Defending Clark Cup champions Sioux City enter a new season with a new coach, but the same vision

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – On May 22, the Sioux City Musketeers hoisted the Clark Cup in Madison, Wisconsin. Fast forward to mid-September, the team has a new coach, a new general manager and a new team starting from scratch and preparing for the new season.

Speaking with Jason Kersner, the new Musketeers head coach, he said their current focus is on laying the groundwork at the start of the season.

“We just want to align with our culture and our on-ice team identity,” Kersner said. “I hope we can play very hard without the puck, very fast with the puck, first we want to be known as a relentless team. We really want to strive to be the best professionals and have good attitudes off the ice and off the ice. These are the things we talk about here every day and how it relates to our vision, our core values ​​and our standards. We are off to a good start.


SEASON 2021-22

The Musketeers were 41-16-0-5 with Luke Strand at the helm last season and eventually lifted the Clark Cup in late May.

Owen McLaughlin

led the team in assists with 44 and in points with 72.

Ben Steves

led the team in goals with 39.

Alex Tracy

held his own in goal throughout the season, winning 27 and posting an .896 save percentage. Former Musketeer

Dylan James

also had a year in the USHL leading all rookies in all scoring categories, earning him recognition as the USHL’s Rookie of the Year.

OFF-SEASON MOVES

  • Clark Cup-winning head coach Luke Strand leaves organization, accepts assistant coaching job at Ohio State
  • Musketeers name Jason Kersner as organization’s next head coach
  • General manager Andy Johnson leaves the organization as he is called up to the NHL to work as a scout for the Los Angeles Kings
  • Troy Ward is named the organization’s next chief executive

KEY PLAYERS

Brown Attic

enters the new season after being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 99th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old registered four goals and 12 assists last season.

Ben Doran

will play his third season in a Musketeers jersey this year. In the regular season last year, he had 13 goals and 17 assists, and two goals and two assists in the playoffs.

Sam Deckhut

return the Musketeers after registering four goals and 18 assists in 2021-22.

Grant Slukynsky

is a return to the Musketeers that Kersner expects to make an impact not just on the ice, but with his leadership. Last season, he totaled nine goals and 20 assists in 62 games.

Axel Mangbo

played in the net behind

Alex Tracy

last season, where he played 19 games and posted an 11-5-2 record between the posts. He had a 2.89 GAA and .893 save percentage.

ARENA NOTES

The Musketeers play at Fleet Farm Arena at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Alongside the historic auditorium, the arena opened in December 2003.

The Musketeers begin their season Sept. 22 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Fall Classic in Pittsburgh as they take on the Green Bay Gamblers.

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