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McNelis earns All-USHL Rookie Second Team honors

    Sioux Falls Stampede

May 8, 2024 – American Hockey League (USHL)
Sioux Falls Stampede news story

SIOUX FALLS, SD- Sioux Falls Stampede forward John McNelis has been named to the 2023-2024 All-USHL Rookie Second Team, as announced by the USHL on Wednesday morning.

McNelis marked the seventh-highest point total on the Stampede roster during his rookie season, with a total of 38 points. The Boston University commit earned 18 goals and 20 assists for the Herd in his 62 games. Of these 18 goals, three were game-winning goals and two came on the power play. Last season, McNelis appeared as an affiliate player for three games in December and January and earned his first USHL assist against the Omaha Lancers on January 28, 2023. During this season’s USHL Clark Cup Playoffs, McNelis scored one goal in three games with six shots on goal.


“We are extremely excited for John,” said Stampede General Manager and Vice President of Hockey Operations Tony Gasparini. “It’s great to see him rewarded for his daily commitment to development last season. We expect him to be an integral part of the group’s success heading into next season.”

This season, McNelis had a pair of two-goal games and a handful of multi-point games. He earned two goals on a road trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on December 5, 2023, and did the same when hosting Team USA NTDP on January 11, 2024. During both games, McNelis also scored an assist, totaling three. points for each game. He would score three points in one more game on March 23, 2024 against the Lincoln Stars with a goal and two assists.

McNelis was drafted to the Stampede affiliate roster during the second round of the 2022 Phase I USHL Draft. The 2006 forward, a native of Potomac, Maryland, played most of the 2022-2023 season with the Long Island Gulls 16U program in the NEPACK.

The full lineup of All-USHL Rookie Team selections can be found below.

All-USHL Rookie First Team

Come on

Johannes Mustard, Waterloo

Ben Kevan, Des Moines

Ilya Protas, Des Moines

Defenders

Xavier Veilleux, Muskegon

Sascha Boumedienne, Youngstown

Goalkeeper

Louka Cloutier, Chicago

All-USHL Rookie Second Team

Come on

John McNelis, Sioux Falls

Lev Katzin, Green Bay

Michael Barron, Dubuque

Defenders

Elliot Groenewald, Cedar Rapids

Alex Bales, Tri City

Goalkeeper

Mikhail Yegorov, Omaha

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