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Battochio Comes Back

April 5, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Rapid City Rush News Release

(RAPID CITY, SD) - The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, announced today that legendary Rush goaltender, Danny Battochio, has signed a Standard Players Contract for the final two games of the season against the archrival Colorado Eagles.

"With Luke Siemens returning to the University of Alberta to finish his classes, and with two games remaining in our season, we felt we could bring the 'Batman' back for one last hurrah!" said Rush Head Coach, Mark DeSantis. "Danny has been a voluntary goaltending consultant for us this season, has practiced with us a few times, and has been used in an emergency backup situation for us. He is still in great shape to play, and we are happy to have Danny finish the season with the Rush."

Battochio, 31, comes back to the Rush for the final two games of the season after spending this past season in retirement from professional hockey. The 5'10", 180-pound net-minder served as the Goaltending Consultant of the Rush, instructing Rush goaltenders throughout the season, as well as serving as an extra set of eyes for the coaching staff. Additionally, he provided color commentary for select home games with Mark Binetti on "The Official Station of Rush Nation", 100.3 the FOX, for Rush broadcasts.

"It's great to be back playing with this team. It was a bit of a surprise that I got this chance to lace up again, but I'm happy to be back and ready to go this weekend," Battochio said of his return. "Getting back to the routine of it all is going to be great. I've practiced quite a lot with this team throughout the season, so I've kept up with them, and I'm in shape and mentally prepared. It should be a fun weekend with the archrivals coming in to town, so I hope we can close out the season with a few more wins and get ready for next year."


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