Matt Tobin and Noëlle Needham set out to develop young hockey players by exposing them to experienced coaches, superior training, and the most competitive venues to showcase their talent. This was the birth of the Sioux Falls Jr Stampede Tier 1 AAA hockey program, and continues to be the driving force and cornerstone of the program.
The Jr Stampede Tier 1 AAA program is committed to skill development, including an emphasis on skating, physical training, team play, and the highest levels of competition. The program provides hockey players with opportunities to grow as a player, as a member of a dedicated team made up of similarly committed players, and exposure to the highest levels of competitive hockey in the United States and Canada. Tier 1 hockey programs throughout the country routinely develop and promote players to the NAHL, USHL, NCAA Division I, and the NHL.
The Jr Stampede AAA practice and play at the SCHEELS IcePlex (www.scheelsiceplex.com) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Scheels IcePlex opened in October 2014 and features three sheets of ice. The Jr Stampede AAA players train off-ice at the state of the art Sanford Fieldhouse (www.sanfordfieldhouse.com) under the direction of the Sanford POWER program (www.sanfordpower.com). Players also perform yoga, receive nutritional guidance, and participate in team video sessions.
Jr Stampede AAA competes against some of the best Tier 1 hockey teams in the United States and Canada. In addition to home and home series, teams compete in national showcase events sponsored by NAPHL, ECEL, SuperSeries, Shattuck St. Mary’s and the Bauer World Invite in Chicago.
Players must commit to giving maximum effort, have a competitive drive to succeed, and an internal desire to become an elite hockey player. These principles are non-negotiable expectations for all players with the Jr Stampede AAA program. Our families are asked to support the mission and program with patience and a belief in the long term development of each player.
The Sioux Falls Jr Stampede Tier 1 AAA hockey program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth hockey organization.