Stampede notes: Cheyenne adds forward Garrett Pitter

Canadian forward Garrett Pitter joined the Cheyenne Stampede this week. Photo from asdb.com.

Canadian forward Garrett Pitter joined the Cheyenne Stampede this week. Photo from asdb.com.

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. Continue reading

Stampede notes: Dec. 13

The Cheyenne Stampede have added a pair of forwards for Sweden as they get ready to close the first half of the Western States Hockey League season.

Mans Gustavsson and Fredrik Bergman are expected to be in the lineup when Cheyenne (12-8-0-1) plays at the Colorado Junior Eagles (7-7-2-0) at 7:45 tonight in Fort Collins, Colo. Continue reading

Win tickets to tonight’s Cheyenne Stampede game

My good friend Alex Riley (@AlexRileySports) is covering the Class 4A East Regional volleyball tournament at Cheyenne East today. He has two tickets to tonight’s Cheyenne Stampede vs. Phoenix Knights hockey game.

You can win them by being the first to go up to Alex and answer these questions: What was Okie Blanchard Stadium called when it first opened? When did it open?