Forward Garrett Pitter will make his Cheyenne Stamepede debut when the Western States Hockey League team hosts the Colorado RoughRiders at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
The 18-year-old center comes to Cheyenne from Calgary, Alberta, and most recently played 14 games with the British Columbia-based Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Junior B Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
The 5-foot-8, 158-pounder’s family reached out to Stampede coach Eric Ballard about coming to Cheyenne a few weeks ago. Ballard established a relationship with Pitter’s family while recruiting players this summer, but Pitter chose to stay in Canada.
“Some times, families reconsider and circle back and that’s what happened here,” the coach said.
Pitter spent several seasons playing for midget teams at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, which is a residential high school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.
“It’s a highly-respected program and he played three years there,” Ballard said. “The Notre Dame Hounds are arguably one of the most storied Triple-A teams in all of Canada.”
What made Pitter a good fit for Cheyenne?
“He’s got character, dedication and commitment,” Ballard added. “He’s detail- and goal-oriented. He’s a small, undersized center man but he brings some tenacity, edge and grittiness. His compete level is second-to-none.”
Ballard also is working on a few more additions.
“Possibly three more guys, but I don’t want to say any positions,” Ballard said. “I hope to have two of them in before we hit the showcase.”
The Western States Shootout showcase event starts Dec. 16 in Las Vegas.