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: Shaver, Johnson leave

Cheyenne StampedeForwards Bailey Shaver and Chaydyn Johnson left the Cheyenne Stampede early last week. I found out that both players informed Cheyenne coach Eric Ballard of their intent to leave the team when I was doing interviews at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center on Tuesday.

I was waiting to write this blog post until I got some more information on where they were headed but got busy (and caught a 24-hour stomach bug on Thanksgiving of all days).

Shaver and Johnson have moved to the inactive portion of the Stampede roster on PointStreak.com, so here’s what I know about their departures. Continue reading