Yellowstone Quake Hockey 2022 Season Preview
Written by Cole Havens on August 25, 2022
While the High School sports season has begun, another aports team located in Cody is getting underway as well. The Yellowstone Quake Hockey team is back on the ice in preparation for the upcoming season. Quake Hockey had their first practice of the season last Sunday and will open the 2022-23 season on their home ice, hosting the Sheridan Hawks.
Recently, the NA3HL opened up their new preview series entitled 3View and the first team they highlighted was the Quake.
The Quake finished last season 13-31-3 which put them at 7th in the Frontier Division.
They have a new Head Coach in Chris Blaisius who is determined to turn the program around.
“The main objective is in recruiting good quality character players to help turn the culture around both on and off the ice,” Blaisius said.
The Quake have missed out on playoff hockey for the last four seasons, although they did qualify for the 2020 playoffs before it was canceled due to COVID.
The Quake return a small sample group from last year and will rely on new young talent to lead them.
The Quake acquired the 1st and 3rd overall picks of the 2022 NA3HL draft from the Austin Ice Bats and Sheridan Hawks and are looking to utilize those pieces to fill out the young roster. Their first overall draft pick Wyatt’ O’Donaghue, a defenseman coming out of the St. Louis Blues 16U AAA program, “will be looked upon to anchor the blueline” for the Quake.
Coach Blaisius comes believes he has what it takes to make the Quake a perennial team once again.
“I come from successful organizations and will apply and learn from my previous head coaching experience in the 3HL in Willmar and Rochester to help rebuild the Quake organization and get them back to the playoffs and Fraser Cup. My path to Yellowstone was an opportunity to not just get back behind the bench, but an opportunity to lead an established organization and get the Quake back to being one of the premier franchises in the NA3HL”.
You can find the full Yellowstone Quake Hockey 2022-23 Season 3View Preview here: http://na3hl.com/news/story.cfm?id=34719&fbclid=IwAR0Ap3Ovk1AsDaS_lwktDpK7NgCpF_v9NyzkwRGT9cjq7b8dJfwHiWRJcL8