 6’3”, 210-pound forward began the season with the Cincinnati Cyclones and registered 6 points (2g-4ast) while suiting up in 10 games before being traded to the Adirondack Thunder, where he generated an additional 15 points (5g-10ast) in 31 games. On the ECHL Trade Deadline, Radjenovic was then traded to the Rush along with future considerations (Pierre-Luc Mercier) in exchange for veteran forward Kenton Miller, and broke through in the Black Hills. With the Rush, he played in the final 13 games of the season and earned 16 points (9g-7ast) along with a +1 rating. He finished with 10 points in the final six games of the season for the Rush, including a 4-point effort against the Quad City Mallards in the final home game of the season, and a 3-point outing in a 9-6 win over the Tulsa Oilers on the final game of the 2017-18 season. In total, Radjenovic played in 54 games, and garnered 16 goals, 21 assists, and 37 points, along with an even rating.
“Coming from Adirondack on the trade, I felt like the coaches relied on me and gave me a really good chance to shine. It’s very hard to come by coaches that are on the same page as you, and that was a no-brainer for me. I really enjoyed my time in Rapid City, and can’t wait to keep it going,” Radjenovic explained about his return to the Rush. “Last season was a crazy year with all the travel, playing for three different teams, and trying to keep my level of play up to a high standard every night with all the change I dealt with, but playing in Rapid City was one of the best things to happen to me in my career. I got to showcase my skills and contribute to a great team, and I look forward to doing that starting on day one this season, as opposed to the end of a season.”
“We acquired Andrew in a trade last season with Adirondack and he performed very well with us. This is a big signing, and next to our goaltenders, this is probably the biggest signing of the offseason,” Rush Head Coach Daniel Tetrault said of Radjenovic’s return. “Andrew showcased a ton of leadership, which was great to see given how young in his hockey career he is. He came ready to play every game, and laid it all on the line every shift. He can skate, shoot, win faceoffs, pass, has great vision on the ice: he’s simply the complete package. I expect big things out of Andrew this season, and will rely on his leadership and skill to help us win this season.”
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Radjenovic was no stranger to professional hockey prior to last season. Before resuming his college career with Brock University in USports, he played in 22 games with the Bakersfield Condors back in the 2014-15 campaign, and registered the first 8 points of his career to the tune of 5 goals and 3 assists.
Before and after his brief stint in California, Radjenovic played a total of four seasons with Brock University, skating alongside current teammate Mitch Nardi. With his alma mater, he averaged just shy of a point-per-game pace, scoring 48 goals, 54 assists, and 102 points in 107 games. He also played a season of senior hockey with the Stoney Creek Generals, and won the Regular Season Championship.
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