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FARGO FORCE ANNOUNCE EADES CONTRACT EXTENSION

By Force Staff, 04/13/22, 2:00PM CDT

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Fargo, ND – The Fargo Force Hockey Club is pleased to announce that General Manager Cary Eades and the organization have agreed to a contract extension. 

Eades is currently in his seventh year with the Force, serving as GM/Head Coach from 2016-2019 and taking on the role of President of Hockey Operations/General Manager at the start of the 2019-20 season. In his four seasons coaching he compiled a record of 139-82-21 (.681 win percentage) and became the winningest coach in franchise history. Eades led the Force to their first ever Clark Cup Championship during the 2017-18 season.

As the General Manager Eades has continued to build the Force into one of the strongest franchises in the USHL with a 81-63-11-4 (.557 win %) record and star studded rosters containing some of the top players in NCAA D1 Men’s Ice Hockey as well as 8 NHL draft picks.

"I’m thrilled to be staying in Fargo and continuing my duties as General Manager for the next few years. It’s an honor to be a member of the Force family” said Eades.

“I joined the organization seven years ago, and I look forward to continuing to build on the culture, success and tradition that is Fargo Force hockey. We want to continue to be a destination spot for top hockey players from all over North America and Europe – guys that have aspirations to play college and pro hockey after juniors. Our facilities, on and off the ice, are second to none in the USHL, we have a strong and supportive management team, and our loyal fan support makes it a great environment to be a part of.”

“We’re excited to have Cary Eades continue as the General Manager of the Fargo Force,” commented team president, Jon Kram.

“Cary is a proven winner at every level and a big asset to our organization. He helps get us in a position to compete for the USHL Clark Cup Championship every year and we’re hopeful to continue that moving forward.”

As a player, Eades played at the University of North Dakota from 1978-82, winning two national championships in 1980 and 1982, and three WCHA titles. He was Captain of the Sioux his senior season and finished his playing career with 164 points (85 goals, 79 assists) in 144 games. Eades then went on to play professional hockey in the St. Louis Blues organization.

Eades began his 35 year coaching career at UND in 1984 and worked under head coach Gino Gasparini for seven seasons (1984-91). He was an assistant on North Dakota's 1987 WCHA and National Championship team alongside former Force coaches Dean Blais and John Marks. In 1991, Eades headed to the USHL for two seasons as the GM / Head Coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints where he compiled an overall win/loss record of 86-46-7 (.647). The Saints qualified for the National Junior Tournament both seasons under Eades and won the 1993 National Junior championship.

In 1993, he moved to Warroad (MN) High School where he spent 11 seasons as the Head Coach of the boys hockey team. In his time coaching the Warriors, he posted an overall win/loss record of 237-62-6 (.787) and led the team to three Minnesota State Class “A” championships and seven Section 8A championships. In 1996, he was named Minnesota State High School Coach of the Year.

In 2004, Eades returned to UND where he coached for another eight seasons under former head coach Dave Hakstol, and during that time the Sioux captured at least one championship each year. UND competed in five NCAA Frozen Four tournaments, won two WCHA league titles, and won four WCHA Final Five Playoff championships.

In 2012, Eades returned to the USHL where he spent three seasons as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede and was named USHL Coach of the Year. Eades compiled a win/loss record of 125-70-14 (.599) in Sioux Falls, culminating in winning the 2015 Clark Cup Championship.

Last week the Force clinched their spot in the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs and return to home ice this weekend for a big series vs. the Lincoln Stars kicking off with a 7:05PM puck drop on Friday, April 15 followed by 6:05pm start time on Saturday, April 16. The Force play their last home game of the regular season on Friday, April 22nd for Fan Appreciation Night vs. the Sioux Falls Stampede.