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RUSH SWEEP MONTHLY PLAYER AWARDS

Wednesday, December 4th
RUSH SWEEP MONTHLY PLAYER AWARDS

(GLENDALE, AZ) – The Rapid City Rush’s phenomenal start to the season keeps getting better, as they have officially swept the monthly player awards. Today, it was announced from the office of the Central Hockey League that Konrad Reeder has won Easton/CHL Player of the Month, and Tim Boron has won Warrior/CHL Goaltender of the Month. The former collegiate teammates at St. Cloud State University had a phenomenally showing this month for the Rush, as they both contributed to a CHL record-tying 10 game win streak that carried into the month, and a 14-2-0 record on the season, making the Rush the only team in North American professional hockey with that record. Boron becomes the first player to ever win the Goaltender of the Month award three months in a row, dating back to March of the 2012/2013 season.

For the month of November, Konrad Reeder was a central force in helping the Rush offense get on the scoreboard and win games. Reeder is currently on a season and league high 12 game point streak, tied with his teammate Jesse Schultz, but 11 of those games took place in November. In those 11 games last month, the ninth year pro has scored 7 goals, helped out 12 times, totaled for 19 points, and recorded a +10 rating.

“I’m honored to receive the award”, said reigning Easton/CHL Player of the Month, Konrad Reeder. “Lots of players in this league definitely deserved to win it, but I believe I got the award because of how well we play as a team. Having players on my line with me like Jesse Schultz, who sees the ice so well, and Winston Day Chief makes it easy to perform on the ice every night. I want to thank the league, and I want to thank my team for helping me achieve this award”.

Of his former college teammate taking home Player of the Month, Tim Boron said “Ever since Konrad came back he’s been fantastic for us. When he returned from France he was a great addition to our squad and has done a great job of putting pucks in the net. It’s great to see him get rewarded for his hard work”.

Tim Boron has been stalwart in net for the Rush all season, but has certainly separated himself amongst the rest of the goalies in the CHL with his play last month. The eighth year pro net-minder, building upon his past two CHL Goaltender of the Month awards, played in all but one game last month, going 8-2-0 in the 10 games he appeared in. Out of a possible 600 minutes, he played in 597:34, posting a Goals Against Average of 2.21, while stopping 309 shots, not only posting an average of 31 saves a night, but a save percentage of .934 as well.

“It’s always a great honor to get this award”, said three-time reigning Goaltender of the Month, Tim Boron. “It happened by getting wins and focusing on the team effort. Everyone has been playing well, and like I said the past two times before that I won this, it is a collective award. Without the help of my teammates I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this feat”.

About his former college net-minder snagging the award for the third straight month, Konrad Reeder said “Tim was able to pull this off because he is just playing out of his mind right now. Every night he starts he gives us the best chance to win. He is clearly our MVP out there on the ice night in and night out. I’m happy the league has recognized him for his consistent play”.

“It’s been a tremendous start to the season for both the hockey club and the organization”, said Head Coach and GM Joe Ferras. “To have both Tim Boron and Konrad Reeder selected as Players of the Month in their respective positions is a deserved honor for both, and the players and everyone involved with the Rush family are very happy for them. The start to Timmy’s season, being 13-2, is nothing short of amazing. His tremendous work ethic and preparation, coupled with his play, has given us a chance to win on a nightly basis. With the return of Konrad from playing overseas last year, he has started this season where he left off twelve months ago, and has led our hockey club with his tremendous work ethic in practices and in games, and this has reverberated throughout the locker room.

“Being returning players, the leadership that Timmy and Konrad have demonstrated both on and off the ice has been invaluable to the success of our hockey club”, added Coach Ferras. “As an organization, we are very proud of the accomplishments of both Konrad and Tim in being recognized by the Central Hockey League with the level of talent exhibited in the first quarter of this season.”

Reeder, a native of Vanderhoof, British Columbia, has appeared in 350 career CHL games and has amassed 179 goals and 242 assists for 421 total points. Reeder’s most productive season came in 2007-08 while a member of the New Mexico Scorpions. That year, he finished second in the CHL in scoring with 108 points (41g, 67a). His 41 goals ranked tied for third overall in the league, while his 67 assists were third-most in the CHL. As a rookie during the 2006-07 season, Reeder tallied 39 points (18g,21a) and finished tied for second in scoring in the CHL during the 2007 Playoffs with 28 points (11g,17a). He was acquired via trade from the Arizona Sundogs in January of 2011, quickly becoming Rapid City’s most potent scorer after beginning that season in Germany. His best season while donning the red R came in the 2011-12 season, as Reeder led the Rush in goals (37), points (82), powerplay goals (8), powerplay points (20), game-Winning%20Goals (7) and shots (244). That season, the 5’9″ 175-pound scorer also earned ninth hat trick in team history (1/30 @ BLM).

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Boron is now suiting up for the Rapid City Rush for his fourth season. In the his first years from 2010-2013, he saw a playoff berth each season, including a successful run to the conference finals in 2011. Boron played collegiately for St. Cloud State in the WCHA for three years (2003-2006) before turning pro, where his first stint came in the 2006/2007 CHL season with the Colorado Eagles. After playing for the Eagles in 18 games, he would spend two seasons in the ECHL with the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Stockton Thunder. There, with both clubs, he would add 35 more games of experience to his resume before returning to the CHL to defend the goals of the Wichita Thunder and the Mississippi RiverKings, before coming to the Black Hills and joining the Rush.

Other Rush News:

Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are available now by calling the Rush office at 716-7825.

Join Mark Binetti, “Voice of the Rush”, and Head Coach/GM Joe Ferras for “The Rush Hour with Head Coach Joe Ferras”, sponsored by Miller Lite on Wednesday, December 11th. Show starts at 6 PM, RETURNING TO BOSTON’S SPORTS BAR AND GRILL, and will be broadcast on 100.3 The FOX, the official radio home for your Rapid City Rush.

Stay informed on Rush happenings through the official Rapid City Rush team website, www.RapidCityRush.com, and the Rapid City Rush mobile app, available on iTunes and Android.

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