CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, Former RoughRider goaltender Bobby Goepfert has been hired as an assistant coach by the team.
Goepfert, who led the team to the playoffs in each of his two seasons with the team will work alongside current assistants Ben Kinne and Dustin Timm, in developing players, scouting and preparing for upcoming games.
"We are very excited to welcome Bobby and his wife Angie as well as their two children Bobby and Grace back to Ridertown USA! Bobby is one of the fiercest competitors that we've had play for the Roughriders. He will make an impact on the ice, in the room and in our community here in the greater Cedar Rapids area!” said RoughRider Head Coach and General Manager Mark Carlson.
In 2000-2001 Geopfert appeared in 45 games and the following year he saw action 51 times, accumulating an impressive Goals Against Average of 2.92 and 2.04 respectively. Following his second season, he was named the USHL Player of the Year, the USHL Goaltender of the Year and was named to the All Star team. He was drafted in the 6th round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins that same year.
Goepfert split his college playing career between Providence College and St. Cloud State. At St. Cloud, he was named a D-1 All American his Junior and Senior year, and was a Hobey Baker Finalist in 2006-2007. He played professional hockey for the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) the Florida Everblades (ECHL and in Europe for Dusseldorfer.)
Following his playing career, he stepped behind the bench as the Associate Head Coach of the Syracuse Stars U-16 team in 2017.
The RoughRiders are celebrating their 20th season in the USHL and in Cedar Rapids this year, and will be releasing their schedule soon. Season tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Individual game tickets will go on sale in September. For more information, visit www.ridertownusa.com.
(Photos Courtesy of Cedar Rapids Gazette)